Thursday, December 16, 2010

Tech Prof Advocates For Live Christmas Tree

A Tennessee Tech professor says Cookeville area residents should consider selecting a Christmas tree from a nursery this year with its root ball intact. Dr. Douglas Airhart, a professor of horticulture, says you can then replant the tree in your yard after the holidays. According to Airhart, there are many beautiful choices for live Christmas trees. He says that selecting a live tree makes economical sense, too, because you can add your tree choice to your landscape to enhance the value of your property. Pines, spruces and firs are traditionally selected as cut Christmas trees for shape, color and ability to hold ornaments. But firs cannot survive our summer heat and are not good landscaping choices. Some non-traditional choices might work for you, especially if you want to enhance your landscape. Airhart suggests these trees might be workable choices: arborvitae, false cypress, Japanese black pine, deodar cedar, blue atlas cedar, Arizona cypress, Leyland cypress, Fat Albert or Hoops Colorado spruce.  Learn more about the care of live Christmas trees and other trees at the website TLC for Trees.