When you think of tree farms chopping down Christmas trees you may have images of Dr. Seuss’s The Lorax come to mind. You remember the story; it’s the one with the “super axe hacker” and the “axes that chop” which lead to a clear-cut forest de-void of trees and animals. Well, getting a real Christmas tree is nothing like that.
Isn’t it Bad for the Environment to Cut Down a Christmas Tree?
- Real Christmas trees are typically grown similar to a crop like corn or wheat. They are planted, cared for and trimmed each year to foster a tapered, traditional shape.
- They are renewable and recyclable and are grown on farms throughout the US.
- Similar to other crops, once they are harvested new seedlings are planted to replace the harvested trees.
- The average life of an artificial tree is about 5 years after which they will take hundreds of years to decompose in the landfills. Real trees can be recycled, made into mulch or even composted.
- A live or burlapped tree is also a popular take on using a real tree. These don’t dry out and may be planted after Christmastime to enjoy for a lifetime.
According to the Christmas Tree Farmers Association of New York an acre of 8-12 year old Christmas trees can provide the daily amount of oxygen for 18 people. New York has around 17,000 acres of traditional Christmas trees. These growing trees in New York and around the US provide a wonderful habitat for wildlife and can even help remove dust and pollen from the air. The continual replacement of these trees aids this as these are renewed each year.
So if you haven’t already, take the leap and go out and get a real Christmas tree from one of our Christmas tree farms or lots. You’ll love the ambiance, the fragrance and the look of a tree that is as real as your Christmas spirit. Happy Holidays.