The holidays are right around the corner and the excitement is mounting! One of the best ways to get in the Christmas Spirit is by bringing your Christmas tree home and spending the night decorating it with your favorite ornaments. Before you head out to buy your tree this year, consider some of these pre-shopping prep tips so you can get the best Christmas tree for your space:
· Measure your space
Don’t get stuck at the garden centre without knowing the size of the tree you want to buy. Before you go tree shopping, make sure you take a few moments at home size up the area where you’re going to set up your tree. Jot down the measurements and bring them along with you so you can come home with a tree that’s the perfect size for your area.
· Consider your family
Unless you live inside the pages of a magazine, you’ll need to make sure your tree is as functional as it is festive. Do you have pets? Small children? Not all trees are created equal – some have long, soft needles while others are shorter and can be very pointy. If you have little ones or pets, you might want to consider the softer varieties like the Fraser Fir or the Balsam Fir that don’t have shar needles and can poke curious little fingers or paws. Ask the experts at your plant nursery so they can show you the right options for your needs.
· Plan for decorations
It’s a great idea to bring your box of ornaments down from the attic before you take a trip to your local plant nurseries to take stock of what you have and assess what you might need to buy. A good rule of thumb is that you should have 12 ornaments for every foot of tree height. If you’re buying a larger tree than you have in the past, it’s a good idea to pick up a few extra ornaments. Don’t forget the lights, which you typically need about 100 for every foot of tree.
There’s nothing like shopping for real Christmas trees to get you into the holiday spirit. A little bit of preparation before you go makes a big difference once you get to the tree nursery. Look for a tree that suits your home and your needs, and make sure to pick up any extras that you might need.
The professionals at TERRA Greenhouses can guide you towards the perfect tree for your home and can answer any of your questions about how you can get the most enjoyment out of your Christmas tree this holiday season.