Half the fun is choosing a real tree, especially if you are picking one from a Christmas tree farm. If you are choosing a tree from a farm, now is about the time you would head out to have it tagged for an early December pick-up or delivery. Some suppliers don’t open their farms to the public, but do take orders online.
Dural Christmas Tree Farm in Western Sydney opened its doors last weekend to the public for the Christmas tree season.
There are several Christmas tree farms throughout the country. Whilst this is not an exhaustive list, we have tried to include as many tree farms as possible. Tree farms also hold pop-up stores at markets and halls, so keep an eye out for local notices. Your local nursery may also stock real Christmas trees.
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Caring for your real tree
1. Refresh the tree by making a straight cut across the base, taking 2cm off the stump before you place it into a stand with water. This simple measure will better enable your real Christmas tree to absorb sufficient water to maintain its freshness.
2. Place the real Christmas tree in a Cinco Christmas tree stand that can hold at least 4 litres of water as well as your tree (ie at least the medium sized stand). You should expect the tree to take up additional water. Water the new tree until water uptake stops.
3. If you do not wish to put your tree up immediately, store it in a cool place out of wind and sun in a bucket of water.
4. Check the water level daily. If the water drops below the trunk, the trunk may seal itself and not be able to absorb water and the stump will need to be cut again. Straight water is the best way to help keep your real Christmas tree fresh.
5. Place the tree away from sunlit windows, television sets and other heat sources as they will dry out your tree prematurely.
6. If properly cared for (using the first five steps) your real Christmas tree should last at least 4 weeks before drying out.
Tips courtesy of Dural Christmas Tree Farm
Check with your local council for special Christmas tree disposal services. If your council does not offer this services, simply cut the Christmas tree up and dispose of in your green waste bin.