Why cutting a REAL TREE is good!

Some folks have trouble with the concept that cutting down a REAL TREE is actually good for the environment.  It is ironic, but if no one cut our trees, our trees wouldn't be here. 

(Think about that.  If you don't want to see any more Christmas tree farms, then simply quit cutting trees.  They'll go away!)  And while they are here, REAL TREES provide true benefits for the environment.




  • Absorb carbon dioxide & release oxygen
  • Are 100% made in USA and provide local jobs
  • Preserve green spaces
  • Provide habitat for wildlife
  • Are naturally renewable (We'll never run out of them - the darn things keep reproducing!)
  • Are 100% recyclable
  • Are grown on sustainable farms (No one cuts from virgin forests anymore)

If no one cut our trees there would be no reason to grow them, and so they would not be here to provide environmental benefits.  Instead, our farm might be some other industry, a subdivision, a mall, a parking lot, or - perish the thought - a fake tree factory (which isn't likely since 85% of fake trees come from China).

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Americans refer to these PVC (polyvinyl chloride) based imports as "artificial" or "fake" trees.  A fellow grower near Greenville calls them "pretend" trees.  We call them "plastic trees from China" which is specific and accurate.  

Facts about fake trees:

  • Made with polyvinyl chloride (PVC)
  • The vast majority are made in poorly regulated China
  • Non-recylable (ultimately end up in landfills)
  • Non-renewable (petroleum based)

Fake Christmas trees are also not fireproof. Christmas trees do not catch fire very often, but when they do, it is usually because of faulty lights. Fake Christmas trees are just as susceptible to this as Real Trees, but when Fake trees combust, they can emit toxins into the air.

To be honest, we do not begrudge anyone for choosing a plastic tree from China.  Just don't claim it's for environmental reasons!


We are proud to be a drop-off site for the "Keep the Midlands Beautiful" event, Grinding of The Greens.  Drop off dates are Dec 26 to Jan 11.

Please follow these guidelines:

  • Remove all lights, tinsel and ornaments from the tree.   
  • Remove tree from stand.   
  • Drop off trees only - no wreaths, garland, or other greenery. 
  • Remove tree from bag and remove any string, wire, or ties on the tree.

Besides mulching, other recycling uses for Real Trees include wildlife habitat, improving fish beds, and restoring dunes.