ONE ACRE OF CHRISTMAS TREES PRODUCES ENOUGH OXYGEN FOR 18 PEOPLE.
Low-Spray and Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is the very best long-term approach of pest management that uses many different control strategies today and in the future to prevent damaging pest populations and minimize environmental impact.
Physical work, such as base pruning, spacing and removing witches brooms along with the release of ladybugs, parasitic wasps and hoverflies to control aphids, insecticidal soaps used instead of pesticides to control damage where possible.
Pesticides themselves are used only as an ultimate alternative, only applied at the lowest rates and not on a regular basis. Herbicides are used in a low-spray method, avoiding the middle of each row, keeping hay that prevents soil erosion, and eventually increases organic matter of the soil.
In an effort to preserve the environment, the B.L. Christmas Trees team has put great efforts into research and refinement of pest management systems. Our Christmas trees are treated following techniques of low-spray and Integrated Pest Management (IPM), which is the very best long-term approach of pest management. It uses many different control strategies to prevent damaging pest populations and minimize environmental impact.
In addition to that, a great deal of physical work is done on the Christmas trees, such as base pruning, spacing and removing witches brooms (a dense mass of shoots growing from a single point) to help the trees having a better, more efficient growth as well as giving them a more uniform, more dense and generally healthier look, which you could expect from an harvested Christmas tree.
That goes along with Integrated Pest Management (IPM), which consists of releasing ladybugs, parasitic wasps, and hoverflies to control aphids population and therefore, reducing parasite damage to the Christmas trees. Insecticidal soaps are also sprayed on the Christmas trees instead of pesticides to control damage where possible. An insecticidal soap is made of potassium fatty acid and is used on our Christmas trees to help diminish pest population. It disrupts the structure and permeability of the insect cell membranes. This creates a leakage from the insects damaged cells, leading them to a certain death.
Since this method works better on soft-bodied insects such as aphids, whiteflies, spider mites and thrips, to name a few, it is sometimes necessary to use more drastic solutions in order to preserve the health of our Christmas trees when it comes to larger or tougher insects. As an alternative only, we will use pesticides applied at the lowest rates and not on a regular basis. As for herbicides, we spray them on the trees using a low-spray method, avoiding the middle of each row, keeping hays that prevents soil erosion, and eventually increases organic matter of the soil.
As you can see, our care for the environment is something that is very close to our hearts. Not only can you have the peace of mind knowing that our trees have been treated using the least harmful methods possible, but also that they will be amongst the healthiest and better looking Christmas trees you will have ever seen. We believe in contributing to a better future for the world to come. You might take this as our, let’s say… Christmas gift to you!
The Balsam fir tree is one of America’s most popular christmas trees. For its dark green color and high density foliage.
Fraser fir is a dark blue-green color and has an excellent needle retention, making it a favored choice for the high-end Christmas tree market.
BL CHRISTMAS TREES has been growing trees for more than two generations. We wholesale Balsam fir and Fraser fir Christmas trees grown in our plantations to independent retailers and garden centers all over North America and overseas.
BL CHRISTMAS TREES is proud to be producing some ofthe finest cultivated Christmas trees available on the market.