Picking the perfect Christmas tree

Christmas season is in full swing and many houses are decked out in lights with beautiful Christmas trees in the windows. But if you haven’t gotten a tree yet and are still looking for the perfect one, how do you pick the best?

Finding the perfect tree can be a challenge. There are so many factors that go into it like how tall you want it, how they smell, and simply what kind of tree you want. Nichols tree farm in Hebron has about 38 acres of trees and 23 different species to chose from including white pines, spruces and firs.

Bill Jones works at Nichols tree farm and he says every year they plant around 3,000 to 5,000 trees. But according to Jones, the most popular kind this year a blue spruce.

So what is the number one thing you should look for when you’re looking for the perfect Christmas tree?

47 ABC spoke with Bill Jones of Nichols Tree Farm and he says, “I guess the biggest thing is the size of the room that you’re going to put it in. Trees out in the field look a lot smaller than they do when you put them in your house.”

When you do find that perfect tree, Jones says you want to cut it as low to the ground as you can. And when you load that tree up on your car to take home, the most important step to remember?

Jones tells 47 ABC, “You don’t need to cut them again because you just cut them they’re fresh cut, just keep them in water and keep them in plenty of water.”

47 ABC also spoke with Salisbury resident Bill Richardson who was on the hunt for the perfect tree of his own, an eight foot fir tree to be exact. So what does he consider perfect?

Richardson tells 47 ABC, “The perfect tree’s got to be tall and it’s got to be nice and full can’t have any big gaps in it or anything like that. Normally we put artificial up but about every three years we decide to put a real tree up just to make it smell good in the house give that real Christmas spirit.”

Jones says any tree, no matter what the size, is $27. Nichols Tree Farm also provide saws for customers to chop down that perfect tree, but if you’d like, you’re more than welcome to bring your own.

So when Christmas is over and the decorations are coming down, what do you do with that beautifully decorated tree? There are several different places that you can take your tree to recycle it, including Wicomico County Solid Waste in Salisbury. For residential folks there is no fee but if you are a commercial business, they charge $30 per ton. Delaware Solid Waste Authority is also accepting trees and they have a fee of $7.50 to do so.

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