Fragrant, natural Christmas trees are on sale at Canadian Tire as a fundraiser for the Blue Fins Swim Team. Shoppers can choose between traditional wild-cut trees and trees from Kersley tree farm.
(Ellen Paynton and Max Paynton were on duty today at the Blue Fins ‘tree lot’ at Canadian Tire. Max is 10 years old and has just joined the swim team.)
While they're growing, ‘real’ Christmas trees support life by absorbing carbon dioxide and other gases and emitting fresh oxygen. They are renewable: grown on farms just like any other crop. To ensure a constant supply, Christmas tree growers plant one to three new seedlings for every tree they harvest.
Real Christmas trees are biodegradable, which means they can be easily reused or recycled for mulch and other purposes. They can be ground up and used as mulch in gardens, on trails, or in animal stalls. They can be used as sand and erosion barriers on beaches, streambeds, and lakes.
They can also be sunk into private lakes and ponds, providing refuge for fish. While Christmas trees grow, they replenish the air with oxygen; just one acre of Christmas trees produces enough oxygen to support eighteen people.
Tree farms provide habitat for birds and other wildlife, and due to their hardiness, Christmas trees are often planted where few other plants grow, thereby increasing soil stability.For each Christmas tree cut on tree farms, two or three new seedlings are planted.
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