Oh Christmas tree: Choosing a cut, fake or living tree

What is the best type of Christmas tree? There is no right answer, of course! However, here are some things to consider when choosing between a cut tree, an artificial tree and a living tree. Here are ways to factor in your space, budget and tastes, while also keeping the environment in mind when deciding whether to purchase a live, fake or cut tree.

 

cut tree Christmas recycle

A cut Christmas tree is great if you don’t have space to store a tree and you can recycle it after the holidays.

Cut tree

Pros:

1) Fragrant

2) Many sizes to fit your space

3) Many types, such as fir, spruce and pine

4) They can be recycled

 

Cons:

1) Some people are allergic

2) Pesticides and chemicals can be used to grow them

3) They can dry out easily causing a fire hazard

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Artificial Christmas trees may lead to less waste and be the economical choice.

Artificial Trees

Pros:

1) Can potentially be less expensive than purchasing a cut or live tree annually

2) Non allergy prone

3) No waste to deal with after the holidays

4) No worries about watering

Cons:

1) The manufacturing process can include chemicals and methods that can harm the environment

2) Can be expensive or difficult to find a realistic-looking tree

3) You need space to store the tree throughout the year

 

Live Christmas tree

A live Christmas tree can be the best environmental option if your landscape could use a tree.

Live trees

Pros:

1) Great way to add to your landscape if you were looking to add a tree

2) Can be the best environmental choice.

3) Fragrant

4) Several varieties are available, so it’s important to find one best for your climate

Cons:

1) They can be quite heavy with the roots and soil

2) Many can’t live indoors very long

3) Frozen dirt can pose a challenge for planting in some areas

4)  Some varieities may not look like the traditional Christmas tree shape

 

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