Cut Your Own Christmas Tree
Cut your own Christmas Tree involves growing pine, spruce, and fir trees specifically for use as Christmas trees. The first Christmas tree farm was established in 1901, but most consumers continued to obtain their trees from forests until the 1930s and 1940s. A wide variety of pine and fir species are grown as Christmas trees, although a handful of varieties stand out in popularity. In the United States, Douglas-fir, Scots Pine and Fraser Fir all sell well.
Cut-your-own Christmas Tree farm, where customers are allowed to roam the farm, select their tree, and cut it down themselves. Other farmers cultivate potted trees, with balled roots, which can be replanted after Christmas and used again the following year.
In the United States, visits to Christmas tree farms have become a Christmas holiday tradition for people. Outdoor and holiday themed activities are not uncommon and include wagon rides, offering hot cocoa or cider, Santa Claus visits and holiday crafts.
Cut your own Christmas Tree farms are great for the whole family. Many farms have fund exciting kid games and sleigh rides, while others have fantastic food and drinks. Make sure you bring the whole family and have fun during this great Christmas celebration.
How to Cut your Own Christmas Tree
1. Find a Christmas tree farm where you can cut down your tree
2. Make sure you are prepared to cut down a tree: Gloves (thick) and a cutting tool to cut the tree down or the farm might provide a cutting tool.
3. Find a tree big enough or small enough to fit in your house and you can fit through your door. Determine where in your home you will display your tree. With this in mind, you will be able to tell what height tree you will need and whether all four sides of the tree must be suitable for display.
4. Examine the Tree: Freshness is an important key if you are buying a precut (harvested, fresh-cut, etc.) tree. Of course, if you are cutting your own, or having it cut for you, you know it will be fresh!
+ The needles should be resilient. Take hold of a branch about six inches from the tip, between your thumb and forefinger, then pull your hand toward you allowing the branch to slip through your fingers.
+ The needles should adhere to the branch and not fall off in your hand. The needles should be flexible, not brittle. Run your finger down a branch - the needles should adhere to each twig. Bump the base end of the tree lightly against the ground to verify that the needles are firmly attached and to see if any outside needles fall off (inside needle loss in Pine trees is common every Fall and may lodge against the branches). If only a few drop off, the tree is fresh.
+ The tree should have a good fragrance and an attractive good green color,
+ Fresh tree will retain its moisture content and thereby keep its fragrance and needles, if kept in a stand that has a good water - holding capacity.
+ Limbs should be strong enough to hold ornaments and strings of lights
5. Take your tree home and have Fun Decorating your Tree!