U-Cut Christmas Trees at our Farm

By: Sherwood's Forests  09-12-2011
Keywords: Pine, christmas tree, Scots Pine

Cut Your Own Christmas Tree

Pine trees are not traditional around here. Most people want a fir or a spruce for Christmas. A pine is more open. This is an advantage:

  • It holds more ornaments, although you have to extend the hooks with threads to really use the space well.
  • It doesn't block all the light in the window during the day.
  • It has a different scent from either fir or spruce.

Want to cut your own Christmas tree? We have a small supply of Scots pine suitable for Christmas trees. We also have a number of Colorado spruce that would make a nice tree for a condo or table top.

Prices for trees are $8 per foot. Cash or cheque. No plastic.

Hours and appointments

We are open the first three weekends in December for Christmas trees. Plan to arrive between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. (Days are short!) Please make an appointment. This is our first year doing this, so I like to take families out individually.

Frankly, blue spruce is a slow tree to grow for Christmas. Still, if it's gotta be a blue spruce I have a few. This is one of my worst ones, but one of the few I have that are over 5 feet. If a smaller tree will suit, we can find one that is a bit bushier than this.


Tools.

If you can, bring your own tools. You will need a bush saw or a handsaw. (No chainsaws) You may want a sled to carry the tree if we have snow.
Christmas trees tend to have pitch on them. Bring mittens or gloves, and wear a jacket that you don't care about. I can loan you a saw and a sled.

Other Attractions

If there is snow, you are welcome to use my sliding hill. It's about equivalent to the bunny slope at a ski hill but it is not groomed. Use at your own risk.

Time permitting, you can walk in our woods, explore the beginnings of our Christmas Tree maze. (Right now just trails mowed in the grass with 1 foot trees on one side of some trails.) If you will be needing trees for your acreage, we can start talking about that.

Live Trees

We have live trees. They are smaller than a conventional tree -- typically 2-4 feet. Bring the tree in it's pot inside. Spray with an anti-desicant such as 'Wilt Pruf' or 'Cloud Cover'. Available at garden stores as a spray.

Keep tree in coolest part of the room away from heating registers. You don't need a blast of hot air drying out your tree. Check to roots daily for drying out. You want them damp, but not soggy.

If it's only been inside for a week you can put it back outside. Let it acclimate in the garage for a few days, then lay it down and bury in snow on the north side of the house.

When the snow melts in spring, plant it.

If it is inside too long, it will think it's spring and will start growing. You can tell because the buds will start to swell. At this point you are better off to keep it as a house plant until spring. Keep it in a south facing window, and keep the roots moist but not soggy.

In spring, plant it, but after planting, monitor it carefully to keep it moist. You're planting it in the middle of it's growing season, so it's water demand will be higher than for a typical spring planted tree that is just coming out of dormancy.

Warning!

This is a working farm, not a city park. There are numerous small hazards.

  • The pond is only partially frozen over and is not fenced.
  • The ground is irregular. There are sticks, stumps, vines, twine, rocks, badger holes, coyote dens, gopher mounds.
  • There is wildlife: Moose (vistors), meadow mice, rabbits, a ton of birds. In addition I have dogs and cats. The animals are not toilet trained. Meadow miceare in a population surge this year. As far as I know they don't carry hanta virus. That's deer mice, which are less common.
  • Lots of plants have pointy bits that hurt. (Raspberries, dried thistles, wild roses)
  • One dog is old, half deaf, and doesn't like to be startled. She's only snapped at one person. The other is quite young and partially trained.
  • There is a gas lease road and not all the gas company truck drivers pay as much attention as they should.
  • Sometimes tools are left out.

If you have kids that listen to you and ask permission, it's great. If not, then have them on leash. The biggest hazard is the pond. Everything else is either improbable or amounts to scrapes and bruises.

No one has ever gotten hurt visiting my farm. But I did get one call from someone who expected us to be as safe as Edmonton City Parks.

We do NOT wholesale Christmas Trees.

My intent is to provide an old fashioned experience. My trees are not competative with commercial christmas tree growers working in milder climates.

Wholesale discounts do NOT apply to trees. Buy one, buy 10. Same price per foot of tree.


The information in this article was current at 06 Dec 2011

Keywords: christmas tree, Pine, Scots Pine

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Price includes digging the hole, placing the tree, mulching with heavy duty fabric mulch, watering in, and first dose of fertilizer. I can also arrange for small trees in small pots at most times of the year -- but it can take a year's notice to grow and pot them. One of my forests has a tiny clearing in it where a large poplar fell some years ago. This is planting on reasonably level ground where there is room for my auger.