Choose Fresh Christmas Tree

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For some, putting up the family Christmas tree is a matter of finding the time. For others, it’s a matter of tradition. Whatever your reason for waiting, there are a few things you should do in order to get the freshest tree possible.

Stand the tree upright and give it the “scratch, thump, and bend” test. First, reach in and scrape the trunk of the tree. Underneath the bark the tree should be moist and green.

Then, lift the tree and thump it down hard. If there’s a shower of needles, it’s really too dry. Finally, bend a small branch. If it snaps, it’s too dry.

You know many trees are cut four to eight weeks before they go on sale, so it’s important to check. Remember, before you buy, “scratch, thump, and bend.”


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  • JD Ross Says:
    June 4th, 2010 at 7:46 pm

    Ive been doing this for years. My method is a bit different – I use a long slat from an old vertical blind. They’re three inches wide, have a nice curve to hold them in place (so no need to put the cord in the mix)and you can roll them up for storage to use later.

    If you don’t happen to have a blind slat, you can pick a 7 footer up at home depot for about $1.

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