Now that Thanksgiving is Over!

Home Inspector with Helm Home Inspections

Many people like to begin their Christmas shopping on Black Friday.  I guess people love to mix it up in crowds. Everyone has their own traditions.  Ours is a trip up into the mountains to cut a tree for Christmas.  We did it on Saturday.  Now one could think that cutting a tree this early would guarantee needle fall by Christmas.  On the contrary, this newly cut tree is fresher than any you could buy on a lot.  Those are cut in August in order to be ready for shipping.

Here in Washington, we go to the US Forest Service office to buy a $10 permit to cut a tree off Forest Service land.  Our trip yesterday got us up into 3 feet deep snow.  We found a beautiful sub-alpine fir and cut off the top 6 feet.  Does this hurt the tree?  No, trees are very resourceful and send up a new leader to continue to grow.  After getting back down we celebrated with a nice warming shot of Single Malt!

I wish I could show you some pictures of our trip but for some reason, the picture function is not working for me.



Thanks for reading,


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David Helm, Inspector, Helm Home  Inspections Bellingham, Washington  Licensed Home  Inspector #272                                                       WSDA  Licensed Structural Pest Inspector  #69844                                                                                    

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Epcon Columbia, SC - Columbia, SC

Neat story about the tree.  I never go to the stores on Black Friday. Don't know many who do?

Nov 29, 2009 06:26 AM
Suesan Jenifer Therriault
JTHIS-Professional Home Inspection Team - Blakeslee, PA
"Inspecting every purchase as if it were my own".

Hey David,
thanks for sharing all that information. I never knew one could just cut off the top and the tree would still survive and start new growth. We also didn't know that pre-cut tress were cut so early in the year. It's no wonder they don't seem to last all that long.

Nov 29, 2009 06:28 AM