Sure, we're partial to our own staff, but doesn't it make sense to buy a tree from the local Nursery & Greenhouse experts here at Morrison's? You can trust our quality selection of trees and ensure that the only thing under the tree on Christmas morning are presents and not dry needles. Here are a few tips to picking out the perfect tree for Christmas and how to keep it fresh and looking majestic all through the holidays.
Measure, measure, measure. Quick, how tall is your ceiling? Gotcha. Now go grab the tape measure and find out. Make sure you account for that big star you own and the height of the tree stand. Trees always look smaller outside and the last thing you want to do when you get home is using your trusty Ginsu knife to take another six inches off the top.
There are lots of great tree stands out there, and we stock quite a few of them. Some swivel and allow for easy repositioning, some are cast iron and are as stable as you'll find. All should have a plentiful reservoir so the tree does not dry out quickly.
Morrison's Home and Garden carry two kinds of traditional Christmas trees. Balsam Fir is possibly the best known and traditional tree sold in the New England area. They grow best to the North and in higher elevations. They are wonderfully aromatic and hold their needles for a long time after cutting. The Balsam Fir needles are soft, unlike a prickly spruce.
Fraser Fir is a Christmas tree that will tolerate growing in warmer climates and is the traditional Christmas tree of the mid-Atlantic states. It does not have that Christmas tree aroma that the Balsam Fir does. It's chief attribute is that lasts better after being cut. The branches on the Fraser are stiffer and can better carry heavy ornaments.
KICKING THE TIRES, SO TO SPEAK
When looking to buy your Christmas tree try and follow a few simple guidelines. Make sure you buy from a yard (ours) that has its trees standing up. They don't have to be untied or unwrapped but they store better in an upright position. If you grab a branch and pull it through your figures and a bunch of the green needles come off then wish it a "Merry Christmas" and start looking for another tree. Make sure you look at the trunk of the tree and if it is split, that too is a sign that it's prematurely drying out. Ask for a fresh cut to the base or do it yourself when you get the tree home.
CARE AND FEEDING
When you get your tree home leave it tied up until the tree is placed in a sturdy stand and positioned in your room. Large trees are easier to move and straighten when they are still wrapped. If you are not decorating the tree immediately, put it in a bucket of water in the shade. Try and keep your tree outside as long as possible until you are ready to get creative. When you bring it inside set it up in as cool a room as you can and away from any heat sources. An additional trick would be to spray the tree with Wilt-Pruf, an anti-desiccant. This should be done outside the day before the tree is to come inside.
Never let the tree stand run dry, this can happen overnight so make sure you check the water level before going to bed and again when you wake up in the morning.