The natural Christmas tree
Because the natural tree filters the air and reduces pollution.
Because the natural Christmas tree cleans the water.
Because the natural Christmas tree reduces the risk of erosion and floods.
Because the natural Christmas tree has an effect on the microclimates.
Because the plantations protect the fauna.
Because the natural Christmas tree plantations render land use and the embellishment of farm land.
Because natural trees offer many agricultural and ecological benefits.
The Canadian tree tradition is one more than a thousand years old. If at the very beginning, between 2000 and 1200 before Christ, the epicea or the tree of birth, a pagan feast of the winter solstice that Christianity replaced by the feast of Nativity on the 25th of December the Christmas tree has the place of honour in the hearts of our festivities since thousands of years.
One can read in a German legend that a monk around the end of the 7th century, Saint-Boniface (b in 680) wishing to convince the German Druids that the oak tree was not a sacred tree, had some cut down, which while falling, crushed everything in their way with the exception of a young evergreen. It appears that Saint-Boniface recognized in this pure hazard a miracle and declared that: “Henceforth, we will call this tree the tree of the Infant Jesus”.
Ever since, we plant young evergreen trees to celebrate Christmas.
Beyond the legend, the production and he use of a natural trees offer many benefits that one must consider when comes time to choose the kind of tree that will ornate his home. If these majestic coniferous trees are cultivated and set in the ground with the goal of brightening the festivities of the end of the year pretty near everywhere on this planet, their cultivation presents interesting benefits on the economic plan as well as thanks to the ecological and environmental characteristics that it promotes.
Thus, it is of prime importance to bear in mind that natural trees purify the air that we breathe, and filters the water that we drink. They have the property to stabilize our climate and most of all they improve our sceneries by favouring a harmony of the flora and the fauna.
In our modern environment, looking hard for a panacea, the real natural Christmas trees, biodegradable as well as non pollutant, they play an important role in many ways to re-establishing the desired balance.
Characteristic # 1 Attitude – The Christmas tree filters the air and reduces pollution
Did you know that a plantation of grown Christmas trees of a hectare (100m x100m) produces daily enough oxygen to meet the needs of 45 persons? The Christmas tree plantations in fact paly a heavy role in the fight against the greenhouse effect and the global warming of our planet. The trees absorb the carbon gases by photosynthesis. Photosynthesis is the process by which the plans exposed to light; produce their nutrients and their reserve of energy. This phenomenon happens inside the cells containing chlorophyll, a pigment that gives the green color to plants. The leaves and the needles are the organs of the plant that contain the most chlorophyll. Chlorophyll absorbs the light energy and uses it to form glucoses from carbon gas (co2) and water. This reaction also produces oxygen that is rejected into the atmosphere.
Did you know that trees filter the air that we breathe? One hectare of cultivated Christmas trees clean by removing up to 32 tons of pollutants.
Did you know that trees are dust collectors? During summer, trees collect from ambient air dusts, namely pollen that cause allergies. The Christmas tree plantations therefore have a beneficial incidence on our health.
Characteristic # 2 – The Christmas trees clean the water.
Did you know that the trees produce clean water? The water that the trees take from the ground by their roots goes back in the atmosphere by evaporation through the leaves or the needles. While travelling from the roots to the extremities, the tree purifies the water by withholding the elements that it needs. The cultivated fields consequently filter the surface water. By extension Christmas tree plantations that were established on soil prepared for this effect tale all advantages of an irrigation favouring the water retention for the benefit of the growth of trees.
Characteristic # 3 – The Christmas tree reduces the risks of erosion and floods.
Experts insist on the fact that the main element to start erosion, and floods obviously, is water. Once soils are deprived of their natural protective coat that vegetation provides, they become very vulnerable. Water, which cannot be absorbed any more. Runs on the surface and carries soil particles. The great principle of the prevention of the soil erosion consists in preventing water from becoming erosive. The cultivation of Christmas trees is no exception to this rule. It has a great effect on the stabilization of the soils:
Stabilization of the soils: the cultivated Christmas trees stabilize the soil on which they grow, thus diminishing erosion caused by winds and ground surface water.
Summer floods: the increased permeability of the grounds in the Christmas tree plantations reduces run off the during torrential rains. The plantation becomes immense sponges.
Spring floods: the snow accumulated under the cultivated Christmas trees will melt slower than in the rest of the fields, reducing floods.
Wind breaker principle: Even in the case of a young Christmas plantation, it will reduce the destructible effect on the grounds and the neighbouring vegetation.
Characteristic 4 – the Christmas tree has some effect on the micro-climate
A microclimate is a small zone within a climatic zone where the climate is slightly different. The Christmas tree plantations play a role of a moderator on neighbouring microclimates by acting on:
The solar rays: the dense ground cover of a plantation protects the ground from harsh sun rays by spreading this sun heat and reducing the surface evaporation.
The night heat retention: this same ground cover prevents the accumulated heat during daytime from escaping in the atmosphere all night.
The rate of humidity: the relative humidity of the ambient air is often more elevated near a plantation.
Characteristic # 5 – Christmas tree plantations protect the fauna
Coniferous plantations attract a wide variety of animals. The winged feathered friends namely, the grosbeaks, the blue jays, the blackbirds, the robins and the chickadees, find there a home along with the rodents and the small bird games like the partridge and the rabbits. The groundhogs are also very present. A plantation consequently constitutes a transition between the forest and the fields, thus increasing the wildlife habitat diversity.
Also, Christmas tree plantations have a very beneficial effect on the advantages of the diversity of the wildlife habitat consists in limiting proliferation of insects by allowing birds and small games to feed on them.
Characteristic # 6 – Christmas tree plantations find a use and the improvement of farms.
Growing Christmas trees is a long lasting cultivation method. Its permanent environment gives stability to the scenery. Thus, by dispersing sound waves, the trees choke out noises further more permitting a year round greenery. Christmas tree plantations offer green areas that blend in with the neighbouring environment, as a result in beautifying the various locations. So, while walking in a Christmas tree planation our senses are filled with satisfaction, our sight by the greenery, our hearing by the songs of the birds, our smell by the typical scent of the balsam fir.
Characteristic # 7 – The Christmas trees offer many agricultural and ecological benefits.
Spread the word around, Christmas trees grown in plantations with an economic aim do not jeopardize the natural forest resources. Since the final goal of these cultivated trees is to decorate our homes, the pillage of fir trees in our natural forest is avoided. For each Christmas tree grown and harvested, the growers will replant another one for future harvests. They guarantee this way the permanency, the ecological benefits along with the environmental and economical ones of the Christmas tree plantations.
Furthermore, the domain is continuously perfecting its resources and its technics, therefore it has a direct incidence on the quality of the products that it offers to the consumers. The balsam fir, the traditional Christmas tree of the Quebecois is a type that adopts well to the genetic improvement and the cultural research in the cultural management. The nurserymen growing young plants selecting the characteristics of the balsam in order to improve its resistance to the insects and improve its aesthetic appearance. The cultivation of Christmas trees follows all the methods used in horticulture, arboriculture, including the collection of seeds and the raising of transplants.
In facts, the cultivation of Christmas trees obtained its letters of nobility since it went from artisan to the statute of science. From hence on, Christmas tree producers must hold expertise such as the soil composition and their drainage, entomology, and as well handle the pure and simple basic knowledge of forestry. Fewer and fewer aspects are left to mere hazard.
To buy a Christmas tree grown in Quebec is to show respect to the natural cycle of the agriculture environment that surrounds us. Not only our purchase will have had a favourable impact on the environment and fauna, the planning of the territory and the collective well-being, but a lot better yet, will it contribute to help you live good happy celebrations shared with your loved ones. Everyone wins when one buys a cultivated tree for Christmas.