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A Tree Buying Guide

Outdoor & Gardening expert, Owen Reeves, stopped by to give us a lesson in Christmas tree shopping. From real to fake to the right one for your space here’s his tree buying guide!

Your Space

The first thing you should do before buying a Christmas tree is measure the space  you want your tree to live. Bring a measuring tape with you when looking for a tree and make sure it’s the perfect size before bringing it home. This is the number one mistake that people make when buying a tree, they don’t realize how much space they actually have.

If you live in a condo or apartment building check the rules and regulations that pertain to decorating. Some condo boards prohibit real trees in order to reduce the risk of fires and/or the mess it can create in the hallways. If a real tree isn’t an option there are great artificial trees to choose from.

Types of Real Trees

Fraser Fir

Fraser Fir

•Most popular tree across Canada •Holds its needle pretty well, which means less mess
•Stiffer branching, better for those heavier ornaments
•Nice consistent shape and has a little bit of blue tint to the green

Nordman Fir

Nordman Fir

•Native to Asia
•The best for holding on to its needles
•The fragrant is not as strong as a Fraser Fir, which could mean a better choice for people with allergies

Scots Pine

Scots Pine

•A traditional favourite
•Smells like pine
•Ideal for a country Christmas theme
•Sharp needles – not good for kids

3 Things to Keep in Mind when Setting-up your Real Tree:

Tip 1: Immediately before bringing your tree inside, cut the bottom at least a couple of inches. This will allow the tree to better absorb the water, which will make it last longer.

Tip 2: It is also important to shake your tree before bring it inside. This will allow loose needle to fall off, which means less of a mess for you to clean up.

Tip 3: Once the tree is set up in its designated area leave it be. Allow the tree to settle for a couple of days so it can take its natural shape. The branches need time to thaw out and fall into place and if you add ornaments too soon they will fall off and break.

How to Buy an Artificial Tree

An Artificial tree may mean a bit more money one year, but it lasts a long time, which means savings with each passing Christmas.

When you're buying an artificial tree you want to look at the number of tips it has. Tips are parts of the tree you add your decorations to. The more tips the fuller the tree, the more realistic it looks. The number of the tips is dependant on its height. This is how you judge the quality and value of an artificial tree.

An Extra Decorating Tip

Decorators would say for every foot of the tree you should have a hundred lights.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

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