Branch out, cut your own tree

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November 27, 2005|By SARAH YURGEALITIS | SARAH YURGEALITIS,SUN REPORTER

A favorite tradition of the Christmas season is going to pick a tree. Driving to a tree farm and felling your own makes for a festive outing.

Whether you like them short or tall, round or slim, Scotch pine or blue spruce, Maryland's tree farms probably have a tree just right for you. Many open for business this weekend (call ahead to make sure) and close only when this year's crop of trees runs out. Most provide saws and help getting your tree securely atop the car. Prices vary, and some farms offer other greenery, food and hot drinks. Check whether the one you choose is a cash-only operation.

Use this handy guide to help find your tree this season.

ANNE ARUNDEL

Friendship Trees -- 6950 Old Solomons Island Road, Friendship / Douglas and Fraser fir trees, as well as Norway spruce and white pine. In addition to wreaths and roping, Friendship Trees' own honey is for sale. Carts are available for hauling trees. 1 p.m.-4:30 p.m. Mondays-Fridays; 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays. 410-741-5712.

Nicholson Tree Farm -- Little Road, Bristol-Deale / Hundreds of Fraser firs up to 12 feet tall, as well as various other types of trees. Roping service; bags, wreaths, Christmas cacti and poinsettias are also for sale. 8 a.m.-dark daily. 301-855-4243.

BALTIMORE COUNTY

Feezers Farm -- 11680 Marriottsville Road, Marriottsville / Warm your hands with a cup of hot chocolate while sucking on a candy cane, courtesy of the farm owners. Douglas fir, white pine, white spruce and Colorado blue spruce are available. 8 a.m.-sunset Fridays-Sundays. 410-461-5654 or feezers farm.com.

Frostee Tree Farm -- 8926 Cowenton Ave., Perry Hall / In addition to Norway and blue spruce, Douglas fir and Scotch pine are also available. 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays. 410-391-5113.

Martin's Tree Farm -- 18130 Falls Road, Hampstead / White pine and Norway spruce trees. Wreaths, snacks and wagon rides are also available. Cash only. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays. 410-374-8114.

Mount Carmel Tree Farm -- 2105 Mount Carmel Road, Parkton / Hundreds of trees, along with wreaths, greens and holly. Shaking and baling are complimentary; food and drinks are also available. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. daily. 410-329-8032.

Ruhl's Tree Farm -- 14430 Jarrettsville Pike, Phoenix / Douglas firs are most abundant here, ranging in height from 5 to 12 feet. Roping and wreaths are for sale; baling is free. 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. daily. 410-666-2924.

Stansbury Christmas Tree Farm -- 3519 Stansbury Mill Road, Jacksonville / Visitors can cut their own trees, including spruce, pine and fir varieties, or pick up a pre-cut tree. Greens and wreaths are also for sale. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. daily. 410-666-2531.

CARROLL COUNTY

Davidson Christmas Tree Farm -- 1105 Emory Church Road, Upperco / Fir and spruce trees as well as wreaths, greens and roping. After you pick out your tree, visit the snack barn and browse a holiday craft selection. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Fridays-Sundays. 410-239-6556.

Feldhof Farm -- 2311 Neudecker Road, Westminster / Along with Douglas and Fraser firs, Feldhof has unusual varieties such as Austrian and red pines. Wreaths, greens and balled living trees are also for sale. Baling fee is $1. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays. 410-876-7680.

Hirt Tree Farm -- 917 Arnold Road, Westminster / Scotch and white pine as well as blue spruce and Douglas fir, among others. Wreaths and greens are for sale, as well as balled living trees. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. daily. 410-876-8839.

Otterdale View Christmas Tree Farm -- 4364 Middleburg Road, Union Bridge / Along with trees, this family-run farm offers handmade wreaths in seven sizes. Baling fee is $1; free cider. Noon-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Thursdays; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Fridays-Sundays. 410-775-0176.

Pine Valley Farms -- 1150 Fannie Dorsey Road, Sykesville / Choose from among 15,000 pine and fir trees, along with roping, greens, wreaths and crafts. There is also plenty of food for sale, including barbecue, hot dogs and hot drinks. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily (until Dec. 15). 410-795-8314 or pinevalleyfarms.com.

Poplar Run Nursery & Tree Farm -- 4221 Church Road, Manchester / Cut your own pine, spruce or fir, or have a staff member cut your tree for you. Nursery plants and wreaths also for sale. 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. 410-374-5026.

Quality Evergreens -- 2020 Garrett Road, Manchester / After you choose your pine, fir or spruce tree, enjoy a picnic or check out the petting zoo. Baling, drilling and loading assistance are included with purchase. Noon-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. 410-374-1499 or qualityevergreens.com.

Sewell's Farm -- 3400 Harney Road, Taneytown / Concolor, Fraser and Douglas firs are available; you'll also find balled living trees and trinkets at the country Christmas shop. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. 410-756-4397.

Thomas Tree Farm -- 3501 Hanover Pike, Manchester / Canaan fir, white pine and blue spruce on a 65-acre farm. Shaking and baling are complimentary. Credit cards accepted. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. 410-374-9538 or thomastree farm.com.

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