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Save the earth, buy a real tree

"I see it off and on but I can't say 100 percent that I see it in a strong way," Dusart said, noting that most of his customers are his age and up. He did, however, point to another means of "going green."

On top of selling cut trees from farms in Tully and Pulaski, Dusart sells live blue spruces. He had already sold out of them when we talked.

"You can take a potted or a bulb tree into the house, decorate it - you don't keep it in there as long as you would a cut tree - and then you take it out and put it in the ground," Dusart said

When Dusart sells a live tree, he tells his customers to dig a hole as soon as they get home in a place where the soil will not freeze, and to cover it with leaves or a board. When it comes time to plant the tree, they'll want to be prepared.

"If you've got to go out there and shovel off three feet of snow, do that and plant the tree," he said.

Is there anything greener than digging through snow to plant a tree? So long as you don't forget to first take the lights off, I can't think of a more sustainable way to celebrate the season.

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