Whether you prefer a live tree, fake or cutting your own, picking a Christmas tree is a tradition for many families. Here is a list of places to purchase, pick or cut a tree.
Prianti Farms Inc: A former Commack-based nursery, this full-service nursery is now based in Dix Hills and has approximately six different varieties of pre-cut Christmas trees. They also have garlands, poinsettias and wreaths.
Target : Not in the mood to clean up all the pine needles at the end of the holiday? Pick up a faux tree from Target. They have a variety of sizes, colors and options, and some even come pre-lit. You can also try Home Depot.
This Northport based nursery carries a variety of trees.
If you prefer to cut your own tree, here are a few places to try:
If you're in the mood to cut down your own tree, then North Fork Preserve Christmas Tree Farm in Riverhead is the place for you. With over 5,000 trees to choose from – and operating hours from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. from now until Dec. 23 – there are plenty of ways to ensure that you get the exact tree you want. Prices range from $55 to $75 depending on whether you want a cut or balled tree, with the balled tree being able to be re-planted.
A train ride takes you out into the fields where you cut your own tree. Santa will greet you every Saturday and Sunday for the kids (or the kid in you) and a wine tasting by Peligrini Vineyards for the adults.
Closer to home, this tree farm in Huntington let's you cut your own tree or purchase a pre-cut tree. This farm is open form 3 p.m. until dark on weekdays and 10 a.m. until dark on Saturday and Sunday.
Types of trees:
Douglas-fir: This tree is generally available as a sheared tree and is the most common species found on tree lots.
Noble fir: This species is considered the “Cadillac” of Christmas trees. It grows in a more open pattern, has stout branches, luxurious green needles, a long shelf life and a nice fragrance.
Grand fir: This sheared tree is the most fragrant of the native species. It has an attractive needle that makes it a popular choice as a flocked tree.
Fraser fir: This North Carolina native has strong branches that will hold heavier ornaments.
Norway and blue spruce trees: These are generally available only at choose-and-cut farms. They will hold heavy decorations.
Tips for caring for your tree:
Once you make it home with your tree, cut one-quarter inch off the butt and place the tree in a water stand. The stand should be large enough to hold at least one gallon of water after the tree is placed in it.
And, remember to check the water level daily.
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