OH, Christmas Tree! OH, Christmas Tree!
One of my most favorite things about decorating for the holidays is picking out a fresh cut Christmas tree-it just doesn’t seem like the holidays until the house is filled with the smell of evergreen. Cutting down your own tree is not only a great way to spend quality family time but also ensures you are supporting those tree growers right here in Ohio and the state’s No. 1 industry- agriculture.
There are a number of Ohio Proud Christmas tree farms in the state, and we have a quick and easy way to find those closest to you. Simply visit the Ohio Proud website, enter your county and click the Christmas Tree box at the bottom of the page. This will generate a list of farms in your area, their hours of operation and a listing of other products at each location.
If you are like me, finding that perfect tree can be a difficult task. The Ohio Christmas Tree Association can help make your decision a little easier by providing information on different tree varieties, what to bring with you to cut down your own tree and what to look for at a Christmas tree lot if you can’t cut your own.
Additionally, here are some tips that will keep your tree looking healthy through the holiday season. Remember these as you set up and care for your tree this year:
- Remove bottom branches that keep the trunk from sliding into its stand. Prune ragged or protruding branch tips.
- Using a sharp saw, cut an inch off the trunk base to remove the sappy seal that formed over the previous cut. A fresh cut is crucial to your tree’s water uptake and longevity.
- Trees drink heavily at first, make sure to keep the water level high and replenish as needed.
- Keeping your Christmas trees away from sources of heat and lowering the room temperature will slow the tree’s drying process, resulting in less water consumption each day.
- Inspect your light strands before beginning to decorate. Worn strands should be replaced.
- Turn off tree lights before you leave the house or go to bed.
Happy hunting for your perfect Ohio Christmas Tree!
Photo courtesy of Volinsky via Flickr