Fresh-Cut Christmas Trees
First decide where it will go and measure the space… then measure again. Don’t forget to measure your stand as well.
Make sure that the tree you choose will fit in your space and inside your stand. Whittling the sides of a tree’s trunk to make it fit a too-small stand will interfere with its water intake, as well as making the tree less stable. Also check to be sure the tree has a tall enough ‘handle’ (the area bare of branches at the bottom) that you won’t need to trim bottom branches off to put it in the tree stand. Allow a couple of extra inches so that you can make a fresh cut.
The most important consideration in choosing a cut tree (outside of finding one you like) is to find a fresh tree. Some techniques:
Bend several needles. If they bend and bounce back, the tree is probably fresh. If they break or don’t bounce back, it probably isn’t.
Shake the tree or bounce it on the ground to see how many green needles drop. Brown needles will fall naturally but if green ones fall like rain, the tree may be dried out.
Choosing a Tree: