If you want a real Christmas tree this year, go out on a limb and try one of these places
When you buy a tree from MCT they will donate $2 to support McAuley Community Services for Women and Kids Undercover. The traditional cut trees are grown on a farm outside Melbourne and are delivered to your door. Arrange a collection post-Christmas and trees are chipped and mulched. The Elf Package includes a 6ft hybrid radiata pine tree, delivery and installation for around $98.
0416 733 168.
If you want to buy a Christmas tree and support a good cause, go online and order your tree through the Scouts Victoria website. Christmas tree sales raise money for Scouts activities and programs, equipment and building maintenance. Various Scout Groups across Melbourne offer a home delivery service.
03 8543 9800.
Pick your own fresh tree at North Pole Christmas Tree Farm. Trees range from 2ft to 15ft tall. You can also buy a tree stand and stock up on tree decorations. A 6ft tree costs approx $42. A 13ft tree costs approx $210. There’s also a chance for little ones to try and spot Santa!
1000 Old Sydney Rd, Beveridge 3573. 03 9308 3571.
Christmas Trees on the Run has a number of farms that grow over 50,000 trees - visit the farms to choose your own tree, or order online and get your tree delivered. A 6/7ft tree costs around $119. Delivery charges extra. For every tree that is harvested, another two young trees are planted.
393 Pound Rd, Narre Warren South. 0407 343 762 or 229 Heatherton Rd, Heatherton 3202. 0418 329 545.
Christmas tree care: How do you choose and care for your Christmas tree?
- A fresh, healthy tree will have needles that look shiny and green – not dry and brown.
- Test the needles on the branch – they shouldn’t fall off when you gently pull on a branch.
- Look for a tree that has sturdy branches and that has some space between branches, so you can hang ornaments.
- When you get your tree, make a straight cut across the base of the tree trunk, place it in a stand or bucket and immerse the trunk in water to about 10cms deep. When the tree is harvested, sap forms a seal over the cut and stops the tree absorbing water. A new cut allows a tree to absorb water again.
- Your tree needs to be watered regularly so check water levels daily and refill as needed. Christmas trees are thirsty and water keeps them looking green and healthy and prevents needles dropping off.
- If you forget to water your tree for a few days, stand it in a saucer of water until the soil feels moist again.
- Keep your tree as far away as possible from heat eg a fireplace, radiator, ducted heating vent and TV and keep it away from direct sunlight.