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How to Pick a Healthy Live Christmas Tree

Monday, November 25, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Lauren Middleton
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Many CT families will be purchasing a Christmas tree this weekend. The weekend after Thanksgiving is often a great time for this. Though many people opt for artificial trees, there is a certain magic to picking out the perfect live tree. Whether you’re picking up a precut one or heading to a farm to cut one yourself, it is a fun tradition to do so. When picking out a live tree, there are certain things to watch out for. Pests and diseased trees can put a damper on holiday fun. Our article this week is on how to pick out a healthy live Christmas tree. 


You’ll want to check the tree over completely. Each part of the tree should be inspected. The trunk should have a slight stickiness to it. The needles should not break if you bend them lightly. You’ll also want to shake the tree and check the amount of needles that fall. A few are fine, if a lot fall, you should search for another tree. You should also look at the color of the tree. It should be a deep, rich green color and not grey. Grey or yellow needles indicate that the tree is too dry.


The smell of the tree also matters. If it has musty smell, move on. This usually means the tree was cut a long time ago. Opt for a tree that has a fresh pine smell. The weight of the tree also matters. Lighter trees are often very dry and lacking sap which means they’re unhealthy. 


Live trees also carry a small risk on insect infestation. Aphids, mites, and spiders can sometimes hitch a ride inside your home so you’ll want to check the tree for signs before you bring it in. Aphids can be found on the lower boughs. You’ll to remove them carefully as they can leave red and purple stains if you squish them. Spiders may leave webs and mites often appear as small red and brown dots. Eradicate mites as soon as possible because they can cause premature needle drop. 

 

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