I buy a real tree? Better for the environment!
There are several reasons that a real tree is more
eco-friendly than an artificial tree, but the primary
reason is because an artificial tree is non-biodegradable.
Most artificial trees are made from Polyvinyl Chloride
(PVC) plastic that will sit in landfills forever. Also,
according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency,
when produced or burned, artificial trees release dioxins
that can cause liver cancer and developmental problems.
Facts about real trees
and the environment:
• Every acre of Christmas trees in production
produces the daily oxygen requirement for 18 people.
• Tree farms help to stabilize the soil, protect
water supplies and provide wildlife habitat.
• The industry points to the reduction of carbon
dioxide through Christmas tree farming, thus helping
with the battle against global warming.
• Growing Christmas trees provides a habitat for
• Recycled trees have been used to make sand and
soil erosion barriers and been placed in ponds for fish
• Christmas trees remove dust and pollen from
• Artificial trees will last for six years in
your home, but for centuries in a landfill.
• 59 percent of real Christmas trees harvested
are recycled in community programs.
• Christmas trees are often grown on land unsuitable
for other crops.
• Real trees are “made” in America.
What do I do if my tree
is too big to fit in the stand?
If your tree is too big to fit in the stand, you will
have to get another stand. To avoid this, inspect your
stand before you leave the house to purchase your Christmas
tree. Make note of how big a trunk your stand can handle.
Or better yet, bring your stand to the lot or store.
Avoid whittling the sides of the trunk down to fit a
stand. The outer layers of wood are the most efficient
in taking up water and should not be removed. Once the
bark has been removed and the cambium layer has been
destroyed, the tree will not absorb moisture. The bark
is the physiological component that will absorb moisture
out of the bowl and keep the tree fresh.
Remember that to display a tree indoors, use a stand
with an adequate water holding capacity for the tree.
As a general rule, stands should provide 1 quart of
water per inch of stem diameter. Devices are available
that help maintain a constant water level in the stand.
Do I put anything special
in the water?
No. All the myths of tree preservative are not proven.
Care for your tree with fresh water, that’s all
Am I allergic to my Christmas
The dust or pollens settled on your 6’ tree (for
example) takes 8 years to grow in the fields, is the
most likely, reason. According to the American Academy
of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, evergreen pollens,
with their thick, waxy outer coating, have never been
considered a significant allergen, and are unlikely
to cause a reaction.
Hosing the tree down with water before taking it into
the house will help reduce or eliminate the allergens
on the tree. You can also use a spray bottle with a
mild dish detergent like Dawn (1/4 tsp is plenty) to
break down any settlements on the tree. Just mix the
Dawn in a spray bottle, mist down the tree, and then
hose it off.
How do I water a tree?
The tree will need adequate water. Displaying trees
in water in a traditional reservoir type stand is the
most effective way of maintaining their freshness and
minimizing needle loss problems. You do not put hot
water in the stand initially.
• The temperature of the water used to fill the
stand is not important and does not affect water uptake.
• Check the stand daily to make sure that the
level of water does not go below the base of the tree.
With many stands, there can still be water in the stand
even though the base of the tree is no longer submerged