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What To Do With Your Tree after Christmas

After Christmas we find ourselves left with a bare tree that’s been sitting in our house throughout December. So what do we do with the tree now that the rest of our decorations are down?

We will offer some advice on this blog post.

No Longer a Tree

If you have decided that you no longer want to keep your tree, or even plant it outside, there are a number of other ways to use your tree in the garden.

Turn it into mulch
Unwanted Christmas trees can be used to make a great natural mulch to be used in your garden. Using mulch can prepare your soil for the heavy rain to come, a layer of mulch will help reduce the amount of erosion.
To turn your tree into mulch you will usually require a shredder. If you, or noone you know, has one you can lend, you can look into renting one. We recommend gathering any other by products from your garden that can also be shredded at the same time. The trunk itself may be too thick to shred, however, when it is sawn up and dried out, it makes great logs for the fire.

Use it as compost
Unwanted trees can make great compost for your garden (minus the trunk) just shred it down as much as possible and add it to the compost heap. Be aware that the needles can take a while to compost as they can be quite rubbery.

Use the needles to increase grip
Sprinkle your tree’s needles across slippery or prone-to-frost pathways.While it won’t completely remove the risk of ice, it will add some extra grip. Or sprinkle them on muddy areas to increase the grip there.

Use as an animal habitat
Many animals struggle with the harsh winter months. Turning your tree into an animal habitat can help them to survive this difficult time. Cutting branches off and creating little dens in the corners of your garden, can give smaller animals some refuge in the bad weather. And smaller scattered branches mean that birds can use these for their nests.

Create a bird feeder
Keeping your tree in the pot to ensure that it stays upright, you can decorate it with treats for the birds in your garden to enjoy. Some ideas include:
– Halve an orange and scoop out the flesh. Attach three or four strings through little holes in the side of the orange to create a hanging basket shape. Fill it with bird seed.
– Attach string to a pine cone, making a loop. Dip the cone in peanut butter then cover it in bird seed.
– Thread popcorn onto string using a needle and use it as ‘tinsel’.
– Mix suet with plenty of bird seed, squish it into cookie cutters and push the shapes out onto greaseproof paper. Partly unwind a paperclip and embed it in each shape to create a hook for hanging. Pop your shapes in the freezer to set.
– You can halve and hang up old fruit by attaching string – even if it is bruised or partly rotten. Apples, pears and other fruit will be appreciated by the birds.

Planting Christmas Trees

Environmental Charity Greenpeace encourages people to plant their Christmas trees after use. There are a number of real trees that are perfect for an added feature in your garden. So why not give it a go this year?
Firstly you will need to ensure that your tree has its root ball intact. The best root balls will be on those trees that have been raised in a pot as they will not have had the same damage as those that have been dug up and potted.
When removing your tree from the home, try to allow it adjustment time, so moving it into a garage or a green house before the great outdoors will allow it to adjust to the colder temperatures. During this time, ensure that it has plenty of water to keep it healthy. When it comes to planting day, ensure that you choose a warmer and dry day. Dig your hole to slightly wider than your pot. But no deeper. Your roots should sit no deeper than they did in the pot. Saturate your roots before you remove them from the pot, this will hydrate them and make the move easier on them. Fill the remainder of the hole with as much organic mulch as possible. Ensure that the solid around your tree is kept as moist as possible until the roots have taken hold. And you have one planted tree!

Recycle it

If you want the tree out of your home and garden, you can always recycle it. Many garden centres are happy to take old trees and will turn them into wood chippings. There are also conservation schemes throughout the UK that welcome old trees, speak to your local council to find out what schemes are running in your area. You may find some nature reserves or wildlife centres that will be happy to take them off your hands.

For more information on Christmas trees, please contact a member of our expert team. Weston Sawmill offers the finest range of Christmas trees for customers across Staffordshire and Shropshire.

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Which Theme Should I Choose for my Christmas Tree?

If you have recently invested in one of the Christmas trees from Weston Sawmill, you may be wondering what sort of theme will work best for your tree.

Luckily, our team have over 25 years of experience in providing the finest range of trees for customers across Shropshire and Staffordshire.

For this blog, we are going to share a handful of ideas to get your Christmas creative juices flowing.

Essential Themes for Christmas Trees

A Musical Christmas – If your family enjoys a musical, then you could use music notes, instruments and bells as Christmas decorations. Anyone who sees your tree once it is decorated will know exactly what it is all about.

Winding some musical note ribbon through the branches will add to the musical portion of the tree. You can fill in the gaps with gold and silver ornaments and tree picks to complete this elegant look.

The Coastal Christmas Tree – If you and your family enjoy the sand and watercolours of coastal decor, you could opt for a coastal festive theme.

Using shells, faux coral and manzanita branches will give the idea of the beach without going over the top. These types of colours are ideal for bringing a beachy feel.

Winter Wonderland Christmas Tree – A winter wonderland theme brings the outside indoors, using silver, white and brown colour scheme which will feel very wintery.

The earthy elements plus the furry owl decorations will prevent it from feeling too cold.

Snowy Christmas Tree – A snowy tree theme incorporates polar bears and penguins as the animal decorations on the tree. With plenty of white ornaments, snowflakes and white tree picks will give it a wintry feel.

Get in Touch for More Information

If you have any questions about Weston Sawmill’s range of Christmas trees, please do not hesitate to contact us today.

We currently have plenty of trees in stock, including Nordmann Fir, Potted Spruce, Spruce and Potted Norway Spruce to choose from plus plenty of Christmas decorations.

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How to Dog-Proof Christmas Trees

Nothing is cuter than your dog posing in front of beautifully decorated Christmas trees for a seasonal snap – but remember they are not always a good mix.

Weston Sawmill is the leading provider of Christmas trees across Shropshire and Staffordshire with our years of experience vital when protecting your tree against pets.

Decorated trees using breakable ornaments and electric lights can be dangerous for dogs as they can be quite curious about the new tree in your home.

8 Steps to Protect Your Dog Around Your Tree

Don’t worry dog owners can still have Christmas trees, you just need to take some precautions. Read our 8 handy tips below on how to keep your dog safe around your Christmas tree –

  1. Go Artificial – If a Christmas tree falls over on TV it is very funny but it is no laughing matter when it’s in your living room. One alternative is choosing a traditional artificial tree, with a quality stand to secure its base. Prevent injuries to curious pets by placing your tree in a corner and anchor it securely to the wall or ceiling. You can also create an ‘alarm’ to alert you if your tree is in danger. Simply place aluminium foil or a can filled with beans on the tree’s bottom limbs and if your dog starts nosing around the tree you will hear it in time to stop any accidents.
  2. Begin With a Bare Tree – Before you decorate your Christmas tree, leave it up for a few days. This may help your dog get used to having a tree in the house, so they could be more likely to leave it alone when it is covered in lights and baubles.
  3. Beware Electrical Cords – Bright and shiny lights are hard to resist, but they can be dangerous to your dog. They could get tangled in the wires or could be at risk of electrical shock if they are a chewer. If you put your Christmas lights on the tree, leave the bottom branches bare. You need to secure cords leading to and from the tree plus you can hide cords with the tree skirt or decorative package. Use adhesive-backed cord clips to keep them off the floor and out of reach.
  4. Put Fragile Ornaments Higher Up the Tree – Your dogs tail (especially if they are a bigger dog) can be lethal to Christmas decorations. Broken decorations could be a choking hazard or lead to paw or mouth injuries. Also, keep your family heirlooms safe, and put fragile ornaments higher up your tree. Depending on how rambunctious your dog is, you may consider leaving the bottom third of the tree bare.
  5. No Food on the Tree – Chocolate ornaments and candy canes make beautiful decorations but they are a no-go for dogs. Chocolate is one of the most dangerous foods for dogs, so make sure it is kept out of their reach at all times.
  6. Keep Toxic Plants Out of Reach – Holly, mistletoe and poinsettias are potentially toxic for dogs. If you decorate your Christmas tree with any of them; keep them out of the reach of your pets. Alternatively, look for artificial versions which are much safe for your dog. Pine needles are not particularly toxic but they are small and sharp, leading to injuries to your dog’s mouth and intestines. If you decide to have a real Christmas tree, make sure you hoover up fallen needles every day.
  7. Keep Candles off the Tree – Candlelight is great around Christmas time but open flames and dogs do not mix. Flickering candlelight, if you are decorating with candles place them on secure shelves away from your dog. The flickering effect can be achieved on Christmas trees using clip-on LED candles.
  8. Save Presents for Christmas Morning – Sometimes dogs are more curious about what’s under the tree than the tree itself. Keep your Christmas gifts safe and protect your dog from ingesting something that may not agree with them, by saving presents for Christmas morning completely safe from dog slobber.

Christmas Trees Available from Weston Sawmill

Weston Sawmill offers Nordmann Fir, Potted Nordmann, Potted Norway Spruce, Spruce and traditional Christmas trees from our nursery.

Contact us today to reserve your tree ready for the most wonderful time of the year.

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Keeping Cats Away From Christmas Trees

It’s one of those age-old questions; what do cats find so alluring about Christmas trees? As one of the leading suppliers of Christmas trees across Shropshire and Staffordshire, we will attempt to answer this question in our latest post.

The presence of a Christmas tree can sometimes awaken the cat’s five senses and fuel their natural instincts, such as –

Curiosity – How does this new tree smell, taste and feel?
Hunting – The desire to climb, scratch and ultimately hunt
Secluded Views – The preference for high and secluded views
New Toys? – All of those bright, sparkly, crinkly and irresistible ornaments may look like toys to feline eyes
A New Play Area – Is this indoor tree a ready-made activity centre? Cats can be very lazy in winter meaning they are less inclined to go outside for entertainment and exercise

5 Ways to Distract Your Cat from Christmas Trees

While there is no quick fix to prevent your cat from being intrigued by your Christmas tree, we have put together these handy tips which can help –

  1. Pick the Right Tree – Real and artificial trees both have their advantages and disadvantages, but choosing an artificial tree is less risky when it comes to cats. If you prefer a real Christmas tree, precautions will need to be taken. Weston Sawmill would recommend covering the container holding the water for the tree and keep plenty of water bowls around so your cat has somewhere else to quench its thirst.
  2. Ensure Your Tree is Secure – Make sure you use an appropriate tree base for the size of the tree and that all fittings are tight and sturdy and add extra weight to the base (if required). For increased security, position the tree in a corner and use string or fishing line to tether it to the ceiling, walls or windows. Also, do not leave your Christmas lights on when your tree and cat are left alone.
  3. Decorate Wisely – Position your tree away from your cat’s resting and play areas plus any surfaces your cat could use to get onto the top of the tree and attack ornaments. Avoid using fragile ornaments, or if you do, place them at the top half of the tree. Rather than loosely hanging ornaments or using a dangling string that could entice your cat, try using twisty ties to firmly attach each item. Put any tinsel out of reach and try not to use foil angel hair decorations as they can often fall on the floor and be problematic if swallowed.
  4. Use Cat-Safe Deterrents – Never punish your cat for playing with the tree by shouting or using a water pistol. Your cat is naturally curious and playful, so reprimanding them will only make them wary of you and not the tree. Alternatively, try some positive reinforcement and reward your cat when they are not in the tree. Give no attention to bad behaviour, as this is still attention. At the same time, use cat-safe deterrents such as citrus scents along the bottom branches of your tree. Cats do not like citrus smells and will not want to interact with that part of the tree. Other alternatives include seasonal clementine or orange peels or coat pine cones in citrus scent or citronella and use them as decorations. You could also spray a bitter apple pet deterrent product on the lower branches.
  5. Supply Plenty of Cat-Friendly Distractions – By enriching your cat’s environment you will be distracting them from your Christmas tree. Provide loads of interesting things elsewhere such as toys, scratching pads and make time to interact and play with them. Offer treats praise and make a fuss of them when they play with things other than your tree.

Get in Touch For More Information

If you still haven’t ordered your Christmas tree yet, contact Weston Sawmill today. We have a large selection of Norway Spruce, Spruce and Fir Christmas trees to choose from plus traditional trees.

We start to stock our trees at the end of November, but if you would like one before then please give us a call on 01952 850383.

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Christmas Tree Care with Weston Sawmill

There are a number of Christmas trees that can be brought indoors for decorating at the most wonderful time of year.

The majority are cut trees, but some people also choose container-grown and containerised trees too.

Weston Sawmill is the leading suppliers of Christmas trees in both Shropshire and Staffordshire with customers travelling from far and wide to grab one of our homegrown trees.

Caring for Your Christmas Tree

The best advice we can offer is to purchase a locally sourced and grown tree (such as the ones at Weston Sawmill) rather than one that has been grown abroad.

When displaying trees indoors, try to avoid placing them too close to a fire or radiator as this will lead to excessive moisture loss and needle drop.

Tips for Cut Trees

When you arrive home with your tree cut 1 inch (2.5cm) off the bottom using a pruning saw and place in a stand with a well of water in the base. You will need to check daily and top up the water when the level drops, and with care, the tree should last four weeks.

Potted Tree Care

To reduce the stress and damage to a living tree, we recommend displaying them in a cool room. Try to bring trees indoors as late as possible (perhaps the weekend before Christmas) and do not keep them in the house longer than 12 days. If your tree starts to deteriorate put it back outside.

Pruning and Training

Christmas trees require very little training when grown outdoors. Try to maintain an attractive shape, removing any shoots that spoil the silhouette or any strong upright branches which compete with the leading stem. You will need to prune away any dead, diseased or dying branches.

Christmas trees that are planted in pots will be a certain size, according to the size of the pot.

Order Your Christmas Tree from Weston Sawmill

If you are still looking for your Christmas tree for this year, contact Weston Sawmill now. Our trees will be on sale from the end of November, but if you are looking to spread some festive cheer a bit earlier, we can arrange an earlier collection.

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Get Your Christmas Trees Any Day of the Week!

With Christmas day just three weeks away, there has never been a better time to get authentic Christmas trees from Weston Sawmill.

As an added bonus, we are open seven days a week in the lead up to Christmas, with plenty of Christmas trees, decorations and gifts all in stock.
If you can’t make it to us during the week, we also offer free mince pies and hot chocolate to customers on Saturdays and Sundays.

Premium Christmas Trees from Weston Sawmill

Our Nordmann Fir range is a premium option, that has become one of the most types of Christmas tree right across the UK. With its cone shape and glossy green foliage, without the sharpness, you may expect from the needles. Nordmann Fir trees are considered quite low-maintenance, with greater needle retention, keeping your tree looking great right across the Christmas period.
We would recommend keeping your tree away from heat sources such as radiators to help it to retain its colour and needles for even longer.

Take Your Pick of Christmas Decorations

Once you have chosen your potted or unpotted Christmas tree, it’s time to choose from our vast range of Christmas decorations. These include:

• Indoor lights
• Outdoor lights
• LED Lights
• Icicle lights
• Lanterns
• Large bulb lights
• Heritage fairy lights

We understand the importance of making your garden look as festive as the inside of your home, which is why we stock plenty of classy wooden Christmas ornaments plus wreaths to fit nicely onto your front door.

Want to Find Out More? Get in Touch

If you have any questions about our range of Christmas trees, please contact us today. We also offer Potted Nordmann, Potted Norway Spruce, Spruce and traditional Christmas trees.
If you’ve never visited us before, we are based in Weston-under-Lizard just off the A5 on the Shropshire/Staffordshire border.

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Nordmann Christmas Trees Get Royal Seal of Approval

We’re now less than 50 days until Christmas, so it’s socially acceptable to talk about our fantastic range of Christmas trees here at Weston Sawmill.

We know the quality of Nordmann Christmas trees, but they’ve also caught the eye of Prince Harry and wife Meghan Markle.

Recently the new Royal parents were seen purchasing their 6 foot Nordmann Christmas tree for a whopping £65!
You will be relieved to know our range of Christmas trees doesn’t cost that much, but they are guaranteed to make your Christmas display sparkle.

Take Your Pick of Christmas Trees

Whilst Nordmann Christmas trees are extremely popular with our customers across Shropshire and Staffordshire, Weston Sawmill also have a wide range of other Christmas trees, including –

Potted Norway Spruce – This compact version of the Norway Spruce is a great addition to any home or garden.
Traditional Christmas trees – If you prefer something simple, our range of traditional Christmas trees will look great in any living room.
Spruce Christmas tree – Giving you an iconic look and that distinctive Christmas tree smell, you can’t go wrong with the Spruce. A pyramid style is a stylish option plus it’s homegrown here at our nursery in Shropshire.
Potted Nordmann – Whilst Harry and Meghan went for the full-size Nordmann, you can get the potted Nordman at Weston Sawmill if you are short of space or just want something a bit more compact.

Decorate Your Tree in Style

When you’ve chosen which Christmas tree best suits your home style, Weston Sawmill also has a wide range of LED and fairy lights to add to your tree plus plenty of decorations for your tree and home.

Leading Providers of Christmas Trees in Shropshire

Weston Sawmill is the only destination for Christmas trees in Shropshire, plus if you’re planning a New year makeover for your garden, we also supply made to measure gates and fencing.

If you’d like to know more about any of our products, please contact us today.

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Have an Authentic Christmas with Weston Sawmill

It’s a debate we seem to have every time Christmas edges closer each year – should I buy a fake or an authentic Christmas tree?
Here at Weston Sawmill, we feel there are multiple benefits to buying a genuine Christmas tree and in our latest blog, we are going to share them with you!

We stock three types of Christmas tree – the classic Nordmann Fir, potted Nordmann and potted Norway Spruce with a host of decorations in our store that fit perfectly with each one.

Five Reasons to Buy a Real Christmas Tree

Authenticity – You will only get that genuine seasonal feel from a real Christmas tree plus picking out one from our farm is a fun activity for the entire family to enjoy.
That ‘Christmassy’ Scent – The divine pine scent only comes from a real Christmas tree.
Do Your Bit for the Environment – All of our Christmas trees here at Weston Sawmill are grown specifically at our farm, meaning you won’t be taking a tree from a natural woodland or forest. Once you purchase one of our trees our team will also plant another in its place ready for next Christmas, making them sustainable too.
Recyclable – Carrying on the theme of being environmentally friendly, a genuine Christmas tree can be recycled after the festive season, rather than being dumped on a landfill site like a fake one.
Shop Local – As the leading supplier of Christmas trees in Staffordshire and Shropshire, Weston Sawmill grow all of our trees locally. Buying your tree from us means you will be supporting local business plus you be getting an organic and pesticide-free Christmas tree.

Weston Sawmill – The Only Destination for Christmas Trees in Staffordshire

For over two decades Weston Sawmill has been the leading the supplier of high-quality, home-grown Christmas trees for customers in Staffordshire and Shropshire.
We are ideally situated on the A5 on the border between the two counties, with an extensive product range that also includes made-to-measure gates, decking and fencing.
If you’d like to know more about or range of Christmas trees, please get in touch today.

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How We Grow Our Nordmann Fir Christmas Trees

We are almost into single figures of the number of weeks until Christmas, so now is the time to start thinking about the best kind of Christmas tree for your home.

Here at Weston Sawmill, we are proud to be the leading supplier of Christmas trees in Shropshire and Staffordshire. One of our most popular types of Christmas tree we supply is the Nordmann Fir range that we grow here in Weston-under-Lizard, Shropshire.

It may seem crazy, but to grow a 6 foot Nordmann Fir tree takes between 6 and 10 years, and plenty of dedication from our team. Here we are going to discuss the tasks we undertake to make sure our trees grow healthily and look spectacular.

The Pre-Planting Process

Controlling weed growth is essential for our Christmas tree plantations, especially grass weeds. A pre-plant application of Glyphosate or a similar herbicide is added in late summer or autumn prior to planting.
By cultivating prior to planting in the autumn we also add a further application of herbicide to any weeds that germinate prior to planting.

Controlling Weeds

High-quality Christmas trees can only be grown by keeping them away from the weeds. The foliage of the lower branches are susceptible to weeds and will go brown if smothered. Glyphosate can be used when the trees are dormant, and we would usually use a half rate of spray.

Protecting Our Christmas Trees

To help our Christmas trees grow to their full potential, it’s essential to protect them from outside influences such as –
Rabbits – Our Christmas trees are protected by rabbit-proof fences to stop them from getting nibbled on by our floppy-eared friends.
Insects – By spraying pesticide several times during growing seasons this will control pests such as aphids.

Get in Touch to Order Your Christmas Tree Today

For over two decades Weston Sawmill has been the leading provider of home-grown Christmas trees to customers all over Shropshire and Staffordshire.
Our base in Weston-under-Lizard is ideally situated on the A5 on the Shropshire/Staffordshire border, making us an easy commute from both counties.
If you’d like to know more about our range of Christmas trees, please contact us today.

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Get in the festive spirit with our Christmas trees in Shropshire!

Looking for the best Christmas trees in Shropshire? Look no further than Weston Sawmill. With over 20 years’ experience and a proud family run business we only supply the most beautiful trees to our customers.

We grow the best Christmas trees around during this special time of year and if you are looking for a real Christmas tree for either outdoor or indoor use, then we guarantee our trees will create the perfect festive statement!

Christmas trees in Shropshire that make you say wow

With only a couple of weeks to go before the festive decorations will be going up, make a Christmas tree the first thing on your list and have one of the most magnificent Christmas trees in Shropshire!
Here at Weston Sawmill we have something for everyone as we offer a range of Christmas trees that can come in any shape or size to suit your needs. We have two kinds of trees that are perfect for decorating and making the perfect Christmas scene.

Why not try the Norway Spruce tree? This Christmas tree is ideal if you want a larger tree and have a traditional style as it is rich in a dark green colour, and grows tall and wide to give the ultimate show stopping look even before any decorations! Not to mention it has a wonderful smell that will instantly create a Christmas feel in your home.

If you are looking for something that has less shedding without the sharp needles, then the Nordmann Fir tree will not disappoint. This tree is low maintenance and because of this, these are one of the most popular Christmas trees in Shropshire. Adding to all these benefits, these trees also look great in any home therefore little ones will be full of excitement to decorate them with all the festive decorations.

Take a look at our Christmas trees in Shropshire

Weston Sawmill have an extensive range this year and because of this we are supplying Christmas trees in Shropshire up until Christmas Eve! Browse our shop and pick your favourite tree or alternatively you could contact us for more information and our staff will be happy to help.