It's that time of year when people are cutting down the so-called perfect Christmas tree. They're trimming certain areas of the tree to get the size and shape just right. That's something Monte Knight is all too familiar with. He's with Knight's Family Christmas Trees in Meridian on South Frontage Road. He says other than trimming, there are certain steps you can take to get a great tree.
"What you want to look for in a tree is you want to make sure you have a good live tree. We have a little technique that you want to look to make sure your tree is alive when you pick your tree out on the lot. What you want to do is pick one of the needles and you want to bend that needle in your hand. If that needle does not break, that tree is alive and green. If it breaks, it's normally drive," explains Knight.
And when trees becomes dry, they can become a potential safety hazard. According to the United States Fire Administration Christmas trees account for 250 fires annually, resulting in 14 deaths, 26 injuries, and more than 13.8 million dollars in property damage. In order to prevent your tree from dehydrating you can get one that is flocked.
"One way to keep that from happening is you can do a flocked tree, which is standing behind me. A flocked tree, that is a fire retardant. It keeps the tree from being flammable. And once you flock a tree you do not need to water anymore because what the flock does is seal the moisture inside the tree."
Knight says flocking a tree typically cost between 20 and 30 dollars. And According to Knight, many of the Christmas trees sold around this area are grown in the Carolinas. Often times they are grown on one side of a mountain there. Because of this, one side of the tree will receive direct sunlight while the other side doesn't get any.
"You want to look for at least one picture perfect side of a tree. That's the biggest viewing side, yes. But a lot of times, when I go and grade a tree we try to get a number one tree which is almost perfect all the way around," says Knight.
The placement of your Christmas tree is another factor that you should pay close attention to. Wherever you place your tree, it is important not to black any exits. Also, you should not place your tree under or over any of your heating or air conditioning vents.