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    5 Reasons to Buy a Real Christmas Tree

    5 Reasons to Buy a Real Christmas Tree

    The festive season is almost upon us (okay, a few months away) and we will soon be dragging that same sorry Christmas tree out of the loft and setting it up for the thirteenth year running. This year though, with that depressing thought in mind, why not do something different? Why not get a real tree?

    And before you start worrying about the painstaking process of hoovering pine needles up every day, did you know that there are plenty of non-drop varieties? Nordmann Fir and Fraser Fir are our personal favourite non-drop trees.

    If you’re still not convinced, here are 5 awesome reasons to buy a real Christmas tree and ditch the faux tree!

    Real Trees are Good for the Environment

    Yep, this one might seem hard to believe but it is quite simple. Real Christmas trees are planted especially to be sold as Christmas trees, which means that trees are planted every year just to sustain the real Christmas tree market. In fact, you can contribute to these trees being planted by buying a real Christmas tree.

    The higher the demand the more trees are planted, and it is estimated by The Carbon Trust that using a real Christmas tree is 10x better for the environment than a fake Christmas tree. For those who like putting their stats into practice, it would take you re-using your fake tree for ten years running for it to break even with a real Christmas tree for environmental impact.

    Because trees produce more oxygen, Christmas Tree plantations and farms actually help improve the atmosphere.

    If there is a tiny bit of you that is a green eco warrior, this year will no doubt be a real Christmas tree year for this very reason!

    Think of the Children

    In every family there is a designated tree decorator, whether it is mum or dad, who’s in charge differs from household to household. As for the kids, aren’t they just itching at the chance to help decorate the tree and maybe sneak off a few chocolates and candy canes? Many kids love helping, even if mum or dad need to reorganise it afterwards.

    Unfortunately, it’s often a 5 minute job and the tree is once again ignored until they see the presents gathering underneath it.

    This could change entirely if you get a real Christmas tree. The annual family gathering to decide what tree type to select with matching fairy lights quickly becomes a tradition. One thing we have noticed is that children pay more attention to a tree they have helped pick than one that gets pulled out of storage. Not only does it make Christmas about everyone, but makes your Christmas tree really mean something.

    Isn’t that what Christmas is all about?

    Recycling Real Christmas Trees

    We probably already convinced the Eco-friendly to convert to real Christmas trees with our first reason, but if that failed to convince you, then this will. Most faux trees are made of plastic, meaning that when they get too tired and old to be propped up in someone’s living room they will be discarded and more than likely make their way to landfill. A fake tree can’t be recycled.

    A real Christmas tree is of course organic matter, meaning that if it is discarded and thrown away it is biodegradable and does zero net damage to the environment. Those of you a bit more green-fingered can do one better, compost your Christmas tree.

    Composting your Christmas tree is a beautifully circular way of recycling your Christmas tree and maybe even helping grow something for your next Christmas festivities!

    Even if you do throw your tree away in the green waste bins, they will likely end up as compost anyway, which is pretty cool if we say so ourselves.

    The other option is to buy a potted Christmas tree that keeps on growing year after year! Sure, you might need to cut it down to size eventually, but otherwise it’s very low maintenance and saves us chopping down new trees year after year.

    Real Trees Smell More “Christmassy”

    For those of you who like to be reminded of things using your sense of smell, this one is for you. Unlike a faux Christmas tree, real Christmas trees give off a wonderful, subtle fresh pine needle smell. The same kind of smell that car air fresheners can never quite replicate.

    If you don’t pay too much attention to the Christmas tree, your nose won’t let you down and each day you will be reminded with a lovely fresh Christmas tree scent.

    Of all the smells of Christmas, a real Christmas tree has to feature in the top ten. If you haven’t got a real Christmas tree, you’re missing out on one of the little joys of Christmas.

    Free Up Storage Space

    Some of us are lucky enough to have ample storage space, others aren’t so lucky and each year it is frustrating finding where you stored the tree last year and then finding a space to store it this year.

    Even trees that can be dismantled and stored in much smaller components take up a lot of storage room. For those living in the city or in properties with limited storage space a real Christmas tree should be a must have purchase.

    Even a potted Christmas tree doesn’t take up too much space. You can keep it on the balcony or at the back of the garden until next year.

    They look better, are natural and smell wonderful and can be recycled easily after use.

    Go on, make your Christmas the best Christmas ever and make the world a better place by buying a real Christmas tree!

    Norway Spruce Christmas Tree

    Norway Spruce Christmas Tree

    Introduction:

     

    The Norway Spruce, Picea abies, will be very familiar to people of the United States and Canada, but in truth and reality, it is a tree of Europe as it is native to Northern Europe, Central Europe and Eastern Europe – from Norway, Poland, the mountainous terrains of the central, southwestern-most parts of the western sides of the Alps, and the southeastern areas such as the Carpathians and Balkans stretching further to the extreme north of Greece. It has served a lot of purposes like pulp, lumber and a specimen tree for landscape. It has a unique pattern which is the dense branching pattern and it is a perfect tree for the yuletide seasons. It is a very popular tree for windbreaks. Its branchlets hang downwards and they contain the large cones – the largest of any spruce species – ranging from 3.5 to 6.75 inches.

     

    Importance: 

     

    The Norway Spruce species adds a real life to the indoor decoration during and after the Christmas seasons. There is also a great nostalgic feeling that this beloved tree gives with its fresh scent and classy look that has always been a unique feature. It spots dark green foliage year in year out with a good conical shape that is symmetrical. It also possesses thin needles that serve as a perfect framework for hanging decorations and ornaments. Those needles are prickly thin and they contribute to its unique attribute among the other tree species. There is a popular notion that the more Norway Spruce tree you have, the more benefits you will get. When you have this tree in your garden, you will not have any need to cut the grasses and weeds because this tree will always win the battle and suppress any unwanted plant that sprouts in your garden. In times of drought, it goes into shut-down mode and at the same time, it can survive an extremely wet soil. It can thrive on any soil and in any kind of weather. It is a bane for rodents, deer and other pests that trouble the indoor and outdoor.

     

    It has a strong, soft and straight wood which is also fine-grained and very easy to work on. It is an important integral for construction, pulp making, musical instruments and furniture.

     

    Caring for the Tree:

     

    The tree does not require much effort for its care. There are instances whereby you don’t need to lift a finger for its care most especially if the tree is planted with enough elbow room. Most times, the only thing you are required to do is to provide water occasionally.

     

    Growth Rate:

     

    It grows very fast – the growth rate is exceptional. It can grow up to 2 feet all year round and developing a pyramid shape on their crowns. Its needle-like leaves can grow to about 2.5cm long with a dark green and glossy look. Its light brown cones can grow up to 15cm in length and 5cm in width as they taper at the top.

     

    Blue Spruce Christmas Tree

    Blue Spruce Christmas Tree

    The Blue Spruce, Picea pungens, is a tree that is predominantly seen in the United States most especially in the rocky mountain areas. It is a coniferous tree with unique blue cloured needles which makes it a perfect tree for ornaments. It grows in the wild to about 23m and when planted in gardens, it grows to about 15m high and 5 m wide. It possesses conical conifers which are evergreen and horizontal branches which has a dense growth. Its branches are yellowish-brown with scaly grey bark on the trunks. Its leaves are radially arranged and they are about 3cm long. Its cones are pale brown in colour and they are about 10cm in length. It is an evergreen tree and it keeps its foliage year in year out. It can also grow in areas that experience hardness.

     

    Importance:

     

    The tree is very perfect in high elevations as it is a hub for nesting and a perfect cover for birds during the winter. Its total outlook makes gives it a unique beautification and makes it perfect for Christmas trees. They are also used for other types of decorations like lawns and a pyramid set of floral beautification. They help provide windbreaks when they are planted in rows and they have been deployed as living-wall privacy screens because of this attributes. They are perfect for specimen trees which make them good ornamentally.

     

    They have boughs which can be used for different kinds of Christmas decorations with the use of greenery. The boughs can also be used as raw materials for craft projects due to the evergreen nature. People cut the boughs and lay it over a shrub shelter to provide roofing for the bush to survive the winter in good form, shape and size.

     

    The wood from the Blue Spruce is light with a pale brownish colour with a soft and brittle attribute which is suitable for signposts, fuel and poles. It can also be used to brew spruce beer.

     

    Caring for the Tree:

     

    The tree must be protected from dry winds and it requires a very good drainage and irrigation during the dry seasons and weather. It experiences needle drop because it is an evergreen tree which makes pruning a necessity for this tree – though, a very little pruning is required. If you are promoting denser foliage, then pruning is necessary. In spring, it is beneficial when you prune off about half of the fresh growth from every tip where growth occurs to the branches.

     

    Growth Rate:

     

    It experiences a perfect growth when the sun is full blown. Its propagation is by seed but to get a rarer and desirable form of blue spruce, vegetative propagation gives a better result. It has a dense shade in its bare branches and it hangs onto its needles for about 3 to 4 years. Its growth rate is between slow to moderate with an increase in height of about 12 to 14 inches annually. At full maturity, it can spread to about 10 to 20’ feet

    Serbian Spruce Christmas Tree

    Serbian Spruce Christmas Tree

    Introduction:

     

    The Serbian Spruce, Picea omorika, is a tall and slender classic evergreen tree with an abundance of ornate and elegant upswept branches found primarily in Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina. It has a very unique feature because of its dark green needle-like and slender streaks comprising of white and distinctive purple cones. It is drought tolerant and adaptable. The Christmas tree is known for its pleasant smell that has an abundance of fragrance which gives the home a very good atmosphere during the yuletide. It can also handle extra weight which makes it easier to stuff a lot of things in it like light, heavy ornament and tinsel.

     

    Importance:

     

    The Serbian Spruce has proven to be drought and pet resistant that’s why it primarily grows in frosts affected areas in colder climates because it cannot get damaged. It is widely used in different large gardens as an ornamental tree; it is also used in the homes as Christmas trees and it is very good for paper and timber production. It blends perfectly with fairy lights, ornaments and tinsels to create the perfect scenery of decorations in homes and offices. Its two-tone green/blue colouration makes it attractive from a distance and it gives the home and garden a befitting decoration during the Christmas season. The palette of its colours makes it stand out with an eye-catching view. This gives it a unique, simplistic and elegant look. Its aroma fills the home with unique and characteristic scents of a forest. It has dense green foliage which is soft with a bluish silver underside that helps to create a great colour scheme with drooping branches that makes it well enhanced and prominent. Also, you can decorate your garden with this kind of tree during and after the Christmas season because the tree can grow to as long as 5 to 12 metres which will further add to the beautification of the garden with perfect lights and ornaments. The spacing of the branches make it easy for decoration and it is available as a pot grown tree which makes it portable. Also, it is generally disease with inexpensive maintenance.

     

    Caring for the Tree:

     

    It is very important not to prune this tree because it is not required. The branches are not superfluous and they add to the beauty of it. Always prevent it from pests like adelgids, aphids and conifer red spider mite. The only thing the tree needs basically is water. Just water. Keep adding water to it to sustain it regularly. But ensure that the soil is not waterlogged each time you water it.

     

    Growth Rate:

     

    It can grow on any kind of soil: loam, clay and sand. It also thrives well in any kind of pH scale ranging from acidic, alkaline and neutral. It reaches an ultimate height of 12 metres within 20-50 years and ultimate spread of 2-4 metres. It grows mainly by cultivation in a moist but perfectly drained soil. It is propagated mainly by seed and cuttings of semi-hardwood.