For many, the holiday season truly kicks off when the tree is set and decorated with treasured ornaments and twinkling lights. A warm winter glow fills your home, and holiday cheer begins to creep in. The tradition of decking the halls with a live tree dates back to 16th Century Germany when Christians started to bring decorated trees into their homes. By the 1890s, ornaments were gaining popularity, and by early 20th Century, Christmas trees had become an American tradition.
Fresh Christmas trees continue to be a very popular option today, despite all the artificial options on the market. Fresh trees can be cut and set up indoors using plant stands, or they can remain potted and brought indoors to enjoy for the season before being planted outdoors. Read on to learn more about each option.
If you choose to go with a fresh cut tree, make sure to follow these steps for a healthy tree that is sure to last through the holiday season.Fresh cut Christmas trees are grown in all 50 states around the U.S. For every tree cut, two to three seedlings are planted in its place. With approximately 100 tree farms around Iowa, there are many places to choose from.
With nine varieties that grow well in Iowa, there is sure to be a style and shape that suits your preferences. To find a farm near you, head to the Iowa Christmas Tree Growers Association page.
For living trees that will be planted outside, there are a few more steps involved, but it’s worth the reward!
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For both fresh cut and living trees, make sure to take care while decorating and pick ornaments that will not weigh down the branches. For living trees, it is especially important to use small LED lights, which produce less heat and won’t burn the tree’s boughs. If holiday decorating has you stressed out or you just want some helping hands to add extra cheer for the season, give us a call at 515.987.0800 to talk to an expert. Or, request a quote online here. We love to decorate for the holidays – check out our exterior and interior work.
We wish you a happy holidays and wonderful new year!