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Measure your room, pull on boots and grab a tarp before heading to a Christmas tree farm

In this article from Cleveland.com, Davey gives tips for picking and maintaining the perfect Christmas tree.

Posted: Dec. 11, 2014   

By Julie Washington 

Some people swear that their live tree grows taller and wider on the way from the tree farm to home, said Nancy Kothera, co-owner of Rhodes Sisters Tree Farm in Huntsburg.

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Kothera thinks it's more likely that the family didn't measure the spot where their tree would be set up before coming to the tree farm. A tree is going to look bigger in the great outdoors than it will next to your sofa. It's also easy to misjudge the height of your ceiling.

Experienced tree-pickers arrive at the tree farm with a yardstick or tape measure, "so when you get home, the tree isn't bent over," she said. 

That's just one of several tips, listed here, on how to select, care for and plant a live Christmas tree. The tips and ideas come from the Davey Tree Expert Co. in Kent, the Holden Arboretum and Doityourself.com.

This story was originally published in 2013, and it accompanies a story on cleveland.com/insideout about the Rhodes Sisters Christmas Tree Farm.

1. Measure the space in your home where your tree will sit, available height and width. Once you bring your tree home, it will look larger inside than it did outdoors. To be safe, take a tape measure to the retail lot or tree farm.

2. Decide whether you want a cut tree or one with a burlapped root ball that can be planted later. You can keep a live tree in the house for about four days before planting it.

3. Look for a straight trunk and balanced foliage with no gaping holes.

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