Buying a Christmas Tree? Buy Local!
Christmas tree farms stabilize soil, protect water
supplies and provide wildlife habitat. While growing, Christmas trees
absorb carbon dioxide and other gases and emit fresh oxygen, unlike
artificial trees which are often petroleum-based, imported from overseas
and do not biodegrade so they eventually end up in landfills forever.
Buying locally grown trees supports family owned farms and businesses,
preserves farmland, and protects the environment.
Of the 200 tree growing farms in Maryland, 168 farms harvest 77,801 trees valued at $2.4 million, according to the 2007 Census of Agriculture.
Christmas tree – a 16-foot-white pine which will be erected in front of
the agency’s headquarters later this week – was donated by Wilma and Bob
Muir, owners of Deer Creek Valley Tree Farm in Harford County. To find a Christmas tree farm near you, visit Maryland's Best.
For environmental benefits, myths versus facts about Christmas trees,
how to care for your farm-grown fresh Christmas tree, or about Christmas
tree varieties grown in Maryland, visit the Maryland Christmas Tree Association.
Top 10 Reasons to Buy a Real, Local Christmas Tree
10. While they're growing, real Christmas trees absorb carbon dioxide and other gases and emit fresh oxygen.
9. A real tree is biodegradable; artificial trees remain in landfills for years.
8. Real trees can be recycled in many ways, including local government programs to chip them into mulch that returns valuable nutrients to the soil.
7. Tree farms stabilize soil, protect water supplies and provide wildlife habitat while creating scenic green belts.
6. A growing Douglas fir can reduce atmospheric carbon by 23 lbs and intercept 102 gallons of stormwater runoff per year
5. Tree growers plant one to three new seedlings for every tree they harvest & rarely use fertilizer after planting.
4. Dollars you sepnd buying directly from a farmer will circulate through the local economy four times.
3. Profitable farms provide open space.
2. Evergreen trees look and smell great and are part of an American tradition.
1. Visiting a tree farm is great holiday fun for the entire family.