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    Christmas Trees

    We had a discussion at home the other day as to whether we should go more environmentally friendly and get an artificial tree. I think we finally decided that the real trees are more carbon neutral, and artificial trees aren't or less so. Have to admit I do love the smell of a real tree - reminds me of home (grew up in the back woods of Quebec) and its not really Christmas without one. They are a lot of work (especially afterwards when they seem to get everywhere), but worth it.
    What does everyone else do? Do you put up real trees?

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    Re: Christmas Trees

    I have an artifical one, but not because of environmental reasons.

    Here's my take. If nobody buys real trees then the tree farmers, really, have no reason to maintain all that land where they grow their trees. So maybe they sell that land to a developer who converts it into housing or commercial. Then, you've actually lost trees, because in order to keep their busienss healthy, at least the tree farmers are guaranteed to plant new trees all the time. Having new trees around also help because dead trees don't filter the carbon in the air, so continuously cycling trees and, in particular, continually planting new trees which will, likely, process the carbon at a more efficient rate, would be adviseable, wouldn't it?
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    Re: Christmas Trees

    For that matter, instead of CUTTING a new tree you get one of the living ones with the Great Big Ball 'O Dirt, then, when the season is done, you find some nice place to plant it, well, you've just added back to the environment...

    ...and it looks and smells pretty, too
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    Re: Christmas Trees

    It's a good idea but I think we would end up with a back garden that looks like a conifer forest!

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    Re: Christmas Trees

    Just do it once and decorate it every year. Put it in the north east corner of your yard for greater wind protection during the winter and it will gift you right back by lowering your heating bills - depending on your location.

    The season is about continuing life - what would be more symbolic than that for you and your family than an ongoing relationship with a tree that continues to grow, reminding you of the first winter you planted it?


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    Re: Christmas Trees

    We use an artificial one because it's easier (and safer).

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    Re: Christmas Trees

    Or, for that matter, who says it needs to be in your backyard? I mean, I'm sure there are small municipal parks around my home town that would love someone to donate trees to help fill it in...

    For that matter, how about going back to the tree farm where you bought it and replant it? Sure, it seems like "I'm paying you so I can give you this tree back" but in an altruistic fashion this benefits everyone.

    1) You don't have to worry about disposal (benefits self)
    2) It's environmentally friendly (benefits nature)
    3) You give the tree farmer more raw material so they can make money again next year (benefits fellow humans)
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    Re: Christmas Trees

    I don't know about how they do it in Pennsylvania, but around here the trees they're selling you don't have the roots attached. Replanting one would be a good way of getting yourself a vertical log with branches attached in a couple of months.

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    Re: Christmas Trees

    http://www.motherearthnews.com/Organ...tmas-Tree.aspx

    Call your local nurseries.

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    Re: Christmas Trees

    LOL... Well, depending upon where you go, you'll find either cut trees or live trees. I'm sure if you look around, you can find live trees... I know my inlaws in CT can find them and I know people in PA who have had them as well.
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