Yule Forest Christmas Tree Farm has provided trees for the community for the past 34 years, according to co-owner Allen Grant.
“The farm started out as a Christmas tree farm,” he said. “That was our main business in the very beginning.”
Grant and his father were partners of the business for eight years before himself and his wife, Susie, took over the farm. They have owned it for the past 26 years.
Christmas tree seekers will find that Yule Forest has a wide variety of trees including the most popular Frasier Firs, Virginia Pines and Leyland Cyprus.
Trees start at the $24 to $28 range and increase based on height.
Once customers arrive at the farm, they have two options.
“You can either take a saw and one of the tree cart racks, wheel it out in the farm and walk through the field and pick out the height you like,” said Grant. “Or you can pick a pre-selected tree from the main station.”
Grant said more people opt to pick and cut down their own tree.
Yule Forest also has wreaths, garlands and tree stands for sale.
Those who visit the farm can also partake in the hayrides, stop by the petting zoo with more than 40 animals and complimentary hot apple cider and candy canes.
Grant emphasized tree care for those who will be purchasing a tree for display in their homes throughout the holiday season.
His first tip is to make sure you start off with a fresh tree.
“Check the needles on the tree,” he said. “You should be able to take the end of the branches without it breaking. [The tree] should also be a nice green color and the needles shouldn’t be shedding.”
When the tree is settled in its location, Grant said to make sure the tree isn’t near a heat source, such as a fireplace, wood heater or vent from a heating system.
Not only does that place the tree at significant risk for a fire, said Grant, but it dries out the tree, possibly preventing it from staying alive for a long period of time.
Watering is another thing to pay attention to.
“When you get the tree home, you should cut off an inch of the trunk before placing it in water,” said Grant. “It’s not unusual for a tree to drink half a gallon of water if it is an eight-foot tree.”
Yule Forest is open seven days a week, from 9 a.m. to dusk.
The Christmas tree farm is at 3565 Highway 155 North in Stockbridge.
Information: (770) 954-9356 or www.aboutyule.com.