When you choose a Christmas tree, what are your criteria?

Size is important. If it’s too big, it either won’t fit in your house, or it won’t leave much room for you and your family to gather ’round it.

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Shape can play a part too when you choose a Christmas tree. Some people prefer short, fat trees, while others think a tall, slender tree will fit better in their home. Most people like a nice, isosceles triangle shape, but objects found in nature usually aren’t that perfect. Hence the “trimming.”

Choose a Christmas Tree that doesn’t Require a Lot of Work

Trimming the tree has come to mean decorating it, but you’ll likely have to trim some of your tree more literally, with pruners or a saw. If you choose a Christmas tree from a lot, rather than cutting one down yourself at a farm, the salesperson will likely make a fresh cut to the end of the trunk so that it will soak up lots of water once you get it in the stand.

But your tree may have lots of small branches growing near the bottom that prevent you from fitting it into the stand, so you will have to cut these off. Beyond this, you may want to trim a branch or two that sticks out farther than the others, marring the tree’s appearance and presenting a hazard for passers-by.

Besides what you want your tree to look like, however, what else should you notice when you choose a Christmas tree?

Choose a Christmas Tree with Securely Attached Needles

Take a look at the needles, and give them a tug. Needles should not rain off the tree when you pick it up to inspect it. If they do, it’s a sign the tree is dried out. Sure, you can put it in water when you get home, but it may be too late. You could end up with a bare, naked tree by Christmas morning!

Different types of trees will have different needles, but they should all bend when you touch them, not fall off.

Before you head out to choose a Christmas tree, familiarize yourself with the three main types: fir, pine and spruce.

  • Fir trees are dark green and dense, which gives them their coveted “fat” appearance. They also have thin, spiny tops — perfect spots for twinkling stars!
  • Pine trees have longer, softer needles that may be better suited for young decorators. Ends of branches have more give, so heavier ornaments should be hung closer to the trunk. This type of tree has less fragrance than others.
  • Spruce trees can have a slightly less full appearance, with branches spaced further apart, and are prized for their blue-green color.

Earthworks Landscaping is your local expert in tree care, although we’re more used to planting trees than cutting them down. To that end, consider saving time and money this year — choose a Christmas tree with its root ball attached. We’ll plant it for you in the yard, and friends, neighbors and passers-by will all get to enjoy its beauty every year.

Earthworks Landscaping helps you keep your yard looking great, no matter the season.