In our every growing environmentally conscious society, the idea of cutting your own Christmas Trees may appear to go against the concept of conservation. However, when examined more closely, this practice has actually been shown to benefit the environment in many ways we may not have thought of before. Like anything, there are right ways and wrongs ways to go obtain Cut Your Own Christmas Trees.
Cut your own Christmas Trees help the Environment
First of all, the cut your own Christmas Tree Industry has added a great benefit to the environment. As an agricultural crop adding a half ton of bio mass per acre each year, Christmas Trees on one acre remove nearly 500 pounds of carbon dioxide and add over 1000 pounds of oxygen to the atmosphere. This is equivalent to the daily oxygen supply of approximately 18 people for each acre. In the United States alone, there are nearly 1 million acres in use for growing Christmas Trees.
Secondly, unlike artificial trees, Cut Your Own Christmas Trees can be recycled in many ways, such as:
- Can be ran through a chipper and used as mulch for gardens and
landscaping, animal stalls, park trails, biodegradable nutrients.
- Branches can be used in ponds as part of fish habitats for refuge
and feeding areas.
- Some communities have mulching programs that use the product
for erosion barriers along rivers and beaches.
- Wood from Cut Your Own Christmas Trees can be used for small
arts and crafts projects, such as bird feeders.
- Christmas trees can be recycled. For every Christmas Tree cut
down, 2 or 3 seedlings are planted, making it a renewable
resource. The rapid growth of younger trees also adds more
oxygen to the environment than older trees.
Thirdly, another advantage of Cut Your Own Christmas Trees is that they will last longer than pre-cut trees available on a Christmas Tree sales lot. A fresh cut means there is no sap build up at the base of the tree, so it can still absorb, or “drink” water from the base of a Christmas Tree stand.
Fourthly, the price of a Christmas Tree can vary a great deal depending on factors like the size and shape of the tree, it’s local availability or lack thereof, and whether you cut your own Christmas Tree or buy one pre-cut. Some states issue permits for cutting your own tree that cost as little as $5, but if you buy a tree from a lot, the price can range from $20-$120 for one Christmas Tree.
If done properly, cutting your own Christmas Tree in the forest will allow another tree to grow from the trunk. By making the cut in a way that leaves 2 or 3 branches on the trunk, those branches will continue to grow into new trees. This can take 5 to 8 years.
Many people buy artificial trees because of allergies, or because they believe that something artificial is more environmentally friendly. It should be noted though, that the average “life span” of an artificial tree is roughly 6 years which means a non biodegradable plastic product will come to rest in a landfill somewhere.
The most important thing a cut your own Christmas Tree can provide you is a new family tradition! There is nothing like spending time with your family, trying to hunt down the perfect tree for you. Christmas tree farms such as Elizabeth Farms can assist you with this and make it even more of a winter wonderland. Horse drawn carriage rides out to your trees, hot chocolate to warm your bones on a brisk day, and don’t forget to visit Santa and tell him about your new tree! Cutting your own Christmas tree farms can be a great Christmas Attraction.
Consider how beneficial Christmas Tree farms are to the environment in terms of atmospheric cleansing from young tree growth, animal habitat, and from all the uses of recycled trees and byproducts. Cut Your Own Christmas Trees are a great value and a great excuse for a fun outing with the family.