One of the most popular family traditions in December is decorating the Christmas tree, both artificial and real. There are convincing arguments for both, but if you’re hunting for the perfect real tree, this list is for you.
Choose your own Christmas tree
- Stokoe Farms (Scottsville), plus Trees for Troops
- Wilbert’s Christmas Tree Farm (Webster)
- Bauman’s Farm Market (Webster)
- Darling’s Tree Farm (Clifton Springs)
- McPherson Orchard & Christmas Tree Farm (LeRoy)
- Windy Meadow Tree Farm (Brockport)
- Shetler Tree Farm (Brockport)
- Urtz’s Evergreen Trees (Palmyra)
- Hellaby Hill Farms (Scottsville)
- The Apple Shed (Newark)
- Grzenda Farm (Livonia)
- Morgan Hill (Scottsville)
- Pete’s Tree Land (Chili)
- Woody Acres (Penfield)
- Cobble Creek Farm (Spencerport)
- Holmes Hollow (Victor)
16 tips on how to care for your farm-grown Christmas tree
When a Christmas tree is cut, more than half its weight is water. With proper care, you can maintain the quality of your tree. Below are a number of tips on caring for your tree:
- Displaying trees in water in a traditional reservoir type stand is the most effective way of maintaining their freshness and minimizing needle loss problems.
- To display the trees indoors, use a stand with an adequate water holding capacity for the tree. As a general rule, stands should provide 1 quart of water per inch of stem diameter. Devices are available that help maintain a constant water level in the stand.
- Use a stand that fits your tree. Avoid whittling the sides of the trunk down to fit a stand. The outer layers of wood are the most efficient in taking up water and should not be removed.
- Make a fresh cut to remove about a 1/2-inch thick disk of wood from the base of the trunk before putting the tree in the stand. Make the cut perpendicular to the stem axis. Don’t cut the trunk at an angle, or into a v-shape, which makes it far more difficult to hold the tree in the stand and also reduces the amount of water available to the tree.
- Drilling a hole in the base of the trunk does NOT improve water uptake.
- Once home, place the tree in water as soon as possible. Most species can go 6 to 8 hours after cutting the trunk and still take up water. Don’t bruise the cut surface or get it dirty. If needed, trees can be temporarily stored for several days in a cool location. Place the freshly cut trunk in a bucket that is kept full of water.
Continue reading from the National Christmas Tree Association.
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