Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Choosing your Christmas tree



When choosing a tree, the Christmas tree varieties that have the best shape, color and superior needle retention include: Balsam fir, Douglas fir, Fraser fir, Noble and Nordmann fir.
Balsam fir trees have a nice shape with short, flat dark green colored needles. Their flexible branches make them easy to decorate.
Douglas firs can be purchased as plantation grown trees or forest cut trees. Plantation grown trees are normally sheared for shape and density.
Forest cuts are grown naturally without shearing and shaping. Forest cuts are like "Charlie Brown" trees. Douglas firs have a nice shape, rich green color and good needle retention.
They are very fragrant. You can keep that fragrance going by snipping off a small bit of some of the branches every day or two. Pick a branch that's hidden and cut off a little bit of the end. This will open the branch and release the fragrance.
Fraser fir trees are noted for their shape, their dark green needles and nice scent. There is adequate space between the branches to make decorating easier.
Nordmann firs have a very symmetrical shape, with open branches, making it easier to hang ornaments.
They have very good needle retention. Regardless of the type of tree you choose, here are some basics. You’ll do well to go looking for trees knowing how tall a tree you want and how large a tree your tree stand will accommodate. Choose a tree at least a foot shorter than your ceiling. Measure the opening of your tree stand so you’ll know how big a tree base will fit in it. When choosing a tree, freshness is important. Run your fingers along the needles. They should feel soft to the touch. Shake the tree. A fresh tree will not drop a lot of needles. Once you have chosen a tree, we’ll give it a fresh cut off the base. This is important because will make it easier for the tree to take up water. Use a tree stand that holds at least a gallon of water. Keep your tree well watered. Trees can take up several quarts of water daily, so check the water level in the tree stand frequently. Don’t let the water level fall below the base of the tree or the cut end may seal over, preventing the tree from taking up water.
If you choose and the tree will fit, we'll wrap the tree using our Christmas tree bundler. This will make it easier to transport the tree and to get it in the house once you get home.


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