As we head into December, many of you are probably planning your tree-finding adventures! Here are a few tips on transporting your Christmas tree, and how to have the best experience possible. Finding a tree should be fun and exciting for your friends and family; just make sure you don’t forget the hot chocolate! You should be sure to dress warmly, and bring tough gloves for holding and carrying the tree. You might also want to bring a piece of cardboard or a garden kneepad to kneel on while you’re cutting.
Be sure to bring along a tarp and good, high-strength rope or netting, too. If you’re hauling your tree home inside your SUV or van, you’ll want to lay the tarp down to protect your interior. If you’re going to bring it home on the roof, you should drive a vehicle with cross-rails or a roof rack to avoid damaging the paint. Mounting the tree properly is very important to ensure a safe drive home!
When you’ve picked out your Christmas tree, bind it up tightly with netting or rope. Losing bits of your tree can leave dangerous road debris behind you! It also makes your tree easier to wrangle up onto the roof. When you’re loading it, put the stump end of the tree toward the front of the vehicle. It’s best to lay it directly on top of your cross rails, then loop your rope or heavy twine around it. Repeat the loops to secure the trunk with a figure-eight motion around the cross rails. You want to secure the tree tightly. Don’t worry about hurting it: your tree is more protected tied down tightly than left loose on the drive home.
Once you’re sure the tree won’t move around, put on your favorite holiday playlist and head home! Try to use secondary roads and avoid highways. Slower speeds will keep your tree intact, and debris on the highway can be dangerous for other drivers. Once you get home, set the tree up in a stand that holds water to keep it fresh and piney through the holidays!
Local Christmas Tree and Holiday Goodies near Forest Lake, MN
Remember, you can find lots of great Christmas tree farms and local goodies near you! Check out some of the local farms and events you can visit this holiday season. We hope you all have a safe and wonderful adventure finding your Christmas tree!
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