Choose & Cut
12200 Empire Grade
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Choose & Cut your Christmas Tree at Crest Ranch Christmas Tree Farm
So you've made it to the top of Ben Lomond Mountain. This virtual tour will take you through the choose and cut process.
Step One: Parking
When you arrive you will be directed to park by our friendly staff. Once parked, look for the office. Remember, if you need help with anything during your visit, just ask! We're here to help
Step Two: Grab a saw
The saws are always free to use, and are located the right of the office/register. A staff member will be happy to show you how to use it. If you are looking for a large tree, handcarts are available.
Step Three: Find your tree.
Search our beautiful acreage for the perfect tree. Have a particular tree type or size in mind? Ed or Louise will be able to point you in the right direction.
Step Four: Cut Smart For the Next Generation
Once you've found your tree, find a place on the trunk, just above the bottom greenery, to begin your cut. Remember to leave enough of a stump to put into your Christmas tree stand. You will be leaving some greenery on the stump so it can continue to generate trees for years to come! Check out our Growing section to see how we regenerate trees from the same stump year after year!
Step Five: Cut Your Tree
Saw perpendicular to the trunk. Let the whole family join in for a great photo opportunity.
Step Six: Measure and Checkout
Bring your tree to the office to be measured & paid for. Prices are based on a 5-foot minimum tree. If you are looking for a tree that is less than 5 feet tall, pre-cut tabletop trees are available, already on the stand.
Step Seven: Wrapping
Have your tree wrapped in netting for free. This makes the tree easy and safe to transport. Just snip it off at home after your tree is in the stand (recycle netting by placing in a milk jug). Twine is also available to secure your tree to your car.
Step Eight: At Home
When you get home the cut on your tree will be sealed with dry sap. Trim off an additional 1/2 inch and put immediately in water. Water your tree daily.