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Picking Out The Perfect Christmas Tree

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By Joey Martin

Twin Falls, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) We're just weeks from Christmas, which means if you haven't set up your tree yet... Now is the time to do it!

Joey Martin for Idaho's First News has tips on picking out the perfect tree.

That's this week's Grow Southern Idaho.

Before you buy a Christmas tree there's one question to ask yourself… real or fake?

Ask an expert and they'll tell you... Nothing beats the real tree experience!

"Nothing matches a live Christmas tree for the fragrance you bring into your house and the festivity of the season."
Said Derek Ruhter from Webb Nurseries.

Derek Ruther works at Webb Nurseries.

He says there's more than one type of tree to choose from.

"We carry the Frasier Fir, which is a tree that's a Fir tree that's mildly fragrant. It has strong branches for holding ordainments.
The other type of tree we carry is the Noble Fir, which is another tree with strong branches for ordainments. And they're very strong branches too... they're more horizontally spaced. "
Said Ruhter.

Once you've decide which kind of tree you want.

Ruhter says there are a few simple things to keep in mind when picking out the perfect tree.

"Generally you want to see if the needles are holding on... they can run their hand over the branches and see if the needles are staying on the tree.
After that its personal preference, so do I want a sparse tree or do I want a full tree? What the shape I'm looking for?
There's a wide variety."
Said Ruhter.

Once you choose a tree, keeping the needles green is the next challenge.

"The key is to make it a fresh cut, right prior to you just setting it up in your house. Taking the bottom edge of the base off the trunk so that it can be taking up water.
And then once you get it in your house and stood up... making certain that you keep water in your tree stand."
Said Ruhter.

Simple steps to make your Christmas a little brighter.

Trees typically range from $5 to $10 a foot.

Webb nursery is selling them at a flat rate.

A 5 to 6 foot tree will set you back an even 40 bucks.