Tree    About Your CEDAR CREEK FARM Christmas Tree

History

CEDAR CREEK FARM was started in 1989. The tree area was a muddy corn field that we planted 3000 tree seedlings into our first year. As luck would have it 1989 was one of the worst drought years in recent history and we lost all 3000 trees. Either with great determination or total lack of judgement we forged ahead and replanted all 3000 trees in 1990. Our luck turned. 1990 was a summer of frequent rains and most of the trees survived - we were up and running with about 3000 trees, one foot tall. We were a tree farm!

Over the next few years the trees grew, the grasses came in, and we added prairie areas above and below the tree area and on our other steep slopes. What once was an area prone to erosion was now protected. We then began our wetland restoration projects.  We broke the drain tiles that conducted water away which restored the original hydrology to our wetland areas.  We then put in 4 ponds.  With the habitat came the wildlife. We had transformed the area from a sterile area prone to soil loss to one that protected the soil and provides homes for wildlife and Christmas trees for the Madison area.

General Information

Your tree was grown with loving care by the Wachholz family. In the first years all that was necessary was to mow around the tree to prevent it from being killed by grass and weeds. After a year or two we started shaping the tree each summer to produce the fullness and shape that makes an attractive Christmas tree. Each tree is carefully shaped using a hand pruner, hedge clipper, and shearing knife by the Wachholz family.

During your trees' life it has prevented soil erosion, provided a home for wildlife, converted carbon dioxide to oxygen, and filtered pollutants from the air of Dane County. The trees of CEDAR CREEK FARM provide nest sites and shelter to over 25 species of birds, 17 species of mammals, and countless beneficial amphibians and insects. You may find a bird nest in your tree when you set it up - if you do, Norwegian folklore says that you will have good luck in the coming year!

This coming Spring your tree will be replaced with a new seedling to continue the benefits that a live tree provides to the environment - Guaranteed! Your choice of a live Christmas tree is an environmentally sound decision. After you are through with your tree be sure to recycle it: place it at the curb to be chipped into a useful mulch, use it as a shelter for birds and other animals, or even trim the branches off, use them for a mulch, and fashion the trunk into a walking stick!

About Artificial Trees ...

Statistics show that each year there are more and more families who choose not to have a real tree and instead purchase an artificial tree. There are a variety of reasons for this, but one of the most common is that it is the "environmentally correct" choice. Nothing could be farther from the truth. The average "life" of an artificial tree is 6 years. After that time it finds its way to a landfill where it adds to the problem of non-recyclable garbage. Artificial trees also use precious fossil fuel resources. Estimates run as high as 100 gallons of petroleum needed to produce the plastic in a single artificial tree and the pollution that goes with the entire process from drilling to manufacturing.

Given this information, it's an easy choice to select a real tree that provides environmental benefits throughout its lifetime and recycles into a useful and free mulch in many communities. We thank you for considering a Christmas tree from CEDAR CREEK FARM and all the environmental benefits that come free with each tree.

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