Live Christmas trees have always intimidated me because I don’t do well with taking care of plants and I’ve always been paranoid that my Christmas tree could catch on fire. I asked Jeff Ruggles from Dirr Nurseries tips for picking out and taking care of a real Christmas Tree.
What should you look for when picking out the perfect Christmas Tree?
We operate a cut your own Christmas tree farm so all the trees we have here are guaranteed fresh because you cut them yourself. If going to a lot a rule of thumb is the heavier the tree, the better. A heavier tree means that it retained more water and therefore wasn’t cut weeks, maybe months ahead of time.
How do you evaluate what type of tree is best for you?
It’s really a matter of preference. Scotch Pine have strong, thick branches and are great for heavy ornaments.
The White Pine has softer needles and branches and works better for light ornaments.
The Fir species are kind of in the middle but have a very nice distinct aroma.
How long does a typical live Christmas tree last?
A cut Christmas tree can last around 2 months indoors with proper care. Water is essential to the health of the tree and needle retention. We also sell a tree preservative called Forest Fresh, which you add to the water and does a tremendous job of keeping your tree healthy.
What type of Christmas tree is the best value?
All our trees are the same price regardless of height, size or species so the value is a matter of what our customers prefer. We sell a lot of Pine.
What can you do to make your tree last longer?
There are many tree preservatives for sale out there. We have had great success with ample water and Forest Fresh tree preservative.
What mistakes do people often make when taking care of their tree?
A lot of people put their tree up and fill the stand with water and never remember to refill it. Consider water as the life source of the Christmas tree; it should never run out.
Is there a certain water line that your stand should be kept at and how often should you check the water?
You can not over water the tree. Just check the water every day or every other day and fill up the stand.
What advice would you give for someone who has resisted buying a real tree because they are afraid that it will catch on fire?
Don’t leave the lights on at night. The heat from the lights running overnight might dry the tree out. And did I mention to keep the tree watered? A well-watered tree will not catch fire.
What are some tips to make clean up easier after the holidays?
We sell Christmas tree disposal bags that go under the tree skirt. Once the holidays are over you simply slide the bag up around the tree and throw it away. It saves a lot of mess.
What tips do you have for disposing of your Christmas Tree?
There are a few companies out there that will come pick up Christmas trees after the holiday is over. Or you can always let it season and use it for firewood.
Thanks again to Jeff for the great tips. I hope that this helps you pick out the best tree for your family.
You can find out more about Dirr Nurseries from their website.