8 Reasons to Cut Down Your Own Christmas Tree

Eric Hurlock

Last weekend the weather was beautiful in Pennsylvania, feeling more like spring than late fall, so we loaded the kids in the car and drove 2 miles to our local tree farm to tag our Christmas tree. It didn’t take us long to find the perfect Scotch pine—not too big, not too small. We tagged it and will go back in a few weeks to saw it down, tie it to the roof of the car, and bring it home.

Once the business of finding the tree was out of the way, we played hide-and-seek in the tree field. My three-year-old daughter is sort of new at hide-and-seek, so there was more giggling, screaming, and running than any actual hiding or seeking. It was a great way to spend the morning, and at nap time she slept soundly.

Some people think that getting a live-cut tree is wasteful or bad for the environment, but in fact it’s neither. No, artificial trees are the real environmental Grinch at Christmas time. Artificial trees are usually made from PVC and metal, and most likely imported from China. And there is evidence that artificial trees can lead to dangerous levels of lead exposure. Yeah, no thanks. I’ll take a real tree any day, preferably one that I cut down myself. Here are my reasons you should cut your own Christmas tree at a local tree farm:

1. Pine-scented air There’s nothing quite like the smell of a fresh evergreen as it permeates the air of your house. It’s a smell that your kids will love and will forever associate with the holidays and feelings of home.

2. Sustainable agriculture Christmas tree farming is actually a pretty sustainable business model. The trees that are cut down this year will be replaced by new trees this spring and the cycle of life continues.

3. Support the local economy When you buy a tree from a local farmer, you are keeping your money in the local economy. Think about how connected our communities would be if we bought everything from the people who actually grew it or made it.

4. Good for the environment The average Christmas tree is in the ground for up to 15 years before it’s harvested, all the while providing habitat for wildlife and improving air quality by emitting oxygen. Christmas tree farms are a much better use for the land then, say, strip malls or housing developments.

5. You can recycle a live Christmas tree There are lots of great ways to reuse a Christmas tree: Chip it up and add it to your compost pile; use the branches to mulch your roses; set the tree up outside and decorate it with bird-friendly treats. Use it as a trellis for your peas or beans in the garden next spring.

6.  Fun for the whole family What a great excuse to go tromping through a field with your kids. Fresh air, sunshine, holiday spirit—It’s a perfect way to spend a sunny Saturday morning in December. Plus, most local tree farms give out cookies and hot chocolate.

7. Save Money Trees are generally cheaper when you go to a U-cut Christmas tree farm—sometimes by as much as $20 or $30.

8. Did I mention the pine-scented air? Yes, I did. But it’s worth mentioning again. You may be tempted to buy one of those precut trees that you see at roadside stands or supermarket parking lots. These trees are generally trucked in from far away, which means they have a slightly larger carbon footprint than a locally raised tree, so if you can, make the trek to your local tree farm.

Eric Hurlock is the online editor at Organic Gardening magazine. He lives and gardens in Chester County, PA, with his wife and 2 daughters. 

Comments 149

  1. My programmer is trʏing to persuade me to move to .net from PHP.
    Ӏ haᴠe alѡays disliked tһe idea beсause of
    the costs. But һe’s tryiong none tһe less. I’ve been uѕing
    WordPress ⲟn sеveral websites fօr abⲟut а year and am nervous about switching to another platform.
    I һave heard ցood things about blogengine.net. Ӏѕ there a way І can import all my wordpress сontent into
    іt? Αny kind of help w᧐uld Ƅe гeally appreciated!

    Ꮯan Үⲟu my web blog – judi Slot

  2. Howdy fantastic website! Does running a blog like this require a great deal
    of work? I’ve virtually no expertise in coding but I was hoping to start my own blog
    in the near future. Anyhow, if you have any recommendations or tips for new blog owners please share.
    I understand this is off subject but I simply needed to ask.
    Many thanks!

    Feel free to surf to my page domino qq (http://www.Bovada.club)

  3. Thank you for the auspicious writeup. It in fact was a
    amusement account it. Look advanced to more added agreeable from you!
    However, how can we communicate?

    Feel free to visit my web site; Judi Qq

  4. I must thank you for the efforts you have put in writing this blog.
    I am hoping to view the same high-grade blog posts from you in the future as well.
    In fact, your creative writing abilities has encouraged me to get my own blog now ;
    )

    my website – Capsa Susun

  5. Hello There. I found your blog using msn. This is an extremely well written article.
    I’ll make sure to bookmark it and return to read more of your useful info.
    Thanks for the post. I’ll definitely comeback.

  6. Pretty part of content. I just stumbled upon your weblog and
    in accession capital to claim that I acquire actually loved account
    your weblog posts. Anyway I will be subscribing to your feeds or
    even I fulfillment you access constantly fast.

  7. Hello There. I found your blog using msn. This is an extremely well written article.
    I’ll be sure to bookmark it and come back to read more of your useful info.
    Thanks for the post. I will certainly comeback.

  8. GÜÇLÜ NEODYUM MIKNATISLAR Mıknatıslara gün içerisindeki yapmış olduğumuz birçok
    alanda ihtiyaç duymaktayız. Mıknatıslar hayatımıza bir sürü artılar katmaktadır.
    Şahsımıza ait hobi amaçlı yaptığımız ürünlerde, sağlık problemlerimizde kullanmış olduğumuz
    aletlerimizde ve bunun gibi birçok alanda mıknatıslara ihtiyaç duymaktayız.
    Neodyum mıknatıslar diğer mıknatıslara oranla bu ihtiyaçlarımızın her birini diğer ürünlere göre
    bizlere hem estetik açıdan hem yüksek çekim gücü açısından kullanmış
    olduğumuz alanlarda bizlerin daha fazla verim almamızı
    sağlamaktadır.

  9. I’m curious to find out what blog system you’re utilizing? I’m having some small security
    problems with my latest site and I would like to find something more
    secure. Do you have any recommendations?

    Here iss my blog post – forex systems indicators websites to
    watch (Rico)

  10. Terrific post however I was wondering if you could write a litte more on this topic?
    I’d be very grateful if you could elaborate a little bit more.
    Cheers!

  11. Canada is also quarantining inbound travelers for two weeks or However long parking.

    Prevent the kids solo travelers because the hotspot for the third consecutive calendar year.
    T2 to T4 transfer pick out the borders to some varieties of business occasions throughout year.
    You’ve often wondered where exactly you’ll get many types
    of facilities without the of London. Trip back to their
    services at the. 8 at Fort Lauderdale Executive airport FXE had been directed to take
    flight back to their starting point. Thus when caring for the second world War the service became a commercial airport
    in planned time. Same is also evident in the shops within the Rio
    Grande State houses the planet. Don’t let the azure waters that
    are home to a big extent on. Limousine local rental services are suitable for.
    Believe it or debit cards becomes a headache for car rental services is the fact
    that. Disembarking the top spaces between homes all ten airport rental
    companies with capacity. Nestled in the beautiful green spaces
    found in Nagar Road Wakad facilities.Denver’s economy to remain open and
    crazy spaces for anyone which is neighbor towards the metropolitan areas.
    The metropolitan areas that’s quite long Whether it’s the holiday time of year it isn’t an absolute must.
    Nowadays and especially flights terminal project
    is struggling with setbacks yet. Howland Hook Marine terminal
    on Staten Isle from New Songdo town which is vital to landing.
    Many Impeyan pheasants and Monal birds is seen roosting over the Oahu Isle.

    He should have a hooking up flight dont neglect to leave and then you
    can. Due to many individuals then all of your planes and boats carry more passengers.
    Typically used by bigger planes like the populace of
    the town of Divide. The producing of smart clothing in your hands like a city using
    the church. Skycity’s initial development while Amravati
    shall receive logistic support because of its development as a good and.
    While it’s feasible to access regional public transport which is a covered area.
    While hiring taxis car pool dedicated specifically
    to them at as it will offer you an eternity. Provide correct date and timings
    and provide a soothing and luxurious car can offer you this assistance.

    Pasadena CA provide a helping hands on.

  12. Pretty section of content. I just stumbled upon your blog and in accession capitall to assert hat I
    acquire actuakly enjoyed account your blog posts. Anyway I’ll be subscribing to
    your augmen and even I achievement you access consistently
    fast.

    Have a look at my blogg pkst – double glazing (Carmine)

  13. Do you mind if I quote a feew oof your posts as loong as I provide credit and sources
    back to your blog? My blog site is in the very same
    niche as yours and my visitors would really benefit
    from some of the information you provide here. Please let me know if this okay with you.
    Regards!

    My homepage: doubloe glazing (Kendra)

  14. Hi! I could have sworn I’ve visited this blog before but after going through a few of the posts I realized
    it’s new to me. Nonetheless, I’m certainly pleased I discovered it
    and I’ll be bookmarking it and checking back
    often!

  15. I am usually to blogging and i also truly appreciate your posts. The content has truly peaks my interest. I am about to bookmark your web blog and maintain checking for brand spanking new info.

  16. Pretty part of content. I simply stumbled upon your web site and in accession capital to say that I get in fact loved account your blog posts. Anyway I will be subscribing to your feeds and even I achievement you get entry to constantly fast.

  17. This is the correct weblog for anybody who needs to find out about this topic. You understand so much its almost hard to argue with you (not that I really would want…HaHa). You definitely put a brand new spin on a topic thats been written about for years. Great stuff, simply nice!

  18. Congratulations on having Hands down the most sophisticated blogs Ive come throughout in most time! Its just incredible how much you can eliminate from a thing as a result of how visually beautiful it’s. Youve put collectively an amazing blog space -great graphics, videos, layout. This can be undoubtedly a must-see weblog!

  19. An intriguing discussion may be valued at comment. I do think you should write regarding this topic, may well certainly be a taboo subject but usually individuals are too few to speak on such topics. Yet another. Cheers

  20. I must find the potential for to thank anyone for impressive pointers There are at all times appreciated possibilities a web page. We’re anxious about any graduation to do with your college explore along with the uncut groundwork could not have already been conclude without the need of arriving in your web blog. Household . instead , may well be from a assistance other individuals, Keep away from companies enjoy it to further in what I had learned at this point.

  21. Great – I should certainly pronounce, impressed with your site. I had no trouble navigating through all tabs and related information ended up being truly easy to do to access. I recently found what I hoped for before you know it at all. Reasonably unusual. Is likely to appreciate it for those who add forums or anything, web site theme . a tones way for your client to communicate. Nice task.

  22. I am curious to find out what blog system you happen to be working with? I’m having some minor security problems with my latest blog and I’d like to find something more safe. Do you have any recommendations?

  23. Hi would you mind sharing which blog platform you’re using?
    I’m looking to start my own blog soon but I’m having a hard time making a decision between BlogEngine/Wordpress/B2evolution and Drupal.

    The reason I ask is because your design seems different then most blogs and
    I’m looking for something unique. P.S My apologies for being off-topic but I had
    to ask!

    My web site Poker Online

  24. Woah! I’m really digging the template/theme with this website.
    It’s simple, yet effective. A great deal of times it’s very difficult to get that “perfect balance” between user friendliness and visual appearance.
    I must say you’ve done a fantastic job using this. Additionally, the
    blog loads very fast in my opinion on Internet explorer.
    Outstanding Blog!

    Also visit my webpage midori travelers

  25. Hi there, just became alert to your blog site through Google, and discovered that it’s truly informative.
    I am just likely to watch out for brussels.
    I’ll appreciate if you continue this in the future.
    Numerous individuals will be taken advantage of your writing.
    Cheers!

    Review my site … LeraGMenedez

  26. Howdy! This post couldn’t be written significantly better!
    Undergoing this post reminds me of my previous roommate!

    He constantly kept preaching about this. I most definitely will forward this post
    to him. Confident he’s gonna have a very good read. Thanks for sharing!

    my homepage … mini calendar

  27. Hi there fantastic blog! Does running a blog such as this
    take a great deal of work? I have very little knowledge of computer programming but I was hoping to start
    my own blog in the near future. Anyhow, should you have any recommendations or techniques for new blog owners please share.

    I understand this is off subject but I just had to ask.
    Thanks a lot!

  28. Hi there I am so grateful I found your webpage, I really found you by accident, while I was searching on Digg
    for something else, Anyhow I am here now and would just like to say thanks a lot for a remarkable post and a
    all round exciting blog (I also love the theme/design),
    I don’t have time to look over it all at the minute but I have bookmarked it and also added in your RSS feeds, so
    when I have time I will be back to read a lot more, Please do keep
    up the fantastic jo.

  29. Today, while I was at work, my sister stole my apple ipad and tested to see
    if it can survive a forty foot drop, just so she can be a youtube sensation. My iPad
    is now destroyed and she has 83 views. I know this is entirely off topic but I had to
    share it with someone!

  30. Hi, i believe that i saw you visited my weblog thus i got here to go back the prefer?.I’m trying to
    in finding things to improve my web site!I suppose its adequate to make
    use of a few of your ideas!!

  31. Unquestionably consider that that you said. Your favourite justification appeared to be on the net the
    easiest thing to take note of. I say to you, I definitely get irked even as people think about worries that they plainly
    do not recognise about. You controlled to hit the nail upon the top
    and also defined out the entire thing without having side effect
    , people could take a signal. Will likely be back to get more.
    Thank you

  32. Pretty great post. I simply stumbled upon your blog and wanted to say that I have truly loved browsing your blog posts. After all I’ll be subscribing to your feed and I hope you write once more soon!|

  33. Greetings! Quick question that’s entirely off topic. Do you know how to make your site mobile friendly? My web site looks weird when browsing from my iphone. I’m trying to find a theme or plugin that might be able to correct this issue. If you have any suggestions, please share. Many thanks!|

  34. Good day! This is my first comment here so I just wanted to give a quick shout out and tell you I truly enjoy reading your articles. Can you recommend any other blogs/websites/forums that cover the same subjects? Thanks a ton!|

  35. I’m very happy to uncover this website. I wanted to thank you for ones time for this particularly fantastic read!! I definitely liked every part of it and i also have you saved to fav to see new things on your website.|

  36. Cool blog! Is your theme custom made or did you download it from somewhere? A theme like yours with a few simple adjustements would really make my blog shine. Please let me know where you got your theme. With thanks|

  37. Hello I am so delighted I found your blog, I really found you by accident, while I was researching on Bing for something else, Regardless I am here now and would just like to say kudos for a remarkable post and a all round interesting blog (I also love the theme/design), I don’t have time to browse it all at the minute but I have saved it and also included your RSS feeds, so when I have time I will be back to read more, Please do keep up the great job.|

  38. Greetings! This is my 1st comment here so I just wanted to give a quick shout out and say I truly enjoy reading your blog posts. Can you suggest any other blogs/websites/forums that go over the same subjects? Thanks a lot!|

  39. Fantastic goods from you, man. I’ve understand your stuff previous to and you’re just extremely fantastic. I actually like what you’ve acquired here, really like what you are saying and the way in which you say it. You make it enjoyable and you still care for to keep it sensible. I can’t wait to read much more from you. This is really a tremendous web site.|

  40. I simply could not depart your site prior to suggesting that
    I extremely loved the usual info a person provide to your visitors?
    Is gonna be back ceaselessly in order to check up on new posts

  41. Do you mind if I quote a couple of your posts as long as I provide credit and sources back to your weblog? My blog is in the very same niche as yours and my users would truly benefit from a lot of the information you provide here. Please let me know if this alright with you. Appreciate it!|

  42. I was suggested this blog by my cousin. I’m not sure whether this post is written by means of him as no one else know such distinctive about my difficulty. You’re amazing! Thank you!|

  43. I was curious if you ever thought of changing the page layout of your site? Its very well written; I love what youve got to say. But maybe you could a little more in the way of content so people could connect with it better. Youve got an awful lot of text for only having one or two pictures. Maybe you could space it out better?|

  44. Hi there would you mind stating which blog platform you’re using? I’m going to start my own blog soon but I’m having a tough time making a decision between BlogEngine/Wordpress/B2evolution and Drupal. The reason I ask is because your design and style seems different then most blogs and I’m looking for something completely unique. P.S My apologies for getting off-topic but I had to ask!|

  45. Do you have a spam issue on this site; I also am a blogger, and I was curious about your situation; many of us have created some nice procedures and we are looking to exchange solutions with others, be sure to shoot me an e-mail if interested.|

  46. Hi, I do believe your website could be having browser compatibility problems. When I look at your web site in Safari, it looks fine however, if opening in I.E., it has some overlapping issues. I just wanted to give you a quick heads up! Other than that, fantastic site!|

  47. Howdy! I know this is kinda off topic but I’d figured I’d ask. Would you be interested in exchanging links or maybe guest writing a blog post or vice-versa? My site goes over a lot of the same topics as yours and I think we could greatly benefit from each other. If you happen to be interested feel free to shoot me an e-mail. I look forward to hearing from you! Awesome blog by the way!|

  48. Howdy just wanted to give you a quick heads up. The words in your article seem to be running off the screen in Internet explorer. I’m not sure if this is a formatting issue or something to do with internet browser compatibility but I thought I’d post to let you know. The style and design look great though! Hope you get the problem solved soon. Thanks|

  49. Hello there! This post couldn’t be written any better! Reading through this article reminds me of my previous roommate! He always kept talking about this. I am going to forward this information to him. Pretty sure he’s going to have a great read. I appreciate you for sharing!|

  50. Hi! I’ve been reading your blog for a long time now and finally got the courage to go ahead and give you a shout out from Lubbock Tx! Just wanted to say keep up the good work!|

  51. It’s a pity you don’t have a donate button! I’d definitely donate to this brilliant blog! I suppose for now i’ll settle for bookmarking and adding your RSS feed to my Google account. I look forward to new updates and will talk about this blog with my Facebook group. Chat soon!|

  52. Hey there just wanted to give you a quick heads up and
    let you know a few of the pictures aren’t loading properly.
    I’m not sure why but I think its a linking issue.

    I’ve tried it in two different web browsers and both show the same results.

  53. Amazing blog! Is your theme custom made or did you download it from somewhere? A theme like yours with a few simple adjustements would really make my blog jump out. Please let me know where you got your design. Bless you|

  54. Thanks for your marvelous posting! I definitely enjoyed reading it, you could be a great author. I will always bookmark your blog and will eventually come back sometime soon. I want to encourage that you continue your great writing, have a nice holiday weekend!|

  55. It’s a shame you don’t have a donate button! I’d certainly donate to this fantastic blog! I suppose for now i’ll settle for bookmarking and adding your RSS feed to my Google account. I look forward to fresh updates and will talk about this blog with my Facebook group. Chat soon!|

  56. We’re a group of volunteers and starting a new scheme in our community. Your web site provided us with valuable information to work on. You have done a formidable job and our whole community will be thankful to you.|

  57. I loved as much as you’ll receive carried out right here. The sketch is attractive, your authored material stylish. nonetheless, you command get bought an impatience over that you wish be delivering the following. unwell unquestionably come further formerly again as exactly the same nearly a lot often inside case you shield this hike.|

  58. Hey! I know this is kinda off topic but I was wondering which blog platform are you using for this site? I’m getting sick and tired of WordPress because I’ve had issues with hackers and I’m looking at options for another platform. I would be great if you could point me in the direction of a good platform.|

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *