Christmas tree buying guide
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To help you pick the perfect tree for your home this Christmas we've created this handy guide to Homebase's veritable forest of firs. From real to artificial, in heights from 3 feet to 10 feet and with pre-lit, pop-up and pencil varieties we have something to suit every family's festivities.
The real deal
It's hard to resist the pine-scented aroma of a natural Christmas tree and with so many shapes, varieties and sizes in stock it's easy to find your favourite fir at Homebase. You can choose between a cut or container-grown variety depending on whether you have space to plant it after Christmas.
- Any real tree will need plenty of water to keep it healthy and prevent it from drooping. Keeping it away from radiators and heat sources will help those needles hang on for a bit longer
Real trees from Homebase
All our trees are grown in the UK, using natural and environmentally friendly methods, by specialist grower Needlefresh. We've worked with them for almost 30 years now to ensure we have freshest and best quality, real trees. All our real trees are nurtured and lovingly hand pruned over many years, to achieve the perfect shaped tree for you come Christmas. All trees are grown in the UK and delivered from field to store in as little as 48 hours to guarantee freshness and minimal needle drop.
The artificial alternative
In the past artificial trees were a bit of a sad affair with a few wiry, sparse branches, but now it can be hard to tell them apart from the real thing. Although some artificial trees may cost a little more to buy you can use them year after year, saving you money in the long run.
Artificial trees from Homebase
Although we have a wide range of realistic-looking artificial designs we understand that not everyone is looking for a traditional tree. Our pencil trees are the perfect way to save space in a smaller home, while our half tree, with its raised branches, solves the problem of how to deal with inquisitive pets and curious children. However, if you’re looking for a design statement our pre-lit contemporary silver-birch, glittering fibre optic styles and pop up trees should hit the spot.
Selecting your suitably sized spruce
It’s easy to be seduced by a huge statement tree, but not all of us can fit a 12 footer in our living rooms. Consider the space you have available and select a tree that fits comfortably, as you don’t want it to dominate your room, this includes the width as well as the height as you don’t want to be peering through branches to see the TV. Measure your ceiling height and the width available then pick a spot (ideally near a power supply) where your tree has space to shine.
- Remember to allow space for your tree topper. Measure how long it is, then add this to your tree for the total height you can handle. You’ll need to allow for a small gap between the top of the tree and the ceiling too.
Caring for your real tree
Once you’ve decided where your tree will be going you’ll need to prepare it for its new home.
When you get your tree home, saw half an inch off the bottom of the trunk. This enables the tree to take up more moisture and stay healthy for longer. Whatever type of stand you’ve chosen, make sure that the tree is put in safely and securely to prevent any accidents.
Positioning your tree near a power supply will make it easier to light and by keeping it away from heat sources you’ll help prevent dropped needles. It’s a good idea to cover the floor underneath your tree to catch any needles that fall off, it’s also useful for catching any accidental spillages when you water the tree.
Keep water levels topped up as an average healthy Christmas tree can drink up to a gallon of water per day. When watering be careful not to get any water on the lights and ideally turn off the power while you do.
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