3 Tips to Help You Pick & Keep the Best Christmas Tree Ever!

Choosing your Christmas tree is no easy feat. Questions to consider include, but are not limited to: What type of tree? What size? How will I keep it healthy so it lasts all season? If you’re looking for 3 tips to help you pick & keep the best Christmas tree ever, look no further.

1) Choices, choices. Wildwood carries 5 different varieties of firs from a Mission, British Columbia family grower. Each type of tree is beautiful but unique:

*Nordman Fir – considered the most ‘handsome’ with slately and elegant almost black-green needles. Nordman have great needle retention and strong branches for large ornaments

Douglas Fir – the all-time favourite with a strong citronella fragrance. Douglas are densely set, soft to the touch and native to the Pacific Northwest

Grand Fir – known for their strong fragrance, Grands are full, bushy and hold up well over the holiday season

Fraser Fir – also labeled the ‘Cadillac of Christmas trees’, these firs have a narrow frame, excellent needle retention, strong branches with silvery needles.

Noble Fir – their name accurately represents these reputable firs! Nobles have very uniformly spaced, strong, symetrical branches and excellent needle retention.

2) Natural or Cultured? There’s something to be said about a ‘Charlie Brown’ tree with a classic look for your holiday celebrations. We carry these natural douglas fir beauties starting at $15 for a 3 foot and up to $45 for a 9′ tree. Cultured trees range from 5′ to 8′ and prices depending on the variety, available now.

‘Charlie Brown’ Christmas Tree (photo courtesy of Pinterest)

3) Stayin’ alive. Whether you’re a Douglas or whether you’re a Nordman you’re stayin’ alive.. well if you take some precautions to care for your cut tree, it will last you through the season! We recommend:
• Start with a fresh cut on the trunk. Make sure to get the tree home and into water within the hour so the tree doesn’t seal up again.
• Keep the water reservoir in your tree stand full. The first 24 hours after the fresh cut are very important because the tree will suck up a lot of water. It is very important to not let it dry out.
• Use a preservative like Keep It Green. It will make a big difference in a tree staying green and retaining needles.
• A tree bag is placed under the tree and it catches needles. When it comes time to remove the tree, it bags it up and makes moving it through a home and outside relatively neat and tidy.
• Keep the tree away from radiators or any other heat sources. They will dry out a tree and cause a serious fire hazard.
• Do not use candles or anything with real flame on or near a Christmas tree.