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Choosing a Christmas Tree

Choosing the right Christmas tree for your space isn’t quite so easy as it might seem!

Bought your Christmas tree yet? We always have a great big, real one in our house – the kids wouldn’t have it any other way!

So how do you select the right Christmas tree for you (and your living space?). 

Before you even leave the house, measure the height of your room so you’ll know what size of Christmas tree will fit – not forgetting to allow for a stand.

You don’t want to be the nincompoop standing there waving his/her arms around trying to ‘visualise’ your space!

Choose a Christmas tree that’s got bright green leaves (no withered brown ones).

Give it a good shake – if lots of needles fall it’s past its best so move swiftly on! But sellers may have already done this so here’s a little test: For Frasier and Douglas firs, a good way to test freshness is to remove a firmly connected needle and bend in it half. The needle from a fresh tree should snap – if it bends it’s likely that the tree’s been cut for some time.


Here are trees most commonly chosen as decorative Christmas trees: 
Norway Spruce – pyramid in shape, with a tendency to drop needles.
Nordmann Fir – dark green foliage and soft leaves, suited to fewer decorations. Holds its needles well.
Blue Spruce – elegant with natural blue foliage.
Fraser Fir – leaner in shape with much denser foliage, ideal in a smaller room. 


Once you’ve chosen your tree (round our way, we try to use local suppliers like Blagg’s Hardware in Heaton Moor or Bud Garden Centre in Burnage, or Heaton Moor market) and managed to get it home without scratching yourself or the car, get it into some water asap…they need a lot, about 1-2 litres daily so keep your eye on it and treat it like a thirsty houseplant, or cut flowers in a vase.


Place it out of draughts and away from sunlight (December in Britain???) and out of reach of small children and inquisitive pets!

Decorate as you like (the gaudier the better for my liking – who wants a sophisticated tree?) and enjoy the glorious smell for a good few weeks.

If you bought one with roots, plant it in the garden as soon as you can in January. If you’re getting rid of it, chop it up and put it in your green bin, take it to the tip, or contact your local council to ask if they have a re-cycling service.

We’re lucky her in Stockport, our council has offered a shredding service in the past so hopefully they’ll do it again this year, but at the least, chop it up and put it in the green bin.

Lots of charities a collection/disposal service for a small fee too – they take your tree to the recycling centre for you, so you don’t have to bother. Everyone’s a winner.  Don’t forget the big star on the top!

The smell of the pine needles on a christmas tree!
The smell of the pine needles!
Christmas trees for sale
Christmas trees for sale
Decorated Christmas tree
We like it decorated like this – the more the merrier


1 Comment

  1. 28/12/2017

    Great notes on choosing the right tree! Being a landscape designer myself, I’m always very particular when it comes to my greenery, especially if I’m going to wrap dry wires and hot bulbs around it. Proper care is always to be considered, and like you said, 1-2 liters of water (or half a gallon, here in the States) will keep it looking pretty throughout the holiday. Thanks for writing this!

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