Have you put up your Christmas tree yet? We only ask because December 19th is ‘Look for an Evergreen Day,’ which means you’re right on time if you’re only getting around to finding your tree now. So what will it be? A classic spruce, pine, or fir tree? Or will you be decorating something unique for the holidays? Whatever you choose, we have a few tips to help you find your perfect evergreen.
Firstly, we encourage you to shop local! Many small-scale Christmas tree growers badly need support right now. Unfortunately, we’re facing yet another tree shortage, with some reports saying climate change is partly to blame. So, if your heart desires a real tree (vs an artificial one – such a heated debate!), support a local farm or vendor.
Think Outside Of The Box
If chopping a tree down isn’t your thing and you still can’t bear the idea of going with a fake one, plenty of unconventional and eco-friendly ideas exist, including decorating houseplants, evergreen branches, or wooden stick trees! Look at your garden; see what’s already there, and build on that for your holiday decor.
The Winner Is…
We love the idea of potted conifers! You can buy these from local greenhouses or nurseries and plant them in the yard after Santa comes.
Other options include small-scale farmers who grow evergreens in pots and rent them to families. The trees are collected at the end of the holidays and cared for until you rent them again next season.
Keeping The Green
Finally, at the end of the holiday season, please dispose of your Christmas tree responsibly! We’re all about green even after the needles start falling, so consider mulching or using the tree as fish food or bird habitat.
Enjoy searching for the perfect evergreen tree!