Wed, Dec 07 2011 at 7:22 PM
I live in the mountains of NC, where Fraser Fir farming is an important local farming business. I'm all for going natural for the same reasons @Matt Hickman outlines but I have a couple more positive points. There is nothing like the smell of a live tree to lift your spirits in the dark days of winter. Recycling trees is, at least here, very easy to accomplish. Recycled tree mulch is excellent. There are negatives to going with plantable trees with roots. The mountains where these trees grow has a very shallow topsoil layer and digging out the trees is considered actually detrimental ecologically. Also, to plant a live tree yo need the right tree species for your environment. Fraser Firs are just not going to survive below about 3500 foot elevation. I don't know about other species.