I love having fresh evergreens during the holidays for my urns and garlands. I also love having it throughout the house but if you don’t have a supply of evergreens in your backyard to snip it can get very pricey! You can buy little bundles at the stores for about $10 and there’s hardly enough in the bundle to do anything with. You can also buy pre-arranged containers that are very nice but they are usually around $50 each.
This is my solution – Buy a tree now while they are still in abundance and cheaper than later on. It really doesn’t matter the shape or size of the tree. I bought this tree today for $20 at the Super C grocery store.
With my hedge trimmer I removed every single branch right to the trunk. I have to admit I got a few strange looks from people walking their dogs as I was destroying this tree. I didn’t want to waste any of the branches. A little twig can go a long way when decorating 🙂
I always decorate a few urns at the front of the house for colour during the day and then all white lights for the evening. I think there is more impact when you do at least two urns. I hardly had to use any of the branches since I also fill the urns with topiaries, ornaments and berries. The final touch is wrapping the urns with some beautiful durable outdoor ribbon that I use year after year.
The best part is I now have three additional large boxes of branches that are cut and ready to use all season. Every time I want some fresh evergreens in the house I can just go to the garage and grab a handful. The key is to keep them in a cold place so they stay fresh.