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Selection and care of Christmas Trees; how to make them last

Christmas Tree Selection

For many families, selection and purchase of a Christmas tree is an annual tradition. Indeed, bringing home the tree often signals the official start of the holiday season. Proper selection of a tree, like any other product, will help to make the season even more enjoyable. With today’s live-tree market, healthy, fresh, fragrant, and affordable Christmas trees are abundant and available to anyone who wishes to have a real tree. Of course, artificial substitutes for real trees are also readily available at commercial outlets, but these will not be discussed here.

Ways to Purchase Christmas Trees

Christmas trees can be purchased in many ways, but the two most popular are retail lots and choose-and-cut farms. There is also a small but growing mail-order Christmas tree market in Virginia and surrounding states.

Retail Lots

Retail lots are temporary lots set up in shopping centers, at discount stores and service stations, in farmers’ markets, and at ...

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