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Environmentally Friendly Ways To Recycle Your Christmas Tree 

Posted by Filipe Benavides on 12/28/2016

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Real Christmas trees are beautiful, especially the ones available at Moon Valley Nurseries Christmas Tree Lots. The aroma, the perky needles, the greenery – these are just some of the things we love about real Christmas trees. After all, real trees aren’t some fake plastic tree imported from China, processed and manufactured with a bunch of synthetic materials that are harmful to our environment. No, real Christmas trees are biodegradable, so they can be easily reused and recycled for mulch and other purposes. 

By the time the New Year rolls around, you can tell it’s a good time to recycle that real tree. Once its lifespan has run its course, you’re left with a corpse of a tree that needs to be disposed of before it starts to rot, stink and leave a mess of needles all over your floor. Of course, there are many ways to recycle your Christmas tree, and doing it in an environment-friendly manner is the best option for both you and the environment. Don’t be that person that tosses the old tree into the trash bin leaving an unsightly mess and angering your neighbors. There are plenty of options for recycling your tree and feeling good about your environment-friendly action, all the while taking care of one of your New Year’s Resolutions - doing your part in helping to care for our environment.

Mulch
Real Christmas trees are biodegradable. Perhaps you or one of your neighbors owns a chipper (or rent one) - this is the best DIY mulching option. Remove the branches and place them in the chipper for fantastic mulch to use in your landscape. Homemade mulch can last up to two years! When you add in the essential micro and macro nutrients and specialized blends that make up our Moon Valley fertilizer products, your plants will thrive all year long. Mulch is also great for suppressing weeds!

Create a Bird Feeder
Stick a whole Christmas tree into the ground or leave it in a stand for an excellent backyard bird feeder. The entire family will get a kick out of this natural bird sanctuary. Add popcorn strings, stale bread, cranberries and other assorted goodies and watch as a variety of birds such as Chickadees and Song Sparrows come for the food and hang around for the shelter. Within a year, the branches will become brittle so you can easily break the tree apart by hand and get ready to repeat the process once again.

Fish Feeders
Bird’s aren’t the only wildlife that benefit from environment-friendly tree recycling – fish can too. Homeowners with private fish ponds can sink a tree into the pond, creating a terrific refuge and feeding area for fish. It’s a good idea to attach a heavy weight to the tree to keep it sunk. Be sure to remove any decorations and the stand! Happy fish, happy planet.

Soil Erosion Barriers
People living in coastal communities and near lakes and rivers can recycle Christmas trees for use as an effective sand and soil erosion barrier. Recycled trees are excellent for shoreline stabilization and managing river delta sedimentation. Christmas trees can also be used to trap soil and organic debris from a gorge where the water is carrying away soil. Simply attach a stake to your tree in the waters path!

Get Creative!
You can always get creative with a dead Christmas tree. Woodworking hobbyists can make coasters by cutting thin slabs off the trunk. Sand them down into a smooth finish and apply a thin coat of polyurethane to keep the sap off tables and glassware. We’ve seen tree trunks made into candlesticks and even birdhouses. You can also cut off all the branches and use the trunk to edge a garden. A strategically placed trunk can become a resting spot for birds and other small wildlife.

Curbside Collection Programs
This is probably the easiest option for most and surprisingly environment-friendly. Your city may have a curbside pickup option that will turn your tree into usable mulch for use in city parks, etc. This way you don’t need to lug an old tree around town, burning gas, to take it to the nearest drop-off recycling center. Just be sure to remove any old ornaments, tinsel, lights, stands and check for any size requirements. Find your local hauler. Typically, the providers will collect trees during regular pickup schedules on the two weeks after Christmas. If your local hauler is Waste Management Inc. (WM) click here to find your local service provider.

In certain areas with tree recycling/mulching programs, they’ll not only recycle the old tree, they’ll turn it into a bag of mulch you can use in your landscape. This mulch can be used to enrich or insulate the soil, helping plants grow better, and creating an attractive landscape cover that can help retain moisture in hedges and around the bases of trees. Use this mulch in combination with Moon Valley Nurseries fertilizer products and watch as your landscape explodes with healthy-looking growth!

Note: Never burn your Christmas tree in an indoor fireplace or wood stove.

Moon Valley Nurseries is your one stop shop for all your landscape needs. Our experts have decades worth of experience and they will be able to assist you with any projects or questions you may have. Remember to change your watering schedule as we enter the winter and be sure to map a Moon Valley Nurseries location right here.

Topics: Christmas Trees

Tips For Buying & Caring For Your Fresh Cut Christmas Tree

Posted by Filipe Benavides on 12/1/2016

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There’s nothing quite like a freshly-cut Christmas tree to trigger the senses of the most wonderful time of the year. A fresh-cut tree fills the home with the sublime aroma that defines the Holiday Season. Of course, most of this is lost on old, wilted trees that are often found on many of the big box tree lots. This is because many big box tree lots sell trees that were cut weeks before.

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Here’s the good news - Moon Valley Nurseries express-ships premium quality, real Christmas trees from our sustainable farms within 48 hours of cutting! In fact, our environmentally friendly trees are fresh-shipped on a daily basis, from sustainably grown Christmas tree plantations in the Pacific Northwest.  We take pride in supporting USA grown, local tree farmers and sustainable plantations that support local agriculture.

At our Moon Valley Nurseries Christmas tree lots, you’ll find premium, fresh-cut trees such as our Noble Firs, Grand Firs, and Dougas Firs. Our freshly-cut Christmas trees are kept in water, so you’re guaranteed to get healthy, upright trees with perky needles and an aroma that is sure to please the household.

Tips for Buying Fresh Cut Trees

  • Buy from a reputable tree lot - Moon Valley Nurseries tree lots have express-shipped trees delivered from our farms to our lots within 48 hours of cutting.
  • Support local, USA grown tree farmers – freshly-cut Christmas trees are farmed specifically for their purpose and support local agriculture.
  • When buying, trees should feel heavy, so compare the weight of the trees (you don’t have to completely lift the tree)
  • Let your nose be your guide – fresh cut trees have an unmistakable, pleasing aroma.
  • If there are lots of needles on the ground around the trees, go someplace else.
  • To check a tree’s freshness, pull your hand towards you along the branch. When you do this, the needles should not fall off.

Tips for Caring for the Fresh Cut Tree at Home

  • Water is the vital element to caring for the Christmas tree in your home.
  • Fill the tree stand with water and keep it filled. A freshly-cut tree can consume a gallon of water in 24 hours.
  • Never let the water level go below the tree’s base.
  • Keep the tree away from heater vents or other heat sources. The lower the temperature, the better the tree will do.
  • Place the tree in a dark, shady spot in the home.
  • Use professional tree preservatives, do not use sugar or soda pop.

Visit one of our Christmas Tree lots for the freshest trees at the lowest prices – guaranteed! Our super fresh trees are express shipped within 48 hours of cutting, so you know you are getting the absolute freshest trees available. Our Christmas trees and lots have been a family tradition for thousands of families for over 20 years. We are sure to have the perfect Christmas Tree for you and your family waiting in our lots! We carry all of the major varieties like Noble Firs, Douglas Firs, Grand Firs, Fraser Firs and more, in sizes that range from 3 to 15 feet!

Topics: Christmas Trees

Plant A Living Christmas Tree This Winter

Posted by Garrett Cleverly on 12/21/2015

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Without question, the holiday season is the most special time of year. Presents, parties, food, and spending time with loved ones is what makes this time of year so memorable. Unfortunately, the holiday season lasts for only a few weeks….or does it have to?

ELDARICA-Pine-1.pngOne staple of the holiday season is the family tradition of picking out a freshly cut Christmas Tree. Like the holidays, a Christmas Tree will eventually need to be removed to make way for the spring season. However, we’re here to tell you that you can keep that holiday season feeling all year long with a living Christmas Tree in your landscape!

The Eldarica Pine is also known as a ‘Living Christmas Tree’ and thrives in our arid desert climate.

Native to the Caucasus Mountains of southern Russia,  Afghanistan, and Pakistan, the Eldarica Pine is a very hardy evergreen pine that grows faster than other pine tree varieties, requires lower amounts of water, and provides large amounts of shade.

ELDARICA-Pine-1-1.pngThe Eldarica Pine is recognizable for its classic Christmas Tree cone-shape appearance and can be seen throughout Phoenix on golf courses, school grounds, and in front or back yards. Eldarica Pines fit into most landscape designs, especially as a windbreak or privacy screen. The Eldarica Pine tolerates heat and dry conditions very well. Its branches are strong and produces a pleasant fragrance and sound incredible on breezy days.

However, for the many benefits that the Eldarica Pine provides, its best-known feature is that it keeps its Christmas tree shape throughout its life. Many people will purchase Eldarica Pines as living Christmas Trees, and then plant them in their landscape after the season is over keeping the holiday spirit going throughout the year.  

Enjoy a ‘new tradition’ this year with the addition of a ‘Living Christmas Tree’ to your home and landscape. Click here to map the nearest Moon Valley Nursery location to you

Topics: Christmas Trees