PORTLAND - Fresh is better, when it comes to Christmas trees.

U-Cut tree farms are hoping for your business in the coming weeks. At Allen Tree Farm in Clackamas County, 10,000-20,000 trees are cut each year. The next two weekends will likely be the busiest of the six week season. A 6-foot tree will cost any where from $18 to $40, depending on the type of tree.

The Douglas fir is perhaps the best known and is considered to be the traditional, full-bodied, cone-shaped tree. Doug firs are the cheapest, but tend to dry out the fastest. If you prefer a Douglas fir, you might want to wait until two or three weeks from Christmas Day.

The Grand fir is priced in the middle and is famous for its wonderful fragrance, sure to fill your home with the aroma of the holiday season. Needles on the Grand fir are silvery on the bottom. Brenda Allen says the shiny needles will add a glow to your Christmas lights.

The most expensive choice is the Noble fir. Allen says Noble firs are often the best seller. The tree is known for it's sturdy branches, perfect for heavy or large ornaments. The Noble is also your best choice if you like to get an early tree.

A fresh Noble should stay green and fresh through the New Year's holiday and beyond.

When watering, you should use lukewarm water. Cold water will shut down the tree and bring an early drying.

Some people claim a little sugar or a can of lemon lime soda mixed with water will also help keep your tree fresh and the needles intact.

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