Fresh from the Field
Take a short walk, or ride the hay wagon (weekends only) to the Christmas tree field where we offer you the opportunity to cut down your own tree. We provide bow saws and measure sticks --you provide the muscle! Sorry, no chain saws permitted. Scotch Pine trees ranging from 6 foot - 9.5 foot are available this year. Prices in the field start at $7.00 per foot. See the Choose-n-Cut price sheet located here.
If your muscles need a break, simply browse through the lanes of five varieties of Pre-Cut trees that are already tagged. Each tag is marked with the variety, height and price. We offer Fraser Fir, Douglas Fir, Canaan Fir, Concolor Fir and Blue Spruce in sizes ranging from 6-13 foot. Check out Tree School (below) to discover the characteristics of each type of tree to select the perfect variety for your family. The Pre-Cut Price Sheet is located here.
Selecting the perfect tree for your family is the hardest part! Once that is done, we’ll provide full service to get your tree ready for transport and installation in your home. A member of our red-aproned team will put your tree on a vibrating tree shaker, removing most of the loose needles. Every pre-cut tree will be fresh-cut giving you three to six hours before you need to get the trunk into water. Next, we’ll put it through a baler, which envelopes your tree with strong nylon netting, compacting the branches for easy transport and entry into your home.
We’ll secure the tree to or in your vehicle. We provide the twine and will secure it to the roof of your vehicle, place it into the bed of your truck, or securely place it in your cargo space.
Our exceptional tree service wraps up your experience with a fresh cut, shake, bale and tree loading.
Canaan Fir trees have soft needles that vary in color and are about one inch in length. The short needles often retain the bottlebrush appearance of their counterpart, the Fraser Fir and the Canaan imitates the strong aroma of its cousin, the Douglas Fir.
Concolor Fir trees have a distinctive citrus aroma. They have a soft, silvery blue foliage with flattened needles between two and three inches in length. Their stiff branches have excellent needle retention.
Douglas Fir trees are known for their lush, blue-green needles that have a citrus fragrance. The needles are soft and about one inch in length. The branches typically have symmetrical form and offer outstanding needle retention.
Fraser Fir trees have soft, emerald green needles with silvery undersides. The needles are flat, about ¾ inch in length and have a bottlebrush texture. Their strong branches have a fresh woody aroma and outstanding needle retention.
Blue Spruce trees have an excellent dense, pyramidal shape. The color is an outstanding silvery blue to dark green. Their branches are stiff with stout prickly needles ranging from 3/4 to one inch in length.
Scotch Pine trees have bright green, prickly needles that are approximately 1.5-2.5 inches in length. They have stiff branches and the needles won’t fall even if the tree becomes dry, providing excellent needle retention.
How to Care for Your Farm-Grown Christmas Tree
With proper care, you can maintain the quality and freshness of your tree throughout the Christmas season.
- To display the trees indoors, use a stand with an adequate water holding capacity for the tree.
- Use a stand that fits your tree. Avoid whittling the sides of the trunk down to fit a stand. Do not remove the outer layers of wood from the trunk, they are the most efficient in taking up water.
- Make a fresh cut on any previously cut tree to remove about a 1/2-inch thick disk of wood from the base of the trunk before putting the tree in the stand. Make the cut perpendicular to the stem axis. Don't cut the trunk at an angle, or into a v-shape, which makes it far more difficult to hold the tree in the stand and also reduces the amount of water available to the tree. At Mannix Farms, we cut every pre-cut tree before we load it onto your vehicle. Whether you cut the tree in the field or we cut it, the cut lasts 3-6 hours.
- Drilling a hole in the base of the trunk does NOT improve water uptake. However, a hole is necessary if you have one of our stand-straight tree stands. We will drill holes for that purpose.
- Once home, place the tree in water as soon as possible. Don't bruise the cut surface or get it dirty. If needed, trees can be temporarily stored for several days in a cool location like a garage. Place the freshly cut trunk in a bucket that is kept full of water until you are ready to bring the tree inside.
- The temperature of the water used to fill the stand is not important and does not affect the ability of water intake.
- Check the stand daily to make sure that the level of water does not go below the base of the tree. The base of the tree needs to be submerged in water.
- Keep trees away from major sources of heat (fireplaces, heaters, heat vents). Lowering the room temperature will slow the drying process, resulting in less water consumption each day.
- Use of lights that produce low heat, such as miniature lights, will reduce drying of the tree.
- Always inspect light sets prior to placing them on the tree. If worn, replace with a new set.
- Do not overload electrical circuits.
- Always turn off the tree lights when leaving the house or when going to sleep.
- Monitor the tree for freshness. After Christmas or if the tree is very dry, remove it from the house and we encourage you to find a recycling program near you.
Frequently Asked Questions
Should I add bleach, aspirin, fertilizer or other things to the water to make my tree last longer?
No! Research has shown that plain tap water is best. Some commercial additives and home concoctions can actually be detrimental to a tree's moisture retention and increase needle loss. Water holding stands that are kept filled with plain water will extend the freshness of trees for weeks.
How large should my water stand be?
Choosing a large capacity stand is one of the most important steps to maintaining your tree's freshness. Avoid small "coffee cup" stands. Check the water level frequently since trees can drink large amounts of water each day, particularly pre-cut trees during the first week of display. Generally, a tree can use up to one quart of water per day for each inch of stem diameter. Therefore, a stand that will hold a four-inch trunk should hold at least one gallon (4 quarts) of water with the tree in the stand.
Do Real Trees present the type of fire hazards we often hear about on the news?
Less than 0.0004% of real Christmas trees used each year are ignited in home fires and NEVER has a real Christmas Tree caused or started a fire. (per the National Christmas Tree Association website) Even though the chance of a Christmas tree fire is very slim, you can ensure that your real Christmas tree stays fresh and safe by following our recommended care tips.