Tips on finding a fresh Christmas tree in Maryland

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Chpping a Christmas treeAccording to the Department of Natural Resources website, the freshest Christmas trees are found at choose-and-cut tree farms, and there are many Christmas tree farms in Maryland. Visit the site see the listing of Maryland's Choose and Cut trees for 2012. The trees are grown as a crop, sheared every year for seven years to produce a more symmetrical shape, and cut when a purchaser selects one.

Read our story about chopping down your own tree.

Christmas trees sold at lots, often run by churches, scout groups and other service organizations, can also be very fresh. Even though the trees were most likely cut weeks in advance and shipped long distances, most will have been refrigerated for much of the time to keep them fresh. Many local service organizations buy their cut trees from Maryland growers, and these trees tend to be fresher yet.


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