The festive season is upon us, and one of the exciting activities during this period is putting up a Christmas tree. When it comes to choosing a tree, you’re either on the side of real trees or artificial trees. It’s not surprising why it can be a tough debate to settle. Both options have their fair share of advantages and disadvantages. In this post, we’re going to look at the pros and cons of each tree type to help you make an informed decision for your next Christmas tree.

Environmental Impact:

When it comes to sustainability, real trees are undoubtedly the better option. They’re a renewable resource that is biodegradable and has the ability to absorb carbon emissions. However, getting your tree from a sustainable farm is essential. On the other hand, artificial trees may seem like a sustainable choice since they are reusable, but they are made from petrochemicals and non-biodegradable materials that can take centuries to break down. These materials can also release toxic compounds into the environment. In this regard, real trees win over artificial ones.


Artificial trees can be expensive initially. However, these trees are reusable, so you can save money over time by not having to buy a new tree every year. Real trees, on the other hand, are cheaper to buy initially, but you’ll need to buy a new one each year. The cost of a real tree, buying annually, adds up over time.


Both tree types can present a safety risk if not handled correctly. With real trees, there’s the risk of the tree drying out and becoming a fire hazard. You need to ensure that you keep the tree hydrated throughout the holiday period. On the other hand, artificial trees are made from plastic or other flammable materials, which can ignite quickly. Additionally, using old or worn lights on either type of tree can increase the fire hazard. In this regard, it’s crucial to take precautions to prevent fire risks when using either tree type.


Real trees tend to have a natural fragrance that complements the holiday spirit. They also provide a unique look and feel that can’t be replicated with an artificial tree. However, it’s important to note that real trees can lose their needles, which can cause a mess. On the other hand, artificial trees are designed to look realistic and are available in different colours and styles, but they lack the natural scent and feel that come with a real tree.
kids around the christmas tree


Real trees require constant maintenance, such as watering and removing dropped needles. With artificial trees, you don’t have to worry about the maintenance since they don’t require watering, and they won’t lose their needles. You’ll only need to store them properly until the next holiday season. However, storing an artificial tree can be cumbersome since it takes up a lot of storage space.
In conclusion, the choice between real and artificial Christmas trees ultimately comes down to personal preferences. While artificial trees are reusable and can offer convenience over the years, they also come with an environmental cost. Real trees, on the other hand, are biodegradable, environmentally friendly, and have a natural charm unique to them. However, they can come with extra costs, such as buying a new one each year and requiring maintenance. Ultimately, whichever option you choose, remember to take the necessary precautions to ensure your family’s safety.
Happy Holidays from the team at Pine Valley Tree Services & Landscaping!
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