Carbon Footprint Debate
The debate about the carbon footprint of artificial versus live Christmas trees rages on, but most now concede that the lack of biodegradeable materials in artificial trees means that live cut trees tend to fare better on the carbon measuring stick. Cut trees contribute positively to carbon cycles as living trees, and are recycled into great mulches and other biodegradeable waste products after use. All in all, it seems they seem to be relatively carbon neutral in terms of their overall environmental impact.
Care Tips for Cut Trees
The impact in your home, however can be amazing: fragrant, natural and seasonal, they can make many homes just a little more jolly. Here’s a few hints about how to take care of your fragrant, REAL, natural live Christmas tree. Ho ho ho and have fun!
By following three easy steps, the natural Christmas tree you are bringing home could last over a month, retain its freshness and may perhaps even exhibit new bud development. Think of a cut tree like you think of fresh cut flowers. Cut the stems before re-hydrating, ensure the container can hold enough water and keep watered!
1. Fresh Cut
There must be at least a fresh ¾ inch (2 cm) cut on the tree stump before it is placed in water. The cut must be no more than six hours old; otherwise sap will begin to dry and seal the cut. This requirement ensures good initial water uptake.
2. Stand with Adequate Water Capacity
The second step involves keeping the tree watered. When the tree is first brought into the home, place in a tree stand capable of holding at least one day’s worth of water (1-6 quarts or liters for home trees). A premium, dense 6-8’, (2 meter) natural tree can draw 1 gallon (4 liters) of water in the first 12-36 hours. This amount can be taken up each day for several days before tapering off to lower levels. In a three-week period, the tree can consume up to 10-12 gallons (50 – 60 liters) of water. As a general rule of thumb, many trees consume about one quart (1 liter) of water / day / inch (2.5 cm) of stem diameter.
3. Hot Tap Water
The first fill should be with hot tap water enabling the sap to flow readily as the tree thaws, and water will be drawn upwards replenishing the moisture to the extremities. If suction stops during the display season, an air pocket develops and a new sap cover can form on the stump, preventing the suction of water and the tree begins to dry out prematurely. Remember, trees that are cared for can start to break bud and can even begin to flush out with new growth.
Enjoy your tree!