2017-11-22 / Front Page

So You Want To Cut Your Own Christmas Tree

By Liz Goff
Whether your family has a tradition of cutting your own Christmas tree or you have decided to brave the cold to start a new tradition, choosing and cutting your own evergreen can be a fun experience.

First things first, experts said. After choosing a tree farm near you, make sure your family is wearing warm shoes and clothing. Call the farm to find out if you must bring your own tools, or if the farm provides tools needed to complete the job. And remember to keep all sharp tools out of the reach of young children!

Make sure you measure the space you have in your home or apartment for a tree, experts said. You may be able to get approximate prices from the farm before you set out to cut the tree.

Make sure your vehicle is equipped to carry the tree home. Don’t drive a sports car to a tree farm to transport a 7-foot fir back to the city. Bring string or other accessories needed to tie the tree to your vehicle (if it doesn’t fit in your trunk or the back of your vehicle.)

When you arrive at the farm, ask a farmhand or clerk for advice on how to stay safe while cutting the tree. A few moments of conversation can help prevent unnecessary injury.

Christmas tree farms are located in Suffolk County, New Jersey, Connecticut and Westchester. Experts suggest you go online for a listing of farms in towns and areas nearest to you.

Make the most of the experience by being prepared and staying safe!



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