DO I DO WHEN I GET MY TREE HOME?
your tree in a cool, dry place (inside an unheated garage is a
good location) or outside out of the sun (under a deck) until
you are ready to put the tree up. Do not remove tree wrapping
string at this time. You can store the tree for 3 to 4 weeks in
a cool area out of the wind and sun and not do any damage to the
WHEN YOU ARE READY TO PUT
YOUR TREE UP...
- If the
tree is frozen or has ice on the branches or is wet in any
way, thaw it out slowly and allow it to drip dry somewhere
other than on your carpet.
on a good placement for the tree. The tree must never be placed
in front of an open furnace vent (hot air) nor anywhere near
a fireplace or wood stove. Doing so will cause the tree to
dry out prematurely.
a new cut on the bottom of the tree (remove 1/2 inch to 1
the tree in a tree stand that is large enough to hold at least
one gallon of water.
- If you
purchased a tree bag, you may place it under the tree stand
at this time.
water into the tree stand and maintain this level throughout
the Christmas season. The tree should never be without water.
Use warm to hot water for the first watering to help open
the pores in the tree.
the string around the tree.
the tree so that you can view the best side.
tree. It is important that you put properly working lights
on your tree.
- Put a
tree skirt or a sheet around the base of the tree to protect
carpet from sap.
for freshness weekly by bending a green needle with your fingers
to see if the needle snaps or bends. If it bends without snapping,
the tree is still fresh. Don't panic if you hear cracking
sounds during the night, the pine cones on the tree may open
in your warm home.
Christmas, remove the tree and either place it on the curb
for the city to chop into woodchips, or stand it up in the
back yard as a winter shelter for birds.
tree should last 3 to 4 weeks inside your home with proper
care. If tree runs out of water, a fresh cut must be made
on the tree to reopen the closed pores.
USE REAL TREES?
or plastic? Many consumers will be asking themselves that question
this holiday season.
In this age of environmental awareness it's appropriate to know
a favorite family holiday tradition of choosing a real Christmas
tree over an artificial tree is still the environmentally sound
"What could be simpler or more natural?" says Bob Scott, President
of the National Christmas Tree Association. "Buying a real Christmas
tree is definitely an environmentally sound choice."
"Consumers are showing their preference for real, natural products
that are socially conscious. Many young families are attracted
to the tradition of celebrating Christmas with a real tree in
their home," explained Scott.
Christmas tree farms stabilize soil, protect water supplies and
provide refuge for wildlife while creating scenic green belts.
Often, Christmas trees are grown on soils that could not support
A benefit to the atmosphere, real Christmas trees absorb carbon
dioxide and other gases, emitting fresh oxygen. This helps prevent
the earth-warming "greenhouse effect". One acre of Christmas trees
produces the daily oxygen requirement for 18 people. With approximately
one million acres producing Christmas trees in the
United States, that translates into oxygen for 18 million people
every day. For every real Christmas tree harvested, three seedlings
are planted in its place.
Real Christmas trees are an all-American, recyclable resource.
Artificial trees, most of which are manufactured in Korea, Taiwan
or Hong Kong, consist of plastics and metals that aren't biodegradable.
When disposed of,
the artificial trees will never deteriorate. Their effects on
our environment are evident and will remain for countless generations.
Celebrate Christmas with a REAL Christmas tree and wreath
Give a gift back to the environment!
Christmas trees are an all-American product, grown in all
50 states, including Alaska and Hawaii. Most artificial trees
are manufactured in Korea, Taiwan, or Hong Kong.
trees are a renewable, recyclable resource. Artificial trees
contain non-biodegradable plastics and metals.
every real Christmas tree harvested, 2 to 3 seedlings are
planted in its place.
are about 1 million acres in production for growing Christmas
trees. Each acre provides the daily oxygen requirements of
are about 15,000 Christmas tree growers in the U.S., and over
100,000 people employed full or part time in the industry.
are approximately 5,000 choose and cut farms in the U.S.
can take as many as 15 years to grow a tree of average retail
sale height (6 feet), but the average growing time in 7 years.
Top selling Christmas trees
Balsam Fir, Douglas Fir,
Fraser Fir, Noble Fir, Scotch Pine, Virginia Pine and White
is environmentally and traditionally wrong to buy and use plastic
products to celebrate Christmas...
Consider these important facts...
1. Fake trees and wreaths are made from nonrenewable petroleum.
REAL Christmas trees
and wreaths do not harm our environment and
our resources... they are produced as an agricultural crop. Each
year Christmas tree growers replace cut trees with a new crop
2. When a fake tree catches fire, it puts dangerous toxic fumes
into the air.
A properly cared-for
REAL Christmas tree will not catch fire easily.
If and when it does, its fumes will certainly not be as toxic.
In addition, one acre of REAL Christmas trees remove carbon dioxide
from the atmosphere and produces enough oxygen for 18 people.
3. Fake trees cannot be recycled. When they are disposed of in
a sanitary landfill, they will not disintegrate, but will remain
there forever, taking up increasingly scarce landfill space.
Our cities today are faced with a critical shortage of sanitary
land fill space. Many of them, and many States as well, have passed
laws prohibiting disposal of
REAL Christmas trees
in a landfill.
REAL trees are thus being used in various helpful ways when disposed
of...such as ground-up mulch to replenish the soil, fish habitat
and other useful methods.
But, what about disposal of fake Christmas trees? No legislation
has yet been passed to prohibit their disposal in a landfill.
A fake Christmas tree has no use whatsoever when disposed of,
except to continue taking up space in critically-needed landfill
4. Fake trees are manufactured mainly outside of the United States.
We hear much today about our economy being faced with a loss of
jobs. Why do we continue to promote loss of jobs in the Christmas
tree industry by buying and using fake Christmas trees and wreaths
when very few fake trees and wreaths are made in the United States
by American Labor.
Thousands of jobs have already been lost in the Christmas tree
industry because continued sale and use of fake trees and wreaths
continues to be encouraged.
Over the years, the Christmas tree has come to symbolize the faith
and hope of harmony among all mankind. This spirit is REAL and
tree, when brought inside our homes, projects
this feeling through its pleasant scent and natural warm beauty.
Celebrate Christmas with a REAL Christmas tree and wreath, while
helping protect our valuable nonrenewable environment.