Dec 6, 2017 | Featured in: Watching Backyard Birds, December 2017

Best Holiday Tree for the Birds

Live trees may be more expensive than a conventional holiday tree, but this one will provide food and shelter for birds for years to come.
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Better for the birds than an artificial or freshly cut holiday tree is a live tree: one with roots attached and neatly balled in burlap, ready for planting in your yard as soon as the holidays are over.

Ideally, pick one native to your region. It can stay indoors for up to two weeks, but shorter is better. Live trees are more expensive than either of the conventional types of holiday tree, but this one will provide food and shelter for birds for years to come. Prepare for it now by digging a hole for it in your yard, keeping in mind its projected growth over the next few decades.

For more information, see tinyurl.com/potted-tree.



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