REAL TREES ARE GREEN
We are part of the GREEN MOVEMENT and we have been
for years. Our farm activities are designed to work with nature rather
than against nature. Sometimes this creates concerns for Christmas tree
users. We go out of our way to tell you and even show you the praying
mantas egg cases found all around our farm. Why are they here? One
reason is we restrict the use of pesticides on our farm. We want a good
praying mantas population because they work on other insect pests and
reduce the need for insecticides. We tell you about the praying mantas
egg cases so you will not have a praying mantas hatch and 200 of their
young in your home. We remove egg cases and leave them outside where
they will hatch next spring.
Another sign of being green is
the large number of birds that nest in our trees during the spring and
summer. In May, while shaping trees, we found six active nests for
different birds within ten trees. There were birds everywhere. This does
cause some damage when birds perch on the fresh young terminal growth
and break the terminal from the tree. This is a real problem with white
pines and calls for training new terminals for damaged trees .The large
number of trees on an acre also provides good cover for rabbits and
feeding areas for turkeys.
Every year we plant new trees on
the farm. As you walk our fields you will find trees from one to ten or
more years old. We are always planning and planting trees for harvest in
six or more years. If we want to harvest 200 trees of a given species in
six years we will plant 350 this year. In essence real trees are
renewable and they grow on sustainable farms.
Real Christmas Trees are
recyclable. After the Holiday Season, Real Christmas Trees can be
chipped into mulch, used for bird feeders, made into a brush piles for
wildlife habitat, used to stabilize eroding areas as well as for beach &
sand dune stabilization, or placed in water areas for fish beds. Most
fake trees eventually wind up in landfills.
The literature is full of
material of the problems with artificial trees. There is the issue with
PVC’s (polyvinyl chlorides) in the manufacturing of trees. And there is
an issue with lead. On top of these issues, manufacturing requires the
use of non-renewable petroleum products.
We grow real trees that use the
sun, water and nutrients from the soil to grow to beautiful recyclable
and renewable trees. We are a sustainable environmentally friendly farm.
We look forward to seeing you.
Join us in being GREEN! Buy a
REAL CHRISTMAS TREE!