Great-Looking Greenery

Tips and tidbits on holiday trees, wreaths and decorative greens

with David Christopher, Snow’s Garden Center Manager

With less than three weeks until the big day, it is prime time for getting, trimming and enjoying your Christmas trees. And of course we can’t forget the tree’s posse – wreaths and greens for adding all those wonderful holiday touches to your home! Here are my thoughts on making the most of your fresh holiday decor.


Fraser Fir or Balsam?

All of the freshly cut trees at Snow’s are North Carolina Fraser Firs. Although Balsam has a stronger scent, many years of buying and caring for Christmas trees has taught me that Fraser needles just hold up better. Our basic wreaths are also made with Fraser Fir, but since wreaths are smaller and don’t require much maintenance, you can really go in any direction here. We carry an assortment of wreaths made of boxwood, white pine, blueberry juniper and noble fir, plus an assortment of decorated mixed green wreaths. And, we are lucky to have the talented Cheryl Bolton on duty to customize any type of wreath you want!


 fraser trees


An abundance of greens

For other greenery, we have an assortment of swags, tips and bundles made from boxwood, holly, cedar, silver fir, white pine, fraser fir and noble fir. There’s a large selection of colorful holiday planters in several sizes to choose from as well – planters filled with fresh greens is a wonderful way to decorate any entryway. In addition to the greens, we also have birch branches, red twig dogwood branches, eucalyptus branches, kissing balls, roping and mistletoe to round out the holiday decoration selections. And again, if you want a custom design, Cheryl is here to help!


holiday trees and planters
Photo from 5th and State


TLC for your tree

Since Christmas trees are cut in late October, it’s best to buy them early. Here are our tips for keeping them fresh and healthy until Christmas day and beyond:


Pick a safe spot

Before you get your tree, designate a safe space that is clear of any open flames or heat sources, which may dry it out prematurely. If your ideal spot is in front of a picture window, make sure to pull the shades during the day to keep the tree out of direct sunlight.


Make sure your tree has a fresh cut

All the trees we sell at Snow’s get a fresh cut on the bottom, after which it is wrapped in netting and tied securely to the purchaser’s vehicle


Get the tree into water ASAP

The most important part of keeping a live Christmas tree healthy is making sure it gets enough water from the start. Leaving it outside for awhile in a bucket of water will help the tree soak up any lost moisture from being cut down. Once it’s inside, expect it to guzzle – it’s not unusual for a tree to absorb up to a full gallon of water in 24 hours. It’s imperative that the water doesn’t dry up during this period. If it does – and it only takes once – the base of the trunk will develop a natural seal that prevents it from drinking in more water. After the initial watering, you should check the water level twice a day for the first week, then daily from then on.


Use a tree preservative

Adding a preservative (like Prolong®) to the water in your tree stand to help keep it green and healthy. You can also dip your fresh greens in a bucket with tree preservative, letting them air out before decorating. This will go a long way toward preserving the needles and ensuring a long shelf life.


Keep your evergreen “green”

Once your tree has fulfilled its job as holiday spirit maker inside your home, make sure to dispose of it in an environmentally-friendly fashion. Fortunately, most transfer stations on Cape Cod accept Christmas trees to be ground up for compost.




Happy holidays!