The Christmas Tree Council of Nova Scotia’s Retail Code of Practice is designed to help assure that consumers receive fresh, quality trees from reliable, responsible sales outlets. When purchasing a real Christmas tree in Nova Scotia, look for the signs indicating that the retail lot complies with the code, which includes the following promises:
- Your tree will be fresh cut – if cut before December, no more than 10 days before being placed on retail display.
- Your tree will be clean – vendors will remove mud, road salt, debris and an abundance of dead needles.
- Your tree will be properly stored – vendors will store trees in an effort to prevent frost damage or drying.
- Your tree shall have clean, neat handles – the butt of the tree will be neatly trimmed.
- Your tree will have a fresh cut made at the butt – if you are not equipped to do so at home, simply request that the vendor cut it for you.
- Your tree will be guaranteed – trees which shed excessively will be replaced or refunded.
- Tree care information will be available – the vendor will provide advice on how to best care for your tree at home.
- The tree lot will be clean and professional – the lot will be clean and safe and staff will be friendly and courteous.
- Tree preparation for transport home will be assisted – the vendor will provide wrapping services and help load the tree if needed.