Now Thanksgiving has passed everyone is turning their attention to Christmas. Many people around the county are quickly rushing to put up their Christmas decorations. When it comes to Christmas decorations there is none more important than the Christmas tree. Today I want to talk a little about the proper care of a real tree so it will maintain its beauty through the Christmas season.
Choosing a Christmas Tree
First, note that if you prefer to buy your tree from a garden store or roadside lot, it likely came from out-of-state and has been exposed to drying winds in transit. If you’re looking to start with the freshest possible tree, opt for one from your local Christmas tree farm. Either way, it’s essential to know how to choose the best Christmas tree. Look for a healthy, green tree with the least amount of brown needles. Select a tree displayed in a shady location. Avoid picking from a sunny area if possible. Run a few branches through your hands, the needles should feel pliable and not fall off. After you purchase a Christmas tree, make sure there is a fresh cut to aid water absorption. This gets rid of any dried-over resin that might block the tree from absorbing water.
Christmas Tree Care
Displaying trees in a manner in which they look visually pleasing while maintaining good health of the tree is the main priority. Choose a stand that fits your tree and avoid scraping the sides of the trunk to fit a stand. The outer layers of wood are the most efficient in taking up water and should not be removed. Traditional reservoir type stands are the most effective way of maintaining their freshness and minimizing needle loss problems. Proper watering is vital to maintaining a healthy and beautiful Christmas tree. As a general rule, stands should provide 1 quart of water per inch of trunk diameter. Check the stand daily to make sure that the level of water does not go below the base of the tree. With many stands, there can still be water in the stand even though the base of the tree is no longer submerged in water.
No Christmas tree is complete without lights, however it is important to use the right kind of lights to maintain your tree’s health. Use lights that produce low heat, such as miniature lights which will reduce the drying of the tree. Always keep safety in mind as well and inspect your light sets prior to placing them on the tree. If worn, replace them with a new set. Last but not least ensure trees are kept away from major sources of heat such as fireplaces, heat vents or direct sunlight.
Take these tips into consideration to keep your tree beautiful throughout the Christmas Season.