It's the holiday season, and time to start thinking about putting up a Christmas tree. Whether you prefer a live tree or fake, picking out a Christmas tree and decorating it is a tradition for many families.
Here is a list of places to purchase, pick or cut a tree.
* Biondo Christmas Trees has received this year's shipment of Christmas trees, wreaths, roping, grave blankets and more to celebrate the holiday season. This family-owned shop has been operating for more than 50 year. It's located at 400 East Jericho Turnpike, next door to Bi-County Auto Body in Smithtown.
* Carol's Plant Shed: This independently-operated nursery, located at 196 Smithtown Boulevard in Nesconset, is selling pre-cut Christmas trees that you can take home and decorate to celebrate the holidays. While you are there, pick up fresh wreaths, rope garlands, greens and grave blankets to decorate this winter.
*Fortunoff Backyard Store: This store has a multitude of products including more than 30 life-like trees in variety of shapes and sizes, wreaths and garland, outdoor décor, interior and exterior lights as well as collectibles including Department 56, Lenox, Christopher Radko and Annalee dolls. It's located at 1995 Route 437 in Lake Grove.
* Bed, Bath & Beyond: Located in Lake Grove's Smith Haven Mall Plaza, Bed, Bath & Beyond sells artificial, pre-lit Christmas trees. There are an array of wreaths and ornaments in the store's Christmas section, conveniently in the front of the store. Bed, Bath & Beyond also owns The Christmas Tree Shop chain. The nearest one is in The Deer Park Tanger Outlet. It's a store where it is the Christmas time 365 days a year.* 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.
* Shamrock Christmas Tree Farm offers A train ride out into the fields where you cut your own tree or purchases a pre-ball tree to replant.. Santa will greet you every Saturday and Sunday for the kids, from noon - 5 p.m. and a wine tasting by Peligrini Vineyards for the adults. It's open from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. daily
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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