PHS applauds your interest in greening your Christmas holiday. Here is a list of Christmas trees recycling/chipping locations
How to Choose a Live Christmas Tree
Live Christmas trees are fun and flagrant in your home, and can then live on to benefit the environment wherever you decide to plant it! Before you must commence recycling or planting your live Christmas Tree, PHS is here to help you choose the 'right' tree!
- Find the place where you can plant your tree before you buy it. What size tree can the location accommodate? Not just at planting time but when the tree reaches maturity. If you don’t have a planting site on your property, consider a place in your community… a church, library, friend’s house—but don’t forget to get permission.
- Dig the hole for your tree before the ground freezes and fill it back in with the loose soil to avoid accidents.
- Choose a tree that looks healthy. Hint: Check to see that the root ball is intact and that there are no wounds on the trunk. In general, the smaller the tree the better its chance is for survival.
- The tricky part of successfully planting your live Christmas tree is helping it to make the transition to its new home without too much stress. Plan to give your tree a chance to adjust to indoor temperatures by keeping it in an unheated room (garage, basement, porch) for a week prior to moving it inside and again prior to returning it outside. This is especially important if the rootball is frozen. Keep the tree away from any heat vents or fans and out of the sun while in the house. The shorter the stay indoors, the better it is for the trees survival. Mist the tree daily and surround the rootball with a plastic bag to keep the moisture in. Do not immerse the root ball in water but set it in a pan with a small amount of water.
- Ideally, the tree should only be in your house for a week or two. Plant and mulch your tree as soon as it has been weaned back to cold temperatures.
Where to Buy
Linvilla Orchards in Delaware County
Tree Authority in NE Philadelphia and Bucks Co.
Note: the cost of live Christmas trees will range from about $15 for a small, 18” tree to $125 for a large, 6’ tree.
Remember that the smaller the tree, the more likely it will survive.