Tips for Selecting a Christmas Tree
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Tips for Selecting a Christmas Tree

Posted on Thursday, December 4th, 2014 at 7:00 am
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For many, it isn't Christmas unless you have a real Christmas tree.  Here are some tips to help you find a good one and to keep it from drying out.Does your family prefer real Christmas trees to the plastic versions? One of the benefits of getting a real tree is the lovely scent it creates in your home. What kind of tree should you get? Real Christmas trees require care and maintenance. Here are some tips that will help you select the right tree for you and your family.

How to Find the Right Christmas Tree

Where to Find a Tree
The National Christmas Tree Association has a tool on its website that will help you to locate a tree farm that is in your area. Type in the name of your city and state. Select how many miles from home you are willing to travel. The “default” setting will show you Christmas tree retailers that are within a 60 mile radius from where you are.

Is there a Christmas tree lot in your neighborhood? You might be able to find a nice tree there. However, if you want your tree to be as fresh as possible, the tree farm is the place to go. This is because the trees in lots have been shipped there, while the tree in the farm is one you will cut down yourself.

Be Prepared
How big a tree is too big? Before you leave the house, take the time to measure your space. You need to know the size of the room the tree will be displayed in. Measure the distance from floor to ceiling. Next, measure the width of the space you expect the tree to fit into. Bring those numbers with you to the tree farm.

It is recommended that you dress warmly when you visit the tree farm. You will be spending a lot of time outside as you hunt for the perfect tree. Wear comfortable shoes and old clothing. Family members who will be cutting down the tree, and loading it onto the car, need to wear gloves to protect their hands.

Look for Signs of Dryness
Ideally, you want a tree that is fresh. Trees that have started to dry out are not going to last as long as the fresh ones. Avoid trees that have excessive needle loss. Skip the ones that have a lot of needles fall off when you touch the branches. Outer branches should be pliable. If they snap when you bend them, it is a sign that the tree is drying out.

After Care
Your Christmas tree is going to need water shortly after you get it situated at home. In general, tree stands should provide 1 quart of water per inch of stem diameter. Keep your tree away from major sources of heat. Heaters, fireplaces, and direct sunlight can dry out your tree. It is possible for a real tree to ignite. Make sure your tree has plenty of water so it does not dry out.

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