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Why Christmas Trees Could Cost More This Yr

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Look beyond “premium” grade trees, that are perfectly proportioned, to lesser grades that will have flaws, like a bare spot or two, Ms. Sidebottom said. You may situate the tree so the defect faces a wall.

Different varieties of trees are priced in another way. So if a noble or Fraser fir is simply too expensive, consider a Scotch pine, which could also be less pricey.

Skip extras like “flocking,” or the appliance of pretend snow to the tree. Some tree sellers offer it for a further fee. (Do-it-yourself kits can be found, but be prepared for some mess.)

While some shoppers enjoy visiting a farm to decide on a tree, big-box chain stores also sell Christmas trees and should offer lower prices as a approach to get customers within the door to make other purchases, Ms. Sidebottom said. About 29 percent of trees bought last 12 months were purchased at chain stores, in accordance with the association’s survey.

Some people prefer to skip the regular watering and stray pine needles and buy artificial trees, which look increasingly realistic. Prices range from a few hundred dollars to greater than a thousand, however the tree will be used for years, and lots of include built-in lights. Consumer Reports recently rated artificial trees.

Listed below are some questions and answers about Christmas trees:

Those that enjoy getting outdoors can lower your expenses by cutting down a tree on U.S. Forest Service land. You’ll need a permit, which costs $5 to $20 and is available online or at service offices. About 300,000 permits were sold in 2020, said Janelle Smith, a Forest Service spokeswoman. Some forests designate areas for cutting, while others offer more flexible guidelines. “The children like it,” she said.

Many “select and cut” tree farms, where shoppers select a tree that’s cut down for them, allow customers to do the chopping, Ms. Sidebottom said. You may seek for locations near you on the Real Christmas Tree Board website.

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