Christmas trees and general holiday greenery is really different stuff from firewood- so why do we do we put so much effort into getting out the word during the holiday season? Simply put, our year round readers ask us a lot of Christmas tree seasonal type questions, and we've decided to "give the people what they want!" Just like firewood, our advice is to buy local, and/or buy from a reputable dealer. Christmas trees are actually a pretty well regulated product, so as long as you are buying from a licensed local business, your potential to accidentally spread pests is very low.
Two new resources as of December 2013:
Did you know that you should look for, remove, and leave on site any birds nests you might accidentally find in a 'wild' cut Christmas tree? We had a great discussion on the topic on our Facebook account on December 17th, 2013
The invasive Balsam Woolly Adelgid doesn't travel on firewood, but it can travel on contaminated Christmas trees and wreath or garland material. All the more reason to buy from a licensed local business, not a 'fly by night' tree dealer on the side of the road. Learn more about the threat of BWA to the Canaan Valley Fir here.
And here is our archive in case you want to delve deeper:
All about Holiday Greenery, including our catchy "12 Tree Tips of Christmas" (updated 11/2013)