Choosing the perfect Christmas tree

December 3, 2008 12:00:00 AM PST
Oh Christmas tree? oh Christmas tree? How much are you going to cost this year? Leigh Glaser visits with Eric Fisher of The Guardsmen Tree Lot in San Francisco and learns how to choose the perfect Christmas tree on a budget.

The Guardsmen Tree Lot is located at the entrance to the Fort Mason Center at the intersection of Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street in San Francisco's Marina District. Open Nov. 29th -- Dec. 21st, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. To order a tree call 415.771.7747. For more information, click here.

Christmas tree tips:

Two most popular trees are Noble Fir and Frasier Fir.

The Noble Fir has fuller, thicker needles. The Frazier Fir is not as a full, has thinner needles and is not as wide.

The important thing to look for in a tree is that it is healthy. You can test the health of the tree by grabbing a branch and bending it backwards. A healthy tree branch will not break. It is also important to check that needles are strong and don't fall off too easily.

To keep your tree living for as long as possible, it is important that you water it every single day. Despite popular belief, putting an aspirin in the water does not keep your tree fresh. All it does is rust your metal stand.

The average tree price is about $65 or $10 per foot.


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