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Where to chop down your own 2022 Christmas tree: Virginia Tree Farms

VIRGINIA – Families in Northern Virginia looking to cut down their own Christmas tree have many options to choose from. Children of all ages can chat with Santa Claus on many farms. Others offer petting zoos, hay wagons, face painting exhibits, and seasonal treats.

If you want to choose your tree in a different area, there are many options nationwide. The Virginia Christmas Tree Growers Association, an association of growers and retailers, has about 100 members.

Some tips before you go: Bring your own saw. While some farms will loan or rent tools, there’s nothing worse than showing up with your kids and not having a saw or ax to chop down your tree. Also, bring cash with you. Many establishments do not accept or cannot process debit/credit cards.

Due to the nationwide Christmas tree shortage and high gas prices, we advise you to call ahead. Some farms may close early for the season once supplies run out.

Below are some of the Christmas tree farms in Northern Virginia.

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Friedrichsburg – Snead’s Farm Christmas Trees is packed with lots of seasonal fruits and veggies, plus the Christmas tree portion of the farm to cut your own in winter! Feel free to pet and feed the animals at this working farm.

Milford – Whispering Pines Nursery will be offering Fraser Fir, White Pine and Douglas Fir Christmas trees for finding and cutting between the Friday after Thanksgiving and December 22nd.

Nokesville – What better place for your Christmas tree this year than Evergreen Acres? Choose between White Pine, Scotch Pine and Norway Spruce. Enjoy complimentary hot cider and covered wagon rides.
Woodford – While Willow Oaks Farm is best known for the 900 varieties of daylilies they grow, the holiday season also brings out beautiful White Pine, Spruce and Scotch Pine Christmas trees. Don’t miss the special on-site Christmas gift shop.

Loudoun County has numerous tree farms. Country Loving Christmas Tree Farm in Leesburg opens on Black Friday and has White Pine, Scotch Pine and Norway Spruce. Enjoy hot cider and picnic areas. Middleburg Christmas Tree Farm has Blue Spruce, Douglas Fir and Norway Spruce. Bring your pet to choose your tree. Milltown Creek Farms in Lovettsville selected and cut from 100 acres of blue, white and Norway spruce; Douglas and Concolor fir; Scotch, White and Southern White Pine. Snickers Gap Tree Farm in Round Hill has Douglas Fir, Colorado Blue Spruce, Norway Spruce and wreaths from our own greenery and panoramic views of the Loudoun Valley. Blue Ridge Tree and Berry Farm, also in Lovettsvile, has Canaan Fir, Concolor Fir, Norway Spruce, Blue Spruce and Scots Pine cultivars. Ticonderoga Farms Tree Farm offers beautiful fresh wreaths, holly greens and sprays, white pine garlands and an incredible selection of beautiful fresh trees.

And here are more suggestions from Northern Virginia magazine:

Cox Farms in Centerville opens Friday November 25th – At Cox Farms you will find a huge selection of pre-cut Christmas trees as well as a Christmas market with wreaths, ribbons, garlands, mistletoe and decorations. Only pre-cut trees are available for purchase. All trees are inspected, pruned, shaken and baled by staff prior to your arrival. 15621 Braddock Road, Centerville

Krop’s Crops in Great Falls – Open daily from 10am to 6pm. A selection of pre-cut fir trees ranging in height from 5 to 14 feet will be available for purchase this year. While you wait for the staff to prune and load your tree for you, peruse the selection of poinsettias, wreaths, Christmas decorations and firewood. 11110 Georgetown Pike, Great Falls

Burnside Farms – Opens Friday November 25th When felling your own tree isn’t an option, Burnside Farms has the answer, pre-cut Virginia grown trees are shipped weekly and are available in a variety of sizes. Tree stands, fresh wreaths and garlands are also available for purchase. 4905 James Madison Highway, Haymarket

Almost Heavenly Christmas Trees in Alexandria – Opens in North Ridge December 2-4 and December 9-11; Opened at National Landing on December 3rd and 4th. Staff will be on hand to help you find the perfect choice for your home. Online ordering and prepayment are also available. North Ridge: 2911 Cameron Mills Rd., Alexandria; National landing address TBA

Greenstreet Gardens of Virginia – Opening Date TBA. In search of the perfect tree, guests can also visit a gift shop and a garden center. 1721 W. Braddock Rd., Alexandria

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Here’s a map of Christmas tree farms, courtesy of the National Christmas Tree Association; You can filter the results by options, e.g. B. Select and fell tree farms, pre-cut trees, gift shops, hay carts and more.

The main species of Christmas trees grown in Maryland are Scotch pine, white pine, blue spruce, Douglas fir, and Fraser fir.

The National Christmas Tree Association has several recommendations for finding the right tree, starting with measuring your space.

Before you go:
Measure your ceiling height. You don’t want a tree that is too tall or too wide. That means you need to know what size tree to get before you get to the property. A 10 foot tall tree is usually about 8 feet wide at the bottom.

Before you arrive, inquire about the price and payment methods so you don’t get an unwelcome surprise when it’s time to pay. Prices vary from farm to farm. Some tree farms measure and price their trees individually, others have a set price.

Other National Christmas Tree Association tips to keep in mind:

  • Test the branches and needles for freshness. Pass a branch through your clasped hand. If the needles come off easily, avoid. Bend the outer branches, and if they are not pliable, keep moving. On the other hand, if branches break easily, the tree is probably too dry.
  • Look for other signs of dryness or deterioration: excessive needle shedding, discoloration, musty odor, needle flexibility, or wrinkled bark.
  • Trust your gut feeling.

Before you buy a live tree, you need to check how fresh the tree is and be prepared to keep it submerged so it doesn’t dry out and become a fire hazard.

Need advice on choosing the right tree? Click here to learn what to look for in a Christmas tree.

How to take care of your living Christmas tree

pluck the tree

  • Choose a tree with fresh, green needles that won’t fall off when touched.

placing the tree

  • Before placing the tree in the stand, cut off 2 inches from the base of the trunk.
  • Make sure the tree is at least 3 feet away from heat sources such as fireplaces, radiators, candles, heat vents, or lights.
  • Make sure the tree isn’t blocking an exit.
  • Be sure to add water to the tree stand daily.

Light the tree

  • Use lights that have a label from a recognized testing laboratory. Some lights may only be used indoors, others only outdoors. So choose the right lights for the location.
  • Replace any string lights with worn or broken wires or loose lamp connectors. Read the manufacturer’s instructions for the maximum number of light strings to connect.
  • Never use candles to decorate the tree.
  • Always turn off the Christmas tree lights before you leave the house or go to bed. This applies to both artificial and live Christmas trees.

watering the tree

  • Ask questions about the trees. Ask the dealer when they will get the trees: will they be delivered once at the beginning of the season or multiple deliveries throughout the season? Frequently, a tree that is received shortly after arriving at the retail site is very fresh, having recently been felled.
  • Do a branch/needle test for freshness. Thread a twig through your closed hand – the needles should not easily detach. Bend the outer branches – they should be pliable. If they are brittle and break easily, the tree is too dry.
  • Look for other signs of dryness or deterioration. Signs may include: excessive defoliation, discolored foliage, musty odor, pliable needles and wrinkled bark. If none of the trees on the property look fresh, move to another property.
  • Displaying trees in water in a traditional reservoir-type stand is the most efficient way to maintain freshness and minimize needle loss problems.
  • To display the trees indoors, use a stand with adequate water holding capacity for the tree. As a general rule, stalls should provide 1 liter of water per inch of trunk diameter. Devices are available to help maintain a constant water level.
  • Use a stand that fits your tree. Avoid trimming the sides of the trunk to fit a stand. The outer layers of wood absorb water best and should not be removed.
  • Make a fresh cut to remove about a half inch thick slice of wood from the base of the trunk before placing the tree in the stand. Make the cut perpendicular to the trunk axis. Drilling a hole in the base of the trunk will not improve water absorption. If you are at home, put the tree in water as soon as possible. Most species can walk 6 to 8 hours after the stem is cut and still take on water.

After Christmas

Although Christmas tree fires are not common, they are usually very serious when they do occur. Dispose of your tree after Christmas or when it is dry. Dead trees are a fire hazard and should not be left in the home or garage, or placed outside against the home. Contact your local community to find a recycling program.

The US Consumer Product Safety Commission conducted a live Christmas tree burn to demonstrate how quickly Christmas tree fires ignite when needles become brittle from too little water.

Trees can be fully devoured in seconds, then ignite everything in the flames’ path. In comparison, an electric fire lit on a well-watered tree for the demonstration did not spread at all.

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