How to pick out the perfect Christmas tree

NORTH BRANFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — Christmas is right around the corner and it’s time to pick out the perfect tree.

Christmas tree experts at Van Wilgen’s Garden Center in North Branford are busy getting Christmas trees ready for customers. With 15-acres of trees, there’s a lot to choose from in the Garden Center.

“Douglas fir, Turkish fir, Fraser fir and Blue spruce,” said Jason Scire with Van Wilgen’s Garden Center.

Search for the tree that is green and give it a test for freshness. Very few needles should come off on your hand if the tree is fresh. Scire said make sure your tree is cut the day your buy it.

“Get a fresh cut on it today if you are going to put it up and water it today. Just check the water daily for the first three or four days,” said tree farm

Scire told News 8 if you’re decorating with heavy ornaments, make sure your tree is strong enough.

“Blue spruce are probably the best for heavy ornaments because they have really strong branches. Turkish fur are very good also for a softer needle but it will have sturdy heavy branches so it will hold your heavy ornaments,” said Scire.

Scire added it’s natural if the tree sheds, some will lose their needles, but the Fraser fir will shed the least.

“All evergreens especially our trees they are so fat and full the air and the light doesn’t circulate in the centers so naturally the tree is going to shed some of those needles in the center,” said Scire.

Don’t let the tree dry out. The key is checking the water. For the first 3-4 days your tree will soak up a lot of water.

“If it dries out the first couple days then it won’t take anymore water and then you are going to be coming back to the Christmas tree farm to pick out a new tree,” said Scire.

To get out all the loose needles give the tree a good shake outside before bringing it into your home. Experts tell News 8 stand your tree away from fireplaces, televisions and other heat sources.

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