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Environmental Analysis Program
W. M. Keck Professor of Environmental Analysis
Here's a feel-good story from the Trees for Troops program. It's a video produced and shared by American soldiers stationed in Kuwait receiving a donated Christmas tree from their home state of Indiana!
This was an interesting question about a tree "changing shape":
To: NCTA-Rick Dungey
Subject: Droopy Christmas Tree
I have never had this happen to me before, my Christmas tree is droopy. The water tub is full and has been for days, we trimmed the bottom and drilled a hole in the tree before we put it up but everyday the bottom branches are getting closer and closer to the floor. It's not dry or brittle at all, the leaves are soft and pliable, all in all it seems healthy. Have you ever heard of this, and is there anything I can do to help perk it up?
As the plant tissue warms and the plant comes out of dormancy and it takes up moisture, the tissue will return to its "summer-like" condition. Meaning, the plant tissue will naturally become more pliable, bendable and flexible. I don’t think there's anything wrong with your tree at all, the branches are returning to their natural position. If you don't like that look, you can trim them from the tree, avoid hanging anything heavy on them which increases the bend, but no...there's not really anything you can do to cause them to point upright.
Finally, a couple photos to share. First, you've all heard the phrase "chestnuts roasting on an open fire" from a popular Christmas carol. But have you ever seen one at harvest? This is what they look like before they "dance around" a roasting pan.
And here's my 2012 fresh, farm-grown Christmas Tree!
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Sent: Monday, December 10, 2012 10:21 AM
Subject: City of St. Louis Recycling Program Blue Bin News December 2012
Thursday, December 6, 2012
Well, that’s certainly a good sign. And it also gives me a chance to reiterate the importance of having a good tree stand. I see a lot of bad stands in stores, but there are also many good ones. What makes a good one? Water holding capacity (at LEAST 1 gallon for a typical 6 foot tall tree) and stability are the two most important qualities. After that, choose a style you prefer. Some prefer a center pin style where the lot or farm will drill a hole in the center of your tree’s trunk (this does NOT affect its ability to absorb water). Some prefer the 4-bolt style. There are also “claw” style and 2-piece bowl and stand style.
Sent: Tuesday, December 04, 2012 9:47 PM
To: NCTA-Rick Dungey
Subject: Have a really bad odor
Monday, November 26, 2012