Mountain View, California (PressExposure) January 13, 2010 -- January, 2010 - Every year, right around Thanksgiving, many consumers find themselves wrestling with the fake-vs.-real Christmas tree dilemma and all the economic, environmental, aesthetic and ritual-based issues it entails. On one side of the divide stand the traditionalists who are intoxicated by the sweet scent of a freshly cut White Pine or perhaps a Noble or Frasier Fir like those found at Green Valley Christmas Trees.com. On the other are those who go with a fake option and cringe at the idea of cutting a tree down and hurting the environment.
However, fear not, oh artificial tree buying defender of mother earth. Most Christmas trees are grown as crop and replanted, so the end effect is in essence no different than harvesting corn. There is natural reseeding of trees in forests and permits are given out to cut down Christmas trees in areas that need to be thinned.
In addition, most fake trees are only used 6 to 9 years before they're disposed. Even if you would use one for 20 years or more, it will eventually be thrown away and end up in a landfill, unlike real christmas trees, which are biodegradable and recyclable. Many fake trees are in part made with polyvinyl, also known as PVC, not the best pal of the earth.
In order to keep your live Christmas trees fresh and have the longest needle retention possible, the most important thing to do is to re-cut the base of the tree and display in a water tree stand that holds one gallon of water per one inch of stem diameter.
If properly taken care of, a Noble Fir can last for four to six weeks. Enjoy the fresh scented needles after recycling the live tree. A creative use for live Christmas trees is to save the needles to create potpourri. Dry the branches, then remove and crumble the needles. Mix the needles with cinnamon sticks, whole cloves and Christmas scent. Place in jars to store.
To create a pleasant Christmas scent, add one cup of water to one-fourth cup potpourri and heat it on a stovetop or in a potpourri heater.