Recently, I was browsing Facebook and noticed several people asking where they could find a natural Christmas tree in La Porte County. There were all sorts of answers and you don't have to go too far to find a beautiful, natural, locally-grown tree.

John Hensler owner of Christmas Trees & Nursery, 5715 N. 750 E., Hamlet, IN, 46532, said, "There's no reason to feel guilty about taking home a live spruce, fir or pine that has been harvested specifically for the holidays. Christmas trees are a crop just like any other agricultural product, such as potatoes, broccoli or corn, and they're completely natural and biodegradable. Most farmers plant up to three seedlings for every tree that is harvested. And best of all, tree farms not only enhance the beauty of our hillsides, meadows and back roads, they create a lush habitat for all manner of wildlife, big and small, which is a lovely gift for the planet in and of itself.

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