Okay lumberjacks, before you bring out the axe and chop down your own tree, there are a few things one needs to know about keeping your tree green — in every possible way.
On this week's How To, Gardenfork teaches us the benefits of choosing a "real" tree and how to safely find one.
The video advises readers to avoid artificial trees, because they're not recyclable and can also be made from harmful plastics.
But why go green? Buying or chopping your own tree from local farms won't damage any eco-systems, contrary to the popular myth. Tree farms, like any farm, are meant to produce trees for chopping and personal use. Buying local also helps support local businesses, the video adds.
In provinces like Alberta, for example, a temporary permit is needed for chopping your own tree, according to the Environmental and Sustainable Resource Develop group in Alberta. In other communities like Northern Ontario, permits aren't required if you are planning to cut a tree for yourself — only if you plan on selling them, according to NetNewsLedger.com.
And before you embark on your tree shopping journey, remember to measure your space (bring a measuring tape with you to be safe) and make sure you have a general idea of how big you want the tree to be, according to CalgarySecrets.com.
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