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The Environment:

The Christmas Trees we grow benefit the environment.
Our trees are busy helping the environment long before you take them home for the holidays.
Real Christmas trees are a benefit to the environment form the time they are planted until after the holiday season when they can be recycled.
While growing, Real Christmas trees support life by absorbing carbon dioxide and other gases and emitting fresh oxygen. This helps prevent the earth-warming greenhouse effect.
The farms that grow Christmas trees stabilize soil, protect water supplies, and provide refuge for wildlife while creating scenic green belts. Often, Christmas trees are grown on soil that are marginal for other crop.
After Christmas, Real Christmas trees are often recycled and have many uses.
Christmas trees are biodegradable -- the trunk and branches can be used as mulch for gardens, parks or in animal stalls. The mulch provides a protective barrier for the roots of other plants and vegetation while preventing weeds from growing. The mulch then decomposes, providing the nutrients plants need to thrive.
Recycling programs are a fast - growing trend in communities throughout the nation. Ask the tree farmer where you purchase a tree.
Some communities use Christmas trees to make effective sand and soil erosion barriers, especially at beaches and on river beds. Sunk into private fish ponds trees make excellent refuge and feeding areas for fish.
Before recycling, Christmas trees can be used to make bird feeders, adding color and excitement to the winter garden. Utilize orange slices, suet, and seed to attract the birds. They will come for the food and stay for the shelter in the branches.
The tradition of using a living tree to celebrate the holidays is gaining in popularity. Living trees have their roots intact and can be re-planted outside following the holiday.

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