For many families, Thanksgiving Day marks the unofficial beginning of the Christmas-tree-hunting season.
That could mean a trip to Home Depot, Lowe’s or the Macon State Farmers Market.
But some families like to take a road trip to a cut-your-own tree farm, enjoying the experience and the tradition of the outing.
You can find several varieties of trees across Middle Georgia. Among them: Leyland cypresses, popular because they don’t shed their needles; Virginia pines; the bluish Carolina sapphire cypresses; Southern cedars; and the larger, more expensive Deodar cedars.
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Be sure to focus on the actual height of the tree and how it will look back home. Trees tend to look larger at home than they do out in the field.
If you cut your own Christmas tree now, it should last through Christmas provided that you keep it in water. Put the bottom of the tree in water as soon as you get home and keep fresh water in the stand. (It’s a good idea to make a fresh cut through the tree stump to help water consumption.)
Here’s a sampling of cut-your-own Christmas tree farms across the midstate. Most of the farms carry several varieties, and trees are typically individually priced. It’s not a bad idea to call ahead first before you head out:
Double B Farm Christmas Trees, 8511 Knoxville Road, Lizella. 808-5271. Leyland and Murray cypress, Carolina sapphire. Opens Nov. 24, after lunch, then Tuesday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-dark. Closed Monday.
Southern Christmas Tree Farms, 3452 Pateville Road, Cordele. (229) 276-1875. Open daily, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Leyland and Murray cypress, red cedar, Blue Ice, Virginia pine, Carolina sapphire.
Boggy Branch Farms, 2130 Hobbs Road, Dexter. (478) 875-4139. Leyland and Murray cypress, Virginia pine, Eastern red cedar. Opens 2 p.m. Thursday, then Monday-Thursday, 5 p.m.-dark, Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m.-dark, Sunday, 1:30-5:30 p.m.
Klaus Christmas Trees, 4684 Highway 83 South, Culloden. 955-3330. Opens 9 a.m. Nov. 25, then Monday through Sunday, dawn to dusk. Virginia pine, Leyland cypress.
Roberts Christmas Tree Farm, Highway 49 South, Byron, two miles south of Interstate 75 headed toward Fort Valley. 956-5325. Open now, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Leyland and Murray cypress, Virginia pine, cedar, Carolina sapphire, Blue Ice.
Our Cotton Pickin’ Christmas Tree Farm, 120 Cordele Highway, Hawkinsville. (478) 230-3646. Opens Thursday afternoon, then 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. daily. Leyland cypress and Carolina sapphire, some Fraser furs.
Sandy Creek Christmas Tree Farm, 5889 Hammock Road, 741-8798. Leyland cypress, Virginia pine, Carolina sapphire, red cedar, Fraser fur, Deodar cedar. Open Monday-Friday and Sunday, 10 a.m.-dark; Saturday, 9 a.m.-dark.
Parrish Christmas Tree Farm, 874 Highway 129 South, Abbeville, (229) 423-7868. Open Monday-Friday, 4:30 p.m.-dark, Saturday-Sunday, noon-dark. Leyland and Murray cypress, Carolina sapphire, Blue Ice.