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How to buy a Christmas Tree From a Tree Farm

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    • 1). Decide whether you want to cut down your own tree or buy one recently cut. Christmas tree farms usually provide saws for cutting down your own tree, but many farms also provide precut options.

    • 2). Familiarize yourself with the various species of available Christmas trees. The biggest sellers are Scotch pine, Douglas fir, noble fir, white pine, balsam fir and white spruce, but there are also up to a dozen other evergreens that make great Christmas trees.

    • 3). Look at regional differences in types of trees available. The quality and price of a Colorado blue spruce is better in the region where it's native than at a farm on the East Coast where they have to be trucked in or given special care to grow.

    • 4). Recognize that perfectly symmetrical trees don't exist in nature. "Wild" trees come in all shapes, sizes and symmetry. The beauty of a tree from a Christmas tree farm is in its uniqueness.

    • 5). Check the freshness of any tree you want to buy. Brown patches or wilting may mean that the tree has suffered from a lack of watering. Find a healthier tree.

    • 6). Consider the cost of a tree if you're on a budget. One of the best trees for the money is the Scotch pine, which is probably why it's the most popular. The cost is higher for spruce and many species of fir trees.

    • 7). See if the farm has a shaking machine that will get rid of loose brown needles. Usually, farm personnel will wrap your tree in netting for you at no cost too. This makes it much easier to transport a Christmas tree and get it through the front door at home.

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