- Arrive with a plan for your tree-the ideal height is one foot less than your ceiling height to allow room for a topper.
- Decide how full you would like your tree-is it going in a crowded room? Then choose a slender version. An empty sitting room could handle a more full tree.
- Check the trees for freshness-give the branches a shake or run your fingers along them. There should be little to no needle loss or signs of bugs. If needles are falling, move on in search of a fresher tree.
- If your tree is fresh cut and you can get it home within an hour go ahead and put it in a stand. If not, recut the trunk at an angle at home (some vendors will do this for you when you purchase) and soak outside in a bucket of water overnight. You must water the tree within an hour of cutting or the trunk will seal itself and not soak up water.
- Ensure that your tree stand can hold adequate water-1 quart per foot of tree is ideal. Keep your tree watered to help it last through the holiday season. Add water daily.
- And last but most definitely not least, once your tree is ready to decorate please take appropriate safety measures-keep trees away from heat sources such as fireplaces, radiators, and heat vents that can dry your tree out and increase flammability. Inspect all lights before decorating and use only UL approved lighting.
That’s all! Enjoy picking out your tree! I’d love to see your tree after you pick it out-you can leave a link in the comments! Don’t forget to enter the 2K Stuff the Stockings giveaway and come back tomorrow for tips to decorate your tree!