Neighbours talking over the garden gate has long been a tradition. They share gardening tips, complain about the weather and pests yet are ever eager to discuss their gardens. That is what I had in mind when creating this blog. So stop by my garden gate to find out the latest happenings in my garden.

Happy Gardening!

Garden Gnome
"All my life through, the new sights of Nature made me rejoice like a child." ~ Madame Marie Curie"

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Real Verses Artificial Christmas Trees

It's that time of year for the most popular holiday icon to make its presence. A decorated Christmas tree is a must have for many. In years past that meant going out and cutting your own tree. In recent times it means pulling the artificial tree from the closet and setting it up. Either way the Christmas tree is a seasonal tradition. There are definite reasons for choosing a real Christmas tree over an artificial tree if at all possible. The pros and cons of using either follow.

Artificial Christmas Trees


  • artificial trees are inexpensive and can be re-used for several years
  • they work well for those living in apartments where there may be restrictions
  • they eliminate allergy concerns for those sensitive to evergreens or other allergens they may harbour
  • they are essentially mess free
  • many of these trees are petroleum based produced
  • they collect dust that can also be an allergen for some
  • they do not contribute anything positive to the environment during production or use
Real Christmas Trees

  • these trees are grown on tree farms so are a cash crop helping to support those who grow them
  • buying locally means you are not adding to your carbon footprint
  • real trees help clean the air and provide oxygen during the time they are growing and they continue both while being used as a Christmas tree
  • they are natural air fresheners
  • for those with wood stoves or fireplaces the trees can be used for heat
  • they can be recycled through municipal pick-up or composting
  • real trees can harbour allergens including the possibility to that particular variety of evergreen itself
  • they can harbour insects
  • they can be messy
In terms of environmental concerns a live tree is superiour to an artificial tree. Many nurseries are now selling potted live Christmas trees that can be decorated for the season then kept to plant when the weather turns nice. I know everyone has favourite decorations for their trees but consider going for an old fashioned approach using popcorn and cranberries to make garland. Cinnamon dough decorations will give a wonderful holiday scent while decorating your tree and they can be put in the compost bin when you no longer need them. Homemade beeswax ornaments, lace ornaments and other home crafted ornaments can give your tree a lovely look and feel. To make your tree choice more environmentally friendly if you decide to light it up use the new LED lights that will use the minimal amount of energy to light up your tree.

Happy Gardening!

Garden Gnome


  1. Anonymous12:04 AM

    I recently came across your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I don't know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this blog very often.


  2. Aspen7:55 AM

    I have selected a prelit Christmas tree through Hammacher Schlemmer for this year.

  3. My sister works with an Ear-Nose-Throat doctor. She says every year they get a rush of allergies and asthma attacks. They always ask, "Do you have a real Christmas tree?"


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