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'A wonderful experience': Byron Christmas tree farm shares tips on keeping your live tree fresh

Roberts Christmas Tree Farm owner Mike Roberts says his fresh trees can last about four and a half to five weeks, so now is the best time to buy.

BYRON, Ga. — It's that time of the year again where you need to decide whether to put up a live Christmas tree or an artificial one. 

If you haven't made it out to Roberts Christmas Tree Farm just outside of Byron, you might want to get here this week. 13WMAZ has already seen several families looking for the perfect tree.

Generations have come through Roberts Christmas Tree Farm.

"It's one of those things we really hold near and dear to our hearts," Mike Roberts said.

Roberts owns the farm. He says his grandfather, Eddie Roberts, opened it in the late 1970s.

"We've got customers who are still coming out from as far back as the late '70s, early '80 days," Roberts said.

"We try to get out here quick. We try to get the selection of a tree we want," Chad Vanhorn said.

Roberts says now is the best time to buy a Christmas tree to get your money's worth.

"I just can't do a fake tree. It's just a whole experience being able to come out here and cut down a tree and kind of experience with the family. It's a lot of fun," Vanhorn said.

Vanhorn cuts a 10-footer with his family every year.

"It's a wonderful experience. This is one of her memorable times coming out here. She might not remember last year, but I think this year, she'll definitely remember more," Vanhorn said, talking about sharing the experience with his daughter.

Roberts says his fresh trees can last about four-and-a-half to five weeks. However, he says, there are important steps to make sure your tree lasts that long, like staying on top of watering it.

"I don't recommend anything special, just lukewarm water. You don't have to put Sprite in the water bowl stand or sugar or anything like that, because if you think about it, when they are out here growing naturally, we don't come out and put anything particular on them to help them, so lukewarm water seems to really do the trick," Roberts said.

"This is a good place," Roberts' son Brayden said.

One day, Brayden might represent a new generation.

"It's kind of like a family tradition. I am going to try and keep it going," Brayden said.

Roberts says fresh trees go through about a gallon of water every 24 hours. He also suggests keeping it away from direct, dry heat, like vents, heaters, fire places, etc. Roberts also suggests cutting the tree "really close to the ground, so you have enough room to put it into your stand without having to remove the bottom branches from the tree itself."

His trees range from four-and-a-half feet tall to about 10 feet tall. His trees cost between $45 to $110 including sales tax. They sell several different types of trees, including a variety of cypress, cedars, and other evergreens.

If you want to buy a real Christmas tree from their farm this year, you're going to want to make it out before they close for the season on December 21. 

You can find Roberts Christmas Tree Farm in Bryon off Peach Parkway. It's open from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. seven days a week, including Thanksgiving Day, until December 21.

It's also a pet-friendly, photographer-friendly farm. If you have questions, you can call the farm at 478-951-4077.

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