Choosing the perfect Christmas tree for that festive feel
Experts at Gardening Express have identified the key elements to keep an eye out for when shopping for festive fir.
Many people like to put up a real Christmas tree in their living room because of its nostalgic feel and fresh pine scent.
When opting for a real tree, it’s important to ensure that the tree is healthy and in good condition.
Among looking out for the shape, colour and feel of a tree, checking things like loose needles can also help to determine how fresh a tree actually is.
Chris Bonnet, the founder of Gardening Express said: “Picking out and bringing home a Christmas tree is a special holiday tradition, but with so many options out there it may be difficult to choose the right one for your holiday display.
“If you want your tree to look the best then it’s worth doing a couple of checks to get the best value for your money.
“Don’t base your selection just on looks, as some trees that look green and lively may actually be drying already, and keep in mind that some sellers also paint their trees.
“We’ve put together a list of checks to complete to make sure you’re bringing home a fresh and healthy tree.”
What to look out for when buying a Christmas tree:
Size of the tree
Before leaving the house, measure how much space you have available and make sure your chosen tree fits in that space.
Slim, full or half tree?
Choose a slim tree for small spaces and opt for a full tree to add depth to open-plan rooms.
The first and easiest thing that tree shoppers should look out for is the colour - you want your tree to look as bright and green as possible.
Condition of needles
Make sure that the needles are flexible, because tough needles that snap easily are the first sign of a dying tree.
Shedding of needles
You can also check the needles by running your hands through the branches or tapping on the trunk of the tree.
Type of tree
There are different types of Christmas trees that come in a variety of shapes, colours and characteristics, so it’s good to do a bit of research to pin down which one is best suited for you.
Pick a tree partly in shade
If you choose a tree that’s been kept in a partially shaded spot, it won't have a hard time adjusting when you take it indoors because it has already been protected from sunlight.
Alternatively, people can save themselves the trouble and buy their Christmas tree online from Gardening Express and get it delivered straight to their door.
Customers can have a piece of mind ordering their tree from Gardening Express, as they operate a reliable Christmas tree delivery service every week in the run up to the festivities and stock a large selection of great quality sustainably sourced firs.
Once the tree is set up, it’s time to start caring for it. Expert tips for ensuring the tree stays healthy throughout the holidays can be found from here: https://help.gardeningexpress.co.uk/knowledge-base/christmas-tree-care/ website.