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Choosing A Live Christmas Tree

EVALUATE YOUR NEEDS BEFORE DEPARTING FOR THE FARM

Measure the ceiling height in the room where the tree will be displayed. The trees in the field look smaller when the sky is the ceiling. Donít overbuy. Measure the width of the area of the room where the tree will be displayed. Most trees on tree farms are trimmed to an 80% taper. So a tree thatís 10' tall will be 8' wide. A tree that will fit in the room vertically may be entirely too big horizontally.

Consider what decorations and lighting are going to be put on the tree? Some species have more open foliage, stiffer branches or longer needles which may or may not allow for proper hanging on a branch.

Are there any individuals in the household who are allergic to pine sap; if so, consider another species such as Leyland, Sapphire, etc. Most pine and fir trees are dormant by late November, so an allergy to pollen should not be a concern for most people.

Freshly Cut Christmas Trees especially those from Choose and Cut Your Own Christmas Tree Farms initially wonít absorb as much water as do other cut trees which may have been sitting in a tree lot for a few days or couple weeks. The reason for that is because the freshly cut trees have not had time to dry out and seal over the cut end. They should be put in water as soon as it is possible. To ensure that the tree continues to absorb water cut a small piece off the bottom of the tree trunk prior to submerging it in water. The more a tree can absorb after it is freshly cut the longer it can last. When the needles begin to dry out and or appear to be discoloring the tree needs to be removed. Dry trees and lights are a fire hazzard.

In a national survey, 69% of consumers who used a Real Christmas Tree said they recycled theirs in community programs. Real Christmas Trees can be recycled in different ways. One way is Chipping. The chips can be used as mulch or ground cover. What a great way to help enchance the landscape without alot of chemicals or high cost.

Another option is a live potted Christmas Tree. It can be taken home and decorated inside your home. Later when you are ready it can be planted in your yard and enjoyed for a lifetime. Not only will you have a great memory commemorated with a Living Christmas Trees but it is also a great way to enhance your landscaping.

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