Experience the Magic of Christmas by selecting and cutting your own tree. It doesn't get any fresher than that at Maple Hill Farm Barton Vermont! Our sturdy Balsam and Fraser trees thrive in the farm's rich soil and love the Northeast Kingdom's cold climate.
We grow more than 11,000 trees, so we literally have thousands to choose from, ranging in height from 4 to 9 feet tall. Cut Your Own Christmas trees are available annually from Black Friday through December--while mature trees last. Sleds and bow-saws are provided for your convenience.
We invite you to kick off your Holiday Season by choosing and cutting the perfect Christmas tree from our picturesque farm!
Fraser Firs (Abies fraseri) are sought after for their naturally pyramidal shape, dense branches, longevity, and their soft, two-tone dark green needles with a silver underside. Mildly fragrant, their strong branches tend to retain their needles longer, making them ideal for decoration lovers with a plethora of ornaments. And just think, no more getting pricked when hanging them!
The iconic Balsam Fir (Abies balsamea) with its spicy fragrance, shiny dark green needles, and conical shape, makes a beautiful holiday tree. It is the most aromatic of all the firs.
At Maple Hill Farm Barton Vermont we use Balsam boughs to make our festive Artisan Wreaths, available at the farm or in our online store.
When you bring your tree home, saw a couple inches off the bottom of the trunk before setting in water. When trees are cut, pitch oozes out and seals the pores. By sawing off the base, you will open up the pores, and the tree will be able to absorb water.
Watering is critical. A freshly-cut tree can consume a gallon of water in 24 hours!
Fill the tree stand with water and keep it filled.
Never let the water level go below the tree’s base.
Indoors, keep the tree away from heating ducts or other heat sources. In fact, the lower the temperature, the better the tree will do.
One old Vermonter we knew always packed his tree stand with well-watered soil and planted the tree in the mixture. The soil should be kept wet.
Some people add aspirin or sugar to the water; we can’t say whether either helps. Again, water is the vital element.
For full article, go to the Farmer's Almanac.