Going Green with Container Christmas Trees

This year many are going green when it comes to their choice of Christmas trees

The holiday season is Bruce Gibbs favorite time of the year.

“We enjoy Christmas,” said Gibbs.

At Covington County Tree Farm, Gibbs is busy helping people pick out the perfect Christmas tree.

“People run up, pull my beard to see if it’s real,” he said.

But he’s not chopping them down. Instead, Gibbs and business partner John Niedbala offer something different — living Christmas trees.

“It’s good for the environment,” said Niedbala, Co-Owner, Covington County Tree Farm. “Instead of killing a tree for Christ’s birthday, we’re planting one.”

Niedbala says the farm grows 4 to 5 varieties of living trees.  They’re container-kept and micro-irrigated.

“Most of them are a very fast-growing tree,” said Niedbala. “We get three to four feet a year out of them.”

For the eco-concious consumer, a living tree has its benefits.
Niedbala says they don’t shed and they’re safer.

“With these trees you don’t have to worry about them catching fire. You can hold a lighter right to them. It’s a live tree, it has moisture in it. It is not a fire hazard.”

But the real appeal is in going green.

“There’s a lot you can do to utilize the trees and use them outside,” said Gibbs. “You plant it one year and they’re still there the next year.”

Niedbala says it’s a way to give back to the environment.

“They’re cutting down trees everyday and we need to be putting trees back.”

A greener option that let’s you enjoy the fresh smell of the holiday season year after year.

Living Christmas trees are available in from 3 gallon sizes up to 25 gallon sizes. Prices range $5 to $45.

The Covington County Tree Farm is located at 19650 County Road 70. It’s open Mon.-Fri., from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. During the holiday season, they are also open from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.