12Dec2014

How to Pick the Perfect Christmas Tree

How To Pick The Perfect Tree

While there are some benefits to having a fake Christmas tree, there is just something special about having a live Christmas tree in your home for the holidays. Many families make a yearly expedition out to the woods of Pennsylvania, to select and cut down their own Christmas tree. Most find a New Britain area Christmas tree lot and spend a snowy evening picking out the perfect tree for their home.

With so many different kinds of trees to choose from, and so many different heights, shapes, and widths, knowing which Christmas tree is right for your home can be a little difficult. We have the information you need to know about picking the perfect Christmas tree, to ensure that it not only fits in your home, but also complements the rest of your decorations. After reading these tips, you will be prepared to come down to Bucks-Mont Party Rental and pick out a tree from our excellent, fresh-cut selection.

Species of Christmas Trees

Most tree lots will have four or five different varieties of Christmas trees for you to choose from, ranging from the traditional fir trees, to pines, to spruces. Each species of tree has a slightly different color, shape, and even scent. Here are some of the most common Christmas trees you will find in New Britain Christmas tree lots:

Balsam Fir: This is one of the most popular species, as it has the traditional Christmas tree shape, scent, and color. These trees have dark green needles that, unlike many other varieties of fir, pine, and spruce, are soft, instead of poky. These trees are dense and well-layered, so they support lots of ornaments, lights, and other decorations.

Fraser Fir: The Fraser fir is not as popular as the balsam, but it also has the soft needles and the dark green color that characterizes the fir family. The silvery underside of the needs make this tree especially beautiful.

Norway Pine: If the primary reason you do not get a live Christmas tree is because the needles fall off on a daily basis, the Norway pine is the tree for you. It has long, lush branches and needles and is one of the best trees when it comes to retaining those needles.

Colorado Spruce: This is a strong and stout tree. While the do grow to be very tall, they usually become too wide to be viable house trees at a certain point. The distinctive blue to olive colors of the needles make this a great tree.

White Spruce: Next to the Balsam fir, the white spruce is the next most popular Christmas tree. It is symmetrical, dense, and is available in a wide range of sizes, shapes, and heights. This tree is often the tree that fake Christmas trees are modeled after.

Whether you are looking for something more traditional like a white spruce or a balsam fir, or something a little more unique like a Colorado spruce or Fraser fir, most tree lots or farms will have what you’re looking for.

How to Pick Your Tree

Once you have decided on a fresh-cut Christmas tree over that scraggly fake one sitting in its box in the garage, look at your home and determine where you want to place your tree. Is it going to be the centerpiece of your dining room? The highlight of your living room? While you can change your mind once you have the tree in your house, it’s important to measure the intended location so you know how large of a tree you can accommodate. Once the tree is home, you can move it around and see where else it fits, but it needs at least one place where it can definitely reside during the season.

Use a tape measure to determine how tall, how wide, and how thick the tree can be. Write down those measurements and take them and the tape measure to your tree lot. While most people believe that they need to be one of the first groups on the lot in order to get a good tree, most lots have plenty of trees in storage, to replenish their stock throughout the season, so if you can’t get your tree until the 20th of December, you’re not in danger of being stuck with a Charlie Brown-type tree.

Once you have arrived at the lot, you may decide to fan out, covering as much ground as possible by splitting up. Other families like to stick together, giving each tree a once over before moving on to the next. Some lots are set up with all trees of one species together, others put all the trees of a certain height together. If you already know what kind of tree you want or who tall it can be, sticking to that section can help you narrow in on your tree (though once you see all of the trees in person, you might change your mind about which species you want).

Most lots will trim the tree’s trunk before you take it home, sawing off the last inch of the trunk so that it will be more accepting of water once you get it home. Leave the tree outside while you see up the base and fill it with a little water, so the tree’s sap doesn’t find its way into the carpet or hardwood. Once the tree is in the base, make sure it is straight and secure and that there is enough water that the base of the trunk is fully submerged. It’s important to keep your tree consistently watered, so that it stays green and fresh until the end of the season.

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