Live Holiday Trees
You have decided to purchase a live tree this year and want to plant the tree after the holidays but need some help with this plan?
Live holiday trees are a great way to protect our natural resources while keeping memories of the holiday season going for years to come! Here are a few tips to help you with your live tree before Christmas and after:
- Tree selection - The first step is to visit a nursery or tree farm and ask for a tree that is either container-grown or balled and burlapped, with a strong root ball. Pines, firs and spruces all make great live trees.
- Before the holidays - Bring your tree home a few weeks before the holidays and store it in a cool place such as a garage or shed. Keep the root ball moist and bring the tree into your home for decorating roughly a week before the big day arrives.
- After the holidays - Once the festivities are over, take the tree back out to your garage or shed and et it sit for a few days before planting. When you’re ready to plant your tree, dig a hole that’s as deep as the root ball and three to five times as wide. Next, remove any plastic covering, rope or burlap from the root ball, insert it in the hole and cover it with dirt. Then, cover the dirt with mulch and water thoroughly.
That’s all there is to it. Enjoy your new tree!
Make Your Christmas Really GREEN
- 93% of real Christmas tree consumers recycle their tree in community recycling programs, their garden or backyard.
- In the United States, there are more than 4,000 Christmas tree recycling programs.
- Recycled real Christmas trees have been used to make sand and soil erosion barriers and been placed in ponds for fish shelter.
- Growing Christmas trees provides a habitat for wildlife.
- Christmas trees can remove dust and pollen from the air.
- Cook County, IL uses old Christmas trees to rebuild housing structures for natural wildlife that has been destroyed through development.
- Artificial trees will last for six years in your home, but for centuries in a landfill.
- An acre of Christmas trees provides the daily oxygen requirements of 18 people.
- You should not burn your Christmas tree in the fireplace; it can contribute to creosote buildup.
- Live Christmas trees are involved in less than one-tenth of one percent of residential fires, and mostly when ignited by some external ignition sources. The major factors involved in Christmas tree fires are electrical problems, decorative lights, candles, and a heat source too close to the tree.
- In 1971 the government concluded that Christmas tree tinsel made of lead was a health risk and convinced manufactures to voluntarily stop producing lead tinsel. It is now
made of plastic.