Christmas TreesSelecting Your Tree
Thank you for choosing Dave's Christmas Tree Lot! We offer fresh cut Noble Firs, Fraser Firs, Grand Firs, Douglas Firs and Scotch Pines to help make your Christmas memorable.
Every July, Dave and Grey go up to the North Carolina mountains to hand pick each and every Christmas tree to be sold each year. By taking the extra time & expense we make sure you have the "best in show" to choose from.
To ensure the highest quality, we look at over 6,000 trees by walking up and down the mountains in search of perfect trees. Once we locate a quality tree, we tie our ribbon on the outer branch to rescue the tree.
Our supplier has been growing "show quality" Christmas trees for the past 5 decades. In the fall, our supplier takes the extra time to sheer, trim, fertilize and add calcium nitrate to the soil to keep the trees healthy and their colors vibrant.
What makes Dave's Christmas Trees so exceptional? It's simple, we only sell "Cold Cut" trees. Trees that have been exposed to cold weather before they have been cut hold their needles significantly longer than trees cute in warmer climates. Another reason our trees lose less needles is that we protect them from the sun from the minutes they are cut until you take your tree home.
We understand that Christmas is a once a year tradition, which is why we go to the lengths we do to make sure your Holiday experience is truly memorable.
Selecting The Perfect Christmas Tree for Your Family
First, you should decide on where you will place the tree. Will it be seen from all sides or will some of it be up against a wall? Be sure to choose a spot away from heat sources such as TVs, fireplaces, radiators and air ducts. The tree should also be placed clear of doors.
Measure the height and width of the space you have available. There is nothing worse than bringing a tree home only to discover it is too tall or far too short. Bring a tape measure with you to to find a perfect sized tree and a cord to secure the tree to your car.
Choose a fresh tree and buy your tree early before the best trees have been sold. A fresh tree will have a healthy green appearance with few browning needles. Needles should be flexible and not fall off if you run a branch through your hand. Another way to check is to raise the tree a few inches off the ground and drop it on the butt end. Very few green needles should drop off the tree. It is normal for a few inner brown needles to drop off. Also make sure that the base of the tree is straight and 6-8 inches long so it will easily fit into your tree stand.
If you are trying to save money, remember you can always choose a tree that fits where it needs to be displayed, instead of a perfect looking tree. If you are displaying it in front of a large window, than finding one with all four sides should look as good as possible. If the tree is displayed against a wall or corner than only the sides which will be visible need to look good. The more perfect the tree, the more expensive it is.
Christmas Tree Care
WATER, WATER, WATER! Make sure you tree is kept watered. This is the number one thing you can do to insure a fresh tree that will stay fresh the entire holiday season. A freshly cut tree will drink up to a gallon of water a day for the first day or two. This rate will slow after the first few days but keep an eye on it. There are lots of convenient ways to water a tree available now - water dispensers that look like presents, little spouts that you can hide in the branches so you can conveniently add/monitor water - we sell this type here.
Don't place your tree over ( or in front of) a heat register, radiator or fire place. Contrary to popular myth, a fresh cut live tree is NOT a fire hazard when kept watered. It has been shown in tests that an artificial tree will support a flame but a fresh live tree that is kept watered will NOT.
If you cannot put up your tree the same day it is cut, then place it in a pail of water in the garage/basement until you are able to put it up. This is probably the most important tip because if a tree sits dry for more than 12 hours or so the little pores on the cut end of the trunk will seal off with sap and your tree can't soak up any water. So...If more than 24 hours passes befoe you can get your tree into water you can cut a thin (1/4 inch) slice off the bottom of the trunk. This fresh cut allows the pores to open and once again lets the tree trunk absorb water.
A freshly cut tree will last for several weeks without any preservatives if they are kept watered but if you like we do have preservatives available for purchase that studies show prolong the freshness of your tree.
Flocking Your Christmas Tree
Christmas tree flocking is artificial snow that is applied to a Christmas tree. Both real and manufactured Christmas trees can be flocked and flocking can look close to real snow.
At Dave's Christmas Tree Lot, we do customized flocking in red, white, or blue. Flocking takes approximately 2 hours. If you call in advance, we can select a tree with the measurements you desire to be flocked for you to pickup or you may come to the lot and select a tree and we will flock it for you.
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