Walk around any built-up area or turn on the TV right now and you’ll be bombarded with festive imagery. Christmas is nearly upon us and it’s time to kit out our homes in yuletide décor. The centrepiece of festive decoration is, of course, the Christmas tree. It stands proudly in your living room, adding colour and warmth to your home, housing those all-important Christmas presents for opening on the 25th!

Picking the perfect Christmas tree for your home
Picking the perfect Christmas tree for your home

You might already have a tree waiting patiently to be erected or you could be on the lookout for a new tree to take pride of place. If you’re in the latter category, then it’s worth having a look at this infographic from Crowe Sawmills , which offers plenty of great advice on choosing a Christmas tree for your home.

The first step, measuring the ideal size of the tree, is one that can easily be overlooked, but is vital so that you don’t end up with something that is needlessly small or excessively large for the intended space.

You want your Xmas tree to add to your room, not take it over!
You want your Xmas tree to add to your room, not take it over!

Once you’ve established the correct size, then it’s time to see what’s out there and try to find a tree with fresh needles and even colouration. When that’s been done, you’ll need to get it home safely, which might not be easy to do if weather conditions are awful. It’s generally recommended that you don’t try to transport a tree on your car if it’s very windy outside.

Not all Xmas trees are born equal... some species are better than others for the purpose.
Not all Xmas trees are born equal… some species are better than others for the purpose.

By taking the time to select a Christmas tree of superior quality, you’ll have a tree to last for numerous years and one that you’d be proud to showcase in your home. All you’ll need to do then is decorate it as you please, which for many is the fun part!

Keep your Christmas tree away from any hazards.
Keep your Christmas tree away from any hazards.

Most pines burn readily so it’s essential that you keep them clear of any direct source of heat. If you are using a potted tree, keep it well watered as it will lose moisture quickly inside your home. If you are using a cut tree, place it in a bucket of sand and keep that sand moist. It will keep your tree looking fresh and significantly reduce the fire risk.

Thanks for Crowe Sawmills for sharing these great ideas!