Buy a live Christmas tree at a tree farm and cut the fresh and live Christmas tree straight from the ground. This is a great way to start the holiday season. Buy your tree and have fun at the same time when you go a Christmas tree farm that offers horse and cart rides, holiday candy and ski rides in the snow.
1. Find a Christmas tree farm that is nearby. Check the Internet or ask a friend. Be sure to check and make sure that the farm is still open to the public. In this poor economy one never knows.
2. Make the tree farm a family play holiday. Some of the live tree farms offer fun activities like wagon rides, holiday candy and games that are fun for the entire family. They also will help to cut your Christmas tree out of the ground.
3. Pick the tree you think looks hardy. Select your live Christmas tree at the tree farm from trees still planted in the ground. Removing your Christmas tree at the moment of purchase will get you a fresh tree that will last until well after the New Year.
4. Make sure the live Christmas tree fits in the room and location you have chosen to set it up. Use a tape measure or a large ruler to check the bottom to make sure there is enough space between the end and the lowest branches for a diagonal fresh cut. A tree is always fresher when you buy your Christmas Tree from a farm and you have fun while selecting it.
5 . Inspect the Christmas tree that you cut from the farm to make sure it is green, healthy, fragrant smelling and has moist, flexible needles. Bounce the tree lightly on its end to see if there are needles falling off. If so, look for another live tree. Check out a few of the live trees until you find one that will look good decorated with tinsel, popcorn and Christmas ornaments.
Tips & Warnings
*Cut an extra inch off the bottom of the Christmas tree prior to mounting before placing it in water.
*Choose a Christmas tree farm, that will let you leave the tree in the ground until you are ready to set it up.
*Measure the spot in the room and also the tree in the farm to make sure it will fit.
Place your tree as far away from a heat source (radiator, fireplace)
* Never let the Christmas Tree go dry.
*Buy a tree stand.
* Do not wait too long to purchase your tree, or the best ones will have been sold. Buying too early, however, might result in your tree drying up too soon.
* Check for spiders, small animals, or bugs that might be in the Christmas tree prior to buying it.
* Be careful not to over-trim your tree before installing the Christmas tree in your house. A few artful cuts can quickly turn into a hack-job.