Christmas Tree needles

The NS government is spending wasting our money again. To the tune of $250,000 This time it’s on Xmas trees. Let us explain.

It is the time when NS households are thinking of getting a Christmas tree, if they haven’t already got one. We are blessed around here with having a good choice of natural trees at good prices and of course we export many of them. The costs may even be more reasonable this year if the economic downturn has any effect, and for foreign buyers our low dollar will help.

This article has tips on keeping your tree over the holidays but buried in the text is a real barb. Read on! It starts with tips like

  • Make sure your real tree is fresh. It will be less likely to dry out …
  • Before you buy from your local Christmas tree vendor, examine the needles. Bend them between your fingers. They shouldn’t break. Tap the tree gently on a firm surface. If an excessive amount of needles fall to the ground, it’s too dry. Scotch pines tend to shed more needles than other types of Christmas trees.
  • Make a fresh cut on the trunk of the tree before you place it in your tree stand. The cut will help the tree absorb water. About two centimetres from the bottom should do.
  • Leave the tree outside — out of the wind and sun — until it’s ready to decorate.
  • Water the tree often. The stand should hold at least four litres of water. Do not let the water level dip below the cut line. If you do, the cut will seal and the tree will stop absorbing water. emph ours

All this advice to show us how to keep the needles from falling early.  And then –

Remove the tree when needles begin to fall off in large quantities.

Reasonable? Sensible words?

But then we see this little gem hidden among the needles which reminds us of the idiocy of government, how pervasive their pick pocketing is and how far they will go to protect us from our own folly.

Making sure needles don’t fall off the tree early is a key concern among Christmas tree farmers. The Nova Scotia government has given $250,000 to the provincial Christmas Tree Council to help fund its efforts to find out why needles drop – and to find ways of preventing it.

So there, they tell you how to keep a tree fresh but then pay someone to find out what they and we already know. Needles drop because the tree dries out. Keep the tree moist and needles will not fall off as early. There! Can we have the 250 thou?

So there are hidden costs for that tree.  Only for taxpayers, though. If you don’t pay taxes you can just forget it.

HT PTBC

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