This is the week that many people begin decorating their homes for Christmas. In a lot of households, this means finding the perfect Christmas tree. To make this quest a bit easier, follow these tips so you can spend less time looking for that perfect tree and more time decorating it.
Step 1: Prior to loading the family into the car, measure the ceiling height within the room that will display the tree. The tree should be one foot or more shorter than this measurement. If you have a tree stand, measure the diameter of its opening. Bring a tape measure on the shopping trip to measure the height and base diameter of available trees.
Step 2: When examining the trees, run your hand along the needles on the branches and shake the trees. The freshest trees will have pliable needles and few of these should fall off the tree. Also, make sure the tree’s base is straight and is at least six inches in length, so it can easily be placed into a tree stand.
Step 3: Look for popular tree types like Scotch pine, balsam fir, noble fir, Douglas fir, and Fraser fir. The National Christmas Tree Association will tell you where your local tree farms are located.
Step 4: When purchasing the tree, request that an inch be cut off the base or do this yourself. This makes it easier for the tree to intake water.
Step 5: If the tree will not be put up upon arriving home, stand it up in an unheated porch or garage, out of cold and wind, in a bucket of warm water.
Step 6: Once the tree is put up, keep it watered, checking the stand every few hours. Do not let the water level fall below the tree base or the end may seal over, preventing the tree from taking in more water.