It’s Christmas at last! Christmas comes once a year, and picking out the perfect tree that matches your style and room to jolly up the living room is full of fun and promise. But it can be very hard to choose the right one with all the different types of trees out there. If you are planning to go on for the traditional way and buying a fresh tree this year, take attention to the quality. If you don’t, you may see your tree brown before Christmas arrive.
If you are looking to get some great help to choose a Christmas tree, you can use below tips for any purpose including buying and measuring, so you can bring home a wonderful Christmas tree.
Each tree types is different, so to find the best Christmas tree for your house, you need to be sure about your needs and what your room wants. For example, if you have a pet or children, you need to fix the tree or lean toward firs with soft needles. If you use sharp needles someone can get hurt.
MEASURE BEFORE YOU BUY
Before browsing through the internet for the tree places or heading out to the farm or tree lot, measure the size of the tree that can fit in your house. If you buy a tree taller than your room’s height, you will need to replace it or cut. The very first thing to measure must be the height of your ceiling, but you need to subtract the height of your stand and the tree topper from the total height in order to get the maximum tree height you can fit into your house. After that, you can see the depth of your space to see by clearing things standing on that space. Remember that every tree species has its own depth, so it is always good to take it into consideration to not squish the branches against the wall. If you are going to try a larger tree this year, you probably will need to buy a larger stand or make the existing stand stronger, because many stands can’t carry the big trees. If you still insist on choosing a big tree that touches the ceiling, after removing the tree you will see a brown sign on the ceiling and anyone can understand that your Christmas tree was not the right size.
CHOOSE THE RIGHT PLACE
It is always good to place a tree far from heat sources such as radiator, sunny windows, fireplaces or heating vents. Heat sources can cause extreme damages, even fire, so keeping it away from these sources is the best way to avoid problems. Also, try not to choose a space for your tree out of high traffic areas because someone can easily touch and the tree can be bumped or overturned. And if you placed light cords or decoratives you are increasing the risk of falls. Many decoratives are flammable so make sure your tree is not placed next to a fire in the fireplace to avoid fire.
DON’T FORGET SUPPLIES
After choosing the tree place you need to buy a few supplies such as gloves. Heavy gloves will protect you against the sharp tree parts. After buying a tree you will need a cover for your car such as an old blanket, so your car can stay protected from pine needles and sap. Don’t forget, you will need to tie the tree to carry it properly, it means you will need a rope or anything similar to tie it securely to the car. Some tree lot places provide this. Prepare a luke water in a bucket and place your tree as soon as you arrive home, to keep your tree fresh and hydrated.
DON’T BE TOO EARLY
According to the experts, the perfect time to have a Christmas tree is right after Thanksgiving. If you buy a tree too early, your tree will probably dry out so quickly because of the unnatural heat in your home. To avoid this, you need to keep your tree properly hydrated so it can stay green and healthy more than a month. Equipping yourself with some basic information about the tree hydrating will help you through this time.
FIRST THING WHEN YOU GET TO HOME
The very first thing to do once you get to the Christmas tree home must be taking care of the trunk. Cutting off about a one or a half inches from the bottom of the tree will help a tree to absorb more water. In this way, your tree will keep its color longer and hold its needles. If you don’t have any saw or something similar to cut the tree bottom, some tree lot places do it free for you.
CHOOSE THE RIGHT TREE
If you want to understand the tree’s freshness, you need to look its needles. If the needles look green, shiny, fresh and if you don’t see any brown or dry sign you can pick that tree. Some Christmas tree types have deep, rich green colors at inside and dull gray-green colors through the outside if they get too dried out. Remember that greener is always better in a Christmas tree.
You can test the needles by pulling them, if they are not falling off easily it means the tree is fresh. Nobody wants to clean all the needles scattered on the floor every day before Christmas arrives or even after needles need to stay where they are.
If you see any imperfection on the lower branches or if the tree touches to unwanted places such as walls or furniture, you can trim them off. If you are not an expert of cutting things properly, just look for the big picture and trim the tree that matches with the big picture. Don’t trim too much because trimming is not a reversible action. Try to trim little by little.
You can also use extra branches to decorate your room. And your tree will be ready for Christmas. Decorate it as you like!
When Christmas is over don’t forget to recycle your tree. Recycle never means burning a tree as this could prevent a fire danger. Waste management companies or city halls can help you with the recycling process.
Written by / Yilmaz Gokce Duz