How to take care of your living Christmas tree

Instead of buying a cut tree that gets used once, choosing a potted or burlap-bagged living Christmas tree can yield years of enjoyment.

For those celebrating Christmas, a live tree can be a beautiful home accessory while serving as a decorating centerpiece for the holiday season. However, considering how short-lived a cut tree is, a more sustainable choice might be to buy a living tree that can either be used year after year, or that can be planted in the yard to supply shade and wildlife habitat, and act as a living windbreak for decades to come.

While there are plenty of uses for cut Christmas trees after the season is over, such as being turned into fish habitat or yard and garden mulch, a living Christmas tree that gets planted in the yard will continue to grow and provide vital ecosystem services and financial benefits for years and years.

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Derek Markham

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