Still looking for the perfect Christmas tree this holiday season? There are a variety of locations throughout Cortland County where you can find a tree for your home, whether at the farm or in a lot filled with freshly-cut trees. Before deciding the best location for you, check out these simple tree hunting tips.
Measure carefully before you pick a tree. Carefully measure where the tree will be going before heading to the tree farm. Leave a minimum of six inches between the top of your tree and the ceiling, or if you plan to add a tree topper, allow at least 12 inches. Don't forget the bring the tape measurer to the farm as well!
Check the tree's freshness. Try to find a tree that is deep green with no brown in sight. Bend a pine needle in half with your fingers; fresh firs should snap, while fresh pines bend and should not break.
Make sure the tree is not already shedding. No one wants a tree that sheds everywhere. Too many fallen needles while it is on display in the lot is probably a sign of an unhealthy Christmas tree. Gently grab the inside of a branch and pull your hand toward you. The needs should stay on the tree.
Check underneath the tree. Check out the bottom of your potential tree for signs of decay. A fresh trunk should have a slight stickiness to it.
Call the locations below first or check the location’s website or Facebook page before heading out, as supplies of mature trees ready for cutting may be limited.
DOG HOLLOW CHRISTMAS TREE FARM
Pick the perfect tree, from over 300 rolling, scenic acres. Open Saturday & Sunday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays, weather permitting, you just might find a horse-drawn sleigh and warm eats, from a local food truck.
5932 Dog Hollow Road Cuyler,
ANDERSON'S FARM MARKET
Find fresh cut local Christmas trees and wreaths. They are open Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
5887 State Rt. 281, Homer NY
HILL OF BEAN'S CHRISTMAS TREE FARM
This family owned tradition tree farm offers u-cut, pre-cut trees, and custom wreaths. Don't forget to walk through the decorated tree tunnel! They are open weekends from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. through December 20.
5405 Chapman Road, Cortland NY
LIME HOLLOW NATURE CENTER
Stop by Lime Hollow Nature Center to find your perfect tree and a beautiful handcrafted decorated wreath. They are offering 'To-Go' trees for customers that want to limit their shopping time. The staff will hand-pick a tree based on desired length and type. Trees will come bound and ready to load. On weekends, they will also bring select gift shop items to the porch for a Pop-Up Sale. They are open Monday through Friday, 2:30-5:30 p.m. by appointment only, and Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
338 McLean Road, Cortland NY
MUNCEY HILL TREE FARM
Embrace your inner lumberjack and start a new family tradition. Cut your own tree at Muncey Hill Tree Farm, open weekends in December, 10 am- 4 p.m.
6387 Midlum Spur Road, Truxton NY
PITMANS TREE FARM
Put a little color in your Christmas with a real colored Christmas tree from Pitmans Tree Farm. They also have traditional u-cut trees available.
Parker Street, Marathon NY
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