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Merrell's Tree Farm

Merrell's Tree Farm We are a family owned tree farm that grows and sells Christmas trees.

When does your official countdown to Christmas start??
09/03/2017

When does your official countdown to Christmas start??

12/25/2016

Merry Christmas everyone! We hope you all have a very special time with your families and have a happy new year. We can't wait to see you all for the Christmas tree season next year!!

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Gasport, NY
14067

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I try to buy things that I know can be recycled or rotted at the end of their life cycle, and fake trees are notorious for not meeting these requirements. Real trees, on the other hand, are often collected by city programs and turned into mulch. Sometimes they're used to prevent beach erosion. They can be used as firewood for a backyard campfire. Most importantly, over time they will biodegrade fully without leaving toxic microplastics in their wake.

That leads to my next point, which is that real trees are healthier. The vast majority (80%) of artificial trees are made in China, where environmental regulations are notoriously lax to begin with and implementation lacking. The chemicals from which trees are made are not something I want in my house. From the Star's analysis:

"The trees are usually made from polyvinyl chloride (PVC), which releases cancer-causing chemicals — called dioxins — into the atmosphere during production... [The] World Health Organization recently called [dioxins] 'highly toxic' and 'dangerous' to human health. Apart from causing cancer, these chemicals have been found to cause developmental and reproductive problems as well as damage endocrine and immune systems."

As if that's not bad enough, PVC trees contain phthalates (linked to birth defects, breast cancer, hormone disruption, and miscarriages) and sometimes even lead. A 2004 study published in the Journal of Environmental Health examined the threat of lead in fake trees and went so far as to advise families to "thoroughly wash their hands after assembling and disassembling artificial trees and especially to limit the access of children to areas under erected trees."

There is some contention about the break-even point at which fake trees become better for the environment than real ones. The industry-representing American Christmas Tree Association is unclear on its website, saying the magic number is between five and nine years (most people use theirs for a decade); but a 2009 study by independent research group Ellipsos says it's twenty years before the two balance out.
will you have trees this year????
I have been here years ago. Lots of family fun. I started to buy a smaller tree with the root bulb attached. The family and me would plant the tree in the spring. As the trees grew we had birds nest in them. We also decorated them with outside lights and red bows every Christmas season.
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