In selecting your tree bear in mind that the pyramidal form is the one most favored. A good proportion is to have the lowest usable branches (after broken or sparse ends are removed) one half the height of the tree. Measure the width of the spot it is to occupy and buy a tree nearest to these measurements for greatest economy. If your tree is not perfect you can improve its form by cutting a branch from the back. Bore a hole the size of the branch in the main stem of the tree where it is to be inserted. Force the branch into the hole. Fasten a strong No. 14 wire around the branch above and below. Make sure the wire is close
to the trunk of tree so it will be inconspicuous. Take a finer wire and reinforce the branch nearer the middle to insure against its breaking when decorated.
The columnar tree should be full and well rounded. You may be able to trim it slightly but you cannot doctor it as you can the pyramidal forms.
We hope you have decided well before Christmas on the theme for the year, the color scheme, and the type of ornament. Shop early. Two weeks ahead should assure a complete selection or enable you to place an order if you require a particular tree.
It is important that the tree be fresh. Ifthe needles feel rubbery and alive, and if the cut end exudes a gummy sticky substance you may be sure it is reasonably fresh. Avoid trees whose needles have turned brown in spots or that fall when shaken gently.
Trees which have a trunk length from seven to ten inches below the lowest usable branch allow for the necessary recutting when preparing the tree for placement.