How to pick a Christmas tree

December is upon us and it is time to start thinking about that fresh Christmas tree you want to pick up for the holidays. Real Christmas trees give your home a wonderful evergreen scent, bringing the outdoors in.



December is upon us and it is time to start thinking about that fresh Christmas tree you want to pick up for the holidays. Real Christmas trees give your home a wonderful evergreen scent, bringing the outdoors in.

Picking out a Christmas tree from your local tree farm doesn’t have to be an overwhelming experience. Do a little research about which kind of tree you want in advance so you don’t feel pressured when shopping. Before going to purchase a tree, measure the ceiling height of the room where the tree will be displayed. Make sure to allow enough space for your favorite tree topper.

The top choices for Christmas trees include: Fraser fir, Noble fir, Balsam fir, Douglas fir, and Scotch pine. Don’t hesitate to ask questions when picking out a tree so you are clear on what you are buying and the expected tree lifespan.

When picking out a tree, test it to see if it is fresh. Give it a little shake to see if needles fall off and run your hand along a branch to check if the needles are pliable. Very few needles will fall off a fresh Christmas tree and the needles should be bendable.

While shopping to find this year’s tree, consider purchasing a live Christmas tree to plant in the backyard as a year-round reminder of the holidays. Happy tree shopping!

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