Buying locally grown trees supports family owned farms and businesses, preserves farmland, and protects the environment. A real Christmas tree is biodegradable, which means it can be easily reused or recycled for mulch and other purposes, whereas an artificial tree is only used for six to nine years before it is thrown away, remaining in a landfill for many years. Visiting a tree farm is also a great holiday tradition and many farms offer special activities for the entire family . See a guide to Christmas Tree Farms in Maryland and Virginia.
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