Our family has always made it a tradition to go out in to the country and cut our own Christmas tree – just like they did on National Lampoons’ Christmas Vacation, (only without the fire) We have listed below several places that offer live trees. Contrary to popular belief, cutting down a live tree is not bad for the environment. (See our last paragraph for more on this.) It’s a great way to show your kids where trees come from and teach that there is more to this world than just sidewalks and streets.
Don’t worry about bringing anything because saws are always provided. However, you will want to have warm boots, warm gloves and warm hats, depending upon the weather. We always take at least an hour to pick out our tree, then you have to cut it and bring it up to the front, which will take more time as well. You will find there is a dead, peaceful stillness out in the country that you can’t find anywhere else. Some places have lots according to size, and you might want to ask about this before going back to find your tree. Also, beware of place that “dye” their trees, this is a tale – tale sign the trees aren’t healthy.
When picking out your tree, you will need to keep in mind the space you have including height and width. The trees look a lot smaller outside than they do when you get inside. You will also want to pick out the kind of needles you prefer. Make sure you look at all four sides of the tree, and make sure there is a single straight trunk. We like to pick out a tree that is full of a lot of branches, and has the soft needles. Certain trees are better for certain kinds of lights as well.
Be sure you go to a place that has a shaker. If you don’t, you’ll have needles all over the room after Christmas is over. The tree farms will also wrap your tree to make it for a safe voyage home. This is not suggested if the weather has been below freezing for a while, because it will cause the needles and branches to break. After searching, cutting, and bringing it to the front, your tree gets measured, shaken and wrapped and you pay per foot. Most outdoor trees range from $45 – $65 or more. They will help you get your tree on top of your car, or inside the back of your car. If you have a hatchback, you can leave the window open and have the top sticking out the back. (the kids love this)
Also, your tree will need a lot of water when it gets home. Make sure you water it right away (we put it in a bucket of water right away.) The trees have a natural tendency to cover up any cut with it’s own sap, and if you wait too long, the tree will actually block any water from coming in. If you’re not ready to bring it inside, you can keep your tree outside for several days. You will also want to water your tree every day. And, you will need a tree holder that can hold water in the bottom. Larger trees can take up to a gallon or more a day! We sometimes let the tree adjust to warmer temperatures in the garage before bringing it inside.
After the first few days, your tree will take less water, and continue to decrease it’s intake, but continue to keep watering. Also, spraying the tree with a plant watering spray will also keep it fresh and alive. Humidity in the room will also help. If you can find them now, there are automatic tree watering systems that will keep the tree watered for days. (or make your own, but that’s another story)
Now, for taking down your live tree. What do you do with the tree after Christmas. Some people just put the tree out on the curb and let the city take it. However, if you have a large yard, and / or a pond, you can just put it out back and let the birds and wildlife benefit from your tree, and remove it in the Spring.
It can provide cover for small animals, and for fish in the pond. The pine cones provide food and cover for the birds.
Dudeck’s Pine Country Nursery, 9255 N. 300 E. Rolling Prairie , 219-778-4805. Dudeck’s Pine Country Christmas tree farm has been a family owned and operated business for over 60 years. The many years of growing quality pine, fir, and spruce has made Dudeck’s the place to go for beautiful Christmas trees, wreaths, grave blankets, greens, roping, and more for hundreds of families each year. www.dudeckspinecountry.com/
Guse’s Tree Farm, 6177 W. 1450 S. Wanatah, 219-733-9346. Guse Christmas Trees is dedicated to making your trip memorable with over 50 acres of Fraser Fir and Douglas Fir available for your choosing. On special weekends, you’re sure to enjoy the horse-drawn wagon rides and Santa visits (See Website). Also, peruse the craft shop for special gifts along with wreaths, garland, center pieces and more. www.gusechristmastrees.com
Hensler Nursery, 5717 N. 750 E, Hamlet, 219-867-4192. Hensler’s is A 300-acre nursery where beautiful, fresh Christmas trees are grown. You can choose from Fraser Fir, White Pine, or Scotch Pine. Also, visit the Christmas Barn to shop for gifts and live greenery like wreaths, kissing balls, and garland – all made fresh by hand. Hensler Nursery is looking forward to celebrating the Christmas Season and making your holidays special. www.henslernurseryindiana.com
McClure Tree Farm, 4677 N 525 W, LaPorte, IN 46350, 219-363-7689. Family owned and operated since 2007, McClure Christmas Tree Farm is a place to take the entire family (dog friendly) to have a holiday experience that is sure to bring a smile to everyone’s face. Cut down or pick your own tree, take a hayride around the farm, sit by the fire, or shop around in the Christmas Shoppe located in the refurbished dairy barn www.mclurechristmastrees.com
Salisbury Pines, 12299 S. Long Lane, Hanna, 219-797-4745. Known for it’s very large trees, 4 different kinds.
Egolf Christmas Trees, Inc, Call ahead, some types are sold out. Their tree fields remain closed for the 2023 season. Unfortunately they do not have trees in the 6-9 foot height range and it is looking like it may take a few more years before they do. Trees grow slowly (less than 1 foot per year) and regrowing our inventory will not be a quick process. They are taking big steps to take advantage of low inventory and plan out fields for future plantings. They hope that when we return to selling trees our fields are more enjoyable and beautiful than ever! We appreciate your understanding and support as they navigate these next few years . 14594 S. & 700 W. Wanatah, 219-733-2143. Facebook or www.egolfchristmastrees.com
Glasgow Christmas Tree Farm, 7719 S. Sand Rd., Union Mills, IN 46382, 219-608-0645, frazier fir, douglas fir, colorado blue spruce, scotch pine, norway spruce, concolor fir, Facebook
Hennigs Christmas Tree Farm, CLOSED FOR THE 2023 SEASON 1.4 Mi west of Halleck St on Division Rd., Demotte, IN, 219-510-7320 Facebook Page.
Hennings Christmas Tree Farm, (Pre-cuts Only) 7160 W. 1400 N, Demotte, 1.4 miles We of Halleck on Division Rd, 219-510-7320, They will have pre cuts available ranging from 7ft-9ft, as well as wreaths and grave blankets! They will be taking orders for grave blankets so please message them if you are interested in one. Please bring your whole family to pick out your tree, enjoy a nice hot cocoa by the fire, and enjoy a few fun activities for the kids Facebook
Lee’s Trees: 15284 N. 300 West, Wheatfield, IN, 46392, No U – Cut trees in 2023; pre-cut trees cost $10 per foot. Cash and check only. Santa appearing on Saturdays. 219-869-8573; www.facebook.com/leevvtrees
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