Harvesting your live Christmas tree is a fun, memory-making, holiday activity that's great for the whole family. Simply grab the kids and come to Becks' "cut-your-own" Christmas Tree Farm located in the rolling hills of the Lehigh Valley, PA. There are 1000s of trees to choose from on the rolling hillsides, so finding your perfect tree is easy. Becks' has the hightest quality trees in Lehigh County. We have many varieties of trees and our trees range in all sizes up to 12 feet tall. Cutting your own tree insures that your tree is the freshest and will last throughout the holiday season. Breath deep as you walk around our tree farm and you can smell the fresh pine in the air.
We equip you with a saw to cut your own tree and also provide you with a wheeled tree cart so you can easily carry your tree from the field back to the baling area. Here we will shake, drill the stump (if needed) and wrap your tree for you free of charge. It's that easy. The only hard part is choosing between so many beautiful trees.
Hints for picking out the best live Christmas tree: Before it's cut, just make sure that you've already carefully measured for room width, and the height of the ceiling where the tree will be displayed. Also consider leaving extra room for a traditional Christmas star or angel decoration to sit atop your tree. Besides the perfect size, you'll want the perfect shape. Other important factors: smell for freshness and feel for texture and fullness. Loose needles and sparse branches are definitely out, but a tree that's too dense leaves little room for hanging larger decorations and mementos. Choosing the right one takes a little time, but it's well worth the effort to say that you've found the most perfect Christmas tree EVER.
Caring for your new tree
Decide on where you will place the tree. Will it be seen from all sides or will some of it be up against a wall? Be sure to choose a spot away from heat sources, such as TVs, fireplaces, radiators and air ducts. Place the tree clear of doors.
Do a little research on different Christmas tree types. Take a look at our tree varieties to the right.
Measure the height you have available in the room where the tree will be placed. There is nothing worse than bringing a tree indoors only to find it's too tall. Take a tape measure with you and bring a cord to tie your tree to the car.
If you are not putting the tree up right away, keep it in a sheltered, unheated area such as a porch or garage to protect it from the wind and sun until you are ready to decorate it. Make a fresh one inch cut on the butt end and place the tree in a bucket of warm water.
When you decide to bring the tree indoors, make another fresh, straight cut across the base of the trunk (about a quarter inch up from the original cut) and place the tree in a tree stand that holds a gallon of water or more. If you need a stand, you will find one of the best and easiest to use at our farm.
Warning: Keep the tree stand filled with water. A seal of dried sap will form over the cut stump in four to six hours if the water drops below the base of the tree, preventing the tree from absorbing water later when the tree stand is refilled. If a seal does form, another fresh cut will need to be made. Commercially prepared mixes; aspirin; sugar and other additives added to the water are not necessary. Research has shown that plain water will keep a tree fresh.
A tree will absorb as much as a gallon of water or more in the first 24 hours and one or more quarts a day thereafter. Water is important because it prevents the needles from drying and dropping off and the boughs from drooping. Water also keeps the tree fragrant.
Check connections and cords before hanging them on the tree to make sure they're in good working order. You don't want to use cords with cracked insulation or broken or empty sockets. Also be sure to unplug the lights before you go to bed or leave the house. Never overload electrical circuits.
It's a nuisance to water a Christmas tree once it's decorated with a tree skirt and surrounded by presents. Here's an easy solution, buy a funnel and a 3 to 4 foot length of vinyl tubing to slip over the funnel outlet. Fasten the funnel/tube with a twist-tie or twine in an out-of-the-way but reachable part of the tree. Extend the tubing down the tree trunk and into the tree stand reservoir. Now you can water the tree through the funnel without bending over or disturbing the tree skirt or its ornaments. Kids love this job.
Recycle your tree after Christmas. Many communities will pick up trees and turn them into chips.
2013 Hours: Monday - Friday 10AM - 7PM Weekends 9AM - 7PM
* Cut your own closes at dusk. After 5PM you can choose from our pre-cut selection.
Rated #1 in Christmas tree farms for PA
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