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Nice post Billy, my now 17 year old daughter and I had this debate a few years back, she thought it was horrible that we literally walked across the street to our local family-owned Christmas Tree Farm and cut down a living tree for our Holiday viewing pleasure. "and you call yourself a tree lady" she scoffed!
She insisted a fake tree was a better choice, until...
she took an environmental science class and learned of all the
nasty chemicals, the poor working conditions etc. that you mentioned above involved with the production of these dust-collecting, cancer-causing, earth-depleting atrocities!
Now we still support our neighborhood tree farm and plant a new tree (evergreen or otherwise) after Christmas in our garden or somewhere in the woods we are surrounded by, a great compromise I'd say.
Absolutely inspiring! How could you possibly have a bad day in this garden of delight!
I am so glad to see the movement to eradicate turf taking hold! I started removing my lawn bit by bit almost ten years ago, the last remaining bit came out last summer, the sod turned upside down and stacked became the berm that forms my rain garden! A much better use for grass in my humble opinion!
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