There is little doubt that during the Christmas season, the Christmas tree is the epicenter of the holiday tradition. If your business or home is planning on going the traditional route and are buying a fresh tree this year, don’t skimp on quality. Nobody wants a dead or brown tree before Santa visits.
Here are some tips to considering before making the trip to a Christmas tree lot.
1. Mom and pop Christmas tree lots should be your first stop.
Department stores purchase large amounts of trees that require them to be cut back earlier in the season, and have the potential to die much sooner.Compared to a local, small operation, they are more than likely received their trees right after Thanksgiving and were just cut.
2. Measure first, cut once.
First measure the space where the tree will be located, whether it will be in the office or in the home. Not just the height of the ceiling, but also the width. Second, bring a tape measure with you to the tree lot and measure your tree before purchasing it. It would be a shame to have to lob a foot off the top or bottom of a tree because you didn’t get the right size.
3. Bend the branches
Pick a tree that is dark green and has flexible branches. The branches should not crunch in your hand; they should be flexible.
4. Make sure the tree is not already shedding.
No one wants a tree that sheds everywhere. There is nothing more annoying than having to vacuum up pine needles after the holiday season. But having to do this while the tree is still on display is a sign of an unhealthy Christmas tree. Make sure to run your hand across the branches and pull them towards you. If the needles don’t come off, then the tree is strong.
5. Smell the pine
Make sure you can smell the tree.If the tree has a strong odor, it is a good indicator that it is healthy.Touch the tree and check your hands for tree sap residue.A high sap count is a good indicator of a well-hydrated tree.
6. Check under the tree
No, we aren’t looking for presents yet!However, you should search under the bottom of your Christmas tree candidate for signs of decay.If the bottom is already dark, it was cut a month ago or possibly more.
7. Be safe
Make sure you bring all the necessary items to secure your tree to your car or truck.This includes bungee cords, rope, blankets and a safety flag.You should worry about the safety of your vehicle and other drivers on the road.We want to see Santa flying through the sky, not a Nova Scotia Balsam Fir!
And make sure you have fun while looking for a tree. Searching for the right Christmas tree and in
stalling it in your office or home can be one of the most memorable times of the year, so make sure you do it right and have fun! Please comment below with any of your own tips! JB Kline Landscaping wishes everyone a wonderful holiday!