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Opting for a real tree is more eco-friendly, it reduces your carbon footprint and may save you money.
Fake trees have their benefits as they are easy to store and can be reused for years, but recycling them becomes an issue as most are made from plastics and materials that can't be recycled. It takes 10 years of re-using your artificial tree to make it's environmental impact lower than having a real tree.
Our Nordmann Firs come in various sizes from 4ft and in slightly different shades of green so we'll sure we have the perfect tree for you!
Come and visit us in our Grotto (aka office) for a complimentary mince pie and have the pick of the trees on our customer yard - we'll net it whilst you wait and pop it into your car or onto your roof-rack for you too.
Keep your tree healthy though to the New Year...
When you bring your tree home saw a couple inches off the bottom of the trunk before setting into a stand or pot with water. When trees are cut, pitch oozes out and seals the pores.
By sawing off the base, you will open up the pores, and the tree will be able to absorb water. Watering is critical as a freshly-cut tree can consume around 4 ltrs of water in 24 hours! Fill the tree stand with water and keep it filled, never letting the water level go below the tree’s base.
If you are putting your tree up in doors be sure to keep it away from open fires,
radiators or other heat sources. In fact, the lower the temperature, the better the tree will do.
Not sure what to do with your used tree?
Create Christmas Compost:
Put your real Christmas tree into a chipper or shredder to create nutrient-rich mulch that looks and smells amazing. We're mulching advocates at Dandy's as there are so many benefits - as well as helping your soil to retain moisture the mulch will break down adding nutrients. You can put your shredded tree into a composter too and use the compost for your plants and veggies.
Don't worry about pine needles affecting the acidity of your soil or compost heap - the pH should neutralise by the time it comes to getting rid of your Christmas tree.
Feed the animals:
Christmas trees are popular form of enrichment in zoos and animal sanctuaries! Contact your nearest to see if they're accepting donations. Make a wildlife corner in your garden using the branches; these are favourites with hedgehogs!
Did you know? Elephants can eat up 5 large Christmas Trees in just one sitting!
Prop up your old tree near your bird feeder as a staging area for small birds, such as sparrows and finches. Create a bird feeder and haven. String your tree with orange slices, cranberries, homemade suet and other bird-friendly goodies, and put it in a sheltered location.
Sink your old tree into your pond (if you are lucky enough to have one), where they make cozy areas for fish and tadpoles to live, sleep and lay eggs!
Use around the home:
Trim the branches from the tree and saw the trunk into several pieces. Tie the pieces together and store the bundle in your shed or garage. This will make an aromatic Yule fire in your fireplace next Christmas Eve.
A fir tree’s foliage can be used for stuffing small fragrance pillows. Sew scraps of fabric together and fill them with the needles to make fragrant balsam sachets to freshen drawers and closets.
Use dried-out sprigs to ignite kindling in your wood stove or fireplace - it will smell amazing!