DelVal Faculty in the News: Professor Howard Eyre

Dec 11, 2007

Professor Howard Eyre was recently featured in a Press of Atlantic City article entitled "Dreaming of a Green Christmas? Choose Wisely." The Press of Atlantic City is a daily newspaper with a daily circulation of over 74,000 and a Sunday Circulation of over 97,000.

Professor Eyre was called as an expert on evergreens and the expected cost increase associated with holiday trees. Please read below for an excerpt from the article.

"'Replanting dug-out trees (cut trees won't work) is the ultimate eco-friendly act, if it's handled correctly,' said Howard Eyre, assistant professor of ornamental horticulture at Delaware Valley College. In order to be replanted, trees must be kept in a room as cool as possible, never exposed to direct sunlight, and indoors no longer than five days near a window with cool air. It is smart to dig the hole for the tree before taking it inside in case of ground freezing, and to fill the hole with mulch.

'The ideal situation is not to ever bring it inside, but that doesn't really fit the Christmas spirit,' said Eyre, who recommends going with a smaller tree, adding that the most successful replants are achieved 'only when made a committed, family event.'"