Finding the Best Tree for Your Family
Finding the right Christmas tree for you household is important. With so many options, how do you find the right one? Our hand tip guide is here to help! Here’s what you need to do know in order to find the Christmas tree that will be the perfect match for your home.
PREPARING FOR YOUR NEW TREE
Making sure your tree is the right size is important. Before purchasing your tree, measure the dimensions of the space where the tree is going to be located: the height, width, and depth.
Be sure to pay close attention to the measurements for the depth and width of the space. Trees tend to be symmetrical–as wide as they are deep–so the width of your Christmas tree is going to be limited by the smaller of those two dimensions that you measured.
Before heading out, write down all of this information, and take it–as well as your tape measure–with you when it’s time to go tree shopping.
BUYING AN ARTIFICIAL CHRISTMAS TREE
If you’re planning on purchasing an artificial Christmas tree for your home, you’ll likely have an easier time finding a tree that fits your exact space requirements, especially if you shop at a high-end retailer or online. However, there are still a few things that you should keep in mind while comparing your options:
1 – You’ll be using this tree for a long time. Unlike living trees, artificial Christmas trees are an investment. A high quality Christmas tree can easily last for more than 20 years. This means that spending a few extra dollars can end up saving you money in the long run.
2- Look up reviews online, and keep a close eye out from owners who have been using their artificial tree for more than a couple of years. If owners complain of needles being shed or hinged branches that stick or fail, avoid those trees.
3 – Appearance is everything. A good artificial tree can be absolutely beautiful, and difficult to tell from the real thing. Take the time to closely examine the appearance of the tree. It all comes down to what you prefer. If you’re shopping in-person for your tree, try and find retailers that have demo trees set up, or that will let you open the box and examine the tree.
4 – A good stand is everything. It doesn’t matter how good the tree is, if the stand is flimsy and falls apart. Artificial trees usually come with built-in stands, so be sure to choose a tree that includes a sturdy metal stand.
5 – You’re going to be storing your tree most of the year. Make sure whichever artificial tree you choose will fit easily in your home’s storage space.
6 – Choose what works for you. You can now find trees that imitate a large number of common Christmas tree species, including Douglas fir, Dunhill fur, royal spruce, Scotch pine, and more. In addition, artificial trees come with different types of needles, pre-decorated with lights, ornaments, and flocking, and many more options. Be sure to choose an artificial tree that perfectly suits your preferences.
BUYING A REAL CHRISTMAS TREE
Many people just love the smell and feel of a real tree. But finding a high quality real tree can be a challenge. Here are some tips on finding the best possible real Christmas tree.
1 – Check for freshness. One of the easiest way to estimate the freshness of a tree is by looking at the needles. The needles should stay attached to the branch, and not come off in your hand. You can also grasp the tree by the trunk and tap the base of it against the ground. If a cloud of needles falls to the ground, then the tree is well on its way to being dead. The needles and branches should also be flexible when bent. If they break or don’t spring back into shape, then the tree is drying out. Another way to tell if a tree is still fresh and lively is by smelling the branches and trunk. If it still has that sappy, earthy smell, then the tree will probably last for several more weeks. If it’s odorless, then you should give it a pass.
2 – Check for is the presence of pests, such as beetles, mites, and aphids. While not dangerous, these pests can trigger allergic reactions in some sensitive people, and are generally are not welcome house guests during the holiday season.
3 – Make sure you have a saw at home. When you buy a real tree that has been pre-cut, the base of the trunk will have dried out and died. If you try to place the tree as-is into a stand and water it, the tree will be unable to absorb moisture and end up dying within a few days. Thus, it’s necessary to cut about 1/2 to 1 inch of wood from the base of the trunk. Make sure that you have access to a handsaw at home.