How to retain the look and smell of your live Christmas tree

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The holiday season is here and don’t we all love decorating out very own Christmas tree and wish it stayed just the way it is without drying up. Well fortunately you can do a few things to ensure they last the season without drying out and becoming a fire hazard.

Here’s what you can do:

  • Always choose trees that have good needle retention. White pine, Colorado blue spruce and Scotch pine are wise options for a Christmas tree.
  • Use a tree stand that fits the trunk adequately. This prevents whittling down of the trunk which means better outer layers to absorb moisture.
  • Ideally you should give the tree a quart of water per inch of the diameter of the stem. Cut trees need a lot of water as compared to rooted ones.
  • Saw off a ½ inch thick circle from the base of the tree before placing it into the sand. This will make it easier for the tree to draw up water.
  • Monitor the water level in the sand daily. Ensure it never dips below the base of the tree by adding water as needed.
  • Place your tree as away from heat as possible. So space heaters, fireplaces and direct sunlight should be distanced from the tree. This will help decrease the tree’s need for water.

There you go! Have a fresh smelling and beautifully green Christmas tree all holiday through. Happy Holidays!

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