Do you want to try something new this Christmas? Why not cut your own Christmas trees? As compared to purchasing an artificial tree, cutting a live tree is pro-nature and will help both the environment and the community. Real Christmas trees are produced locally from the soil, rainfall, and sunlight. They are planted like crops that provide wildlife habitat and air filtration.
It takes eight years for an average tree to grow, and once used, they are recyclable and biodegradable. You can cut a Christmas tree from a forest or a farm. When you cut a tree from the forest, it provides more room for other trees to grow. If you decide to cut a tree from farms, you will support your local community.
If it is your first time trying cutting your own tree, you need to learn a few rules and regulations. Do not just grab a saw and cut the first pine tree you see in your local forest because you will break the rule. To help you in this new and exciting Christmas activity, we have gathered information and tips.
We share information about why you need to try cutting your own tree and how to cut a Christmas tree properly. We also provide tips on how to prolong the life of the tree. Make Christmas tree cutting a fun and exciting activity for the whole family this holiday season. Read the rest of the post below for more tips, ideas, and information.
Tips on How to Cut Your Own Christmas Tree
Christmas tree cutting is a great way to bring adventure for the whole family. It is a fulfilling activity that your kids need to experience. For a fun and enjoyable tree cutting experience, we have provided some tips to help you.
Rules and Regulations
If you decide to cut your own tree, you need to check the rules and regulations of Christmas tree cutting in your area. Take note that the US Forest Service has strictly set some guidelines on the places where you can cut a tree and the tree’s size.
You should check online or get in touch with your local ranger to learn more about tree cutting regulations. Make sure that you will break any regulation as you cut your tree.
✅ Video – How to Cut a Christmas Tree
The video below talks about the rules and regulations of Christmas tree cutting in Oregon. If you live in the area, watch the video below for more information.
Measure the space in your home where you will put the tree using a tape measure. Cut the size of the tree according to the measurement of your space. This will ensure that you cut a tree that will perfectly fit the designated area in your home.
Do not forget to bring the right vehicle to transport the tree. The outdoor Christmas tree should be secured on the vehicle to avoid any road accidents.
Choose Your Tree
A real Christmas tree is a great alternative for pop-up Christmas trees. When choosing your tree, you need to do a walkthrough first to scope the ground and check out the trees in the area. Most of the time, the trees are arranged by shape, size, and breed.
Scout the area for the different kinds of trees that are available. When you think you have the perfect tree, scrutinize it to ensure no bald spots or patches on the tree. By doing this, you can rest assured that you have a stunning tree that you can put on display.
Cut Your Tree
Use a lightweight saw when cutting the tree. The farms will provide you with a saw, but you should bring your own just if they do not provide any. Cut the tree low to the ground and as quickly as possible. This is because the low cut will allow the tree to re-sprout a central leader from another tree.
When the tree starts to lean over, finish the cuts quickly, and not push the tree to the ground. That can cause the back to rip and splinter and will end up damaging the tree.
✅ Video – How to Cut Your Own Tree for Christmas
For a quick demonstration of how to properly cut a live Christmas tree, including the kind of saw you need to use, you can watch the video below.
Prepare for Transport
When transporting, make sure that the branches of the tree will not bend or break. Choose the right vehicle. If you place the tree on top of the vehicle, use ropes to tie and secure the tree.
If you are going to put it in the vehicle, use a large tarp to keep any needles from shedding. Ensure that the tree is properly placed on the vehicle and will not cause any trouble driving the vehicle.
Is it Legal to Cut Down Your Own Christmas Tree?
Most national forests allow Christmas tree harvesting. However, you first need to have a forest service issued a permit and follow specific rules and regulations that can vary from forest to forest. Make sure that you contact your local forest district to get a permit and tree cutting instructions.
How Much Does it Cost to Cut Your Own Christmas Tree?
The cost of Christmas tree cutting varies from farm to farm. It can cost up to forty dollars for a single tree. You can also have it pre-cut for an additional price. Most people would choose to cut their own Christmas tree because it is affordable and choose a tree you like. You can even cut a small tabletop Christmas tree that will look great with a stunning Christmas tablecloth.
When Should I Cut Down My Christmas Tree?
The perfect time to cut your Christmas tree is from late November to mid-December. If you take good care of your tree, it can last up to six weeks. You can cut a tree at the beginning of December and still have it looking fresh for the New Year.
✅ Video – When is the Best Time to Buy a Christmas Tree?
For more tips and information about the best time to buy or cut your Christmas tree, so you do not end up with a dried Christmas tree, you can refer to the video below.
How Long Do Pre-Cut Christmas Trees Last?
A freshly cut tree can last for up to six weeks or more, depending on the kind of tree. If you will purchase a pre-cut, make sure that you ask when it was harvested to estimate the tree’s lifespan. The Christmas tree will start to lose its needles as soon as they dry out. Make sure that you choose a lush tree that will look great when decorated with white Christmas lights.
Which Christmas Trees Smells The Most?
Each tree has its own aroma. If you will pick a tree that would make your home smell great, choose a balsam fir. It is considered as the most fragrant of all Christmas trees and is perfect for the holiday season. On the other hand, they dry out quickly, so ensure that you constantly check its water level.
✅ Video – Different Types of Christmas Trees
Learn about the different types of Christmas trees that you can choose for your home. You can click the play button below to watch the video.
Which Christmas Tree Last Longest?
When it comes to life-span, the Fraser fir is the longest-lasting tree. It is your best option if you want to cut your tree in late November and have it still standing fresh for the New Year celebration. Choose a Christmas tree skirt to protect your floors and Christmas rugs from needles and other falling debris that falls off from the tree.
How to Water Live Christmas Tree
Make sure that your tree is properly watered so that it will last longer. You can set the tree into the stand or place it into a bucket of water. Take note that a freshly-cut tree can consume a gallon of water in just 24 hours. Make sure that you keep the tree stand filled with water. Never let the water level go below the base of the tree.
✅ Video – How to Water Your Christmas Tree
Watch the video below to demonstrate how to properly water a Christmas tree to keep it from drying up. Check out the video for more details.
Why is My Christmas Tree Not Absorbing Water?
One of the reasons why your tree is not absorbing water is that the truck’s bottom is filled with sap. This usually happens after a few hours of cutting the tree. Ensure that you cut the tree across and not at an angle because an angular cut makes it hard for the tree to take in water.
Do You Put Aspirin In Christmas Tree Water?
Most people would use some tricks for the Christmas tree to last. On the other hand, not all of the tricks work. Avoid using sugar, aspirin, or any commercial products in the tree because they do not provide any benefits and will not prolong the tree’s life. The best way to keep the tree fresh is to keep it away from heat sources like the fireplace.
✅ Video – How to Keep a Christmas Tree from Drying
Keep your tree fresh throughout the Christmas season. Watch the video for tips on how to prevent your Christmas tree from drying out.
How to Pick the Perfect Christmas Tree
Choose a Kind of Tree
There are different species of Christmas trees so that you can choose one according to your preferences. Choose a sturdy tree that you can use for hanging ornament like Christmas angels and Christmas reindeers. You can choose from pine, firs, or spruce trees. It would be best if you also considered your kids.
For instance, if you have children, you can choose firs or pines because they have soft needles compared to spruces. Sharp needles can hurt the kids when they accidentally step on them.
Measure the Tree
The last thing you want to happen is to bring home a higher tree than the ceiling of your home. Measure the area where you will place the tree and choose a specific tree according to the measurement to make sure that it fits perfectly, and you will not have any trouble arranging the tree at home.
✅ Video – How to Determine the Height and Weight of the Tree
Watch the video below for a guide on how to determine the height and weight of the Christmas tree that will perfectly suit your home/
Mind the Coloration
Different types of Christmas trees will go from deep, rich green to dull gray-green if they are too dried out. It would be best to choose a green Christmas tree to ensure that they are fresh and last for the holidays.
To find the best tree that will last for a long time, gently grab the inside of the branch, and pull your hand towards you. As you pull, the needles should stay on the tree. You can also tap the cut end of the tree on the ground. If a few needles fall off, that is fine, but if a lot of needles fall off, you need to search for a different tree.
✅ Video – How to Keep Needles from Falling
For a tutorial on how to keep needles from falling off the Christmas tree, you can watch the video below.
Why Cut Your Own Christmas Tree?
It is Fun
Cutting a Christmas tree is a family tradition that should be experienced by kids. It is always fun and exciting to go to a tree farm and choose your own Christmas tree. The kids will have fun running around and try a new experience that will make Christmas more memorable. As a parent, you will feel fulfilled and happy to witness your kids having fun.
It is Affordable
As compared to purchasing a Christmas tree, it is affordable to cut your own. You will be paying for the workforce, transportation, and parking lot rental for a pre-cut tree. You can save on your budget when you cut your own Christmas tree. Aside from that, you can make sure that you choose the right size and the tree that you cut and bring to your home is in perfect condition.
It is a Memorable Experience
A trip to the tree farm or forest is a way for the family to bond and have a great time. You will feel the spirit of Christmas as soon as you see rows and rows of Christmas fresh Christmas trees. You will enjoy smelling the distinct smell of pines and earth. Your kids will definitely cherish the memories and will look forward to it every year.
The Tree Will Last Longer
Freshly cut Christmas trees will last longer as compared to the pre-cut ones. The tree will not sit on a truck or a warehouse for a long time, so they are fresh and will last longer. Take a 1-inch slice off the bottom of the tree trunk where it was cut to allow it to soak up nutrients. Get it into the water as soon as you arrive at home to maintain its freshness.
Shop for Christmas Decorations
Most farms sell a wide array of fresh wreaths, garlands, and other Christmas ornaments. It is a great way to save time and shop for the decorations you will need for your Christmas décor.
The great thing about shopping at tree farms is that they can provide you with a wide array of choices that you can opt from. You will definitely find a fresh and stunning selection of decorations for your home.
✅ Video – Cut Your Own Christmas Tree
Watch the video below for a fun and exciting Christmas tree cutting experience for the whole family.
How to Make Christmas Trees Last Longer
If you do not decorate the tree after cutting, make sure that you store it in a sheltered area in a bucket of water. If it will take a week before you decorate, make a fresh, straight cut across the tree’s truck about an inch from the original cut. This will open the stem of the tree so it can take water. Keep the water above the new cut to maintain the freshness of the tree.
Night before Decorating
The night before decorating, make sure that you bring the tree to a partially heated area, preferably the basement. This will help the tree to adjust to a warmer temperature.
Ensure that you place the tree away from heat sources like a fireplace because heat can cause the tree to dry faster. For a real and fresh Christmas tree, you can place it in a ventilated area in your living room or dining room.
Keep the tree hydrated. Ensure that you water it regularly so that the tree will stay fresh and the needles will not dry and fall off.
✅ Video – How to Keep Christmas Tree to Last Longer
For more information and tips on how to keep your Christmas trees last longer, you can watch the video below.
Thank you for reading this post about cutting your own Christmas tree. As compared to purchasing an artificial tree, you can opt to cut your own tree and share the experience with your kids. Your kids will definitely love this new adventure of choosing and cutting a tree.
It is a memorable experience that they will look forward to every Christmas. We hope that the tips and information we have provided will help you choose the right tree and cut it perfectly for a stunning decoration that you can display at home. Enjoy the experience of Christmas tree cutting, and have a Merry Christmas!