Singing 'Oh, Christmas Tree' ... then cutting it down

Here's how to protect your Christmas tree this holiday season

Local tree vendors are finding it hard to keep customers satisfied.

Howell said they have hundreds of trees to choose from including scotch pine, white pine and canaan fir trees. You will find good options in pre-cut trees such as Fraser fir, Noble fir, and Nordmann fir all of which have a wonderful fragrance, good needle retention, and will retain freshness.

Struggling to squeeze in a Christmas tree that's too tall and wide for the space in your home, leaving you reaching for the secateurs in an effort to cut it down to size? "They are all going to be different shapes and sizes".

If you're chasing the invigorating scent of a fresh Christmas tree, you'll need more green in your pocket this year. Put an adequate amount of water in the stand. But if you're in it for a deal, consider waiting until mid-December to get the tree.

The tradition of hanging a Christmas tree upside down from the ceiling is an old one in Central and Eastern Europe.

If you've seen upside-down Christmas trees for sale in stores or through online vendors and thought they were modern, space-saving versions of traditional Christmas trees, think again.

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But luckily for them they still have two Christmases left to sell their trees - and claim their own - despite last year being their final year of planting. That is up just 10 percent from previous year, but the price for a real tree has spiked by 210 percent from $38.50 in 2014. But the reason for the acceleration of real Christmas trees' loss of market share is that prices simply keep growing.

If you are going to attempt to trim back your own tree, there are rules about pruning.

Many garden centres also sell artificial thin trees which are nearly like a standard, just with branches on the upper third of the tree.

In addition to that, Brougham's main Colorado supplier went out of business, so you'll find trees from New Mexico and MI at Luckylure. There's a record of a small tree in Breman, Germany, from 1570.

To keep risks low, always do not forget to make sure lights are off when you're not there to take care of them. Cut trees use about a quart of water per inch of trunk diameter a day, and the water must always cover the base of the tree. That tree crop was also impacted by drought in some areas.

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