The sights, the sounds, and the scent of the holidays are quickly approaching. And when it comes to Christmas, nothing quite beats a fresh-cut tree to fill a room with the aroma of the season. Picking out the perfect tree from a lot is a part of many family traditions and trees such as the Noble Fir, Fraser Fir, Grand Fir, and Douglas Fir are ideal for decorating with ornaments and lights.

Of course, not all tree lots are created equal. After all, some lots in our area are selling trees that were cut weeks before, with needles and wilted branches that may struggle to hold up those family heirloom ornaments. Here are some tips you can use so that you can buy the freshest Christmas trees that ring in the holiday season with the wonderful fragrance and look that gets everyone in the right mood.

Fresh-Cut Trees: What to Look For

Trust your instincts and heed these simple tips so that you can purchase the freshest Christmas tree.

  • Buy from lots that support U.S. grown tree farms. Fresh-cut Christmas trees are farmed for the specific purpose to support local agriculture.
  • Reputable tree lots sell trees that are delivered fresh, daily. Reputable nurseries tend to have the best-looking, freshest trees delivered from tree farms.
  • Healthy, full trees should feel heavy. You can check the weight of the tree by lifting it a little off the ground (no need to lift completely).
  • Your nose will be your compass to locating fresh-cut trees because of their pleasing aroma that only a fresh-cut tree emits.
  • Another way to check for a fresh tree is to run your hand toward you along the branch to see if any needles fall off. If you see a pool of needles on the floor, it’s likely not a very fresh tree.
  • See a ton of needles on the ground? Go someplace else.
  • A fresh-cut tree can consume up to a gallon of water in a 24-hour period.
  • Be sure to fill the tree stand with plenty of water and try to keep it filled.
  • It’s good practice never to let the water go below the tree’s base.
  • Place the tree in a location away from any heating vents or heaters and if you can, keep the temperature lower in that location.
  • Fresh-cut trees will do better in a location that does not receive too much natural light. The darker the room, the better (plus, the Christmas lights will shine more brightly in the dark.)
  • We do not recommend putting any sugar or carbonated beverages in the water. Instead, you can use a professional tree preservative (should be available at reputable tree lots).

How to Care for a Fresh-Cut Tree

When you bring your Christmas tree home, you’re going to want to give it plenty of water so that it can stay fresh throughout the holidays. Remember: water is the vital element.

To find holiday tree experts, and trees that are shipped within 48 hours of cutting — environmentally friendly trees from sustainably grown Christmas tree plantations in the Pacific Northwest — visit your local Moon Valley Nurseries Christmas tree lot in Arizona, Nevada, and California. Shopping for Christmas trees at our lots has been a family tradition for thousands of families for more than 20 years. For a list of lots that carry Noble firs, Douglas firs, Grand firs, Fraser firs and more in a range of sizes, be sure to map these locations for where you live:




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