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A Real Christmas Tree Buying Guide
- Published: Oct 31/2017
- Last update: Nov 08/2023
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Nothing brings out the Christmas spirit like the smell of fresh pine needles from a real tree. The tradition of choosing the perfect Christmas tree and taking it home is a favourite of many families. If you still prefer the real thing, but don’t know where to start, read on! This Christmas tree buying guide will answer all your questions.
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Then this article is for you!
Buying a live Christmas tree requires some preparation. You wouldn’t want to spend all that time looking for the perfect tree, only to find out it’s too big for your living room, right? So, here is what to pay attention to before beginning your journey.
With many families opting for an artificial Christmas tree, you may be wondering why to bother with a live one. Sure, it takes more effort to keep a real Christmas tree fresh. Yes, you need to spend some time watering them and cleaning pine needles off the floor.
However, many love the joy of picking out the perfect live conifer. The smell and look of natural Christmas trees can’t compare to an artificial one, no matter how realistic some modern models can be.
In addition, real trees are far more environmentally friendly. They are grown in Christmas tree plantations specifically for the holiday, which means there is no deforestation taking place. Fresh cut trees can be recycled in many ways, and the potted kind can be replanted and reused the following year. If you want to know more, in this post we point out the pros and cons of real and artificial Christmas trees.
It’s important to know where your tree will go once you bring it in. You can place it anywhere you like – next to your telly, near a window or in a well-lit corner.
Just remember – never put your real Christmas tree near heat sources, such as radiators or a fireplace. The heat will dry out your tree, causing the needles to brown and start falling off. High traffic areas, such as doorways, should also be avoided. Placing the tree in a place with too much movement means someone will surely knock it over by accident.
Considering how much space you have is an important step to take before buying a real Christmas tree. Sure, they can be trimmed if they don’t fit, but that is just extra work that you wouldn’t really care for.
Make sure to measure your space accordingly. Height, width and depth are to be taken into account. You could consider moving some of your furniture around to make room for your Christmas tree. For more helpful tips, check out this graphic by Ballard Designs on how to measure the space you have and need for your tree.
This is a common question among those who choose to buy a real evergreen. After all, the thought of buying the tree too early and spending the holidays sweeping needles off the floor is unpleasant.
However, there is a simple answer.
The best time to buy a real Christmas tree will depend on when you plan on taking it down. A live conifer can last four to six weeks indoors if taken care of properly. You wouldn’t want to buy your tree too early and find it past its prime on Christmas day. But don’t wait too long – the best fresh trees get bought up quickly and you may be left with the ones nobody wanted.
So, it is recommended that you buy your real Christmas tree at the start of December. That will give you plenty of time to install it and enjoy its look through the holidays before having to take it down.
Many people prefer to buy their Christmas tree in person, and with good reason. This way you have a chance to see the tree in all its glory before deciding if it’s right for you. It’s also a great family tradition to go to the tree farm or local shop and let the kids run around, looking for the perfect tree.
After all the fun, though, you need to bring the tree home. If your car is not large enough to accommodate it, you can tie it to the top of your vehicle or rent a van. Some tree farms may offer a delivery service as well. If you choose to tie the tree up, make sure it’s wrapped in a blanket to protect it from the wind and temperature.
Buying a Christmas tree online has its advantages. It’s no wonder some prefer it. For one, you’d skip standing around for hours in the freezing cold, looking for the perfect tree. You also get the tree delivered and installed for you, so all you have to do is pick your tree, grab a cup of hot chocolate and wait. However, you miss out on seeing the Christmas tree in person before you buy it.
If you have decided to take the trip instead of waiting around for the delivery guy, here’s how to pick the best Christmas tree.
Real Christmas trees fall into two categories – potted and cut.
There are several different types of Christmas trees. Which one is right for you is up to your personal preference. So, exactly what kinds of Christmas trees are there?
Now that you know what types of trees are available, here is what to take into account when choosing one:
Christmas trees will vary in price depending on their type and the place you buy them. For the most popular choice of tree in the UK, the Nordmann Fir, the cost will depend on its size.
The smallest Nordmann Fir (5-6 feet) can cost between £75 and £90. For 7 ft trees, prices are typically around £99, and 8 ft trees are sold for over £100. Keep in mind that those prices may vary depending on the growing method, whether a stand is included or not and more. You can buy a stand separately, or simply order one along with your tree.
A 6 ft tree with a stand can sell for around £90 – £100, while a 7 ft tree goes for £119. The price for 8 ft Nordmann Firs with a stand is around £129.
For pot-grown Norway Spruce trees (3-4 feet), you can expect to pay around £79.
Need more information? Head over to our post on how much does a real Christmas tree cost.
Most people buy their Christmas trees during the first or second week of December. Avoid postponing your real Christmas tree purchase until the third week, as by that time, stocks are usually running low as demand tends to increase.
There are several things you should keep in mind when deciding on this, however, and if you want a more in-depth look, head over to our blog post on the topic.
Here are a few helpful tips on how to care for your Christmas tree once you take it home. If you want to know more about looking after real Christmas trees, check out our helpful blog post.
Like all good things, the holiday season will come to an end. It’s time to think about what’s next for your Christmas tree. Here are some tips on how you can reuse, recycle or dispose of your tree.
Not everyone has time to browse through countless Christmas trees all day. If this sounds like you, why not get your evergreen delivered?
Fantastic Services offers a Christmas tree delivery service this holiday season. Remove the difficult part from the equation and organise your tree delivery in just a few clicks! You can even get the stand delivered and your Christmas tree installed upon request. Don’t know what to do with the tree when the holidays are over? The Fantastic professionals can help you with that as well. We can handle the removal and disposal of your Christmas tree.
Get a spectacular Nordmann Fir or Norway Spruce tree delivered to your doorstep!
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