You are looking for a Christmas tree to decorate your home and doubts assail you: Which one should you buy? Natural or artificial tree?
Each one has its own advantages:
The natural tree has a more pleasant look and touch. The artificial one does not need watering.
One is more environmentally friendly. The other can be kept anywhere.
Which one will you choose?
In Viveros González it’s clear to us: the tree shall always be natural. Because having a natural Christmas tree at home has many benefits.
Do you want to know what they are? In this article we are telling you all of them and will answer the most common questions about natural Christmas trees.
Why choosing a natural Christmas tree
Their Christmas scent
Have you ever heard someone say "My house smells like Christmas"?
The species used as Christmas trees give off a characteristic smell. A scent that many people associate with holidays.
Imagine if this smell is famous, that there are even air fresheners that try to imitate it.
What does a natural Christmas tree smell like? To pine, to fir. To that fresh aroma that you only find in the middle of a forest.
The smell comes from the resin produced by the branches. The one of the pines is the most intense, but all the species used as a natural tree give off their own perfume.
They purify the air
Natural Christmas trees not only contribute to creating a more Christmas atmosphere. In addition, they also clean the air.
Each tree takes about three years to grow. During that period, it is constantly absorbing carbon dioxide.
The College of Forest Engineers, one of the most important organizations in Spain regarding the care of forests, reminds us: the natural Christmas tree is much more environmentally friendly and produces less pollution than an artificial one.
They are greener
Not only in a visual way, but also environmentally.
Artificial trees are made with petroleum-derived resins. In its manufacture many polluting gases are produced.
Natural trees, meanwhile, absorb carbon dioxide while they are developing.
On average, to compensate for the pollution produced by an artificial Christmas tree we should use it for about 12 or 15 years.
In addition, artificial trees are more difficult to recycle. For its management you must take it to a clean point.
With natural trees we can compost and reuse them as fertilizer. In addition, if we take care of it properly, the tree will be with us for many years.
At this point, you know that a natural Christmas tree is much more sustainable, creates a more pleasant environment and can last longer than an artificial one. But maybe you still have doubts.
If you need it, these are the questions that most people ask us who are thinking of acquiring a natural tree.
How much does a natural Christmas tree cost?
The price of a natural tree and that of an artificial one is quite similar. Even the most realistic artificial trees can cost four or five times more than a spruce or a potted pine.
What do I do with the tree after Christmas?
Once the holidays are over, if you have bought a tree without roots, you have several options:
-Recycle it as compost: Being natural material, the tree can have a new life as fertilizer for other plants. To do this you will need your own composer at home (if you usually work in your garden, we recommend it).
-Take it to a clean point: In case you have no way of treating it, take it to the clean point of your city. From there it will be taken you to the nearest composting plant, where it will be used to make fertilizer.
In addition, there are municipalities that offer a tree collection service, so you don't have to move. This ensures that all trees are recycled properly.
In the municipal offices they will inform you if your city council offers this service.
In case you have opted for a tree with roots, you should be clear where you will plant when Christmas ends.
Usually, you will have to transplant it to a larger pot or to the garden. Here it can continue living for many years.
If, when transplanting, it is dry, water it frequently until it recovers.
If you have no way of taking care of it, some agencies and municipalities offer a collection service to transplant it in special growing areas.
What you should never do is plant it yourself in the mount. Without the necessary knowledge, it is very unlikely that the tree will survive.
Does the Christmas tree need a lot of care?
It will depend on the species, but in general all natural Christmas trees are easy to maintain.
While at home, always place it away from the radiator. Hot air currents will cause their branches to dry.
If you're worried about dropping leaves, you can place it over a square of paper. At the end of the holidays, you will only have to remove the paper with all the remains.
Some species, such as the Abies nordmanniana, release fewer leaves.
Where do I buy a natural Christmas tree?
When buying your Christmas tree, you have many options. What we recommend is that you go to a nursery or local store. Thus, you avoid emissions derived from the transport of the tree.
If you are looking for a natural Christmas tree, you can go to see the examples we have available on our website.
And you? Do you usually buy natural Christmas trees? Tell us in the comments.