A wonderful holiday tradition is going to a North Carolina mountain Christmas Tree farm and returning with the perfect tree for your home. Boyd Mountain and Mehaffey Christmas Tree Farms open this weekend near Waynesville, a short drive west from Asheville
North Carolina has 1,600 growers producing an estimated 50 million Fraser fir Christmas trees growing. Fraser Fir trees represent over 90% of all species grown in the state. The North Carolina Christmas Tree Industry is ranked second in the nation in number of trees harvested, and its Fraser fir Christmas tree is the most popular in North America and is shipped into every state in the U.S. and all over the world.
Find the perfect tree and have a great holiday outing at one of the “choose and cut” Christmas Tree Farms near Asheville. You select the tree…they cut it, bale it and tie it on your vehicle or you can use their bowsaws and cut it yourself! They also have fresh wreaths, garlands and other greenery.
Here are a few tips for picking out a tree:
Certain species simply last longer and remain fresh much longer than others. Some of the best are the North Carolina Fraser fir, Balsam fir, Scotch pine and Douglas-fir. Regardless of species, you make the final judgment of quality by looking at, touching, feeling, smelling and shaking the tree. The Fraser fir has soft, pleasant-to-touch needles, incomparable needle retention, long lasting aroma, and more pliable yet stronger branches for even the heaviest ornaments.
Removing a thin disk (1/4 to 1/2 inch) off the trunk before placing the tree in a water holding stand is all that is needed. It is always a good practice to make a new cut before putting the tree into the stand.
As a general rule, a tree can use up to a quart of water per day for each inch of stem diameter. The warmer the temperature and the lower the relative humidity where the tree is displayed, the greater the amount of water required by the tree.
Check all electric lights and connections before decorating. Don’t use any lights with worn or frayed cords. Don’t overload the electrical outlets.
Place your tree away from fireplaces, radiators, television sets, and other heat sources. These elements can prematurely dry out your tree.
For more information, go to http://www.romanticasheville.com/christmas_tree_farms.htm.