WITH Christmas just around the corner, lots of us will be thinking about how to get our Christmas trees this year.
Fortunately, B&Q has just launched a new real tree delivery service with prices starting from just £19.
The trees will be available from Friday, November 20 and you can order direct from B&Q's website – DIY.com.
This is the first time B&Q has done a real tree delivery service, and it means that anyone who is self-isolating due to coronavirus will still be able to get in the festive spirit.
The new service covers B&Q’s full range of cut and potted trees, such as the new Fraser Fir, a slimmer tree that is perfect for smaller rooms.
B&Q’s cut Christmas trees available for nationwide home delivery includes:
- Nordmann fir (120cm – 150cm), starting from £19
- Norway spruce (180cm – 210cm), starting from £39
- Fraser fir (180cm – 210cm), starting from £39
- Blue spruce (180cm – 210cm), starting from £39
Standard delivery is £5, but free for orders over £50.
Prices for trees can vary substantially, so it's worth shopping around before you make your choice.
Some retailers run bumper deals, for instance IKEA sold real trees last year for just £9.
But some places are substantially more expensive, for instance John Lewis tree prices start from £75.
How to look after your real Christmas tree
HERE’S what you need to know if you’re buying a real Christmas tree:
First thing's first: buy a pot (if it doesn't come in one already).
You'll need to treat your tree just like a houseplant and give it water and attention.
Make sure the container has good drainage – and it's a good idea to put something underneath to catch the excess water.
Check the soil everyday to make sure it's not drying out.
If it feels dry, give it some water. If it still feels moist, leave it alone as too much water can also kill a tree.
Also check the LED bulbs on your tree lights aren't too hot as they could burn it, and keep your tree away from radiators.
When Christmas is over, try planting it in the garden so you can dig it up and use it again next year.
It's a good idea to take it out of its pot when you do re-plant it though, as large trees don't survive well in pots as their roots need space to grow.
All of B&Q’s real trees are harvested from sustainable forests and 93% are grownin the UK.
New trees are planted to replace those that have been cut, enabling the long growing cycle of six to ten years to continue.
Each year the number of trees planted by B&Q’s main supplier in Aberdeenshire is greater than the number harvested to ensure that the Christmas trees are responsible and forest-friendly.
B&Q will also be selling its trees in store – as it is allowed to remain open throughout lockdown as an "essential retailer".
There are 297 stores across the UK and you can find your nearest using the store locator tool.
Best real Christmas trees to order online including Pines and Needles and Croft and Cole.
If you don't fancy buying a real tree this year, Wilko has slashed prices of artificial trees by 20% – and they now start from just £8.
Argos and Very are also among the retailers to bring back their half Christmas tree for those who can't be bothered to decorate.
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