Some people believe that Christmas just isn’t Christmas without a real Christmas tree. In any case, there are some steps you can take to make sure your tree stays healthy and well-preserved throughout the holiday season.
• Prepare For Your Tree: Make sure you have a stand that can hold at least one gallon of water. Though you should expect the tree to soak up additional water, this is probably sufficient. Also make sure you refresh your tree by making a straight cut, taking one inch off the bottom. This will improve water intake.
• Watering Your Tree: Always keep the base of the tree in water. If the base dries out, resin will form over the cut end and the tree won’t be able to absorb water and will dry out quickly. Tap water is fine; commercially prepared mixes like aspirin, sugar and other additives are not necessary. For easier watering, buy a funnel and a three to four foot tube. Slip the tube over the funnel outlet, extend the tubing down into the tree stand and water without bending over or disturbing the tree skirt. You can hide this system in an “out of the way” part of the tree.
• Adding Lights: When adding lights to your Christmas tree, check them for worn spots or any exposed wires. Always unplug the lights at night. Using miniature lights means you are producing less heat, therefore, your tree will not dry out nearly as fast, and there is less chance of a fire hazard.
• Clean Up: Take down your tree before it dries out. Many fresh cut trees, if properly cared for, should last at least five weeks before drying out. Some species keep their moisture longer than others.
Even though it might take a little extra time, care and effort to keep your Christmas tree healthy, your tree will look nicer, and will last much longer.