Christmas trees are one of the most recognizable images of the Christmas season. They are the focal point of your holiday decorations. You decorate your tree with lights and ornaments, pile gifts underneath them, and gather around your tree with family and friends. Read more on how to choose the perfect tree and care for it through the holiday season.
Where to get a tree?
There are several places to get your tree:
- Retail Lot - The simplest method is to find a retail lot that is selling Christmas trees. These trees are pre-cut and ready to go up in your house.
- Cut-Your-Own Farm - Go onto a tree farm and cut down your own tree to ensure freshness. (Usually farm will provide worker to help you cut down tree)
- Back Woods - Go into your own back woods and chop down your very own tree. Although this may seem like a great idea, it is not good for the environment and you may be bringing some unwanted pests into your home
- Sizing – Before choosing a tree, measure the height of the ceiling where the tree will be located. Allow 10-12 inches between the top of the tree and your ceiling.
- What Type of Ornaments Will You Hang- Do you have heavy ornaments? If so, choose a tree with sturdy branches like a fir. If you are just hanging lights and some lighter ornaments, a pine will work just fine.
Taking Care of the Tree
- Fresh Cut the Stump -Upon leaving, make sure to recut the stump of the tree. It can take as little as 6 hours for the trunk to sap over, prohibiting the tree from soaking up any water.
- Water the Tree! - Trees can use as much as a gallon of water a day! The general rule of thumb is that one quart of water is required for every inch of the trunk’s diameter.
- Keep Away From Heat - Make sure to keep your tree away from sources of heat, such as fireplaces or heat vents. Not only will this dry the tree up quicker, but it can be a fire hazard.
Please remember, when the season is over, you should remove your tree before it dries out. Some communities recycle trees by chipping them, check with someone in your area to see if this service is offered.
Have a Merry Christmas!