Choose a Live Christmas Tree
Learn how to choose the right live Christmas tree for your home.
-A live Christmas tree is a classic holiday tradition. Who doesn't love that fresh, pine scent. Where here at a Christmas tree farm to pick the perfect tree. C'mon. Going to tree farm to choose your live tree is a great tradition for you and your family. Whether at a tree farm or a tree lot, you'll find several types of live trees. So, how do you know what's right for you? There are 2 main types of Christmas trees- firs and pines. Let's take a closer look at the variety. The branches of firs are airier and stronger which is ideal if you have a lot of large ornaments to display. Firs have short, flat needles with blunt ends. They retain needles well, but they're usually marked [unk]. You'll find several varieties of firs depending on your area, including Frasier, Balsam and Douglas. Pine trees such as White pine and Scotch pine have branches that grow closer together for a denser look. They're ideal for layering on the lights. Pine branches are more flexible and have long, soft needles. Depending on where you live, others [unk] a Christmas tree may be available. Look for Spruce and Cedar. Contact the National Christmas Tree Association for information on trees in your area. When selecting a tree, make sure that the trunk is straight. Straight trunks sit better in the stand and also have better balance. It's also important that if you're selecting a tree from a tree lot, make sure that the tree is not too dry. This one is perfect. Many tree farms will put your tree on a shaker to remove dry needles and prevent them from falling out in your car or home. After you select your tree, have it wrapped in a net or twine for easier transport. You'll also need to cut about an inch from the trunk face for the pruning saw. This way, the trunk will be able to absorb more water, and it'll last longer. Once it's cut, put it in water right away. At this point, you may also want to thin out some branches so you have more space to show off ornaments and place gifts below the tree. Save any branches you removed for decorating later. Let's go inside and get this tree set up. I can't wait to see how it looks. Getting a tree in the stand can be a challenge. But thanks to some newer designs, the job is easier than ever before. Live trees require a little maintenance with watering. Be sure to always keep the base of your tree submerged. If the water level gets too low, a resin will form over the cut and your tree will stop absorbing water. Just be sure to check the water level in the stand every other day. Fresh and fragrant, this tree is now ready to light, decorate and become a holiday tradition in your home. Happy holidays! For more holiday ideas, visit bhg.com slash holidays.