Christmas tree care

Mon. Nov. 30, 2020

Click below to listen to my 2 min. Garden Bite radio show: Christmas tree care

The local nurseries are filled with Frasier Firs, Balsams, Pine and Spruce. Ahh, that smell is awesome!

Fraser fir 2016

You learned all about the different types of trees last week, which ones are the most fragrant, ones that can hold a lot of ornaments and ones that have those pretty soft needles. Now we need to talk about the CARE of those beauties you brought into 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
Leave the chainsaw OUTSIDE!

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!

2020 porch tree – I can see it from my kitchen!