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This November, You Can Cut Your Own Christmas Tree!
Pack the family into the car and come out to farm on a nice winter day. Here at 4D Farm you can choose and cut any one of several varieties of Christmas trees. You don't have to bring a thing! We supply everything you need, from the saw to the tie down string. We even have people to assist you in cutting your tree if you would like some help.
Selecting a Tree
1. Type/Variety of tree
Here at 4D Farm, we offer over 2,000 trees from two different varieties.
Leyland Cypress (Cupressocyparis leylandi) a hybrid of the Alaska Cedar and Monterey Cypress, is the South's newest Christmas tree. It has pleasing medium green sprigs of foliage that form long ascending branches. It is a pleasant alternative for those who do not prefer a pine-scented tree. It also seems to cause little, if any, problems for those with allergies.
4D Farm is one of the first tree farms in Texas to grow and sell the "Blue Ice" Arizona Cypress (Cupressus glabra) for Christmas Trees. It is light textured with soft silver blue to blue-green needles. Its trunk is also colorful, with copper-colored mottling. Come and see its wonderful blue color and smell its fresh citrus scent!
We also have live Leyland Cypress and Blue Ice trees available in a variety of containers. Height is 1 to 4 feet from the top of the container to the top of the tree. These trees can be planted in your yard after Christmas or donated to your school or hospital for planting. They grow very well in a variety of soils, but prefer good drainage. Full sun is best, but they can tolerate limited shade.
2. Your needs
Determine where in your home you will display your tree. With this in mind, you will be able to tell what height tree you will need and whether all four sides of the tree need to be suitable for display.
Here is a simple formula for determining the right height for your tree:
|Room height||8.0 ft|
|Tree topper ornaments||1.0 ft|
|Height of tree stand||0.5 ft|
|Height of any base or table that you put under the stand||0.0 ft|
|Bottom of tree removed||0.5 ft|
|Height of tree to buy at 4D Farm =||7.0 ft|
3. Examine the tree
The needles should be resilient. Run your fingers down a branch. The needles should adhere to the branch and not fall off in your hand. The needles should be flexible, not brittle.
The tree should have a good fragrance and an attractive green color.
Limbs should be strong enough to hold ornaments and strings of lights
Caring for your Christmas Tree
1. Make a Fresh Cut
Make a fresh cut on the trunk to open up the pores that have been clogged by sap. Cut off at least one-half inch. The fresh-cut surface should be a creamy-white color. If you do not make a fresh cut, the tree will not be able to drink water. After the cut is made, put the tree in water as soon as possible. The longer the time between when the tree is given a fresh cut and when it is put into the water, the less ability the tree has to absorb water. Even if a hole is drilled to accommodate a pin-type stand, a fresh cut also should be made on the butt of the trunk.
2. Put in Water
Check the stand for leaks. Place the tree in a sturdy stand that will hold at least one gallon of water. Fill with plain water. If the tree is not going into the house soon after purchase, it should be stored in a bucket of clear water on a cool porch or patio away from wind and sun in warm climates and protected from freezing and wind in cold climates.
3. Water Daily
An average tree may consume between a quart and a gallon of water per day. If the water level drops below the cut end of the trunk, a seal will form and the tree will absorb no more water unless another fresh cut is made. So don't forget to add water every day.
4. Use only UL approved lights
Miniature lights produce much less heat and reduce the drying effect upon a tree than bigger bulbs. Always check light sets for frayed or cracked wire insulation and broken sockets before placing them on a tree. Do not attempt to repair a worn light set. Throw it away and buy a new set. Do not overload electrical circuits. Always turn off the lights of your tree when leaving your house or retiring for the night.
5. Keep Away from Heat Sources
Place the tree away from heat sources such as heating vents, fireplaces, wood stoves, heaters, or direct sunlight.
6. Remove Tree Promptly and Properly
After Christmas, before the tree dies, remove it from the house for recycling or pick up by your local disposal service. You may also want to check for your local chipping and composting program with the parks and recreation department, local nursery or service organization.
Never burn any part of a Christmas tree in a wood stove or fireplace!
Real Tree vs. Fake Tree
In this age of environmental awareness, it's appropriate to know that a favorite family holiday tradition of choosing a real Christmas tree over a fake tree is still the environmentally sound choice. A benefit to the atmosphere, real Christmas trees absorb carbon dioxide and other gases and emits fresh oxygen. This helps prevent the earth warming greenhouse effect. One acre of Christmas trees produces the daily oxygen requirements for eighteen people. The United States produces approximately one million acres of Christmas trees, which translates into oxygen for eighteen million people every day. Christmas tree farms stabilize soil, protect water supplies and provide refuge for wildlife, while creating scenic green belts. Often Christmas trees are grown on soils that could not support other crops. For every real Christmas tree harvested three seedlings are planted in its place.
Real Christmas trees are an all-American, recyclable resource. Fake trees, most of which are manufactured in Korea, Taiwan, or Hong Kong, consist of plastics and metals that aren't biodegradable. When disposed of, the fake trees will never deteriorate. Their effects on our environment are evident and will remain for countless generations.
By enjoying a REAL tree this Christmas, you will be making the right environmental choice!
Origin of the Christmas tree
The Christmas tree has become one of the most beloved and well known of all holiday symbols. A beautifully decorated evergreen tree, with colored lights ablaze, inspires in us many warm memories of Christmases long past.
The tradition of a holiday tree has been around since ancient times and has played an important part in winter celebrations for many centuries. The decorated Christmas tree can be traced back to the ancient Romans who decorated trees with small metal pieces during Saturnalia, their winter festival honoring Saturnus, the god of agriculture.
The Paradise tree, an evergreen, was decorated with apples as a symbol of the feast of Adam and Eve during the Middle Ages.
In Northern Europe, the Vikings considered the evergreen a symbol and reminder that the darkness and cold of winter would end and the green of spring would return.
The Druids of ancient England and France decorated oak trees with fruit and candles to honor their gods of harvests.
The use of a Christmas tree indoors appears to have begun in Germany. The oldest record of a decorated Christmas tree came from a 1605 dairy found in Strasburg. German Christians brought trees into their homes and decorated them with paper roses, apples and candies.
The first record of Christmas trees in America was for children in the German Moravian Church's settlement in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, 1747. Actual trees were not decorated, but wooden pyramids covered with evergreen branches were decorated with candles.
The Christmas tree really caught on in the 1800s and was quite fashionable by 1850.
Mark Carr opened the first retail Christmas tree lot in the United States in 1851. He brought trees from the Catskills to the streets of New York.
Early Christmas trees were often decorated with apples, nuts, cookies, colored popcorn and candles. Glass ornaments started being imported into America around 1880, where they were sold in department stores such as FW Woolworth. They were quickly followed by the invention of electrical Christmas lights and metal hooks for safer hanging of decorations onto the trees.
President Calvin Coolidge lighted the first national Christmas tree in the year 1923 on the White House lawn. A tree from the National Christmas Tree Association has been displayed in the Blue Room of the White House since 1966.
It is now common in most communities through out the US to feature public displays
of Christmas trees. Every year the President of the United States lights the
National Christmas Tree in Washington D.C. and in New York City, skaters spin
beneath the lighted tree of Rockefeller Center.
For the comfort of all of our visitors and to comply with safe farm practices, we ask that you do not bring your pets to the farm.