Taming the Outdoors: How To Pick the Perfect Christmas Tree

It's that time of year again. Time to pick out a Christmas tree for the holidays! Whether you're going to a lot or cutting down the tree yourself, selecting the right one can feel a little daunting. The most popular trees to choose from are Scotch pine, Douglas fir, Noble fir, Fraser fir, Virginia pine, Balsam fir and white pine. With so many options, it's important to know what matches your home best. Noble firs are great for their sturdy branches and full appearance. Want a stout easy to trim tree? A Virginia pine is just the thing as a medium-sized, full addition to your home and is actually the most popular Christmas tree in the south. While you'll come across many gorgeous trees, remember to measure the height of the room you intend on placing the tree and check your desired tree's height to ensure it's a great fit for your home. 

Be sure to check the base of the tree before bringing a tree home. You want to make sure it's sturdy and long enough to fit into a stand. We could barely believe over 25 million Christmas trees are sold every year. So many trees are purchased this season, but so few of us know how to take care of them. Remember to water them daily, checking the water level, and sweep up the lost pine needles every few days. Turning off Christmas tree lights is key to winter safety and conserving that energy bill! Keep lower branches trimmed to keep small children and pets safe from those prickly pines. We've compiled a list of tips and tricks to help you pick out the perfect Christmas tree. 
View the slideshow above to pick the best Christmas tree for your home!
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