Tips to Picking a Christmas Tree

Time to get out and pick the perfect tree for the holidays. Watch this video for some quick tips on how to pick the perfect Christmas tree.

Christmas Tree Facts

  • Christmas trees are grown as crop in Canada, not taken from forests
  • It takes 6-15 years for Christmas trees to be ready for harvest (the average is 10 years in Ontario).
  • For a Christmas tree farm to be sustainable, no more than 10% can be harvested per year. This means that 90% or more of the farm remains covered in Christmas trees.
  • One acre of Christmas trees will filter 13 tons of air pollution from the air each year and will produce enough oxygen for 18 people.
  • The crops of young Christmas trees provide a unique “early successional habitat” for birds and mammals.
  • Canada grows 3 to 6 million Christmas trees annually on 34,600 hectares of land.
  • Warning: if a real Christmas tree dries out, it can become a serious fire hazard.

How to Care for Your Christmas Tree

  • When you bring your Christmas tree home, make a fresh cut to the base of the stem. A vertical cut made a few inches up into the centre of the stem will increase water uptake.
  • Make sure to keep it well watered at all times. One tree can use four litres of water per day!
  • Keep all heat sources and open flames far away from the tree including fireplaces, candles, stoves, and electronics.
  • Turn off the lights on your tree when leaving the house or going to bed.
  • If your tree dries out briefly, you will have to take off all of the decorations and re-cut the base of the stem by making another vertical cut at the base of the tree in the opposite direction of your first cut.
Stream restoration using Christmas trees

Conservation Authorities use old Christmas trees for stream and fishery rehabilitation.

Real Christmas Trees can be Re-used

  • They can be piled in natural areas to provide shelter for small mammals and birds over the winter.
  • Municipalities collect Christmas trees and chip them to be used as mulch or compost.
  • Conservation Authorities and other environmental groups use old Christmas trees for stream and fishery rehabilitation. They anchor the trees into to eroded areas/banks of the stream to prevent further erosion and to trap sediment and silt as the water flows through. The silt and sediment build up over time in the branches of the Christmas trees, naturally rebuilding the stream bank and creating fish habitat.

 

Photo Credit: Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority

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