The day after Christmas, on the eve of a winter storm, is as good a time as any to think about Christmas trees. The New York Times recently published an article comparing the environmental merits of artificial Christmas trees to the real deal. It seems like one of those things that if you were so inclined, you could overthink to the point of driving yourself crazy. The article concluded that though real trees may have a green edge over plastic ones, in the end, maybe the environmental benefits are insignificant compared to the things we do every day like driving a car.
But what about when you’re deciding to buy an existing house, or build a new one… on an old Christmas tree farm? Not too many years ago our little cul-de-sac was in fact a Christmas tree farm. The owner sold the land to our builder, Doug, who then had a sale to unload some trees. And then over the next five years he built a few houses on the land.