How To Select Your Holiday Tree
1. Measure your ceiling height accurately. Take into consideration the height of your tree top ornament and the height your tree stand raises the tree off the floor.
2. Determine the decorating theme that will be used. Some species have more open foliage, stiffer branches or longer needles. Research the characteristics of the different species on the KCTGA website www.kctga.com, then find a farm near you that has the species you are looking for.
3. Measure the tree you intend to purchase, Don't guess - trees look much smaller outdoors.
4.Proper measuring eliminates the need for pruning and cutting the tree off at home.
5. Everyone looks for the "perfect tree," but keep in mind that a flat side or two may be helpful in fitting a tree closer to a wall or corner.
6. Remember the freshest tree you can buy is the one you watch being cut. The next freshest is a tree grown locally. Ask your supplier where the tree came from. A fresh Christmas tree has soft pliable needles that do not snap when bent or come loose when the outer branches are stroked.
7. All conifers (evergreen trees) shed needles from inner branches and these often lodge in the interior of the tree - do not confuse these old needles as signs of a dry tree. Many retailers will supply a tree shaking service. The shaking service actually removes the loose dead needles before you take the tree home.
8. Consider having your tree wrapped in netting. This compresses the tree and makes it easier to transport and maneuver through doorways, hallways, etc.
Kansas Christmas Tree Growers Association