Friday November 21st, 2014
LIVING TREES IN POTS
For those who prefer not to chop a living tree, Ecosapin is here for you. The concept is simple, you get the tree delivered right to your door before the holiday and taken away after. The trees are kept alive in pots and they will be re-planted, and be re-used for the year after. Very convenient, but it’s pricey.
For example the cheapest and smallest, 100/130cm-tall Spruce (epicéa) cost chf89. The price include delivery but not pick up. For pick-up you will have to pay an extra chf19. Or, you can keep the tree and plant it in your garden.
CUT LIVING TREES
Note that when you buy a cut living tree and dispose it properly after you finish with it, they will be 100% composted and won’t be thrown into a landfill or incinerator. Disposing it properly means that you have to bring the tree outside your house or building on the day specified by your commune (consult your garbage calendar or your commune website) or bring it to your local déchetterie. Please remove all decorations, as they most likely can’t decompose. Last year we had a small tree and managed to cut all the branches and used them as mulch in the garden. The remaining was thrown into our compost bin.
Action 1000 Sapins
You can pre-order the Nordmann tree until 5 December 2014 online, by fax (021 213 00 01), or post (Lions Club Lavaux, CP 358, 1009 Pully). The trees come in 3 different sizes between 120-200cm and cost between chf70-90. Pick up on Sunday, 13 December 2014 at Collège du Grand-Pont in Lutry or Collège Bossonnens.
Chapin.ch is an extension of the farm products delivery company La Belle Bleue. Cost of a tree starts from CHF39 and delivery CHF15-20. They also offer a Christmas tree bag (CHF8.50) from where CHF2 will be donated to Handicap International.
IKEA Aubonne will sell their Christmas trees (Nordmann) on 5-6 December 2014. Cost CHF24.95/tree and if you are a member of IKEA Family, you’ll get a CHF15 gift voucher.
I believe all hardware stores that have garden centers – Coop Brico+Loisir, Migros Do+It, Obi, Jumbo Hornbach, Landi, among others – have Christmas trees. Hornbach and Landi usually have the least expensive ones, starting from around CHF20 for a 100/130cm tree.
Local tree farms or markets
- la Ferme Aebi, avenue Victor-Ruffy 66, 1012 Lausanne (info)
- Famille Mugnier, 1266 Duillier (info)
- Sapins de Noël Jaquier Frères, 1521 Curtilles (info)
- Your commune (municipal) may also have a Christmas tree sale program. You most likely have to reserve in advance.
For those of you who prefer an artificial tree, you can get it in many places inside the city, including Globus, Manor, and many hardware stores like Coop Brico+Loisir and Migros Do-It. If you prefer buying it online, try Tchibo.
However, if I may ask, could you try to find a second hand one first – perhaps through anibis? I know there are always many artificial trees in good condition, waiting to be re-homed.
Happy tree shopping and decorating!
*Christmas trees image found here, used under Commons.