How to Get Your Christmas Tree Home, Fuss-Free
Transport your holiday tree without risking life, limb, or damage to your house
Whether you get your holiday evergreen from a local lot or a nearby tree farm, read on for a few foolproof tips on how to transport it without risking life, limb, or damage to your house.
Before you leave the house, measure the height of the room where you plan to display the tree; it should be at least a foot taller than the conifer you buy. Also make sure to measure your car's interior storage area and roof.
Most trees are sold in netting, which you should leave on so that the branches stay tightly bundled. No net? Shake the tree to rid it of loose needles, then wrap it in a blanket or tarp.
To avoid wind damage when driving, arrange the tree so that the stump end faces the front of your vehicle.
If you have a roof rack, secure the tree, from where the branches start to its tip, with bungee cords or rope. Those without a roof rack should first open all their car doors—not the windows—then tie the tree snugly to the roof with rope. For trees that extend more than a couple of feet beyond your car's bumpers, tie a reflective flag to the end to alert other drivers.