First thing is first!
Come to Holly Acres where you are guaranteed freshness and
It is always a good idea
to do a little research on the different
Christmas tree types and
pick the species that fits your taste. Some trees have
excellent needle retention and will last for months! Some
trees have stiffer branches for heavy ornaments. Some trees
are more fragrant. Colors and textures can vary too. These
kind of decisions are all about personal taste.
Selecting a tree should be
fun, make it a family day when no one is in a rush.
Measure the height of
your ceiling and the width of your area. Bring a tape
measure or ask to borrow one at the lot. Pick out a tree that has
been displayed in a shaded area. Trees displayed in the sun
dry up quickly. Shop early, before
the best trees have been sold. Delaying your cut Christmas
tree purchase only increases its exposure to harmful
elements. Choose a fresh Christmas
tree by looking for the greenest tree with the fewest brown
needles. Perform the "drop test". Raise the Christmas tree a
few inches and drop on its butt end. Green needles should not
drop off. If they do, you have a tree with excessive drying
before it was cut.
A few inner brown needles from the tree's annual shed will
drop off so do not be concerned with this, just clean the
tree up before bringing indoors.
Another important check
is to take hold of a branch and lightly pull your hand
toward you allowing the branch to slip through your fingers.
The needles should be resilient. Most, if not all, of the
needles need to stay on the tree.
Always inspect the
Christmas tree's base. Make sure the "handle" (the first
eight inches of butt) of the tree is relatively straight.
This part of the tree is extremely important when securing
the tree in a stand. Make sure removing any limbs attached
to the "handle" won't hurt the tree shape.
Be sure to ask for a
fresh cut and heed our advice on
Tree care such as
where in the house to put the Christmas tree. Avoid spots
close to heat sources like TVs, fireplaces, radiators,
southern facing windows and