Sunday, December 5, 2010

How to Pick a Christmas Tree!

The National Christmas Tree Association makes it possible to search by ZIP code for farms offering a cut-your-own experience. Many state growing associations also have websites with listings.

Tip: The first trees to get picked over tend to be the ones near the parking lot, so the farther reaches of a farm might offer a better selection.

Bring the Right Tools

Two things to remember to bring to the farm (or to ask whether they'll be provided) are a measuring tape and a handsaw. (Before you cut a tree, it pays to know it will fit in your living room!) As you browse, flag favorites with a bandanna so that it will be easier to comparison shop.

Types of trees-Clockwise, from top:

Balsam Fir, 'Carolina Sapphire' Cypress, Nordmann Fir, Noble Fir, Concolor Fir, 'Blue Ice' Cypress, Douglas Fir, White Pine, Fraser Fir, Leyland Cypress

Leave a good stump on the tree you cut, and trim a half inch at home before putting it in water.
Decorate and Enjoy!

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