Choosing a Christmas tree is a happy and memorable family moment for everyone, especially the kids. Whether you are cutting down your own tree or purchasing one from a reputable tree farm, there are several helpful tips you can use that will surely make your Christmas tree experience even better! Continue reading to learn answers to the most frequently asked questions about Christmas trees, including which type to choose, how to tell if they’re healthy, what height is best for your home, how to take care of it, and more.
🎅 Which Type of Christmas Tree Species Should I Buy?
There are countless species of Evergreens and conifers to choose from, all ranging in cost, texture, color, and size; but Indiana has a handful of evergreen conifers that work best for Christmas trees. The most popular species of Christmas tree is the Douglas Fir for its stiff, sturdy branches and full green foliage. But the type of conifer you choose depends on personal preference. If you like a soft, open look, then a pine or cypress species is a good fit. If you prefer more vibrant colors, then a spruce species would likely interest you.
🎅 How Do I Know if a Christmas Tree is Healthy?
In order to choose a healthy and viable Christmas tree, you must look for certain signs that it has been properly grown. For instance, a healthy tree will be perky, sturdy, and have branches that stay upright. A healthy tree should also have good color that appears vibrant and shiny, with very few brown needles. Furthermore, branches should be flexible but not weak. Do the shake test to see how many needles fall off to the ground; if a lot of green needles come loose, move onto the next tree. When you get your tree home, immediately put it in water to keep it healthy.
🎅 What Size Christmas Tree Should I Get?
The height and girth of your Christmas tree will depend on the size of the space you intend to put it. Just be sure to accurately measure ceiling space, as well as, wall to wall space, and space between where the tree will go and the surrounding furniture. However, before measuring ceiling and square footage space, be sure to measure your front door too. You want to be able to get the tree inside, after all!
🎅 How Do I Care for a Live Christmas Tree?
Be sure to ask the tree farmer for proper care instructions. The method of caring for your Christmas tree will vary depending on the size, age, species, and more. Usually, tree farmers who sell Christmas trees will have pre-printed instructions for consumers to take home. Keep in mind that even with the best care, a freshly-cut Christmas tree will last about one month. After 30 days, you will begin to see the needles dry out and drop off.
🎅 What Do I Do With My Christmas Tree When the Holiday is Over?
You can place it out by the trash, but the best method is to recycle your Christmas tree in the garden or woods. The natural decay is good for the soil and surrounding environment!