IFor those who celebrate Christmas, a Christmas tree is a special part of the holiday celebration. Many people have fond memories of opening gifts, singing carols or just gathering around the tree with family and friends to celebrate the holiday. Choosing a live Christmas tree is becoming more popular as more people are becoming aware of the benefits of a live tree versus one that is cut. A live Christmas tree can add more fun, memories, and joy to your Christmas celebrations.
The benefits of a live tree
Most people consider a cut tree to be alive, but a tree that has been separated from its roots is dead or dying. While many Christmas trees are grown to be cut down and used for the specific purpose of the holiday, a lot of people find the cutting down of trees to be a waste and damaging to the environment. With more and more people becoming environmentally conscious, buying a living Christmas tree is more appealing than having one cut and then later thrown away. Living Christmas trees are potted with roots intact and can be enjoyed for many years. Here are a few more benefits of buying a living Christmas tree versus buying a cut tree.
Better for the environment
By purchasing a living tree, you help the environment by saving a tree that would take years to replace. After the holiday is over, a living tree can be planted in your own yard or donated to a plant-a-tree organization. These trees can be used in parks, city landscapes, or used to replant forest areas.
Ever wonder why a cut tree drops so many needles? The reason is because it’s dead and drying out. Not only does a dry tree make a mess, it can be more dangerous because it’s more likely to catch fire. A living Christmas tree retains its moisture and is less likely to catch fire from lights or a heat source.
A living Christmas tree can be decorated and dressed up just like a cut tree. The holiday memories can continue long after the season has passed by planting the tree in your own yard and watching it grow and flourish for years to come. Planting the tree as a family can also add fun and spirit to the season.
How to choose a living Christmas tree
- Choose a tree with sturdy limbs that can withstand the weight of decorations.
- Keep in mind that a living tree won’t survive indoors for more than a week. So it is better to buy your tree with enough time to celebrate the holidays and then move the tree outdoors.
- If the ground is frozen, replanting is not possible. If you live in a particularly cold area, then make sure you have a place outdoors where you can store your tree until the best time for planting arrives.
- Choose a tree that has good needle retention, a full, symmetrical shape, and has pliable branches that will regain their shape after being transported.
- Keep in mind that not all types of Christmas trees are the same. Pines and firs are fragrant and good indoors but spruces and hemlocks tend to drop needles and are not as fragrant. Choose a tree that appeals to your taste.