7 tips for finding the perfect Christmas tree

7 On Your Side reporter Nina Pineda has the story
Seven On Your Side
December 6, 2013 3:10:36 PM PST
This weekend thousands in our area will be looking for the perfect Christmas tree.

But, before you chop or shop for a tree, we have 7 tips you need to know.

Even Santa is perplexed in the quest for the perfect tree, and for some it comes down to the touch or the twirl of a tree.

That's why you have to know a few kinds of trees.

"Frasier Fir is the tree to get," said Stew Leonard, the owner of Stew Leonard's.

It's also one of the most popular, said the founder of Stew Leonard's. He says it's the best for sturdy branches to support heavier ornaments.

The Douglas fir has softer needles and might be better for kids.

"But, the branches sag a lot, it doesn't hold the ornaments," Leonard said.

And when it comes to the perfect tree, size does matter. Most rooms have eight-foot ceilings. So, look for a tree that's six to seven feet tall.

Also, a new tip, look for a tree whose branches have been trimmed.

"A premium tree will have the little cut edges, and grab the branch, pull it," Leonard said.

If no needles come off in your hand, the tree's fresh.

Next, be sure to ask for a fresh cut.

"This gives it access to the water and gets rid of any sap, see that's been left down at the bottom," Leonard said.

And most importantly, give it some water. Put it in a bucket no more than three to six hours after the fresh cut.

"The fire department will love you, because it could be a fire hazard. So give it plenty of water, it'll keep the needles fresh," Leonard said.

Lastly, water the tree every day and keep the tree out of the sun and away from heaters.

"You want to keep it as cool as you possibly can that'll make it last longer," Leonard said.

Some other big takeaways are to make sure you turn the tree's lights off each night or if you go out.

Also, inspect the lights before trimming the tree. Look for cracked bulbs or frayed wires and limit it to three light strands per socket.

For more information please visit: http://www.stewleonards.com/