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Christmas tree farms:

  1. habee profile image94
    habeeposted 5 years ago

    How many of you get your Christmas tree from a tree farm? My youngest daughter and her family do. They make it an annual outing! I'd love to do this, too, but I don't think I could do the walking that's required. If you're going to have a real tree, I think a local tree farm is the best way to go. You can be sure the tree is fresh, and it helps support local farmers.
    http://s4.hubimg.com/u/5876863_f248.jpg

    1. couturepopcafe profile image62
      couturepopcafeposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Sorry, habee, I think Christmas tree farming is one of the most disgraceful and blatant use of consumerism ever.  Growing trees only to have them cut down to be used for a few weeks is wrong in my book.

      1. habee profile image94
        habeeposted 5 years agoin reply to this

        So, you don't believe in using paper, disposable diapers, or toilet paper? Do you know how discarded Christmas trees are used here in the South? (maybe elsewhere, also)

        Many people sink them into ponds and lakes to provide habitat for fish, especially crappie. We also have a park where the trees can be taken to be turned into mulch. Just about everyone I know who uses a real tree recycles their trees in some way.

        1. Uninvited Writer profile image82
          Uninvited Writerposted 5 years agoin reply to this

          Real trees are also better for the environment than artificial trees in terms of recycling. I don't see a tree farm as any different than a plant nursery. We cut flowers all the time. It's different than clear-cutting a forest...

          1. couturepopcafe profile image62
            couturepopcafeposted 5 years agoin reply to this

            I didn't know they were well recycled.  Still seems like a waste of trees, though.

        2. Patty Inglish, MS profile image94
          Patty Inglish, MSposted 5 years agoin reply to this

          And the tree farms plant new growth, staggered time-wise to keep the "forest" growing, right? Sounds like a good plan and sustainable.

          1. habee profile image94
            habeeposted 5 years agoin reply to this

            Yes, they do. Like UW said, it's not like clear-cutting an entire forest.

    2. JimmieWriter profile image87
      JimmieWriterposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      No, finances were the kicker for us. We bought a beautiful (real) tree at Costco for only $30. It was such a good price and so convenient that we wouldn't think of anything else. I love the concept of a tree farm, though!

  2. leahlefler profile image99
    leahleflerposted 5 years ago

    We're going today! We go to a local tree farm in Warren, Pennsylvania and cut our own tree. The tree is fresher, and cheaper than the pre-cut trees at the big box stores. Of course, we love supporting the local tree farmer, too!

    1. habee profile image94
      habeeposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Have fun!

  3. leahlefler profile image99
    leahleflerposted 5 years ago

    Thanks, Habee! We will!

    Another benefit: going to a Christmas tree farm is an opportunity for great family pictures!

  4. Stacie L profile image91
    Stacie Lposted 5 years ago

    It used to upset me as a child, to see live trees being cut down.My family had live trees for every Christmas. I hated to see the tree needles fall off and turn brown.
    Since I lived near Fire island, the trees would be recycled by shoring up the sand dunes.
    now I understand that it is better than a fake tree from China..(I have a fake one now due to allergies)roll

  5. leahlefler profile image99
    leahleflerposted 5 years ago

    We bought ours from a tree farm today - $14 for an 8' tall white pine.
    http://s2.hubimg.com/u/5878713_f248.jpg

    They only tag a certain percentage of the farm each year, and replant to keep a steady supply. We do like to support local businesses, and since we do a "real" tree each year, would rather get it from this family farm than from a big box business.

    1. habee profile image94
      habeeposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Lovely tree and beautiful family!!

 
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