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Your New York City Christmas Tree

By December 12, 2012

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Christmas treeIt'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

  • 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.
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