Pick Your Own Christmas Tree

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Fresh sprigs on a beautiful pine tree. Photo by Aureliy Movila via Free Images.

Winter is a magical time of year for many Long Islanders, and one of the most time-honored ways for families to enjoy some holiday wonder together is by picking out a Christmas tree. Lucky for residents, there are many tree lots and farms all across the Island, providing residents a choice of pre-cut and “you-pick” pines to take home!

When visiting a lot it is important to account for the freshness of trees—you don’t want those needles turning brown before Santa visits. To test the health of a pine, gently grab hold of a branch and pull your hand back toward your body; green needles should slip through your fingers without falling to the ground. You can also lift the tree off the ground and tap it on a hard surface to make sure the needles don’t fall off—it’s alright if dead, brown needles come loose, but a healthy tree will keep hold of the green ones.

Of course, freshness is essentially guaranteed if you choose to cut down your own tree instead of picking one up from a lot. If you’re not comfortable cutting the tree down yourself many farms will have staff members ready to lend a hand, otherwise you can grab a saw and start hacking away once you find the perfect fit. Before you chop one down, however, you should give it a few shakes to make sure insects or field mice haven’t made a home of the pine you’ll be putting in your own house. A vigorous shaking after you’ve cut the tree should be worth the effort as well.

Once you get the tree home, you’ll want to make sure it gets plenty of water. Having a stand with a large reservoir will help, but you’ll want to check frequently to make sure your Christmas tree is staying hydrated. As a general rule of thumb, the thickness of the trunk’s diameter in inches has a 1:1 correlation to the number of quarts of water it can consume in a day. Unplugging the Christmas lights before you go to bed can also prevent the tree from drying out too early. It's also very important to be aware of fire and safety hazards.

A Christmas tree filled up with baubles, ribbons and ornaments! Photo by Dave Dyet via Free Images.

The following are lots and farms which will be selling Christmas trees in the buildup to December 25th:

Borellas Farm Stand
485 Edgewood Avenue, Saint James
(631) 862-7330
Brightwaters Farms
1624 Manatuck Boulevard, Bay Shore
(631) 665-5411
Carter Christmas Tree Farm
123 North Country Road, Miller Place
(631) 331-4699
Corwin Farms – Little Red Farm Stand
271 Yaphank-Middle Island Road, Middle Island
(631) 205-9579
Dank's One Block of Christmas Trees
5800 Old Sunrise Highway, East Massapequa
(631) 254-0059
Dart's Christmas Tree Farm
2355 Main Bayview Rd., Southold
(631) 765-4148
Dees Nursery & Florist
69 Atlantic Avenue, Oceanside
(516) 676-3535
Elwood Christmas Tree Farm
1500 E Jericho Turnpike, Huntington
(631) 368-8626
Lewin Farms
812 Sound Avenue, Wading River
(631) 929-4327
Matt's Christmas Tree Farm
309 Weeks Avenue, Manorville
(631) 875-1465
Mike's Christmas Tree Farm
323 Weeks Avenue, Manorville
(631) 874-3551
Muller's Christmas Tree Farm
338 Woodland Ave, Manorville
(631) 878-1060
North Fork Preserve Christmas Tree Farm
1884 Sound Ave, Calverton
(631) 369-9592
Paul's Christmas Tree Farm
240 Frowein Road, Center Moriches
(631) 878-8645
Prianti Farms
47 East Deer Park Road, Dix Hills
(631) 499-0772
Santa's Christmas Tree Farm
30105 Main Road, Cutchogue
(631) 734-8641
Shamrock Christmas Tree Farm
20685 Main Rd., Mattituck
(631) 298-4619
Tilden Lane Farm
48 Wyckoff Street, Greenlawn
(631) 261-0082
Windy Acres Farm
3810 Middle Country Road, Calverton
(631) 727-4554
Zuhoski Farms
11825 Oregon Road, Cutchogue
(631) 734-5036

Please call the individual farms for hours of operation, types of trees, pricing and directions.