Tree Care: Keeping a Real Christmas Tree fresh is fairly simple if consumers learn to separate proper tree care information from bad advice, old wives tales and urban legends. Every year, NCTA answers hundreds of questions about how to care for a Real Christmas Tree. Misinformation about proper tree care can reduce the enjoyment of a Real Christmas Tree.
Tree are Renewable, Recyclable, and "Green": Consumers can quickly, easily and conveniently learn how, when and where to recycle their Real Christmas Tree after the holidays. Tree recycling programs are very common, but also localized. Many communities have found creative ways to use Christmas Trees post-harvest: from common chipping programs to marshland reclamation to beach restoration. Because farm-grown Christmas Trees are a 100 percent biodegradable plant, they can be recycled in many different ways – none of which you could do with a plastic tree, which is totally non-biodegradable. For every tree harvested, one to three new seedlings are planted on average.
Innovations in the Real Tree Industry: Some consumers are looking for a more convenient way to enjoy a fresh Real Tree during the holiday season. Christmas Tree professionals are responding by providing services that offer alternatives to the traditional way of buying a Real Tree. Real Trees can be purchased by catalog or online at grower websites, and delivered direct to the consumer. Some businesses even offer rental of Christmas trees. Other convenience services include baling trees (making transporting and bringing into the home easier), shaking trees, and drilling the stumps to make it more stable in certain kinds of tree stands.
Trees for Troops: The Christmas SPIRIT Foundation, the charitable branch of NCTA, will be sponsoring the Trees for Troops program for the 8th consecutive year. Since the program began in 2005, Trees for Troops, with support from FedEx, has delivered more than 157,000 Real Christmas Trees to military families across the nation and around the world. The program will kick off with an international shipment after Thanksgiving, and Trees for Troops Weekend will be held on Dec. 4-6, during which consumers may purchase and donate trees to be delivered to military families.
White House Christmas Tree: Dave and Mary Vander Velden of Oconto, Wisconsin, will provide the annual White House Christmas Tree. Winners of the National Christmas Tree Association national tree contest have provided the official White House Christmas Tree since 1966.
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