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How To: Transport a Christmas Tree

Dani Caruso
By Dani Caruso

Whether you pick up a tree from a local garden center or chop it down yourself, one thing’s for sure: you need to get it home in the same condition that made you pick it! Taking the right measurements to wrap up and secure your tree will ensure that it’ll look just as good in your living room as it did in the wild. After all, properly transporting a conifer is not only about preserving nature’s beauty, it’s also about preventing damage or injury.

 

1. Measure

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.

 

2. Wrap It Up

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.

 

3. In the Right Direction

To avoid wind damage when transporting a Christmas tree, arrange the tree so that the stump end faces the front of your vehicle.

 

4. Tie It Off

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.

 

(This article originally appeared on ThisOldHouse.com. Author // Sal Vaglica. Illustrations // Jason Schneider.)

Dani Caruso
By Dani Caruso
Dani is House One’s assistant editor. As a Norwalk, CT native, Dani graduated from UConn with a BA in Digital Media and Design. This millennial longs for the days of All That, Tamagotchis, and Dunkaroos. When she’s not working, she’s hanging outdoors, playing with her dogs, or watching makeup tutorials on YouTube.

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