You have visited the tree lot and picked out the perfect, beautiful, green, lush, Christmas tree for your home—so what now?! Here are some tips for buying and caring for your Christmas tree this holiday season.
Try Before You Buy
When you find a Christmas tree in the lot, you should first make sure that it is fresh enough to last through Christmas dinner! Take a branch between your thumb and index finger and gently pull it towards you. If a lot of the pine needles come off in your hand, it is probably not too fresh. If only a couple needles fall off, the tree is fresh. Another way to test is by shaking the tree. Again, if only a couple pine needles fall down, your Christmas tree is pretty fresh.
Once You Get Home
If you aren’t decorating your tree right away, keep it in a sheltered and cold area in a bucket full of water. Watering is one of the most important parts of keeping your Christmas tree fresh. When you are ready to set up your Christmas tree, make a fresh cut across the base of the trunk and put the tree in a tree stand that can hold at least a gallon of water. Without making a cut, your Christmas tree won’t properly absorb water.
Once You’re Set Up
As a rule of thumb, don’t ever let your tree stand run dry. If water drops below the base of your Christmas tree, a hard crust of dried sap will form on the bottom, causing you to need to do another cut on the bottom of the tree. Your Christmas tree will absorb a ton of water the first couple days, so make sure to set an alarm on your phone or make checking the base a regular part of your routine. Be sure to keep your Christmas tree far away from any heat sources including candles, fireplaces, space heaters, radiators, television sets, heat vents, and literally anything that puts off a good deal of heat. These will make your Christmas tree dry out sooner and potentially catch it on fire.
Tree Care Throughout the Year with Nelson Tree Specialist!
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