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Tree Cutting Tip

We supply the saw!

We will supply the bow saw to cut down your tree. It’s OK to bring your own Bow saw, chain saw or Sawsall. We have observed that most customers who bring a mechanized saw like the battery powered version.
Questions about cutting your own tree  1. Do we need to bring a saw?       No, we supply a sharp bow saw for you to cut a tree. But you can bring your own hand saw or chain saw. 2. Are all the trees the same cost in the field?     The trees in the field are the same price whether the trees is three feet tall or 16 feet tall. For example: In 2016, any Balsam Fir in the field cost  $42.50. You can cut any Balsam Fir on the farm for that price. Choose & Cut customers like the fact that they don't have to worry about picking out an exact size tree because of the one price system. Also, customers who like a larger tree (for homes with high ceilings) for the one price like our selection of large trees. 3. Do you have smaller trees that cost less?     Yes! We offer pre-cut trees that are displayed next to our Store. We cut fresh trees as they are needed (Bruce usually cuts lots of smaller pre-cuts on Saturday mornings before our big sales day). We have many smaller trees that people use for their children's room, a small tree for the kitchen, and small trees for decorating outside planters. The smaller trees are generally priced between $5 and $12.   4. Can we pre-tag a tree and come back later to cut it down?     No. Our farm is so large that we can not monitor the tagged trees to insure that it isn't cut by another customer. We have thousands of trees available and all customer find a tree! You can come early and look around and carefully mark a tree and hope that it is available when you come - but it seems that a tag on a tree is like a magnet to other buyers and they come to look at them right away! 5. Can I cut a tree and not put it up right away?     Sure. The best way to keep a tree fresh and in the best condition  is to put the tree up the same day you purchase it. But sometimes that is not practical. If you have to wait for a while before you have time to put up the tree, keep the tree wrapped so that the branches don't get damaged. The best place to store it is in a location that has no wind and the temperature is below freezing. It important to keep it out of the wind and sun to prevent it from drying out. The second best place is in a cool location (garage or basement) and put the wrapped tree in a pail of water. When you are ready to put the tree up - be sure to make a fresh cut on the bottom. 6. Should I add anything to the water to make the tree last longer?     The best thing for the tree is frequently watering. Several things influence the freshness of a cut Christmas tree: when it was cut, how it was stored, location of the tree in the house and the amount of water added to the stand. We recommend that you add hot water to the tree stand each time you water the tree. The hottest water from you tap, or right out of the tea kettle. The hot water seems to dissolve the pitch that forms on the bottom of the tree, and helps the tree absorb more water. We do sell a tree water additive if you feel it will help keep the tree fresher. 7. Which tree smells the best?     The Balsam Fir has the best fragrance. The Balsam (which is a native tree of Wisconsin) makes the entire house smell like Christmas! The Fraser Fir has very little fragrance because it loses very little moisture through its needles (I think that is why it stays fresher longer).     8. Which tree lasts the longest?     The Fraser Fir is the best tree for holding its needles and keeping its freshness. It is native to the mountains in North Carolina (where the weather is more wet than Wisconsin) and is a challenge to grow here. We use the branches of the Fraser Fir to make wreaths because the needles stay fresher longer. If you have a 'dry' house or warm rooms, the Fraser Fir would keep the longest. 9. Can we order Wreaths and Garland before we come?     Absolutely. We can never predict the weather or the number of customers we will have on a weekend. So we always have to guess how many wreaths to prepare. We try to have enough wreaths, but it is best to call ahead and reserve the size and quantity you need. See the Store page for wreath sizes and prices 10. How old is an 8 foot tree?     The tree is probably over 14 years old! We plant the seeds in a nursery in the late fall and let them grow for two years. They get to be about three inches tall. We dig them out and transplant them back into the nursery for two or three more years. We want to get a four or five year 'transplant' that is about 8-12 inches tall with lots of roots. We plant this 'transplant' in the fields. They grow slowly the first few years as they struggle to survive (maybe 3-6 inches per year). Once they get knee high, the growth can be 12 to 24 inches, but we cut back the growth to 14 inches so that the tree fills in. We usually say that a tree grows about a foot a year.

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