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Choosing the perfect Christmas Tree

How can you achieve the perfect Christmas tree for your perfect Christmas? These days, there seems to be a Christmas tree outlet in every pub car park in every town, but where do all these trees come from and are they any good?

The Christmas tree market is immense, with over 8 million trees being bought in the UK alone and the whole of Europe bringing the total up to a staggering 50 million live trees, leaving the United States trailing behind with a woeful 35 million. Many of the UK’s trees are grown in Central and Western Europe although hundreds of thousands of Christmas trees are now grown all over the UK and Northern Ireland. The type and variety of tree is immense leaving the consumer somewhat baffled for choice. One part of the great debate is whether to buy a live or a fake tree? The British Christmas Tree Growers Association (BCTGA) have produced a report with findings that live Christmas trees are 5 times more environmentally friendly than their artificial rivals. Argument solved!

To achieve the perfect beginning for your tree, the first thing to do is carefully consider where the Christmas Tree should be placed. Make sure it isn’t in a busy area with people passing, that it won’t be continually knocked or pulled by over-enthusiastic little hands. Keep it well away from all sources of heat – sunny windows, fireplaces, radiators etc. Live trees HATE central heating and will dry out and drop their needles quicker than a pantomime dame can drop an innuendo. Therefore, choose a place where there is no radiator or where the radiator can be turned off for the whole time the tree is up. Also, make sure your tree is near a power point as cables trailing across the room is not advisable. Once you have decided on the position of your tree, measure the area – front to back, side to side as well as height – there’s nothing more frustrating than a tree that’s too big for the room.

Choose a tree that has been freshly cut, from a local supplier who you know and trust. Every year, more and more Christmas trees  are stolen from Christmas Tree farms across the UK by people who want to make a quick buck for little effort. To tell if a tree is fresh, look carefully at the needles, are they fresh, bright green and shiny? Holding the tree upright, drop it onto it’s base a couple of times, is there a lot of needle drop, if so, walk away and find another that doesn’t drop. Take a good, long look at the overall shape. Is it well balanced, is the trunk straight, are the branches evenly spaced, is the top bushy, will the base fit into your stand? After you’ve chosen your tree, you will need to somehow get it home without bending it or breaking the branches so ask your supplier to ‘net’ your tree for you, this will contain all of the branches into a manageable sausage shape until you get home.

To keep your tree upright, you will need a wide, heavy, quality stand – this is something that is worth spending good money on, as it will last for years and save hours of frustration trying to get the tree fixed into an perfectly vertical, stable position. It is essential to buy a stand that will allow you to water the tree.

Once you have got your Christmas tree home, cut 1-2 inches off the bottom with sharp saw making sure that the cut is perfectly horizontal. Trees are living things and like flowers, after they have been cut from their roots the stem/trunk will seal up to prevent moisture loss. Place the tree, (still in it’s string vest) into the stand and with the aid of your appointed Christmas tree elf, ensure that the tree is firmly fixed into the stand. Postion the tree exactly where you want it and carefully remove all of the netting – turning the tree until you have found the best side for the front. Gently press down on the branches to achieve a pleasing, balanced shape. Now your tree is ready for you to dress in whatever style you may choose. Good Luck!

If this all sounds like too much hard work – you can always call in a professional to make life that little bit easier.


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