If you're pruning evergreen trees or if it's after the holiday season and you've got a real Christmas tree or wreath to dispose of, try upcycling them into a sidewalk cover. In Scandinavian countries, pine branches are laid on top of icy and snow-covered stoops and sidewalks. The extra traction from the branches and needles gives grip to make walking easier on icy surfaces. Evergreen branches last for a long time in frigid conditions, even with constant wear and tear from boots. And they smell great, too.
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