It's time to decorate your NYC abode for the holidays. If you're looking forward to rocking around the Christmas tree this year, it's time to go tree shopping.
Torn between getting a real (sweet-smelling but messy) tree or an artificial one? We talked to Tyler Kupper and Brian Millman, proprietors of Tyler's Trees, about the advantages of a real Christmas tree and how to find and care for one.
When should I buy my tree?
Tyler and Brian: Buy your tree at least a day before you want to decorate it. With proper care, the tree will last through the holidays if purchased after Thanksgiving. Most trees come bound and it takes a full day for a tree's branches and leaves to fall into their resting and thus easier to decorate.
How can I tell that a tree is fresh and healthy?
Tyler and Brian: Take a branch and run your hand from the base to the end. If you have a hand full of needles, your tree is not as fresh as you would like.
Which is the best variety of real tree for an NYC apartment?
Tyler and Brian: A Douglas Fir or a Spruce tree are equally conducive to an apartment.
How should I care for my tree once I get it home?
Tyler and Brian: It's important to carefully monitor the water level. NYC apartments tend to be warmer and dryer than suburban houses. Don't be surprised if your tree is thirsty and requires water on a daily basis.
More NYC Christmas Tree Resources
- Your NYC Christmas Tree Buying Guide -- Here's everything you need to know to find the perfect Christmas tree -- real or fake -- for your New York apartment.
- Tyler's Trees Review -- Read our review of Tyler's Trees, an NYC business that can deliver a real Christmas tree and set it up for you.