When it comes to picking the perfect Christmas tree, everybody has their own acquired taste. Some choose an artificial tree as it’s less mess, others choose a real tree that will fill their home with the wonderful, pine aroma. The shape of the tree is also important whether you prefer the conical shape of the Nordman Fir or the classical and traditional look of the Norway Spruce.
Now we may be biased, but we LOVE real Christmas trees, however it can be difficult to know which real Christmas tree is best for you and your home. To help you in your decision, we’re here with a handy guide.
Unlike artificial trees, real trees can be trimmed once you have them at home if they don't quite fit the space in your room. However, it's better before you head off to choose your real Christmas tree, to take some measurements first so you know what size to buy. Measure the space where you want to put up your tree, so you know how full the tree can be and the height of the room too. Don't forget to measure the height of your Christmas tree stand and to allow room for your decorative topper, a star or an angel perhaps as this will add extra height to the tree. Hopefully, this will eliminate the need to prune your tree when you get it home!
There are many different types of Christmas trees available to buy. There are cut trees or pot-grown ones. Pot-grown trees are perfect for outdoors – such as in entrance porches and front gardens to form part of your outdoor decoration scheme. While cut ones are available in larger sizes and make a great feature in living rooms, dining rooms and hallways.
You need to match the needs and wants of your household to your tree. For example, you may not want a Norway Spruce tree if you have young children as they have sharp needles that may hurt when stood on. The Norway Spruce also needs regular watering as it doesn’t hold needles as well as other types of tree. The Nordman Fir has very good needle retaining properties with a conical shape and dense branches. Pine and fir trees have wide, flat and softer needles.
There’s nothing worse than decorating your tree beautifully for it to drop within a week and your house be covered in needles. To find a tree that won’t drop instantly, gently grab the inside of a branch and pull your hand towards you, if the needles stay on the tree then it is a good one to choose.
When choosing your tree, there’s a few different ways you can check its freshness. Firstly, the trunk of the tree should have a slight stickiness to it if it’s fresh. Also try bending a needle in half with your fingers; if it is a fir tree then the needle should snap, a fresh pine tree needle should bend and not break.
Once you have your real Christmas tree it should survive for at least four weeks with the same care and attention as you would for any plant being brought into a warm, dry atmosphere.
And although you have only just bought and decorated your tree, please do consider how you will dispose of it after the Christmas festivities. Why not register it with us to be collected in early January. Not only will it save you the hassle of having to taking it to the tip, filling your car with needles, but it will also help a local hospice near you.