As December is quickly approaching, many of us are in the midst of preparing for Christmas. Of course, the most popular Christmas decoration is the tree. While artificial trees offer the simplicity of always being ready and they don’t shed needles on your floor, nothing can beat the look and smell of a freshly cut Christmas tree.
Follow these simple steps to help make your fresh Christmas tree last longer.
- The most important step is to choose the right tree. To get the freshest tree possible, head to a local tree farm where you can cut your own tree. If that option isn’t available, ask when the pre-cut trees were harvested. Give the tree a gentle shake to see how many needles fall off (the fewer, the better) and make sure the needles are pliable and not brittle.
- Once you have selected your tree, you need to get it into water within 3-4 hours after it was cut. If you are buying from a tree lot, have them cut an inch off the bottom of the tree. This will give you a fresh stump and allow the tree to absorb more water.
- To keep your tree from drying out, keep it away from direct sunlight, heaters, and fans. Be sure there is enough water to cover the base the tree. Check the stand daily to see if you need to add more water. You can even use a room humidifier to help keep the needles fresher.
- Check your lights to make sure none of the wires are damaged, as this could start a fire. LED lights are a great option for Christmas trees as they use very little energy and stay cooler.
According to many tree experts, if you follow these steps, your tree should stay fresh for a month or longer.
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