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CHOOSING A TREE

Especially if it's your first time purchasing a Real Christmas Tree for your family, you might feel a little overwhelmed with choices. However, our informed staff members at Strathmeyer Christmas Tree lots are here to make your experience fun and enjoyable.

Also, your process will be easier if you take a little time before your visit to think about things like the following:

  • Regions of the U.S. vary in what species are available for Christmas Trees, and in which species do well in the regional climates. If you're not yet familiar with the species that best suit Central Pennsylvania, the staff at Strathmeyer lots can help you.
  • For general information about Christmas Tree species available in different regions of the U.S., visit the Web site of the National Christmas Tree Association at http://www.christmastree.org/dnn/AllAboutTrees/TreeCharacteristics.aspx.
  • Before visiting a lot, decide what width and height of tree you will need. If you're not sure what size would be best, note the height of your ceiling and the length and width of floor space you want to allow for your tree. Our staff at the Strathmeyer Christmas Tree lot will then help you choose the perfect size.
  • Good Christmas Tree lots store their stock with care, in shaded areas, to maintain freshness longer. Since Strathmeyer Christmas Tree lots are affiliated with local farms where the trees are grown, they are experts in the proper care of trees on their lots.
  • When you visit a lot, look for trees that have been cut recently. Ask the staff when the trees arrived. Strathmeyer Christmas Trees are the freshest available in the area, since they are hand-cut from local Tree Farms in the York, Pa region shortly before being sent to the lots.
  • Check the needles to test freshness. On fresh firs, green needles break cleanly when bent. Pine needles are different, however. Needles on fresh pines do NOT break. If they do break, it's a sign that the pine tree is too dry.
  • Check for other signs that the tree might not be fresh, such as discolored needles, heavy needle loss, wrinkled bark, or a musty smell.
  • Click here to read "How to Care for Your Farm-Grown Christmas Tree".

The above is based on information from the National Christmas Tree Association. For comprehensive fresh cut christmas tree selection guidelines, please see their Web site at http://www.christmastree.org/dnn/AllAboutTrees/SelectionTips.aspx.

Strathmeyer Christmas Trees
255 Zeigler Road, P. O. Box 70, Dover, PA 17315
800-345-3406 • 717-292-5683 • Fax 717-292-4129