Click below to listen to my 2 min. Garden Bite radio show: Christmas tree care
Oh the wonderful scent of a real tree! Before you go out to cut your tree, make sure you measure the area where you plan to place it. You may think you’re good at eyeballing it, but really, who wants to have to cut the tree to fit the space once it’s in your home!?!
How to care for your tree!
- Figure out WHERE you’re going to place your tree and…
- Keep your tree away from heat sources like registers, tv sets, computers, fireplaces and space heaters. This will speed up evaporation, cause moisture loss, needle drop and a major fire hazard!
- Before bringing your tree indoors, cut a half inch slice off the bottom of the trunk to reopen the tree to take up water. They tend to seal back up when exposed to air. (some nurseries will do this for you)
- Have an appropriate size water stand ready and waiting with warm tap water. No need to add anything to it.
- Keep an eye on the water level and never let it get below the cut of the tree or it will seal up again and you’ll lose the tree much quicker.
- Check your local nurseries or tree farms for fresh Christmas trees
I actually have friends who, having brought a huge tree into their home (vaulted ceilings), it was still too large… yes, he used a chainsaw IN the house. They were finding needles FOR YEARS. Luckily that’s all… instead of limbs… human that is!