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Your First Christmas Tree: What You Need to Know

If you are celebrating Christmas in your new home, local moving companies can share everything that you need to know when it comes to selecting and maintaining your first Christmas tree in your new Jacksonville home.

1) Find a tree farm near your home. You can go online to the National Christmas Tree Association website and enter in your ZIP code to find a farm that offers a cut-your-own experience.

2) Make sure that you bring the right tools when Christmas tree shopping. If you are planning on cutting your own tree, you will want to make sure that you bring a measuring tape and a handsaw, or call ahead of time and ask if they provide both tools. You will want to make sure that you measure your living room ceiling so that you do not get a tree that is too short or too small. You can also bring some colored tape so that you can mark the trees that you like and compare them.

3) Know what kind of tree it is and if anyone in your family could possibly be allergic to it. Christmas tree farms often feature many kinds of trees, such as: Noble Fir, White Pine, Concolor Fir, Carolina Sapphire Cypress, Nordmann Fir, Douglas Fir, Fraser Fir, Leyland Cypress, Balsam Fir, and Blue Ice Cypress. If you are moving to Jacksonville before Christmas and are planning on getting a real Christmas tree, make sure that no one in your family is allergic to Carolina Sapphire Cypress, since they are a southern dwelling tree, you will most likely come across them at local Jacksonville Christmas tree farms.

4) Once you have picked out your local Christmas tree, you will want to start taking care of it right away, by wrapping it in plastic or a tarp for its journey home.

5) Top your tree off with water, daily. Making sure that your Christmas tree has enough water is the number one objective to having a beautiful Christmas tree that will last through the holidays. The general rule of thumb for watering Christmas trees is that a standard tree will absorb a quart of water for each inch of its diameter.

6) Do not add additives to the water that your Christmas tree sits in, they do not serve any purpose. You also want to make sure that you are not drilling holes in the bottom of the trunk to allow more water to be absorbed, unless your tree is drying out quickly.

7) Set up your tree away from direct sunlight, since it will cause your tree to dry out quicker.

8) Know that a living Christmas tree will typically not last more than 10 to 14 days.

If you are moving to Jacksonville this holiday season, All My Sons Moving & Storage can help make your move easy and stress-free, so that you can grab your family, measuring tape, and handsaw and have fun selecting your first living Christmas tree for your new home.