Questions to ask yourself and the tree seller.
- How it was grown(if at a Christmas Tree Farm)
- Look at the branches are the light in color
- look at the needles are they brittle or light in color as well.
- The hight is it the hight of the place it will be all Christmas
- Do the branches seem strong enough to hold heavy ornaments (pull on them get a tad bit rough)
- Is there a place to put the topper on (meaning there should be strength and thickness in the branches sticking up at the top
- How wide is the tree(is it big enough around for the area your placing it)
- Check for holes or gaps in the tree
- (if cut already and being sold on side walks or in a parking lot) how long has the tree been there without water ,in the direct sunshine or snow
- (Look into the tree) Is it thickly branched,can you see through it(if so then a bad tree)
- Are the branches thick with needles
- is it the breed type you are looking for
- are there any nest or animals ^.^ (wouldn't want to bring home an unwanted guest)
You picked out that perfect tree so now we need to bring it home. Be very careful placing the tree onto the top of the car or truck. You should make sure they place a mesh netting around the tree. When you place it onto of the car be sure to use a sheet under it. Reason why is because that sap starts to drip out of the bottom or branches that get broken and that can harm your paint job. Ever tried to get pine sap off a car? ^.^ Not many things out there that can take it off without messing up your paint. Better to be safe than sorry as I have said and many others as well. ^.~
Now to tie it down. Make sure to us a thick rope because the thin ones can ripe into the tree and make gaps . Through the rope over it a couple of times and tie it down. Drive slow because the faster you drive the more wind is pushed through the branches causing gaps and brakes in the tree. (it also can cause the tree to slide around and scratch even through the sheet.)
Now your home so be sure to take it down very easily. Then turn it around and bring the tree in with the bottom first. Keeps the tree's limbs from breaking off when the doorway isn't wide enough. But before you bring it inside. Be sure your ready for it to come in. Have the area for it ready and the stand without water. Now cut about 1 inch to 2 inches off the bottom. Then take the mesh off and let stand for about an hour or so. This helps the limbs come back down from being in the mesh.
I find placing it in the sunshine heats the limbs up and makes them drop like they are suppose to. Now when ready bring it on in. But remember to turn the bottom to where it goes first through the doorway.
There are other ways to display your tree one I know and think is out there is the upside down tree. Those trees require to have an I.V. placed into the tree somehow. Also you have to have a way for it to hang from the ceiling. You also have to make sure the ornaments can hang onto the branches now that they are turning downwards instead of upward. They are kind of cool but not sure if I want to end up with a mess on the floor from my ornaments falling off and breaking.