How to choose a tree
Make sure you measure the height of your ceiling where your tree will be. Then keep in mind that a stand adds about 6 inches and if you’ve got a tree topper, don’t forget to include that height as well. Typically we suggest getting a tree that is 1 foot shorter than your ceiling.
Don’t forget about the width of the tree! Be sure to take into account how much space across you have for your tree. Trees come in all sizes narrow, full, and in between.
Getting your tree to stand straight doesn’t need to be a challenging, time-consuming process. For years we have stocked the Stand Strait Tree Stand, a stand that includes a bucket, pin, and legs. We drill all of our trees with a system that guarantees the tree will stand straight once fitted onto the pin. The stand’s bucket is separate to prevent water spills and therefore an easy setup. While there are a lot of options out there, we wouldn’t recommend anything else!
Kind of Tree
If you have heavier ornaments, the Fraser Fir, Scotch Pine, Balsam Fir, or Colorado Blue Spruce will be sturdy enough to hold them. The Douglas Fir is a traditional green tree. The Balsam Fir is the one that most smells like Christmas, while the Concolor Fir has a wonderful citrus fragrance. The White Pine is more delicate with longer needles. You really can’t go wrong with any of them!
The best way to ensure a fresh tree is to buy from a local farmer (hint, hint!). And when you’re at the farm, run your hand over a branch of the tree to make sure the needles stay on the branch. A few falling off is okay, but choose a different tree if it’s more than that. Finally, make sure the tree gets a fresh cut before bringing it home so that it drinks water.
Make sure your tree isn’t near a fireplace or heater. Too much heat will dry it out!
Use room temperature or warm water, this will prevent the sap from hardening over the bottom.
Don’t let the water level go below the tree trunk! This will cause the sap to seal over the cut and prevent the tree from drinking water.