After a happy holiday, it's time for some bough movement.

After a happy holiday, it's time for some bough movement.

Reuse them

Rhododendrons and other shrubs love mulch made from evergreen branches, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. Store the mulched pieces in a burlap or plastic bag and save them for spring planting.

Transplant them

If your tree can be replanted, the ODNR recommends replanting it before the ground freezes. A hole that is 2 feet wide and 1.5 feet deep will suffice. Remove the tree from the plastic pot before you plant it; burlap bags can stay on because they'll decompose as the tree grows. Cover the tree in enough soil so that the top of the roots are just above ground, and on top of that put 3 inches of mulch or evergreen branches.

Compost them

Got a tree but no place to plant it? If you are a Franklin County resident (pack proof of your address), there are companies that will compost your tree for free.

Kurtz Bros. landscape supply center locations, for example, have special Christmas tree drop-off hours this year. The closest drop-offs are in Dublin (6279 Houchard Rd.) and Westerville (6055-C Westerville Rd.). Collections run 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 27 through Dec. 30.; Jan. 3 through Jan. 6, and Monday through Friday starting Jan. 9. Businesses can have their trees composted here as well but for a $6 per ton fee.

It's a bit of a drive, but there's also the City of Columbus Compost Facility in Lockbourne (7000 Jackson Pike), which recycles yard waste such as leaves, branches, trees and shrubs, into mulch free of charge. Call 614-645-3153 for hours.