Growing and harvesting a real tree is beneficial to the environment. From the time they are planted until after the holiday season when they become a “real” Christmas tree, the trees support life by giving off fresh oxygen after absorbing carbon dioxide and other gases. Every acre of Christmas trees planted gives off enough oxygen to meet the needs of 18 people. Also, while they are growing, real trees stabilize the soil, protect water supplies, and provide a refuge for various forms of wildlife. Often Christmas trees are grown in soil that will not support other crops. And, when a tree is harvested, one or two are replanted in its place.
Artificial trees are made from oil-based products that use up our natural resources. They are also not recyclable and remain in land-fills for centuries after disposal.
Real Christmas trees, on the other hand, are recyclable. The branches and trunk are biodegradable and can be used as mulch for the garden. A Christmas tree placed in the back yard will make a nice bird feeder and the birds can use the branches for shelter during the winter months. Large quantities of trees make effective barriers to prevent erosion. Sunk into ponds, the trees will also make an excellent refuge and feeding area for fish.
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