A dried-out, eight-foot Christmas tree can light, blaze and burn to ash in less than a minute. By setting Christmas trees ablaze in the safety of a lab, scientists and engineers are learning how to keep you safe from the flames.
The Christmas tree has become so popular that 8 in 10 Americans put one up in their homes, according to a 2013 survey by Pew Research Center. We can thank the Germans for the tradition. It dates back to the Middle Ages.
Christmas tree likely will cost a little more this year, and growers like John Tillman say it's about time. Six years of decreased demand and low prices put many growers out of business. Those who withstood the downturn are relieved they survived. "I'm awful proud to still be in the...
Do you unwrap presents beneath a fir tree every Christmas? If so, you should enjoy it while you can, as they might not be around much longer in Minnesota. If the warming of the earth's climate continues as it has been, Christmas tree species such as the fir and spruce will be pushed out of Minnesota's northern forests in future decades, according to a study by the University of Minnesota. In their place will be maples and oaks, which the study found would thrive in a warmer climate as researcher
Douglas fir needle midge larvae cause galls to form on current-year needles. Infested needles drop from the tree in the fall, usually just before harvest. Severe infestations can cause needle loss, a serious problem for Christmas trees.