24 Oct Transporting Your Christmas Tree Home
Spending time researching and finding your perfect tree could all be wasted if you don’t take care while getting it home. For the best possible care we’d recommend opting for the delivery service, if your retailer offers one. But it is possible to do it yourself and transporting it properly can help avoid damage to its branches and needles and will keep your tree in great condition until you get it home.
Most reputable Christmas tree retailers will at least have a bailing device. A funnel that the tree can be passed through to be wrapped in netting. Wrapping your tree for the journey home is essential to protect its branches and foliage. If your retailer doesn’t provide a free bailing service we’d see this as an indicator that they’ll be lax in other areas of caring for your tree before you get it and so we’d strongly recommend finding another retailer.
If bailing isn’t available and you have no other choice of retailer, then make sure you have a large blanket or tarp available so you can wrap the tree yourself. Without the branches being held firmly together, attempting to transport a Christmas tree in a trailer or on top of your car or even trying to squeeze it inside the car will only lead to broken branches, missing foliage and will certainly affect its shape.
When you’re transporting your tree in a trailer or on top of your car, always make sure the tree is positioned so that the base of the trunk is pointing in the direction of travel. This will prevent the wind from damaging the branches. Wrapping it in a blanket or tarp is also a good idea, even if it has already been bailed by the retailer. As you drive, the tree will be rushing through the air, so this simple step will shield its foliage from the possibility of drying out on the way home.
There are steps you can take to protect your tree even if you’re transporting it inside your car and the wind is not a factor. Obviously don’t try and squeeze your tree into your car. If it doesn’t fit, opt for a smaller tree. Also, keep the heat at a cool to comfortable level on the journey which will help avoid any unnecessary drying out. It may make the journey slightly colder but your tree is not likely to recover from any lost moisture and you can always wear an extra layer.
Don’t leave your tree unattended in a car for any length of time, especially if it’s sunny. The sun will cause the heat in the car to rise, causing moisture to be released from the tree, causing humidity in the car to rise, which will be further heated by the sun, causing more moisture to be lost… you get the picture. It’s just not worth it.
As mentioned above, by far the best option is to have your Christmas tree delivered to you. But we’ve found that this service doesn’t really exist in Northern Ireland. Either the shop you buy your tree from doesn’t do deliveries at all, or if you manage to find somewhere online that delivers Christmas trees, then you don’t have any chance to choose your tree.
This is the main reason why Fir recently expanded from Dublin to Belfast. We give you the best of both worlds. Your tree will be delivered safe and sound and you’ll even be able to choose from a selection right on your doorstep. And that’s not all. This is a totally free service. All you pay for is the tree.