Nothing captures the feeling of the holiday season more than the fragrant scent of a real Christmas tree. Here at Hicks Nurseries, we offer the finest and freshest trees available. Our selection includes thousands of premium grade balsam, fraser and blue fir trees. Ensure that your real tree will last throughout the Christmas season by following these tips:

How to Care for Your Real Christmas Tree

Choose a Quality Tree
At Hicks Nurseries you will find a huge selection of premium grade trees to choose from including:

  • Balsam Fir Live Christmas Trees have deep green soft needles. Known for its strong fragrance and shape, balsam fir trees are considered the classic Christmas tree.
  • Fraser Fir Live Christmas Trees are often the most popular choice. Frasers are known for their excellent needle retention, strong branches and fragrance.
  • Blue Fir Christmas Trees have a double needle look and a bluish-green color. They have good needle retention and a strong fragrance.

After purchasing your tree, one of our friendly sales associates will make a clean cut to the base of the tree, trim away stray branches and net and load the tree onto your vehicle at no charge.

Couple Choosing a Live Fresh Cut Christmas Tree

What Else Do I Need?
If you do not own a fresh cut tree stand, now would be the time to purchase one. We have a great selection in-stock. Choose a real Christmas tree stand that holds a gallon of water or more. Also, purchase a tree removal bag which will help to protect your floors and make clean up easier at the end of the season.

Hicks Nurseries in Nassau County, NY has everything you need to decorate your tree for the holidays including Christmas ornaments, garlands, light sets, stars and angels, ornament hooks and extension cords.

Once You Arrive Home
Keep your Christmas tree in a sheltered, unheated area such as a porch or garage to protect it from the wind and sun until you are ready to bring it indoors. Keep the trunk of the tree immersed in a bucket of water so that sap from the tree does not form over the cut stump and block the trees ability to absorb water. If it does, you’ll need to make a new cut prior to bringing the tree indoors.

Tree Set Up
Clear space in the room where you plan to display your Christmas tree. Spread the tree removal bag on the ground to protect floors and carpets from possible moisture. Then place your fresh cut tree stand on top of the bag. Bring the tree indoors and place it in the stand. Tighten the stands bolts and fill the base with water.

Watering Your Christmas Tree
In order to keep your Christmas tree fresh, it is very important to keep the tree stand filled with water. A seal of dried sap will form over the cut stump in four to six hours if the water drops below the base of the tree, preventing the tree from absorbing water later when the tree stand is refilled. If a seal does form, another fresh cut will need to be made or the tree will begin to wilt and drop its needles.

A tree will absorb as much as a gallon of water or more in the first 24 hours and one or more quarts a day thereafter. Water is important because it prevents the needles from drying and dropping off and the boughs from drooping. Water also keeps the tree fragrant.

Add Prolong Tree Preservative to the water to keep the sap running and your tree looking fresher, longer.

Nothing compares with the fragrance of a real Christmas tree in your home during the holidays. Bring the entire family down to Hicks Nurseries in Westbury. Our entire team of sales associates is here to help you find everything you need to make the holidays merry and bright for your family this Christmas season.


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