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How to choose the best type of tree for your home
If you’ve seen National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, you probably remember the scene where Clark Griswold cut the strings on his hand-carved cedar only to have it crash through the ceiling and spread throughout the house. That’s funny if you’re watching a movie, but not so if you’re looking to fill a certain space in your home.
Before you head out to the tree farm or nursery to choose your perfect tree, you might want to take some measurements of the space you’re looking to fill. How high are the ceilings? What width span would you like to fill when the branches are spread out?
Another consideration when purchasing a live tree is to make certain it is fresh. If the tree has already started to drop needles, keep on looking. If you put your tree up early during the holiday season you will want to make certain you keep it adequately watered on a regular basis. Dry tree needles and holiday lights can be a dangerous combination.
Balled and burlapped trees have gained popularity recently because they are considered a “green” option for holiday decorating. After you’ve enjoyed the decorated branches of the tree inside your home, you can plant it in your yard for many years of future enjoyment.
Try and plant the tree immediately if you can. You do not want to store the tree on top of the ground during the winter if you can avoid it. Leaving it in your garage is not a good idea either, it is likely to dry out in there. The absolute best place for the ball is in the ground, even if the ground has frozen after you dug the hole. Just set the tree in the hole and back fill with loose soil. Make sure there are no air pockets around the ball. Back fill only with small particles of soil. If this can not be done because the soil is frozen, just set the tree in the hole and back fill as soon as the weather permits.
Beginning December 1, Land Between The Lakes (LBL) National Recreation Area is again providing the opportunity for people to come outdoors in search of their very own cedar Christmas tree by offering free Christmas tree permits.
The permit, valid December 1-24, entitles a family to cut one cedar tree at no charge. Permits, maps, and cutting guidelines may be obtained from the LBL Administrative Office, 8am-4:30pm, Monday-Friday, and at the Golden Pond Visitor Center, 9am-5pm, Saturday and Sunday. On December 24, Christmas Eve, the Administrative Office will tentatively close early to allow staff to spend time with their families. Visitors are encouraged to obtain permits before noon.