The Great Christmas Tree Debate: Real Versus Artificial
For many years, there has been a debate of which is better — a real Christmas tree or an artificial one. Some consumers are extremely passionate about their choice and will argue why their preference is better. For some, the concern is the yearly cost of choosing a real tree, others are concerned about the effect on the environment, and for many, tradition and nostalgia drive their decision.
Are Real Trees Better?
Many families have the yearly tradition of visiting the Christmas tree farm and choosing the perfect real Christmas tree. They love the smell and memories that are created year after year. It is important to think of a Christmas tree farm as any other farm that sells fruits and vegetables or a garden that you might cultivate in your yard. These farms and gardens have systems in place to ensure that regrowth happens year after year. Many tree farms plant anywhere from one to three seeds to replace each tree that is cut down. After the holidays, pre-cut trees are often turned into mulch or composted.
Benefit to Artificial Trees
One of the biggest benefits that some feel artificial trees offer is the savings per year, as they can last for many years. Artificial trees also allow families to enjoy their decorated tree for as long as they like, whereas a pre-cut tree will only last for about 4-6 weeks. Artificial trees are also preferred by those that suffer from allergies to pollen, sap, or mold.
Alternative to Either Option
One alternative that has become more popular over the years is using a living tree as your Christmas tree. Using a living, potted tree allows you to have the smell and feel of a traditional pre-cut tree that you can plant in your yard to enjoy for many years after the holidays are over.
If you are interested in planting a living tree after the holidays and need help with irrigation and the way to properly water the tree, be sure to contact us at Challenger Irrigation. We are happy to serve Hernando, Pasco, Pinellas, and Citrus county and would love to help you properly water your new tree to help it last for many years to come.