Benefits of Choosing a Farm Fresh Christmas Tree
Many people prefer a live Christmas tree for the fresh pine scent, but did you know live trees also help American farmers, reduce our carbon footprint, and are a renewable resource? Before you begin your Christmas tree hunt this year either by searching Amazon, taking the family out to your local plant nursery, or by pulling the old box out of the attic, you might take a moment to learn a bit about live trees and how helpful they can be to the environment compared to artificial trees. Here is a quick look at a few reasons why farm fresh Christmas trees are beneficial.
Live Christmas trees support American Farmers –
Contrary to the assumption that Christmas trees are cut down from the forest and therefore are bad for the environment, they are in fact a renewable crop like corn, grown on a farm. In some cases, Christmas trees are grown in soil that other crops don’t like, making good use of otherwise wasted land. Each time a Christmas tree is cut down, a new one is planted in its place, so rest assured we are not depleting the forest in the name of holiday cheer. According to the Smithsonian, 85% of artificial trees are imported from China while American Christmas tree farms employ 100,000 people each year. That’s a lot of people that have jobs because you enjoy the scent of fresh pine in your living room.
Live Christmas trees help the environment –
Renewable and recyclable, live Christmas trees are oxygen machines, sucking carbon dioxide out of the air and purifying it for us. Feeling guilty about supporting the cutting down of a live tree? Know that for every tree that is cut down, one to three seedlings are planted in its place ensuring renewed crops for next year. Also, Christmas trees are recyclable so they can be composted and used for mulch, not filling landfills like artificial trees.
Live Christmas tree farms serve as wildlife habitats
Christmas tree farms serve as habitats for many animals, so when you head out to purchase a live Christmas tree, know there is a family of chipmunks out there somewhere that thanks you for giving them a year-round home.
If you are wondering what to do with Christmas tree after Christmas this year, we will take it! Just bring it to the nursery when you are finished with it and we will happily recycle it for you.