Since the holiday season is here, we’ve got some fun tree-related facts for you. Did you know that there are about 25-30 million Christmas trees sold in the U.S. every year? In fact, there are close to 350 million trees currently growing on farms in the U.S. alone. It’s no wonder that Christmas trees are one of the most beloved traditions of the holiday season.
Nowadays, there are multiple ways that you can include one of those gorgeous pines in your home. If you’ve opted to skip out on a fake tree year and don’t think that picking up a precut tree is the option for you, keep reading below for tips on cutting your own Christmas tree.
How to Cut Your Own Christmas Tree
There are two options for cutting your own Christmas tree. The first is going to a Christmas Tree Farm that allows you to do the cutting yourself. Instead of having trees tied up or already in stands, these trees are still rooted to the ground where they grew. Doing some quick research for farms in your area will yield many results.
There is also the option to do it as the Griswalds do in Christmas Vacation. Get to hiking and find the perfect tree out in the wilderness.
Whatever place you choose, there are multiple things you should keep in mind when cutting your own Christmas tree.
- Study the information for the farm. How do other people rate their experience there? Do they have other fun activities, like a visit from Santa Claus or hot food? Find a place that will be perfect for the whole family and where everyone will have a blast.
- Dress properly. You’ll want to wear layers so that you’re covered when you’re cold but also gives you the option to take extra clothing off during the cutting and carrying of the tree if you get warm. Make sure to include gloves in your outfit choice to protect your hands.
- Need help figuring out how to pick the perfect tree? Read this blog as a guide.
- Most farms will assist you in the process of cutting the tree. But if you’re planning on doing it yourself, there are a few things to keep in mind:
- Use a lightweight saw to cut a live tree.
- Cut low to the ground to allow the tree to more easily resprout for next year.
- Cut quickly.
- Don’t let the tree fall over during the process, as this will damage the tree, the bark, and could harm someone.
- Once you have the perfect tree picked out and cut off, give it a good shake. The tree has been outside for some time, and it is sure to have critters living in it. If you can spot them yourself, see if you are able to manually move them so you don’t harm them. If not, a few shakes should do it. In fact, many farms will have a mechanical shaker that gets this job done.
- If you’re not going to a farm and plan to go exploring in the wilderness to find your tree, there are a few things you need to remember.
- First of all, many states and cities require that you have a permit before you cut down any trees.
- Second of all, make sure you watch where you’re walking. If you accidentally wander into private property and take someone’s tree, you could get in trouble.
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