Fir trees, Douglas or Fraser, and Scotch pines are most commonly used as Christmas trees and tend to last longer than other varieties. Scotch and white pines are economical, while a fir tree is twice as expensive.
When choosing your tree, look for one with a straight trunk, the correct height and width, and always check the branches for dryness. Before bringing the tree inside, cut 1/2 or 1 inch off the trunk so that the tree can absorb water when placed in a stand; check the water level daily.
Now, for the last-minute shoppers.
Gardeners love presents that remind them of the season that is awaiting them – spring.
Gloves are essential, and Nitrile gloves are around $7 a pair. Pocket snippers cost about $10; antique watering cans make watering plants easy and can add interest to the landscape when placed in gardens.
Plant identification markers highlight your most interesting plants. A good source for these is the Engraved Garden Path Markers in Evansville. Kneeling benches are excellent for those who have problems kneeling on the ground and can also become seats for those who have problems getting up and down.
A lightweight garden hose also is an excellent gift. The one I have expands when I turn on the water and recoils when I shut it off.
A few more items to delight your gardening friends include stepping stones to create a path through their garden, potting soil, compost, fertilizer and rose food.
If all else fails, you might try a gift card so your friends can visit their favorite garden center.
“If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant.”
– Anne Bradstreet