Select a tree that is bright green, fresh and right for you. Before you go to get a tree, measure the spot that it will fit in. Trees look smaller outside than they do in a house. Once you get them inside they seem to grow.
Buy a tree with flexible needles that are bright green. Shake the tree. A fresh tree will lose very few needles.
Any tree will benefit from good care. After buying a tree, cut at least 2 inches from the butt end of the trunk. You can also drill a hole about 4 inches deep into the cut end and stuff the hole with cotton. This helps the tree absorb water more quickly.
A tree that is fresh will often also have a fresh smell. However, not all trees have this pine scent. The No. 1 Georgia Christmas tree is the Leyland cypress. It has little smell to it. This may be a disadvantage to those of us that want this Christmas smell but it may also be an advantage. The resins that produce the odor aroma may also cause allergic reactions. Since the Leyland cypress emits fewer of these, it may be less likely to cause allergies. This gives many allergy suffers the opportunity to have a live tree.
There are many area locations to purchase a live tree. Included in those are several Christmas tree farms in Walker County. At one of these farms, you dont have to worry about the trees being fresh and the whole family can go out and select the perfect tree for your home.
For more information on local Christmas tree farms, contact the Walker County Extension Office at (706) 638-2548.
Norman Edwards is coordinator of Walker County Extension Service.
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