How to Take Care of Your Christmas Tree

Artificial Christmas trees are a great option if you want a hassle-free, low maintenance way to celebrate the season. But no matter how real they may look, it’s hard to beat the appearance, feel, and fragrance of a freshly cut tree. Not to mention the fun of trekking out to find just the right one. Whether you cut it down yourself or prefer the pre-cut variety, keep your evergreen looking as fresh as the day you brought it home with these 5 care tips.

  1. Choose the right-size tree stand. Choose a stand that comfortably and easily fits the trunk to avoid having to shave the tree down – doing so will only dry out the tree faster. Also, make sure that the stand isn’t so large that the tree stump can’t be secured in place with screws or bolts. Look for a stand that provides 1 quart of water for every inch of stem diameter.

  1. Put the tree in water ASAP. If you plan to let your tree settle for a while before putting it in a water-filled stand, don’t wait more than 6 to 8 hours. Even if the tree is pre-cut, saw a couple of inches off the bottom to enhance water absorption. A fresh cut tree can consume up to a gallon of water within the first few hours of setting it up.
  2. Consider where you position the tree. Place the tree away from any sources of heat like a fireplace, radiator, or baseboard heater to avoid drying it out too fast. Also, keep it away from a sun-facing window.
  3. Water the tree frequently. Once your tree is set up, make sure that the cut part of the trunk remains well below the water line. Check the water level frequently – several times a day for the first few days – and add more water as needed.
  4. Keep an eye on the needles. It’s common for a tree to lose a few needles here and there, but if needles start dropping when you touch them or move a branch, it means the tree is drying out. It’s best to remove the lights and decorations and take the tree outside, otherwise it could pose a serious fire hazard.

Overly dry indoor air can affect much more than a holiday tree. It’s also the cause of nose bleeds, static electrical shock, dry skin, frizzy hair, and wooden doors and furniture that can shrink and crack over time. To avoid all that, contact Air Professionals today for more information about a whole-house humidifier. It will add comfort to your winter indoor living and help reduce your heating costs – we’ll be happy to explain how.

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