As temperatures drop and Christmas carols begin playing on the radio, the time to search for the right tree is here. People have been buying and decorating trees to celebrate Christmas for more than 500 years. Almost 30 million live Christmas trees are sold in the U.S. every year. UGA Extension experts share these tips for choosing the right tree.Planning ahead: Moorhead said to “check the height of your ceiling before leaving the house,” and buy a tree a foot shorter than this to be sure it will fit comfortably inside. Think about the taper and fullness you need, based on the room you are putting it in. Picking the tree: The freshest trees will be available at choose-and-cut Christmas tree farms. Buying trees from farms also supports local farmers.Shake the tree before you buy it. Lots of needles falling off is a bad sign that can indicate a dead tree.Check for insects and dead needles around the middle of the tree as these could also indicate a dead tree.Be careful not to pick a droopy looking tree, this probably means it’s gone too long without water.Pick a tree with a straight trunk that is between six and eight inches long. This will make it easier to cut the base and put it in a stand. Caring for the tree:When you get home with your tree, cut an inch off of the base and immediately put it in water.The tree should go in a stand that holds at least one gallon of water. Plain water, without sugar or fertilizer, is best for the tree.Make sure to check the water supply for the tree, especially when you’ve just gotten it because “the first couple of days the tree will go through a lot of water,” Moorhead said. Options for recycling your tree:Use the main stem for firewood.Create a fish attractor by weighting the tree and sinking it to the bottom of a pond.Grind the tree for mulch.Take it to a box store that will chip the wood and donate it.Donate your tree to “Bring One for the Chipper,” a Keep Georgia Beautiful program that recycles Christmas trees by making them into mulch for use in community projects.
Published on October 20, 2018 at 10:32 pm Contact Danny: [email protected] | @DannyEmerman A night after outlasting Lindenwood in overtime for its first win of the season, SU (2-3-0, 2-2-0 College Hockey America) completed the weekend series sweep with a decisive 6-3 win in which it had the shots on goal advantage of 34 to 20. Freshman forward Lauren Bellefontaine led the Orange with two goals and an assist in the victory over Lindenwood University (1-5-0, 0-2-0).Most of the game’s scoring came in the first period. Eight minutes into the game, sophomore defenseman Jessica DiGirolamo put the Orange on the board. She capitalized seven seconds into a power-play with her third goal of the year. DiGirolamo leads SU in points with six—three goals and three assists.Two minutes later, fifth-year senior Dakota Derrer made it 2-0 by scoring her first goal of the season.Syracuse’s lead was short-lived. Lindenwood responded with three minutes left in the first period with a goal from Sierra Burt and then another from Hannah Alt on a power-play.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAfter a power-play goal from Emma Polaski, her third of the season, SU took a 3-2 lead into the first intermission.In the second period, the Orange pulled away. SU killed two power-plays before extending its lead to 4-2 with a goal from Bellefontaine. Later in the period, SU found its groove and attempted 13 shots in a row before Bellefontaine found the nylon again for her second goal of the night, giving SU a 5-2 cushion.After the second period, SU held a 28-12 advantage in shots on goal. Lindenwood’s goal 14 minutes into the final period made it 5-3, but could not jump-start a serious comeback effort for the Lions. SU junior Anonda Hoppner scored a short-handed empty-net goal late in the third period to secure the victory. The Orange’s goaltending situation did not get any clearer, as Welch recorded 17 saves the night after Ady Cohen allowed four goals on 12 shots. Cohen appeared to have the edge in the positional battle after a strong performance against Mercyhurst in her first career start last Saturday. Syracuse head coach Paul Flanagan expects one goalie to “emerge,” but plans to play both Welch and Cohen meaningful minutes. It is unclear who Flanagan will give the nod to Tuesday when the Orange travel to Cornell University. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+