Finding out that the Christmas tree you picked is somehow almost completely bare on one side or is dropping all its needles is not something you want to happen a couple of days before the big day. Here's a couple of things you need to ask yourself when choosing a tree to ensure that you're getting your money's worth!
- Is the tree wrapped in netting?
Wrapping a tree in netting can severely damage the branches, especially if they have softer needles.
Netting is also sometimes used by sellers to hide faults in trees, such as an uneven shape or bare sides.
If you can, avoid buying trees wrapped in netting as there is too much uncertainty about what you're buying.
If you can't avoid it, make sure to unwrap the tree as soon as you can, and try to get the seller's details so you can complain if you need to.
- What do the needles look like?
If the needles on a tree look pale, dry, or wilted, absolutely do not buy it!
If you're unsure, run your hand along a couple of the branches and see if any needles fall - most Christmas trees do drop some needles, but not in significant amounts.
You can even lift the tree and gently tap it on the ground to make sure all of the needles won't fall off.