Christmas Tree

The Dead Tree Merchants
Don't Buy A Cut, Dead Christmas Tree
From "The Dead Tree Merchants."
This Year, Buy A Living Christmas Tree From Us
And After Planting It,
Enjoy It For Many Years To Come.

for many years, tree forest products companies, herein known as "The Dead Tree Merchants", and legions of mercenary vendors on vacant lots have yearly sold you on the tradition that a cut, dead tree is what Christmas is all about. They've perpetuated the myth over the years and have milked Christmas commercially well past P.T. Barnum's wildest dreams of hucksterism.

This cutting of live trees for profit at Christmas is both a sin and a crime against Nature. We realized this after two years of participation with them in this immoral retail game they play. We sold live trees, and an unwitting participant group sold the cut, dead trees and other retail items of The Dead Tree Merchants.

Christmas is about new life and spiritual renewal; not dead and dying things. Traditions do die hard, but some evil traditions need to be done-away-with. Permanently. Like cut, dead trees that deforest the earth. Oh sure, these people do plant seedlings to replace the larger trees they cut to sell to you, but it takes 20-25 years to replace the oxygen-replenishing advantages of the large trees, cut for two short weeks of Christmas decoration. What a terrible waste of Living Trees. Even the few that make it into the chipper-shredders from their tree body-bags after the Holidays, aren't fit for use as mulch until composted for two or more years.

You wouldn't come to us to buy dead perennials or dead nursery stock, so why go to The Dead Tree Merchants to buy dead, cut trees?

And you'll spend almost the same money for a dead, cut tree as you will for a Living Tree. What sense does that make?

It's time for a change for the better. York County and Northern Maryland.

This year, come to John Shelley's Garden Center & Nursery for a Living Christmas Tree, one that grows on your property for many years to come, instead of becoming part of a landfill after two short Holiday weeks. Buy into something that enhances your property, not hurts the delicate ecosystem the Earth tries to maintain.

We have a simple procedure for planting hole preparation, taking a Live Tree inside, bringing it back outside and the final replanting. We guarantee that our Living Trees will live, all "The Dead Tree Merchants" can guarantee is that their trees are very, very dead. We'll show you the simple procedure, or for a nominal fee, we'll take care of it for you. With a guarantee.

In addition to the finest (and most sensible) Living Christmas Tree Selection, we have Gift Certificates, the finest hand tools, gardening supplies and accessories, composting and garden improvement aids, tens of thousands of plants, residential-commercial landscape design, shrub & tree moving service, Alpine Trough Gardens and other container gardens, water gardens, unique Water Features for your planted garden, environmentally-safe fertilizers and pest control products, landscape supplies, bird care and feeding, books, pottery, stone & brick and special accessories that make gardening easy and fun. And much more.

This Christmas, show you care more about the future by buying a Living Tree and planting it back out on the Earth where it belongs. If you really care, give someone special a Gift Certificate for a living Tree from us, including re-planting. That would be perhaps the most memorable Christmas Gift you've ever given anyone, ever.

In addition to carrying only Premium Dark Bark Mulch, we feature over 900 varieties of perennials, 200 varieties of annuals and herbs, over 100 varieties of ornamental grasses and bamboos, and more than 1600 cultivars of nursery stock, ranging from the common to the very rare, unusual and hard-to-find. Our Collector's Rare Plant Nursery has been supplying gardening enthusiasts for over seven years, and is a must for connoisseurs and serious collectors.

Our Nursery Division can supply any request from the common to very rare and unusual material. And if you need a tree or shrub moved, we feature a special team capable of easily moving anything from 1-inch to 10-inch diameter trees. Call us for a free consultation and estimate.

Our Warranty: is unmatched by anyone, anywhere, and is one (1) year from date of purchase if you install the plant material; it is five (5) years if we install the material. Call, write or email us for a complete copy of The Warranty. It's also online right here.

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