O Christmas tree, O Christmas tree
There’s nothing that says Christmas like the sight and smell of a freshly-cut, pine-scented tree, placed as a focal point in your living room or to brighten up your garden and driveway! Grown in our very own woodland, Earnshaw’s Fencing Centres’ freshly-cut Norway spruce and Nordmann fir trees are ready and waiting for the bright lights of Christmas from early December onwards at our Midgley centre!
But do you buy your tree on 1st December, or do you prefer to wait until just before Yuletide? Whatever your festive tradition is, we’ve put together our top tips and tricks for the best time to purchase your perfect Christmas tree, and how to keep it looking its best throughout the holidays.
When is the best time to get a tree?
Well, there’s no definitive answer to this question! The second Saturday in December seems to be a popular choice for many people in the UK, but what do the experts say? The British Christmas Tree Growers Association (BCTGA) suggests that trees “should not be purchased earlier than 1st December”, in order that they last through the festive season.
What to look for?
Nowadays, there’s so much choice when it comes to choosing your cut Christmas tree – however, we always like to plump for the ‘tried and tested’ choices.
If you would like your tree to be up and decorated at the start of December, we recommend the ever-popular Nordmann fir. With its low needle drop, longevity and soft-to-the-touch feel it’s a great hassle-free option that the whole family can enjoy decorating!
If you prefer to put your tree up nearer to Christmas Eve we suggest opting for the traditional Norwegian spruce, with its mid to dark green leaves, strong branches and signature festive scent.
So, once you’ve found a tree that looks healthy and bushy, we suggest you try the ‘drop test’ – by picking it up three or four inches from the ground and dropping gently it on its stump. If more than a few needles drop to the ground, the tree may not have been freshly cut.
How to look after your tree
It’s no secret that a cut tree may start to drop its needles – but fear not, this doesn’t have to be the case! With just a little bit of care and attention, you can look forward to a beautiful tree that lasts all the way through to the New Year.
Once you’ve got your tree home, the next step is to let it adjust slowly to room temperature before bringing it indoors – placing it in a conservatory or garage is ideal. Once the tree has acclimatised, cut a few centimetres from the bottom of the trunk and place in a stand that includes a water reservoir. Keep an eye on your room’s temperature to make sure it doesn’t get too hot, check the reservoir every day and top up accordingly – some thirsty trees can drink up to a pint of water a day!
Be green – recycle!
When you’re ready to pack the decorations away for another year, don’t just throw out your tree – recycle it! Many councils now provide a drop off point for Christmas trees at their household waste recycling centres – where your tree could be turned into wood chippings for a playground! Simply telephone your local council for details in your area.
Grown in our very own woodland, Earnshaw’s Fencing Centres’ freshly-cut Norway spruce and Nordmann fir trees are ready and waiting for the bright lights of Christmas from early December onwards at our Midgley centre!
Ranging from 2.5m to a whopping 5m and above, they are available now. So, if you are looking for a large Christmas tree for indoor or outdoor use this festive season, please get in touch – we’d be delighted to help.
Posted by Earnshaws on 01-Dec-2016