A beautiful, fragrant evergreen Christmas tree in your living room can make the whole season seem more like a special time. When you learn how to buy a Christmas tree, you easily make the right selection and get the perfect tree.
More than 35 million Christmas trees will be sold this year and many of them will turn out to be the wrong one.
Picking the perfect Christmas tree can be a very stressful time if you have not done your research. There are several steps to take that can guarantee a perfect tree that will make the whole experience a pleasant one.
The first thing to do is determine whether you want a living tree or an artificial Christmas tree to be the center of attention in your home. There are a variety of beautiful artificial trees available in all shapes, sizes and colors that will suit almost anyone.
If you decide to purchase a living tree, you will need to decide the kind you want. There are certain types of trees that are more in particular areas. Other types of trees may be harder to find in different parts of the Country.
You can always order a Christmas tree online from anywhere in the world and this can ensure you will get exactly the kind and color of tree you want.
By thinking ahead and planning the trip to buy the tree you will be able to find the Christmas tree of your holiday dreams this season.
How to Buy a Christmas Tree
Buying a Christmas tree can be very difficult during the holidays with all the other activities going on. Here re several tips to make sure you get the right tree.
First, measure the space where you intend to put the Christmas tree. This measurements will determine the size of tree you should look for.
Do not forget to add the height of your tree topper and the tree stand.
Learn what tree types are available in your area. The Virginia Pine is popular in the South and the Douglas Fir tree is most favorite in the Northern areas.
If you know you want a particular type of tree that is not readily available in your area you can have it shipped to your home or office.
Consider how the tree will be decorated. For heavy ornaments, a Scotch Pine or a Blue Spruce are very good choices, because of their sturdy branches.
If you want to smell the fragrance of your tree, choose a Balsam Fir or a Douglas Fir because they are a lot more fragrant.
Locate a Place To Buy Your Christmas Tree
Christmas trees are grown all over the United States, including Alaska and Hawaii. Your perfect tree can easily be found at the closest Christmas tree farm, at the local retail store or on the Internet.
Buying a Christmas Tree at a Christmas Tree Farm
The National Christmas Tree Association has a list of all Christmas Tree suppliers. Type in your zip code to find all the live tree suppliers near you.
When looking for a tree, wear sturdy shoes and warm clothing. Bring protective gloves so you can chop and load the tree into your car comfortably. You may have to cut down a tree and this can be very strenuous work.
Most farms provide saws, but be sure to check before you go.
Bring a measuring tape along with the measurements you have taken that show the maximum height and width your room will allow.
Bring rope and bungee cords to secure the tree to the roof of the car, unless you have a vehicle that can hold the tree.
Bring a camera to record the event.
Buying a Christmas From Local Suppliers
Local tree vendors take most of the hard labor out of selecting a tree.
Home Depot has a large selection of live trees, along with tree stands and Christmas tree lights.
Most local suppliers provide several types of Christmas trees to choose from and they can advise you about the best type of tree for you if you are undecided.
Go shopping for the perfect tree early in the season to help make sure you are getting first selection and a fresh tree.
Bring plenty of rope and a few bungee cords to secure your tree to the roof, unless you have a truck or SUV that can hold the tree.
Buying a Christmas Tree Online
Ordering a Christmas tree online can cost more money than buying from the local Christmas tree supplier because of taxes and shipping.
Most Christmas trees ordered on the Internet are freshly cut right before shipping. This may mean you will get a fresher tree than you would at a local supplier.
When ordering online, most websites will let shoppers know which species are best for their area.
Most Christmas trees are shipped within 3-5 days of ordering.
Before Going Out To Buy Your Tree
Don’t forget your measuring tape.
Buy a tree stand and fill it with water before the tree is brought home. Most tree stands are adjustable but be sure the maximum diameter will be sufficient.
Don’t forget protective gloves.
Bring a tarp or old blanket to protect the roof of your car and to wrap the tree in so it doesn’t get windblown on the ride home.
Do not forget to bring the measuring tape and your measurements.
Call ahead to see if the farm or supplier you are headed to takes accept payments other than cash.
Bring a heavy ornament along to test branch strength.
These tips can make your tree-buying experience a lot easier and they can help you locate and buy the perfect tree for the Holidays – this year and every year.