Tuesday, September 2, 2014 · 12:43 p.m.

Yes, Linus, they do still make wooden Christmas trees

Choose and cut your own tree at area Christmas tree farms

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Christmas trees are being accepted for recycling and repurposing by the county recycling centers. (Photo: Reese Family Christmas Tree Farm)

In a scene from "A Charlie Brown Christmas,” Linus and Charlie Brown wander through a lot full of shiny aluminum trees until they come upon the only real tree on the lot—a mere twig. Linus asks, "Gee, do they still make wooden Christmas trees?" In an act of defiance to holiday commercialism, Charlie Brown gets the tree.

Well, in fact, they do still make real Christmas trees, and a number of tree farms in the Chattanooga area will even let you choose and chop one down yourself. Or, if you prefer, most will do the sawing and hauling for you.

Recycle your Christmas tree after the holidays

1. Call the city of Chattanooga at 311 to have your tree picked up for recycling. Plastic trees can also be picked up at no cost and will be recycled.

2. Deliver the tree to the wood recycling center at 3925 N. Hawthorne St. in Chattanooga.

3. Find a wood chipper and make garden mulch.

4. Create a fish habitat by cutting up your tree and putting it in a local pond or lake.

5. Visit the Earth911 website for other tree recycling locations.

 —ARCY Acres Christmas Tree Farm & Nursery
Where: Crossville, Tenn.
Phone: 931-788-0455 
Open through Sunday, Dec. 23
Hours: Wednesday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. CST
Accepts cash, checks and major credit cards

Bosshardt Family Farm
Where: Chickamauga, Ga.
Phone: 706-861-5672
Hours: Monday-Friday, 3:30 p.m.-dark; Saturday, all day
Tree varieties: Leyland cypress, precut Fraser firs and a few other varieties

Kittle Christmas Tree Farm
Where: Ringgold, Ga.
Phone: 706-935-3563
Open until Christmas
Hours: Monday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Tree varieties: Leyland cypress, a few Virginia pine and a few precut fir trees
Accepts cash and checks only

A number of tree farms in the Chattanooga area will let you choose and cut your own Christmas tree. Or, if you prefer, most will do the sawing and hauling for you. (Photo: Reese Family Christmas Tree Farm)

Little Mountain Tree Farm
Where: Pikeville, Tenn.
Phone: 423-881-3904
Open until Christmas
Hours: Monday-Sunday, 7 a.m.-8 p.m.
Tree varieties: White pine
Accepts cash and checks only

Reese Family Christmas Tree Farm
Where: Calhoun, Tenn.
Phone: 423-618-2340
Open through Sunday, Dec. 16
Hours: Monday-Friday, 12-5 p.m.; Saturdays-Sundays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Tree varieties: Carolina sapphire, Leyland cypress, blue ice and white pines
Accepts cash and checks only

If you choose to pick and chop your own Christmas tree this year, keep the following tips in mind before setting out with the family:

—Take measurements of the ceiling height and width of the space for your tree.

—Call the Christmas tree farm to confirm their hours of operation.

—Confirm what equipment you will need to take. Most tree farms supply saws, netting and other supplies. Also, include equipment to transport your choice tree, such as bungee cords and tie-downs.

—Dress the family in layers so that nobody gets too cold or too warm from exertion. Also, wear sturdy and/or waterproof shoes suitable for uneven terrain.

—Some farms offer holiday activities such as hayrides, shopping and snacks, so plan enough time to enjoy the complete experience.

For more information about Christmas tree farms in East Tennessee, click here.

Jenni Frankenberg Veal is a freelance writer and naturalist living on Walden’s Ridge. This Christmas, she is asking Santa for a book publishing deal and some new Chaco sandals. Visit her blog at www.YourOutdoorFamily.com.

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