New house. New Christmas tree. The old one was given to the Salvos in the move.
I’d heard the arguments for artificial trees. Namely
- buy once and it lasts years
- easy to care for
That’s about it…
Artificial trees contain plastics & aluminium and are generally made in China, so transport has to be factored in as well. I was relieved to read in the Herald the Australian Conservation Foundation gave the real trees the environmental tick of approval. (Here it is)
I was determined to get a potted tree this time. I had visions of nurturing it through the years in this lovely house. Maybe my grandkids would even delight in it.
When we went to buy one however, the kids were underwhelmed at the size. The cut trees looked more “Christmas tree like”. We deliberated…both sides wanting to make the other happy (but still really wanting what they wanted) So we got both!
The staff at the place we bought it swayed me by telling me that after Christmas you can use the pine needles as mulch (despite the slightly acidic content) and can put the boughs through a chipper for more mulch or for composting.
I hope to post next year that the potted one has survived and flourished. I think it will be a few years before it satisfies the kids needs for the “Christmas tree looking” tree. If fact, they will probably be to old to mind by then.