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Divine Pines: Tips For Choosing Your Christmas (Holiday) Tree:

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By Mia Bolaris-Forget

Whether you’re putting up a Christmas tree, a holiday tree or a Chanukah bush, professionals point out that there are few distinct things to look for, if you want YOURS to be a cut above (the rest).

Choosing a Pre-Cut Tree:

· Step away from the tree (at least a good 5 to 8 feet from it) and thoroughly examine and “inspect” it from all angles. Make sue the tree is rich in branches and foliage and that it’s in good shape. According to experts, the tree trunk should be straight (or almost straight) and non-visible through the foliage.

· Bend a branch (just enough), it should, say experts give way easily without cracking or breaking. Also look for sticky sap on the trunk (indicating freshness).

· Take hold of a few pine needles and tug gently. Very few (if any) should come loose. Experts also suggest shaking the tree and suggest walking away from a tree that loses lots of its needles.

· Check the height to ensure you’re getting what you’re paying for.

Live Trees For Future Planting:

· Make your purchase from a reputable dealer or grower. Ask and double check about how the specific variety you may be interested in will hold up in your climate.

· Try to choose a younger tree. According to experts, younger trees last longer and fare better in the transplanting process.

· Choose a tree with a single, straight trunk and a robust, healthy appearance. Look for good color, shape and no signs of browning or insect damage.

· Refrain from keeping the tree indoors for more than a week.

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