Choosing your fresh tree.

Measure the ceiling height in your home where you intend to set up your tree, then subtract the height of your tree stand and the height of your tree topper. Also measure the width of the space where you will set up your tree.

Take a tape measure with you to the tree farm.

Know the maximum and minimum size trunk that will fit your tree stand.

Evaluate ornaments you will hang on your tree. Heavier ornaments will require stronger branches. Long/ tall ornaments will require room to drape and be seen between lower branches. Bring an unbreakable sample ornament with you when choosing your tree.

Getting your tree home safely.

The tree farm will bale your tree for transport, and some will help you secure it to your vehicle. Don’t forget to bring: extra twine and bungee cords, a red flag or bandanna in case the tree hangs off the end of your car, gloves to protect your hands, and an old blanket to protect your car.

Start an annual tradition at a local u-cut tree farm:

A & B’s Christmas trees

28641 132nd Ave SE,

Auburn, WA 98092


Coates Christmas Trees

17225 SE Green Valley Rd,

Auburn, WA 98092

Pfaff’s Christmas Trees

29204 124th Ave SE,

Auburn, WA 98092

Ronnei Christmas Tree Farm

11210 Carnation-Duvall Rd NE

Carnation, WA 98014

Mt. Rainier Nobles

42922 196th Ave SE,

Enumclaw, WA 98022

Trinity Tree Farm

14237 228th Ave SE,

Issaquah, WA 98027

Yeisley’s Tiger Mtn Tree Farm

15052 Tiger Mountain Rd SE,

Issaquah, WA 98027


Uncle Eek’s Trees

12202 SE Kent Kangley Rd,

Kent, WA 98030

Crystal Creek Tree Farm

23604 SE 192nd St,

Maple Valley, WA 98038

Mountain View Tree Farm

26904 SE 216th St,

Maple Valley, WA 98038


Three Tree Farms

28033 SE 216th St,

Maple Valley, WA 98038

Mountain Creek Christmas Tree Farm

6821 440th Ave Se

Snoqualmie, WA 98065

Traditions Tree Farm

24030 SE 192nd St,

Maple Valley, WA 98065

Keith & Scott Tree Farm

43342 SE Mount Si Rd,

North Bend, WA 98045

What to Do With Your Tree After The Holidays Are Over

Most cities have curbside tree recycling or a Boy Scout troop (or other nonprofit) in the area that will take trees for a small donation. Contact your local Boy Scout troop for dates and locations. For more information, contact your county or yard waste collection service:

King County – Curbside recycling

Snohomish County – Check with your yard waste collection service or consult the Everett Community College sustainability blog at

Pierce County – Use curbside recycling if subscribing to yard waste collection services, visit If not subscribing, trees can to be taken to Pierce County transfer stations.

Note: Most waste collection providers require the tree to be cut into pieces. Flocked trees cannot be recycled. For more information, visit