Tips for cutting your own Christmas tree

Looking to cut your own Christmas tree? Here are some tips on how to find the perfect one for you. (Photo credit: WLOS staff)

Looking to cut your own Christmas tree? Here are some tips on how to find the perfect one for you.

Decide where you’re going to put the tree, and measure. Measure the ceiling height and the width of the space.

Also measure your tree stand to find the maximum diameter of the tree trunk you can put in it. And don’t forget to measure the decoration you use on the top of your tree. These measurements will determine the height and width of the tree can fit in your home.

Take a measuring tape with you so you can measure the trees. You’ll also need gloves for your hands and an old blanket, or something similar, to protect your vehicle. And take some rope to tie the tree down.

Don’t forget the saw. Some farms will cut the tree for you. Others let you do the cutting.

If you don't own a saw or aren't confident that you can cut the tree, go to a farm with saws and staff that can help. And find out ahead of time whether you’ll need a handsaw or if you can use a chainsaw.

When choosing your tree, be sure to look at the branches, because ornaments are going to look better when they hang straight. For ornaments to hang straight, you'll need a tree with some space between the branches.

Remember, you have to be able to get the tree home. If possible, lay the tree inside your car or trunk for the drive home.

If the tree must be transported on the roof, be sure to tie it securely to your vehicle. You may want to wrap the tree in a tarp or old blanket to keep the wind from drying it out.

Once you get home, make a fresh cut on the bottom of the trunk so the tree will soak up water immediately. And make sure the trunk is cut straight so the tree will sit straight in the stand.

Remember to always keep water in the stand.

Many farms offer more than just trees, so take family and friends and take your and enjoy the experience.

The North Carolina Christmas Tree Association website is searchable by farm location, types of trees and amenities. Click here to choose a tree farm.

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