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5 reasons to choose artificial this Christmas

If you’re responsible for organising your office Christmas tree, you might be debating the merits of the artificial variety over a real tree.

Maybe the smell of a natural tree or it’s perceived sustainability credentials (check out our previous blog post) have swayed you to previously opt for a live tree. But there are some real advantages to be gained by going fake too.

Benefits of artificial Christmas trees

Longevity

When you’re renting a Christmas tree for your building, you’ll want it to last the duration. In commercial environments decorations are typically installed much earlier than in your home. Keen to ignite some festive spirt, create a backdrop for special events or simply to keep up with the Jones’, few businesses will be waiting until 12 days before Christmas to erect their tree. At GP Plantscape, we start to install Christmas trees from mid-November – 6 weeks before Christmas. And inevitably, in a centrally heated building, no matter how well they are watered trees, they will deteriorate well before the big day arrives. An artificial tree on the other hand will look as good as new until the day it’s uplifted.

Shape

A natural tree is just that – natural!

No two are the same – they come in all shapes. Some can be a bit sparce at the top, others rather bushy, or not a perfect triangle… If you want to guarantee uniformity in your Christmas tree, artificial is the way to go. Built to specified dimensions, you’ll know what you are getting when you order your tree and will not be disappointed. On a sustainability point it also raises the question of just how many live trees are rejected because they don’t fit the bill when it comes to shape. Mmmm.

Convenience

You’ve probably got a to-do list the length of your arm, so the last thing you need is to add festive display maintenance. Once an artificial Christmas tree is installed all you must do is enjoy and admire. No need for watering, vacuuming up pine needles – until spring, no sticky sap or turning the heating down in an effort to preserve your display. If it’s hassle free you’re looking for then opt for a faux tree to allow you to concentrate on more urgent matters.

Ease of installation

All our 7ft and 10ft artificial trees are decorated at our nursery prior to delivery. When it comes to installation, we simply deliver your tree to your desired location, tweak the branches, plug in the lights and dah dah! It really is a pop-up display, with all the hard work completed in advance and minimal disruption on your premises.

Allergies

A real Christmas tree can harbour mould spores, according to Asthma and Lung UK. These can multiply in a warm environment. They can also bring in pollen. Those sensitive to mould or pollen may react to a live tree and asthma sufferers could experience worsening symptoms. If your tree is in the main reception, it’s probably less of an issue. Located close to desks on the other hand, consider eliminating allergy risk and plumping for a fake tree.

If you’re sitting on the fence, we hope this blog helps when making your decision.

At GP Plantscape, we supply both live and artificial trees for commercial environments.

And regardless of which type of tree you decide, either will look amazing.

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