About our U-Pick! 

2019 U-Pick Hours

Nov 30th - Dec 22nd
9 am - 4 pm

(no new entries into the lot after 3:30PM)

Alf & Jean's Scothorn Farms U-Pick

Procedures for our U-Pick

  • Check in at the cabin (between the hours of 9AM & 3:30PM) at the entrance of the lot.
  • One of our helpful staff will give you a folding hand saw (if you require one) as well as some twine to loosely tie your tree to your vehicle.
  • Head into the tree lot. Follow our many roads through 140 picturesque acres of trees.
  • Choose your favourite tree and cut it down.
  • Return to the cabin where one of our staff will measure & bale your tree, if you choose, and assist you in loading it onto your vehicle for transport to your home.
  • We accept payment in cash only.
  • Enjoy a complimentary cup of warm apple cider. A donation can be made to the Angel Tree Fund.
  • You and your family may also enjoy a wagon ride through the woods. Wagon rides are subject to availability on weekends. These rides are provided by a local horse enthusiast. No reservations required. The cost is $5 for adults, $2 for children.
  • Please keep in mind that we are located several kilometers from the main road, in the woods, without electricity or telephone service. Our lot is not lit so we must close by dusk. Please dress appropriately to possibly walk through snow and/or light mud.
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**HST included in all prices
Height Price
5' $25.00
6' $30.00
7' $35.00
8' $40.00
9' $50.00
10' $70.00
11' $80.00
12' $100.00

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How to keep your tree fresh

Here's how to maintain your tree's fragrance and prevent mass needle fallout:
  1. When you buy your tree, have an inch cut off the base to make it easier for the tree to take in water. Be sure the cut is straight so the tree will stand up properly.
  2. If you don't plan to put the tree up right away, place the tree in a bucket of warm water and stand it in an unheated garage or porch away from the wind and cold.
  3. When you bring your tree inside, use a stand that holds at least one gallon of water.
  4. Keep your tree well-watered. Water prevents the needles from drying and dropping off and maintains the fragrance. Trees may use several quarts a day, so check the water level in the stand every few hours.
  5. Never let the water level fall below the base of the tree or the cut end may seal over, preventing further water intake. If this happens, take the tree down and make a fresh cut.
  6. Don't add anything to the water. Though some people swear that throwing in such extras such as aspirin, soda water, bleach, salt, sugar, or Karo syrup helps keep trees fresh for longer, the experts say plain water, and plenty of it, is best.
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Christmas Tree Safety Tips

  1. Provide a stable tree stand that holds the tree securely, and is large enough to prevent tipping.
  2. Do not block or obscure any part of an exit or hallway.
  3. Avoid heat sources and keep exposure to direct sunlight to a minimum.
  4. Stabilize your tree by tying it to the floor, a wall, or ceiling support.
  5. Check your tree daily, first thing in the morning, for dryness. If it is too dry it can be a fire hazard.
  6. When using electric lighting on Christmas trees, use low energy lights (miniature lights) that are CSA approved and in good repair.
    Note: Ensure that the lights are turned off when the area is vacant. Furthermore, the lights should be unplugged before retiring for the night or leaving the premises.
  7. Locate a fire extinguisher near your tree for additional safety.
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How to recycle your tree

As well as putting your tree at the roadside for the local community recycling program, you can also try one of the following uses.

It's good for the environment... so, it's good for you too!

  • Use your tree as a backyard bird feeder... hang suet balls and popcorn/cranberry strands from the branches.
  • Cut into small pieces and use for mulch around your shrubs.
  • In Nova Scotia, trees are often used to protect sand dunes from erosion.
  • Use THIS year's tree, cut into small chunks and pieces, to start next year's FIRST holiday fire.
  • Leave your wreath up to turn a lovely shade of auburn and then...
    • use the needles in a fragrant sachet.
    • Cut up and put in your compost pile
  • Use the tree as a bean (or pea) support pole. Sharpen the trunk and drive it into the ground - by summertime your tree will be covered with growing bean or pea vines and it will be "alive" again.
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