Benefits of Having a Live Christmas Tree vs. Artificial
- Tradition and Experience: Many people enjoy the tradition of selecting their own Christmas tree. It can be a memorable and festive experience for families and friends to share together.
- Aesthetic Appeal: Live Christmas trees are often praised for their natural beauty, fragrance, and the unique look they bring to a home. The sight and scent of a real tree can enhance the holiday atmosphere.
- Environmental Impact: Live Christmas trees are a renewable resource. They are grown on tree farms, where new trees are planted to replace the ones harvested. Additionally, these trees can be recycled into mulch or compost after the holiday season.
- Supporting Local Economies: Purchasing a live Christmas tree from a local tree farm can support local businesses and the economy. It also reduces the environmental impact associated with shipping artificial trees over long distances.
- Biodegradable: Unlike artificial trees, live Christmas trees are biodegradable. After the holiday season, they can be recycled into mulch or compost, providing a sustainable end to their lifecycle.
- Carbon Footprint: While there is some environmental impact associated with growing and transporting live Christmas trees, the overall carbon footprint may be lower than that of artificial trees, especially if the latter are produced overseas and shipped long distances.
- Wildlife Habitat: Christmas tree farms can provide habitat for wildlife. The trees provide shelter for birds and small animals, contributing to local ecosystems.
- Reduced Fire Hazard: Live trees are generally considered to be less of a fire hazard than artificial ones, provided they are kept watered and away from heat sources.
Remember to care for your live Christmas tree properly by keeping it watered and away from heat sources to ensure it stays fresh throughout the holiday season.
Caring for a live Christmas tree is essential to keep it fresh, healthy, and safe throughout the holiday season. Here are some tips for proper care:
- Choose a Fresh Tree:
- When selecting a tree, look for one with vibrant, green needles. Avoid trees with brown, dry needles.
- Gently run your hand along the branches to ensure that the needles are firmly attached and don't fall off easily.
- Make a Fresh Cut:
- When you purchase a tree from us we make a fresh, straight cut across the base of the trunk. This helps the tree to absorb water more effectively.
- Place the Tree in Water Quickly:
- Set up the tree in its stand and place it in water as soon as possible after making the fresh cut. The tree's ability to absorb water diminishes quickly after being cut.
- Choose a Suitable Stand:
- Use a Christmas tree stand that can hold an adequate amount of water. A general rule is that a tree will absorb about one quart (one liter) of water per inch (2.5 cm) of trunk diameter.
- Keep the Tree Hydrated:
- Check the water level in the stand daily and ensure that it never goes below the base of the trunk. A hydrated tree is less of a fire hazard and will also stay fresh longer.
- Avoid Heat Sources:
- Keep the tree away from heat sources such as radiators, heating vents, and direct sunlight. These can dry out the tree and increase the risk of fire.
- Use Christmas Lights Safely:
- When decorating the tree with lights, choose LED lights, which emit less heat. Ensure that the lights are in good working condition and turn them off when you leave the house or go to bed.
- Minimize Time Indoors:
- Limit the time the tree spends indoors. The longer a tree is in a warm, dry environment, the more it will dry out. Aim to have the tree inside for no more than 2-3 weeks.
- Dispose of the Tree Properly:
- After the holiday season, recycle the tree. Many communities offer tree recycling programs. You can also chip the tree for use as mulch or compost.
By following these tips, you can enjoy a beautiful and safe live Christmas tree throughout the holiday season. Regularly watering the tree is key to maintaining its freshness and minimizing the risk of fire.