When to come:
The Christmas tree season begins the day after
Thanksgiving and ends on Christmas eve, though some farms close early
due to a limited supply of mature trees. If you can, come on a
weekday--you'll avoid the crowds. Remember that December days
are short, so you should plan to cut your tree by 4:30
What to bring:
All of our Christmas tree farms furnish saws and most
supply the netting and twine you'll need to bring your tree
home. Some farms also provide helpers to assist
in cutting and carrying your tree. Be sure to bring sturdy shoes, warm
clothes, and gloves
Choosing your tree:
See our page on Types of Trees
to find the species that best suits your needs. Make sure that
the tree you cut will fit in your home--many
people bring home trees that are too large since trees
appear deceptively small when they're outdoors.
How to cut your tree:
Please don't cut the tree too close to the ground.
If you leave at least two rows of green branches on the stump, a new
tree will sprout up from it.
How to transport your tree:
Most of our customers tie their trees onto roof racks,
or put their trees in the back of their pick-up trucks. Make
sure that you get a receipt--these serve as Christmas tree
transportation permits in El Dorado County.
What to do when you get your tree home:
It's a good idea to hose off your tree to remove foreign
materials and insects. If possible, use soapy water first and then
rinse with fresh water. Many customers stop at car washes on the way
home, and use handheld wands to wash their trees while they're still
on the roofs of their cars. After you've cleaned your tree and shaken
it dry, make a fresh cut at the butt of the tree of at least a half an
inch and put it in a stand filled with water. Set up your tree
away from heat sources, and check the stand daily to make sure it stays filled with water.
What to do with your tree after Christmas:
Check with your local waste management company for
pick-up days or drop-off points. Some companies will chip your
tree and let you bring it home as mulch for your garden. In El
Dorado Hills, Boy Scouts will pick up and recycle your tree for
a small donation.
When to come: