10 tree tips and where to cut your own
For many cutting their own Christmas tree is a family tradition and there are many places in KICX Country where you can cut your own tree. A real tree naturally has a bit more care involved with it, but the scent of a fresh cut tree is what many people enjoy most about a real tree over the many artificial trees available.
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What you need to know about a fresh cut tree.
When a Christmas tree is cut, more than half its weight is water. With proper care, you can maintain the quality of your tree. From the National Christmas Tree Association below are a number of tips to care for your fresh cut tree.
As a general rule, Christmas tree stands should provide 1 quart of water per inch of stem diameter.
Use a stand that fits your tree. Avoid whittling the sides of the trunk down to fit a stand. The outer layers of wood are the most efficient in taking up water and should not be removed.
Make a fresh cut to remove about a 1/2-inch thick disk of wood from the base of the trunk before putting the tree in the stand. Make the cut perpendicular to the stem axis. Don’t cut the trunk at an angle, or into a v-shape, which makes it far more difficult to hold the tree in the stand and also reduces the amount of water available to the tree.
Drilling a hole in the base of the trunk does NOT improve water uptake.
Once home, place the tree in water as soon as possible. Most species can go 6 to 8 hours after cutting the trunk and still take up water. Don’t bruise the cut surface or get it dirty. If needed, trees can be temporarily stored for several days in a cool location. Place the freshly cut trunk in a bucket that is kept full of water.
The temperature of the water used to fill the stand is not important and does not affect water uptake.
Check the stand daily to make sure that the level of water does not go below the base of the tree.
Keep trees away from major sources of heat (fireplaces, heaters, heat vents, direct sunlight).
Use of lights that produce low heat, such as miniature lights, will reduce drying of the tree.
Never burn any part of a Christmas tree in a wood stove or fireplace.
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Where you can cut your own tree.
Below are a few of the many locations where you can cut your own Christmas tree in KICX Country.
Drysdale Tree Farms Ltd. – The farm has been in operation since 1964
Egbert – N. on Hwy 400 to Hwy 89 W. on 89 through Cookstown to Simcoe Rd. 56. 8 km N. to 6635. Or S. on Hwy 400 to Innisfil Beach Rd. W. to 27. S. to Simcoe Rd. 21. W. to 56. S. to 6635.
Hawkins Tree Farm
Ramara – 4235 Monck Road, one mile east of Rama Road and Monck Road. 2 miles south of Casino Rama We feature Scotch Pine. Open every weekend in December.
Quesnel’s Christmas Trees – 4274 County Rd. 124, Collingwood
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Spring Tree Farm– 2475 Innisfil Beach Rd. Innisfil
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Gillespies U Cut – 3807 12th Line, North of Horseshoe Valley Road
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The Orillia Fish and Game Conservation Club (OFGCC) has maintained a “cut your own” Christmas tree lot on club property for many years. The lot is located at 510 Bass Lake Sideroad. E.(Between Lines 8 and 10)
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