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October 26, 2016

Pro Touch brings fresh-cut Fraser Firs to Gainesville

The sights, smells and fun of the holiday season is here and we can’t wait to be a part of your Christmas holiday by providing all the trimmings you need to create a gorgeous holiday.

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Each year, Pro Touch Landscapes, is proud to offer the freshest and most beautiful pre-cut trees to the Northeast Georgia community and as touch of Christmas spirit a percentage of the tree sales benefits Challenged Child & Friends, Inc. in Gainesville.

Challenged Child is an amazing educational facility in Gainesville that we proudly support. Challenged Child offers a tailored and integrated experience where children with a variety of developmental delays learn and grow in a full inclusion program with children who have typical development. Each year donating to this special organization is a privilege for our company.

Our fresh-cut Fraser Firs, straight from Highlands, N.C., along with fresh garlands and wreaths will be arriving to Pro Touch Landscapes on Nov. 22. You have the opportunity to pre-order or purchase on-site. Christmas tree stands also are available to buy and if you are in the market for easy delivery, contact us and we can arrange for delivery to your front door!

The Christmas season is such a fun time and there really isn’t a better way to get in touch with your “merry” side than by decorating your fresh tree with gorgeous lights and sparkly ornaments but we also want to help make sure your beautiful tree is just as green and fresh on Christmas Day.

The Georgia Christmas Tree Association has a few tips on how to care for your of fresh-cut Christmas tree:

  • If buying from a pre-cut tree lot, do a freshness test! Gently grasp a branch between your thumb and forefinger and pull it toward you. Very few needles should come off in your hand if the tree is fresh. Shake or bounce the tree on its stump. You should not see an excessive amount of green needles fall to the ground. Some loss of interior brown needles is normal and will occur over the lifetime of the tree.
  • Once you’ve chosen your tree, 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 set it up and decorate it. Also, place tree in a bucket of water, this will help the tree retain its moisture.
  • In caring for a fresh-cut tree, the most important thing to remember is that real trees need water! And lots of it. A Christmas tree may absorb a gallon of water in the first 24 hours it’s up and between two pints to a gallon of water a day thereafter. Check the stand daily and supply fresh water as needed.
  • Make a fresh cut across the base of the trunk, 1/4 inch up from the original cut. When a tree is first cut, a seal of sap occurs naturally over its stump which keeps moisture in the tree. It’s important to break that seal to allow the tree to take up water needed to keep it fresh throughout the holidays.
  • In addition, keep your tree away from heat and draft sources like fireplaces, radiators and television sets. Test your light cords and connections before hanging them on the tree to make sure they’re in good working order. Don’t 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.