Where to Find a Fresh Christmas Tree
how to recycle it after Christmas.
Find Local Christmas Trees Here...
- Jim Nickelson's Tree Farm -- 4075 W. Hansen Rd, Ludington
- Ewing's Farm Fresh Christmas Trees -- between KFC & Auto Zone, Ludington
- Slocum Bros Tree Farms -- 1625 N. 136th, Hart
- Osborn's Sports Shop -- Fresh Christmas Trees and wreaths at 8929 N. US 31, Bear Lake 49614, (231) 889-3775
- Calvin Lutz Farms -- offering fresh wreaths, you-cut and pre-cut trees at 11353 13 Mile Rd., Bear Lake 49614, (231) 889-5594
Real Versus Artificial TreesThere have always been debate whether real trees or artificial trees are better for your heath and the environment. There are positives and negatives no matter which one you choose, however some negative factors may outweigh the positives. Hopefully, reading the pros and cons will help you choose which may be best for your family and home environment:
- Can be fairly affordable, and only a one-time cost is involved.
- Artificial trees can be used year after year.
- For the most part, it's mess and maintenance-free.
- Artificial trees are symmetrical, have a "perfect" shape, and are pleasing to the eye.
- Artificial trees are made from materials such as polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and metal, and are often imported from China.
- Since they cannot be recycled, artificial trees end up in landfills when they are no longer useful.
- Some trees can expose us to toxic and even cancer-causing chemicals, which requires artificial trees made in China to have a warning label about the potential risk of lead poisoning.
- And the older your artificial tree is, the more likely dangerous lead exposure can occur.
- They improve air quality by emitting oxygen, and they provide habitat for wildlife during the many years it takes for a tree to reach harvestable size.
- Fresh trees smell wonderful...like you always have a Christmas tree scented candle lit in your living room.
- Every time you purchase a fresh tree, you are supporting a local business, which helps your local economy.
- Tree farms typically use land that otherwise could not be unoccupied by other crops, such as such as steep slopes and areas beneath power lines.
- Real trees can actually be recycled in many different environmentally friendly ways.
- You have to purchase a Christmas tree every year, which could end up being between $20-$50 depending on how large of a tree you want.
- Some maintenance is involved in picking your tree and cutting it down, and the needles can be a mess once the tree is set up.
More West Michigan Holidays Info...
For more activities & attractions, check out these additional links for Things to Do in West Michigan:
Have Fun in Manistee, Michigan -- Explore Manistee's historic downtown district and riverwalk, hike the Manistee National Forest, canoe on the Manistee River, and more.
Hamlin Lake -- Just 4 miles north of Ludington, Hamlin Lake is a great destination for boating, fishing and climbing dunes! The Hamlin Lake shoreline is also part of the Ludington State Park.
Silver Lake Sand Dunes -- Visiting the Silver Lake Sand Dunes makes for a terrific vacation because you can take your off-road vehicle for a spin on the scenic sand dunes overlooking Lake Michigan and Silver Lake.
Things to Do in Pentwater, Michigan -- Nothing is quite like the quaint, artsy, harbortown village of Pentwater. Don't miss the popular Charles Mears State Park beach on Pentwater's Lake Michigan shoreline.
Lots of Activities in Scottville, Michigan -- Explore the Riverside Park along the National Scenic Pere Marquette River.
Canoeing or Fishing on the Pere Marquette River -- Many boat liveries offer canoe rentals.
Also, check out West Michigan Guides and our locally produced WestMichigan.MichBiz.com directory for our largest lists of Things to Do in West Michigan.