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New Jersey Christmas Tree Farms

Taking your family to a Christmas tree farm and purchasing a tree grown right in New Jersey can be great fun and can provide lasting memories. The whole experience can last anywhere from an hour to most of the day, depending on how much you want to do with your family.

Your options are plentiful when picking out a live tree grown in New Jersey. Your options are to cut your own tree, pick one to be cut, buy an already cut tree, or get a tree that can be planted after use.

To make this a fun event for the whole family, find a local Christmas tree farm that has hay rides and sleigh rides, and other fun winter activities.

A fresh-cut Christmas tree will offer the warm essence of the holiday season and the wondrous smells of the outdoors, and with proper care, it will last all through your holidays.

An advantage to decorating with live Christmas trees is that they are a renewable resource. For your pleasure they are grown like a crop, planted, sheared and harvested. A new seedling is planted for every tree that is cut. Christmas tree farms are environmentally friendly and provide beautiful landscaping throughout New Jersey. These trees devour enormous quantities of carbon dioxide, and reintroduce vast amounts of oxygen into the air, thereby cleaning the air we are breathing. A single acre of Christmas trees makes enough oxygen to meet the daily needs of 18 people.

When selecting a Christmas tree, get one that is optimal for your situation. Think about where the tree will be erected and what style and weight the ornaments are. It's important to take this into consideration when selecting the species, height, shape and density of your tree. Of the various types of Christmas trees that are grown in New Jersey, the ones that retain their needles best are the pine varieties, such as the Austrian, Scotch, White and Mexican Border. Some excellent examples are the Douglas-fir, Concolor and Fraser Fir. The Colorado Blue Spruce is excellent compared to the lesser Norway and White Spruces.

Judging the height or trees in the field can be difficult. Measuring sticks are generally available at the Christmas tree farm. Your stand will add about four inches to the final height of your tree; add another 4 inches for any topping ornament you might add. It is therefore advisable to select a tree that is fairly shorter than your ceiling height.

Care of the live Christmas tree:
Follow a few easy steps, and you will be able to delight in your holiday tree all through the season.

Prior to bringing a freshly cut tree inside your house, you should set it in a container of water, in a cool shady place, protected from the wind. If you choose to place your tree outside, make sure that the water supply doesn't freeze. Take an inch from the trunk before introducing it indoors. Water is soaked up by the tree through this fresh cut. Use a stand that can hold a couple of gallons of water for the tree. Freshly cut trees absorb between one pint to one quart of water each day, so be sure to check the water level once a day, and make sure it is up over the cut end. It's important to keep the bottom of the trunk in water. If the tree has been without water for several hours, the sap will seal up the cut trunk and there can be no further water absorption. Stopping needles dropping and stretching out the tree's vibrancy can be done by keeping the stand filled with water.

Avoid placing the tree near a heat source such as a fireplace, heat duct or radiator. Put your tree in the stand with plastic netting on it. This enables the tree to be more easily moved and straightened. You can take off the netting after you have the tree set up.

It will take a few hours for the tree to regain its original shape after you take the netting off. The stand should be filled with water. Using warm or hot water for the first fill up may be helpful.

The steps to planting and maintaining a balled and burlapped tree:
If you have purchased a balled and burlapped Christmas tree well before you plan to bring it inside, you should put it in an unheated enclosure, protected from the elements, such as a garage or shed, or set it on the northeast side of your home. By conditioning the tree in this way, it can withstand temperature and humidity changes that can occur rapidly in an indoor environment. Before bringing the tree indoors, place it in a washtub or similar waterproof container. Using sand or gravel around the root ball can help steady it. Add from a pint to a quart of water to the root ball every day to sustain your 5 to 6 ft tree. It is ideal to keep an environment in a range of 65-68 degrees F for a dug tree not longer than seven days.

Do not take it outside after it's been dismantled. Keep your tree in a covered area for a few days to gradually get it used to colder temperatures. Plant the tree in an 18 inch hole before the hole has frozen over, and arrange the soil in a way that it won't freeze. Use leaves to fill the hole and then use plastic over top of it. Prior to planting keep the burlap and strapping on the tree. When you have the tree in the correct position (the top of the root ball is level with the original soil grade) fill the hole up halfway with saved soil, then cut the straps, unroll the burlap and finish filling in the hole. A plastic covered root ball is treated the same way, but before planting, you should make slits in the bottom to help with the water draining and with root penetration. Mulch and water vigorously.

Recycling and discarding of your Christmas tree:
Arrange the pickup and recycling of your Christmas tree with your local Municipal Government which can provide you with many recycling programs. Homeowners can have their trees chipped into mulch for free. You can also provide birds a home or a place to eat by placing the tree in your yard and hanging food from the branches.

Since a Christmas tree is biodegradable, you can take off the branches and use it as garden mulch. Your local government will be able to provide you with Christmas tree disposal locations.

Use the list below for popular Christmas tree farms in New Jersey. Despite this information being up to date at the time of this writing, it is definitely recommended that you call the farm you plan to purchase from in advance to confirm their supply, hours and what kind of trees they will be selling as last minute weather and business conditions may change what went on in years past. Don't drive all the way out there if you aren't able to reach them by phone!

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