Have you gotten your Christmas tree yet?
If you're getting a real tree, you've got plenty of options in the area to find just the right one.
What kind of tree do you like? Fraser fir, scotch pine, blue spruce? Tell about what you love about a Christmas tree in the comments.
Here are some places around town to get a Christmas tree:
- . The Eagles are selling Fraser firs in the Heritage North parking lot Dec. 3 and 4.
- . The nursery has cut trees, along with loads of poinsettias and fresh evergreen wreaths.
- . Easy access on Detroit Road, and there's free hot chocolate and Christmas cookies!
- Pere Marquette Tree Farm Lot. Located next to at 998 Center Road. Dan Meyer is selling trees grown by his grandfather, who retired from Avon to run a tree farm in Ludington, MI. For the last 20 years, the family has returned to sell Christmas trees from the farm in their hometown. Hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday through Sunday.
- , and are also selling fresh trees.
Feel like taking a drive? There are several Christmas tree farms around Lorain County that offer pre-cut or cut-for-you trees. Here are a few:
- Kurtz Christmas Trees, Wellington.
- DiVincenzo's Tree Farm, Grafton.
- Sell's Christmas Tree and Reindeer Farm, Wakeman.
- Wilcox Farms, LaGrange.
- Treaster's Tree Farm, Wakeman.
And once you get your tree home, you want to keep it fresh and green so it won't be a fire risk, and won't drop needles on your floor.
Meredith Traxler of said a fresh cut is essential. Right before it's going into the stand, which should be ready for the tree and have a little water in it, make a fresh cut of about one inch off the bottom. Then, she said, drill a three-inch hole into the base to help the tree soak up more water.
As soon as the fresh cut is made and the hole is drilled, put the tree in the stand and immediately fill the stand with fresh water.
"Doing this right after cutting ensures that sap does not collect," Traxler said.
Meyer said there is one unbreakable rule for keeping a tree fresh. Water.
"Room temperature water and keep it filled every day," he said. "You don't need chemicals or anything else. Just keep giving it water."
Trees cut fresh tend to take up a lot of water the first few days after being cut, so check the water reservoir often to make sure the cut part is always underwater.
Traxler added that the placement of the tree is important. For safety's sake, as well as for keeping it fresh and green, place the tree away from heat sources such as heat vents, baseboard heaters and fireplaces.