Guide to caring for a real tree:
Some people believe Christmas just isn't Christmas without a real Christmas tree. Here is an easily printable guide that will help you preserve that perfect tree whether you purchase it from Sober’s Tree lot or a Christmas tree farm. These steps should help you keep a Christmas tree fresh through the holiday season.
1. Refresh the tree by making a straight cut, taking one inch off the butt and immediately place in water. This will improve water uptake (See Tip 1).
2. Place the tree in a stand that can hold at least 1 gallon of water. You should expect the tree to take up additional water. Water the new tree until water uptake stops. Never let the tree water go dry as once it does the bottom of the tree will dry and it will not absorb water.
3. Always keep the base of a tree in water. If the base dries out, resin will form over the cut end and the tree will not be able to absorb water and will dry out quickly. You don't need anything other than regular tap water - drying out deters future water uptake and will need a new cut. Commercially prepared mixes like aspirin, sugar and other additives introduce into the water are not necessary. Research has shown that plain water will keep a tree fresh.
4. Check for worn Christmas tree light electrical cords and always unplug at night. Use UL approved electrical decorations and cords. Using miniature lights produce less heat and reduce the drying effect on the tree or any chance of fire.
5. Take down the tree before it dries out. Many fresh cut trees if properly cared for (using the first five steps) should last at least five weeks before drying out. Some species keep their moisture longer that others.
1. Cutting a refresh cookie off the tree base is important only when trees have been cut for over 4 hours.
2. For easier watering, buy a funnel and a 3 to 4 foot tube. Slip the tube over the funnel outlet, extend tubing down into the tree stand and water without bending over or disturbing the tree skirt. Hide this system in an out-of-the-way part of the tree.
3. Tree bags are great in keeping needles to a minimum when removing the tree. It is best to remove all decorations and leave the lights on the tree. Pull up the tree bag over the tree and take it outside to remove the lights as removing the lights makes the needles fly all over the place and this is best done outside.
4. The less the lights are left on the longer the tree will last.
Guide for caring for a live tree:
Displaying a live and living Christmas tree perks up the season plus provides a tree for your yard. There are quite a number of people who really hate to buy a tree then turn around and just throw it away. But on a more personal note, some Christmas celebrations are important enough to commemorate by planting the tree that was an intimate part of a special Christmas. To some people, they are all special and important!
1. Gradually introduce your living tree from outside to inside over three or four days via the garage or enclosed porch. A tree that is dormant and exposed to immediate warmth will start to grow. You want to avoid any quick resumption of growth.
2. While the tree is introduced into the house via porch or garage, check for critters and insect egg masses as the tree acclimatizes.
3. Visit your nearest lawn and garden supply store. Purchase a spray with an anti-desiccant or anti-wilt product to minimize needle loss (do this during the introduction phase). This particular product will not only reduce needle loss, it will contain the loss of valuable moisture lost to a climate controlled home.
4. If possible, locate your tree in the coolest part of the room and away from heating ducts. This will work with the anti-wilt product to keep the tree moist and prevent the loss of valuable moisture.Type your paragraph here.