Photos of the Baker Garden & Gift by Hillary Ehlen
There is something about bringing home a fresh-cut Christmas tree and filling your living room with the festive scent of pine that really gets you in the holiday spirit. Here’s what you need to know about getting your Christmas tree home for the holidays in the Fargo-Moorhead-West Fargo area.
Where To Buy
If you still haven’t bought one, here are 10 locations where you can purchase a live, fresh-cut Christmas tree in the Fargo-Moorhead area.
Baker Garden & Gift
2733 S University Drive, Fargo
Monday–Saturday from 9 a.m.–5 p.m. and Sunday from 12 p.m.–5 p.m.
Olivet Lutheran Church
1330 S University Drive, Fargo
Every weekday from 12-9 p.m.
Ole’s Nursery & Landscaping
2525 US-10, Moorhead
Monday–Saturday from 11 a.m.–5 p.m. and Sunday from 12 p.m.–5 p.m.
Faith United Methodist Church
909 19th Ave. N, Fargo
Every weekday from 5–8 p.m. and weekends from 10 a.m.–8 p.m.
Junkyard Brewing Company
1416 1st Ave. N, Moorhead
Monday–Thursday from 4–10 p.m., Friday from 4 p.m.–12 a.m., Saturday from 12 p.m.–12 a.m. and Sunday from 2–10 p.m.
Wolcyn Tree Farms & Nursery (Fargo Retail Lot)
Sanford Southpointe Clinic (2400 32nd Ave. S, Fargo)
Monday–Saturday from 9 a.m.–9 p.m. and Sunday from 12–9 p.m.
Living Waters Lutheran Church
4451 40th Ave. S, Fargo
The Home Depot
4700 17th Ave. S, Fargo
Monday–Saturday from 6 a.m.–9 p.m. and Sunday from 12–7 p.m.
Lowe’s Home Improvement
5001 13th Ave. S, Fargo
Monday–Saturday from 6 a.m.–9 p.m. and Sunday from 12–8 p.m.
1300 13th Ave. E, West Fargo
Monday–Saturday from 6:30 a.m.–9 p.m. and Sunday from 12–8 p.m.
Finding The Perfect Spot To Display
When deciding on a location for your live Christmas tree, select a spot that is cool, free from drafts and located away from any heat sources. This helps the tree retain moisture and remain healthy.
Tip: It’s not safe for cats or dogs to eat pine needles or drink Christmas tree water. Pick a location where it’s harder for pets to access and it’s easier to monitor them. Remember to always cover the tree stands to ensure their safety.
Before buying your tree, measure the available height and width of the area you’re planning to place your Christmas tree. Keep in mind that the taller the tree, the larger the base. Allow enough space between the tree and the ceiling for a tree topper.
Once you’ve found the perfect spot, it’s time for tree shopping!
Selecting The Best Tree
Selecting the perfect tree can be hard, definitely if it’s your first time visiting a tree farm. Here are a few tips and tricks for selecting the best tree for your buck.
- Fresh-cut trees have a limited life, usually last between four and six weeks, so purchase one that was recently harvested.
- Needles that look dull and listless can indicate dryness or age. Fir needles that are fresh and well-hydrated snap crisply when bent. Also, observe how much needle lose the tree has. While some needle loss is normal on any tree, it should retain the vast majority of its needles.
- Withered bark on the outer twigs and branches indicates excessive dryness.
- Look for a tree with even coloration. Some types of trees will go from deep green to a dull gray-green if they get too dried out.
- Look for space between branches. Ideal spacing between branches is at least 8 to 12 inches. It leaves enough room for decorations.
- If you tend to hang heavy ornaments, lightly pull on the tree branches to test their strength.
- Inspect fresh-cut trees for the presence of mechanical injury and insects or other pests.
- Check for bottom branches. If there are large branches at the bottom of the tree, see if the lot attendant can remove these before you take it home and attempt to put it in your tree stand.
- Be sure to select a tree that can fit into your stand. Stands should have a minimum capacity of one quart of water for every inch of trunk diameter.
Caring For Your Tree
Some of the tips below were provided by Eric Baker and Phaidra Yunker of Baker Garden & Gift. You can read the full article at DesignandLivingMagazine.com.
- After you bring your live tree home, the first thing you should do is make a fresh cut on the end. Cut off about 2 inches from the bottom of the trunk before placing it in the stand with water. Newly-cut trees should be placed in water within one hour of cutting the trunk.
- Almost every tree stand has spikes in the middle that help the tree stay upright. Before adjusting the stand’s pegs, make sure the tree gets fully seated on the spikes.
- The first 72 hours after you make the cut are critical, so you have to make sure there is always water in the stand. By making that fresh cut, you expose living tissue that draws moisture up into the tree. Even though the tree no longer has roots, it still needs moisture to keep it looking healthy throughout the holiday season.
- If the needles on your tree become brittle and start falling off of the branches, you can cut a wedge-shaped notch into the trunk, which exposes more living tissue and allows the tree to absorb more water.
- Check water daily and make sure that the base of the tree is always covered. Trees can consume as much as a gallon or more of water per day, depending on the type and size of the tree. Make sure your stand has enough depth to keep the base of the trunk submerged in water at all times.
- Water your tree using plain tap water with no additives for best results.
- Using smaller, less heat-intensive Christmas tree lights — such a mini lights or LED lights — will reduce drying.
- Always unplug and turn off lights when leaving the house or going to bed, or use an automatic timer to turn lights off and on.
- Place a disposable bag under the tree and hide it beneath a tree skirt. Then, when it is time to take down your tree, you can just lift it up.
To learn more about ways to stay safe from fires during the holiday season, visit fargond.gov.
Recycle Your Christmas Tree
After the Christmas season has passed, consider recycling your live tree. The Fargo-Moorhead community offers curbside collection for all real Christmas trees. Place your trees beside your regular household garbage to be collected during the week of Jan. 7. A special truck will come and pick up the trees and wreaths for them to be chipped and made into a mulch. Residents can also drop off trees at the Fargo City Landfill, located at 4501 7th Ave. N. Remember to remove all plastic bags, lights and metal stands.
You can also bring your Christmas lights — the screw-in and LED type — to the hazardous waste building located at 606 43 1/2 St. N, Fargo, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m Monday through Friday through the end of January.