How to choose the best live Christmas tree in Orlando
Christmas is on its way and it’s definitely time to trim the tree… so have you gotten yours yet? If not, Toyota of Orlando is here with tips on how to choose the best live Christmas tree and where to find it. Check out this quick guide and don’t forget, we’ve also got tips on how to safely transport your Christmas tree home.
Tips for choosing the best live Christmas tree
There’s nothing quite like a live Christmas tree – the smell and feel of it are pretty much unmatchable. However, if you’re going to shell out the money you should definitely get the most bang for your buck. Here are some tips on how to choose the best live Christmas tree.
Tip #1: Know which type of tree you want. There are three main types: Spruce, Fir, and Pine.
- Spruce are dense trees that have a natural cone shape and strong branches (so you can fill them up with ornaments).
- Fir trees have flat, waxy needles and long, dense branches. These are also the trees that have that notorious Christmas fragrance.
- Pine trees are a bit different looking; they have long, thin needles with strong branches; these trees also retain their needles pretty well, so less cleanup for you.
Tip #2: Know what to look for when shopping for your Christmas tree. Here are a few pointers:
- Look for a tree that has a full, symmetrical shape without any bald patches – spin the tree so you can see all the way around it. You shouldn’t be able to see the trunk of the tree through the branches.
- Also make sure the color is uniform throughout, and that the tree smells good.
- Try bending a few branches. They should have a natural springiness to them; if they snap, the tree is dry.
- Give the Christmas tree a shake – a few needles falling off here and there is no big deal, but if you see a shower of needles it’s a sign the tree is dried out and not going to last long.
Tip #3: Cut a disc off the bottom. When a Christmas tree is cut down, it forms a layer of sap across the bottom of the trunk. You’ll need to cut (or have someone cut) a sliver off the bottom of the tree trunk, about 1/2″ thick, so water can be pulled into the tree once you put it in the stand. If your tree can’t pull water into its vascular system, it will quickly dry out and become a fire hazard.
Tip #4: Know how you’re going to get it home. If you have a truck bed, awesome. Otherwise, you’ll need bungee cords or ties to strap the tree to the top of the car, as well as a blanket or pad to protect the roof of your car from the tree.
A few more tips: when you get home, immediately give your tree water so it doesn’t dry out. Additionally, make sure it always has water until you’re ready to take it out of the house to give it a longer life.
Where to find the best Christmas trees in Orlando
So where can you find the best Christmas trees in Orlando? Here are a few places we recommend:
- Kelly’s Christmas Trees
- Happ’s Christmas Trees
- Home Depot
- Severts Christmas Tree Farm
- Long and Scott Farms
- Razzanis Fresh Cut Christmas Trees
Happy hunting, and merry Christmas from our Orlando Toyota dealership family to yours!