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The Scoop On Christmas Trees

Christmas trees can be a popular sight around the holidays.

Decorated, bright and attention grabbing, they can make a room sparkle. If you are planning on having a Christmas tree, you may wonder which type is best, a living or fake one.

Personal preferences can develop for either, as some prefer the look and aroma of the real deal and some may like the ease factor associated with faux versions.

Either choice can have environmental concerns.

Real Christmas Trees

Christmas tree farms can be a beautiful site. However this-

The Scoop On Christmas Trees

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eventually turns into this:

The Scoop On Christmas Trees

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The Scoop On Christmas Trees

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Though they are beautiful when freshly cut, a few weeks into the season they can loose their luster. However, real trees are biodegradable and when they are turned in for recycling they can be made into mulch, landscaping supplies, wooden items and other usable materials.

Christmas trees grown on local organic farms are beneficial for the community, and the airspace. Additionally, tree farms are good for the water supply and wildlife populations. Tree nurseries and farms normally plant more trees than are seasonally harvested, helping to ensure a stable crop.

One option that cuts down on the waste with a living tree is purchasing one that can be planted after being displayed. These are more expensive, and like cut trees, they do require some extra upkeep. They will need to be watered properly  in order to keep the root systems intact and the tree thriving indoors until it will be transferred. They also need to be continually monitored for dryness as they can be a fire hazard. Also, space is an issue unless you have a yard large enough to accommodate a growing tree.

The National Christmas Tree Association has information on selection and tips for maintaining a living tree.

Fake Christmas Trees

Artificial trees  may be made with petroleum based materials, and they are rarely locally crafted. Often factory manufactured,  they are not normally recyclable. They can be reused for many years before being disposed of, though, and can be less expensive than a living tree.

Parts of artificial trees are often made with aluminum or polyvinyl chloride, or PVC. They are normally also coated with fire retardant chemicals, and unregulated artificial products can even contain lead.

They can also fall victim to a seasonally induced spending splurge, and then be tossed out after.

The Scoop On Christmas Trees

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Whatever the decision leads to, the best bet is one that is smartly used and will work for the space it is needed in.

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