Need to invest in a new Christmas tree this December? In this article, David Mitchell, Buying Manager for Horticulture at Wyevale Garden Centres, takes a closer look at what you need to consider if you’re going to pick the right tree for your home. Read on to find out more.
In the UK, over seven million real trees are bought each year, while around two million artificial trees are purchased, according to 2017 figures from the British Christmas Tree Growers Association.
With Christmas just around the corner, now is the time many people are about to buy their Christmas tree. You may find yourself wondering what type is right for your home. To help you choose the perfect tree, I’ve put together some key considerations you need to make.
Decide whether you would prefer a real or artificial tree
Choosing between a real or artificial tree is the first decision you need to make. Both options have their benefits, and you will have to think about which one best suits your needs.
In the past the choice between real or artificial Christmas trees was easy, as real trees always won hands down as they looked better, had more charm, and were more aromatic. The artificial options simply were not able to compete — but that has all changed.
Thanks to advancements in production, artificial trees are now looking just as good as their natural counterparts, so there is much less weight behind the argument that they look inferior. What’s more, there is a much greater range of styles available, so you will be able to pick one that matches your home’s interior. While you won’t get the natural pine scent of a real tree, you also don’t get the annoying loose needles to clean up either, and there won’t be any need to recycle yours afterwards. Finally, an artificial tree is built to last and can be reused, so you won’t have to reinvest every year.
Measure up and get the right size
Once you’ve decided what type of tree you want to get, it’s time to measure up so you can buy the right size. First, you need to choose where you want to display your tree in your home. Bear in mind that, if you want to get a large tree, you don’t want somewhere too small or where there is a low ceiling, as you will want ample space to show off its full size. Likewise, if you’d prefer a smaller tree, don’t choose a location where it may end up looking swamped against the rest of the room.
Then, it’s time to break out your tape measure and note down the width and height of your chosen spot. You will need to bear these measurements in mind when shopping for a tree. This can be easier with artificial trees, as there are often dimensions listed with the product but, with real trees, you will need to take your tape measure with you as they come in all kinds of sizes.
Buy at the right time
Though there is no wrong time to buy an artificial model, you do have to shop at the right time to get a good quality natural Christmas tree. If you choose a tree that has been cut, they can survive from around mid-November until the early weeks of January with the right care and attention. Avoid any trees that are already looking limp or where the green foliage looks dull, as there is a chance that they may not last the whole festive season.
There are also potted trees available, which have fully established roots within a container. This type can be bought around the same time as cut trees, but then replanted outside once Christmas has been and gone. Make sure that you position your tree away from sources of heat and keep them well watered whilst indoors , and you’ll have a great new addition to your garden.
Think about what look you want your tree to have
Finally, you will need to work out what kind of look you want your tree to have. For example, many people prefer an eclectic appearance, often making use of a whole variety of decorations and colours. These can work very well in a family-orientated environment, where your tree can end up telling a story. There may be a lot of sentimental toys and baubles added, which can create a warm, homely feel.
On the other hand, if you’d like a more modern looking tree, you may opt for a more minimalistic approach, with matching sets of lights and ornaments. If you are buying an artificial tree, you could even get one that is coloured or comes with its own stylish lighting. This can work very well if you have quite a contemporary home and you want to preserve the look through the festive period.
There are all kinds of decoration styles that you could opt for, and it will mainly come down to personal taste. You may also want to think about other factors, like if you have pets or small children who may be at risk from hazardous low hanging lights or ornaments.
Take these points on board if you plan on buying a tree this year and you’re sure to pick one that’s just right for your home.