Nothing signifies the start of the Christmas season quite like picking out a live tree.
Luckily, there are many options in Stark and the surrounding communities.
A fresh-cut Christmas tree typically lasts between four and six weeks. There are steps you can take to help your tree stay healthy throughout the holiday season.
Jean Polack, owner of Moore’s Christmas Tree Farm in Marlboro Township, said it’s important to make sure your live tree gets plenty of water, especially the first few days after you bring it home.
“(Christmas trees) shouldn’t be near a heat source or in the bright sun or near air moving,” she said. “That will really dry them out also.”
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Polack said some will put tree preservatives in the water in an effort to help them last longer. She said she advises against using soda or any sugar-based product as it could ferment and create a mildew-like odor.
“We feel just pure water is the best,” she said.
Fir trees have great needle retention, Polack said, but some people have success with blue spruce trees, too.
“Most people have pretty good luck with their trees lasting through December,” she said.
Brenner Christmas Tree Farm: 1717 Howenstine Drive SE, East Sparta, 330-484-1283, email@example.com or http://brennertreefarm.hypermart.net/. Choose and cut your own tree. Open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day. Norway Spruce, Blue Spruce and White Pine.
Doc Miller’s Christmas Trees: 12666 German Church St. NE, Lexington Township. Open 10 a.m. 4:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays. (Gate closes at 5 p.m.) Canaan Fir, Colorado Spruce, White Pine. Choose and cut your own tree (5 to 16 feet tall). Farm provides hand saws, sleds, twine, and a DIY tree-shaking machine. All choose-and-cut trees are $60 (tax included), according to website. Cash, check, PayPal. Exact change only. No power saws or dogs allowed. No trailers in lot. Contact 717-706-5562 or firstname.lastname@example.org or millerschristmastrees.com.
Greens and Things Nursery: 4004 Applegrove St. NW, North Canton. 330-497-4882. Open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Pre-cut, locally grown Christmas trees or live burlap-balled trees to plant after the holiday. Fresh-cut and assembled holiday wreaths in different sizes, grave pillows and blankets, and winter planters. Loose greenery available so you can make your own wreath or centerpiece.
Greentree Farm: 8867 Fulton Drive NW, Jackson Township. 330-904-7104, www.rkingtrees.com, email: email@example.com. Choose and harvest your own Christmas tree or pick from a selection of fresh-cut trees. Fresh wreaths, roping and garland all made onsite. Hours noon to 5 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Hours subject to change due to weather. Call Ron at 330-904-7104 for additional hours during peak season. Blue, White, Serbian and Norway Spruce; limited supply of Canaan, Concolor and Fraser Fir.
Moore’s Tree Farm: 6767 Edison St. NE (state Route 619), Marlboro Township, 3.5 miles east of Hartville and 1 mile west of state Route 44. Open for Christmas Tree sales Nov. 25 to Dec. 18. Hours are 3 to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. 2022 tree prices: White Pine $8 per foot, up to 8 feet; Fraser Fir $12 to $13 per foot, up to 10 feet; Canaan Fir, $12 to $15 per foot, up to 10 feet, Blue Spruce, any size, $78 or lower, up to 10 feet. Clearance fields available for Blue Spruce, White Pine, and some firs. Farm no longer sells balled, burlap, or dug trees, and no longer allows customers to dig their own trees. Farm supplies saws, tree sleds and twine free. Tree shaking, baling and drilling is free. More information: 330-877-6520 or www.moorestreefarm.com.
Williams Tree Farm: 1926 Battlesburg St. SW, Pike Township. Interstate 77 south to Fohl Road (Exit 99), left 1 mile to Dueber Avenue, right 2.5 miles to Battlesburg Street, left 1 mile and follow signs. Hours 1 to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday until Dec. 24. Cut your own, or employees will assist. More information: 330-484-5306 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Windy Hill Tree Farm: 2526 Manchester Ave. SW (state Route 93), Tuscarawas Township, 5 miles southwest of Massillon, 1.8 miles south of state Route 172. Scotch Pine, White Pine, Canaan Fir, Fraser Fir, Blue Spruce. Pre-cut trees, cut-your-own, tree shaking, tree baling. Open daily 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. More information: 330-833-0825 or email@example.com.
Brunk’s Tree Farm: 5105 Pinto Roa SE, Carrollton, 330-868-8114. Sales will be at Sander’s Markets (open 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. every day; 330-476-6294 in Carrollton and, at the house on Pinto Road, seven miles from town. Hours at the house are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day. Selling cut Fraser Fir, balled Norway Spruce and a few Canaan Fir.
Smith Evergreen Nursery: 288 S. Main St., Magnolia. Fraser Fir, Blue Spruce, Scotch Pine, White Pine; call 330-866-5521 or 800-521-7328 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Payment: Cash, Visa/MasterCard.
D’Apolito Tree Farm: 13420 Cusick Road, Lisbon, 330-360-6588, on Facebook or email email@example.com. Hours will be 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday after that.
Sycamore Hollow Tree Farm, 7309 Township Road 478, Lakeville; 330-231-8115. Cut-your-own White Spruce, Blue Spruce, Fraser Fir.
Fodor Tree Farm: 1606 E. Western Reserve Road, Poland, fodortreefarm.com or on Facebook, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Hours are noon to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday; and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Assistance available for cutting, shaking and loading trees. The farm is a half mile east of Interstate 680 heading toward Poland on Western Reserve Road. Varieties: Colorado Blue Spruce, Concolor Fir, Fraser Fir, Canaan Fir and Norway Spruce.
Pioneer Trails Tree Farm: 4222 Center Road (U.S. Route 224), Poland, 330-757-0884 or 330-501-6756, pioneertrailstreefarm.com or on Facebook, email: email@example.com. Open Nov. 18 through Dec. 18 (closed Thanksgiving Day). Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekends, and noon to 6 p.m. during the week. You choose and you cut, or precut Christmas trees, living Christmas trees (to plant later) available. Trees tied, tree shaking provided, saws provided. All cut-your-own trees are $74. Also, Christmas wreaths, Christmas boughs, garlands, wagon rides, gift shop on site. Directions: about 10 miles south of Youngstown. Take Interstate 680 south to state Route 224 east, continue on state Route 224 for three miles. Farm on north side of state Route 224. Look for signs. Payment: Cash, Debit cards, Visa/MasterCard, Discover. Varieties: You-choose-and-cut varieties are Austrian Pine, Blue Spruce, Canaan Fir, Fraser Fir, Norway Spruce, Scotch Pine. Pre-cut varieties are Fraser Fir, Scotch Pine. Living, rooted tree varieties are Canaan Fir, Colorado Blue Spruce, Norway Spruce.
Wilcox Christmas Tree Farm: 11400 Woodworth Road, North Lima, 330-549-9405, www.wilcoxchristmastrees.com or on Facebook. Choose and cut your own Christmas tree. Open 3:30 to 7 p.m. weekdays, and 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekends. Farm provides saw and sled, and employees shake and bail your tree for you to take home. Choose-and-cut trees are all $60 for any size. Blue Spruce, Canaan Fir, Concolor Fir, Norway Spruce, Scotch Pine and White Pine. Made-to-order handmade wreaths, roping, grave blankets and mantle pieces available. Gift shop on site.
Diversified Tree Farm: 8546 Nichols Road, Freedom Township, south of state Route 303. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday through Sunday, until Dec. 24. Cut your own, balled and burlapped, or they will cut for you. Tree roping and shaking. Pine wreaths available. Wagon rides, free refreshments. 330-527-7409, diversifiedtreefarm on Facebook.
H.B. Flower & Sons Tree Farm: 1236 Hudson Road, Kent, west of state Route 43, just north of Stanton Middle School, 1 mile north of Fairchild Avenue. Noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Friday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday through Dec. 18. Closed Mondays and Tuesdays. Cut your own or pre-cut. Pay with cash or check; no credit cards accepted. 330-678-8967 or www.flowertreefarm.com.
River Run Tree Farm: 5620 Streeter Road, Mantua, take Ohio Turnpike Exit 193, left onto state Route 44, go about a half mile and turn right onto Streeter Road. Farm is about 2.5 miles on your right. 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, through Dec. 11. Cut your own. Gift shop. Free shaking, baling and drilling. 330-888-9005, www.riverruntreefarm.com or Facebook @ River Run Tree Farm.
Wintergreen Tree Farm: 3898 Winchell Road, Mantua Township, 2 miles north of state Route 82, 1.5 miles west of state Route 44. Noon to dusk weekdays, 9 a.m. to dusk weekends. Open through Dec. 22. Tree baling and pine wreaths available. Credit cards accepted at Lot No. 1 only; other lots are cash only. New tree drill now in use at Lot No. 1. 330-221-3835 or www.wintergreentreefarmohio.com.
Canton Road Garden Center: 1881 Canton Road, Springfield Township. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. More than 200 fresh-cut trees. 330-699-5888 or www.cantonroadgarden.com.
Collier Road Christmas Trees: 1565 Collier Road, Akron. 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily until Dec. 23. Family-owned. Freshly cut and live dug. Fifteen varieties of trees. Trees up to 22 feet. Delivery and setup available. Firewood, wreaths, grave markers and grave blankets. 330-573-5192, collierroadchristmastrees on Facebook.
Graf’s Garden Shop: 1015 White Pond Drive, Akron. 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Fresh-cut trees, up to 12 feet. Delivery available. 330-836-2727 or www.grafgrowers.com.
Heritage Farms: 6050 Riverview Road, Peninsula, one-quarter mile south of state Route 303. Noon to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday through Sunday, until Dec. 23 or when sold out. Cut your own or freshly cut. Tree fields for cut-your-own close at 5 p.m. Tree shaking, baling and loading onto car included. Refreshments available. Greens and wreaths. 330-657-2330 or www.heritagefarms.com.
Rauh Tree Farm: 3001 N. River Road, Stow, 2 miles east of state Route 91. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday through Sunday. Choose and cut or employees will cut it for you. Free shaking and baling. Large trees available. Pay with cash or check only. 330-678-7474.
Shawnee Trail Tree Farm: 896 Terex Road, Hudson. 1 to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, until sold out. Turn west off state Route 91, three-quarters of a mile on left. Shaking, wrapping, wreaths, roping and arrangements available, along with firewood. Curbside pickup available. View live animals. 330-486-7024 or shawneetrailtreefarm on Facebook.
Stone Garden Farm & Village: 2891 Southern Road, Richfield Township, 1.5 miles south of state Route 303. Open daily during daylight hours until Christmas. Fresh cut trees available. Gift shop, pine wreaths, homemade crafts, folk art and fresh home-baked pies and cookies. Farm animals for viewing and petting. Farm museum and more than 40 furnished buildings, including one-room schoolhouse, weaving mill and post office. Open all year. Free admission. All sales benefit the museum. 330-212-9934, https://stonegardenfarm.com or ohiofarmmuseum.com.
Oak Grove Tree Farm: 6405 Wolf Run Road, Dennison, 740-922-0056; 330-685-4258; 740-229-0211; oakgrovetreefarm.com. Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays until out of trees. You choose, and employee cuts and bales. Christmas wreaths, Christmas boughs available. Payment: cash, check. Blue Spruce, Norway Spruce, White Pine, White Spruce.
McFadden Christmas Tree Farm: 3196 Ridge Rd. NW, Strasburg, 330-878-7687. Opens 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday; and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. You choose and cut, or employee will cut. Scotch Pine $50, White Pine $55, Douglas Fir $65, Blue Spruce $80, Serbian Spruce $40-$70, Concolor Fir $70, Norway Spruce $40-$70; taxes added at register. Pre-cut and balled trees available. Gift shop on site. McFadden Tree Farm on Facebook.
Wolfe’s Christmas Tree & Wreath Destination: 9230 state Route 250, Strasburg, 330-204-3933. Hours are 3 to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
The Farms at Pine Tree Barn (main location): 4338 Shreve Road (state Route 226), Wooster Township, 4 miles south of Wooster, off state Route 3. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily through Dec. 18. Freshly cut, dug, balled and burlapped or cut your own. Trees up to 14 feet. Wreaths, roping and fresh greens. Christmas shop. Restaurant open for lunch. Pine Tree Express Caboose rides, Christmas bus rides and horse-drawn wagon rides are free, on weekends only. 330-466-1755 or 330-466-0952.
The Farms at Pine Tree Barn (Valley Road location): 4485 Valley Road, Wooster Township, 4 miles south of Wooster, off state Route 3. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday only, through Dec. 11. Freshly cut, dug, balled and burlapped or cut your own. Trees up to 14 feet. Wreaths, roping and fresh greens. 330-466-1755, 330-466-0952, www.thefarmsatpinetreebarn.com, www.pinetreebarn.com or pinetreebarnfarms on Facebook for both locations.
Galehouse Tree Farms: Coal Bank Road and Galehouse Road, Chippewa Township. A mile southwest of Doylestown. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily for cut your own. Already cut trees available 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily from Nov. 25 until Dec. 22. Tree House gift shop open. Refreshments available. Live reindeer for viewing. 330-658-2480 or http://galehousetreefarms.com.
Skylar Brook Farm, 12853 Bair Road, Orrville, 330-641-8877; www.skylarbrookfarm.com. Christmas Tree Sales from Nov. 25 through Dec. 23. Cut your own tree or choose pre-cut. Canaan Fir, Blue Spruce and Untrimmed White Pine. Tree netting, shaking, and drilling available for minimal fee. All major credit cards accepted. Open 5:00 to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturdays; and noon to 7 p.m. Sundays.
TwinsBerry Tree Farm: 8916 S. Jefferson Road, Shreve, on state Route 226 at north corporation limits. Noon to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, through Dec. 14. Tree shaking. Pine wreaths available. Wagon rides offered. Local food trucks on site weekends only. 330-567-3902 or http://twinsberrytreefarm.com.