How To Get Your Christmas Tree Home

Whether you cut your tree down yourself or buy it from a tree lot, most of us who have fresh Christmas trees need to transport them home somehow! Sure, there are nurseries that deliver, but it can be easier, with a little know how, to load the tree on the car yourself!

1. Wrap the tree. Some trees are sold in netting, but most of us like to see the full tree when we're selecting it. You can ask to have the tree netted, but if that's not a possibility, shake the tree to rid loose needles, then wrap it in an old blanket or tarp to protect both the tree and your roof.

2. Point it in the right direction. To avoid wind damage, arrange the tree on the roof so that the stump faces the front of the vehicle.

3. Tie it down. If you have a roof rack, secure the tree, from the start of the branches to the tip, with bungee cords or rope. Tie it tightly with no slack.If you don't have a roof rack, open all the car DOORS, not the windows, and tie the tree directly and tightly to the roof with rope.If the tree extends more than a foot or so beyond the bumpers, tie a reflective flag to the ends to alert other drivers.

4. Drive slow. As our nursery says "drive like you have a tree attached to your car." Because you do, and the extra weight and mass of the tree can change the aerodynamics. Go slow, avoid sudden starts and stops, watch for low clearance areas, avoid potholes, and generally, drive carefully!

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