Get a Sneak Peek at my Good Day New York Interview!
With the help of Roshler’s Nursery in Allendale NJ (www.roshlers.com), Cipriano Landscape Design met with Good Day New York on Tuesday to discuss the perfect Christmas tree for this Holiday Season.
Here are some tips to keep in mind.
Are you looking for a tree that will hold its needles longer so you are not vacuuming everyday? You may want to consider these trees:
Nordmann Fir- This tree has soft green/blue needles, and the longest lasting needle retention of all the Fir. It is also “Jersey Grown”, and purchasing a Nordmann Fir will help support our local farmers.
Fraser Fir- One of the most popular trees, has soft blue/silver needles which are long lasting, so less clean-up.
Do you want a tree that makes your house smell festive this time of year?
Consider these trees:
Douglas or Fraser Fir both have sweet scents, soft needles and are sure to fill your home with the aroma of Christmas. But keep in mind, the Douglas Fir are not ideal for heavy ornaments, The Balsam Fir is a good substitute if for some reason neither are available.
If you have young children or pets to consider while picking out your Christmas tree, you may want to stay clear of the Norway or Blue Spruce. The Norway Spruce has poor needle retention and requires a lot of vacuuming. The Blue Spruce has sharp, rough needles that make it hard for small children to decorate and enjoy.
How do you get the most out of your tree?
For an easier set up before you venture out to purchase your Christmas tree make sure to measure the depth of your tree stand so you can have the branches at the base removed. Make sure the tree is given a fresh cut, about a half-inch thick at the time of purchase. Once the tree is set up, water it immediately and check the water levels daily. A common misconception is that drilling a hole in the trunk will aid with water uptake. This is untrue. Keeping your room temperature around 69 degrees and the tree away from heat sources like fireplaces and heaters will help prevent needle loss and fires.
Are you considering a “Green” Christmas tree?
The eco-friendly consumer trend is the living Christmas tree. This tree has its root and soil sealed in burlap and placed in a pot. After the holiday, instead of throwing the tree away, the tree can be planted in your yard to enjoy for many years to come. There are a few things to consider with a living tree. They are very heavy-a six foot tree will weight as much as 250 pounds and are about 20 % more expensive, the cooler the environment, the better also around 69 degrees. Keep the roots moist, but not flooded, and do not remove the burlap. After Christmas, do not go from indoors to outdoors immediately; allow the tree to re-acclimate to cold by putting it in the garage for about a week.
Whatever your preferences, be sure to ask your tree salesman which tree will fulfill your needs in providing you with lasting tree enjoyment throughout this Christmas season.