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- A few simple care tips will enhance the enjoyment of your Christmas tree and keep it fresh and fragrant throughout the holiday season.
- Care for the tree as carefully as you care for cut flowers.
- Let the tree remain outdoors or on a cool porch or patio until you are ready to decorate. An area that provides protection from the wind will help the tree retain its moisture.
- If possible, bring the tree to a partially-heated area (the basement or porch) the night before decorating.
- Make a fresh, straight cut across the trunk about an inch up from the original cut and place the truck end immediately into fresh water. This opens the tree stem so it can take up water. If you allow the water level to drop below the trunk, a seal will form just as it does on a cut flower, and new cut will be necessary. As long as the tree keeps drawing water, it will remain fresh.
- Trees are thirsty! They may drink between two pints and a gallon of water per day, so make sure to check daily and supply fresh water as needed!
- Your tree is biodegradable. It’s branches may be removed and used as mulch in the garden. The trunk can be used for fuel or chopped for mulch.
- Be sure the tree is well supported in a water-holding stand and is away from fireplaces, radiators, TV sets and other heat sources. These elements can prematurely dry your tree.
- Avoid use of combustible decorations. Check all electric lights and connections. Do not use lights with worn or frayed cords and NEVER use lighted candles. Don’t overload electrical circuits. Lights should be off when the house in unattended and when you retire each evening.
Remember = a fresh supply of plenty of water is essential to keep the tree fresh!
Do a freshness test on the trees. Gently grasp a branch between your thumb and forefinger and pull it toward you. If the tree is fresh then just a few needles should come off. Green needles on fresh trees break crisply when bent sharply with the fingers, similar to a fresh carrot. Look for other indicators of dryness or deterioration: excessive needle loss, discolored foliage, musty odor, needle pliability, and wrinkled bark.
Cutting the Stump
Make a fresh cut to remove about a 1/2-inch-thick disc of wood from the base of the trunk before putting the tree in the stand. Make the cut perpendicular to the stem axis. Don't cut the trunk at an angle, or into a V-shape, which makes it far more difficult to hold the tree in the stand and also reduces the amount of water available to the tree. Next step is to place the tree in a stand.
After Buying Your Tree
Watering Your Tree
Choosing a fresh-cut or live tree is a great way to add more green to your holiday. Unlike artificial trees, real trees are a renewable resource, with hundreds of thousands of acres dedicated to their cultivation. Christmas tree farms raise and harvest different varieties of trees, virtually eliminating the harvesting of trees in the wild, which can deplete valuable forests. According to the National Christmas Tree Association, every acre of planted trees produces enough oxygen to meet the daily needs of 18 people.
- The average tree takes approximately seven years to reach maturity.
- For every tree that is harvested, anywhere from one to three more seedlings are planted
- Recycling programs located in most communities turn your used tree into useful mulch.
When it comes to selecting your tree, look for one with a bright, vibrant color. Needles that look dull and listless can indicate dryness or age. Because fresh-cut trees have a limited life, you’ll want to be sure and purchase one that was recently harvested. While some needle loss is normal on any tree, when it is shaken, it should retain the vast majority of its needles. If there is excessive loss, move on to the next tree. If you are selecting a live tree, be sure to do your homework and choose a species that will grow and thrive in your region.
- Shake the tree and observe how many needles it sheds.
- Withered bark on the outer twigs and branches indicates excessive dryness.
- Pine trees with brittle needles that break easily are dehydrated.
- Fir needles that are fresh and well-hydrated snap crisply when bent.
- Inspect both fresh-cut and live trees for the presence of insects and other pests.
Care and Maintenance
Keeping your tree hydrated is the key to maintaining a healthy, vibrant tree throughout the holiday season. Trees can consume as much as a gallon or more of water per day, depending on the type and size of the tree. Make sure your stand has enough depth to keep the base of the trunk submerged in water at all times. Fresh-cut trees usually last between four and six weeks, so be careful not to purchase too early; sometime around Thanksgiving will suffice.
- Be sure to choose a stand that can fit around the entire width of the tree trunk.
- Stands should have a minimum capacity of 1 quart of water for every inch of stem diameter.
- Check water daily and make sure that the base of the tree is always covered.
- Water your tree using plain tap water with no additives for best results.
- Recycle your tree at the end of the season through your local community program.
- Live trees (trees with root systems) should only be located indoors for between three and 10 days.
- If you live in a cold climate, before bringing the tree indoors let it rest in a cool part of the home like a garage. The same is true of returning it to the yard.
Additionally, using smaller, less heat-intensive lights, such a mini lights or LEDs, will reduce drying. Always inspect light cords for damage or wear before hanging them and discard defective ones immediately. Use only UL-listed lighting, which has been tested by an independent agency.
If you have small children or pets in your house, you’ll want to take extra precautions to ensure your tree will not be easily toppled.
- Always unplug and turn off lights when leaving the house or going to bed, or use an automatic timer to turn lights off and on.
- Replace worn or damaged lights and electrical cords.
Tree Bags: Easily dispose of your tree without scattering needles, branches and other debris all over your house with the help of a tree bag. These specially designed units fit over and around your tree at the end of the season so you can more easily transport it out of your home. Some even feature handles on the side for easier carrying.
The Fraser Fir branches turn slightly upward. They have good form and are sheared annually at the plantation they are grown on. They are dark blue-green in color with a silver color on the underside of the needles. They have a pleasant scent and should be top on your list if needle retention is a top factor on your list.
Nobles are plantation grown from Oregon. These needles turn upward, exposing the lower branches. Known for its beauty, the Noble Fir has a long keep ability, and its stiff branches make it a good tree for heavy ornaments, as well as providing excellent greenery for wreaths and garland. This is a favorite tree here for its unsurpassed beauty and endurance in the home.
The leaves are needle-like, flattened, 1.8–3.5 cm long and 2 mm wide by 0.5 mm thick, glossy dark green above, and with two blue-white bands of stomata below. The tip of the leaf is usually blunt, often slightly notched at the tip, but can be pointed, particularly on strong-growing shoots on young trees. The cones are 10–20 cm long and 4–5 cm broad, with about 150–200 scales, each scale with an exserted bract and two winged seeds; they disintegrate when mature to release the seeds.
Plantation grown and pronounced "Ka-naan", with emphasis on the last syllable. It has many similarities to both Fraser and Balsam Firs in growth and appearance. Have the best of both worlds with the coveted aroma of the Balsam and the silver under-sided branches of a Fraser. A great tree all around and excellent for ornaments.
Lodge Pole Pine
The crown is rounded and the top of the tree is flattened. In dense forests, the tree has a slim, conical crown. The formation of twin trees is common in some populations in British Columbia. The elastic branches stand upright or overhang and are difficult to break. The branches are covered with short shoots that are easy to remove. The species name is contorta because of the twisted, bent pines found at coastal areas and the tree's twisted needles.
Douglas Fir are plantation grown and sheared annually for a great symmetrical shape. Douglas Fir have soft needles that are dark green-blue green in color and are approximately 3/4" to 1 inch in length. The Douglas Fir needles radiate in all directions from the branch. When crushed, these needles have a sweet fragrance. They are one of the top major Christmas tree species in the U.S. These are thirsty trees so be sure to always have water in their bowls. They dense with branches BIG, Bold and Beautiful!!!
The largest pine in the U.S., the White Pine has soft, flexible needles and is bluish-green in color. Needles are 2 ½ - 5 inches long. White Pine's have good needle retention, but have little aroma. They aren't recommended for heavy ornaments. This tree has extremely soft needles for those who are "touchy feely."
These needles are ¾ - 1 ½ inches in length and last a very long time. This tree has a dark-green appearance and retains its pleasing fragrance throughout the Christmas season. Balsams are at the top of the list if pine scent is important to you. It does have a more "woody" appearance than other trees. These trees are plantation grown and are sheared annually for shape.
- Caring for a live and living Christmas tree in the home can be an easy task that provides a holiday to remember and a lasting addition to the yard. Many trees can be used in the home to serve as a Christmas tree including; Colorado Blue Spruce, Dwarf Alberta Spruce, Bakeri Spruce, Bosnian Pine, Nordman Fir, and many others. Follow these tips to make your live Christmas tree experience a success.
- Gradually introduce your living tree from outside to inside over 3 or 4 days by bringing it into the garage or an enclosed porch. A tree that is dormant and exposed to immediate warmth will start to grow. You want to avoid any quick resumption of growth.
- While the tree is introduced into the house via porch or garage, check for critters and insect egg masses as the tree acclimatizes.
- Stop by Nick’s and purchase a spray with an antidessicant to minimize needle loss (do this during the introduction phase). This particular product, Wilt Pruf®, will not only reduce needle loss, it will contain the loss of valuable moisture lost to a climate controlled home.
- If possible, locate your tree in the coolest part of the room and away from heating ducts! This will work with the antiwilt product to keep the tree moist and prevent the loss of valuable moisture.
- Leave inside no longer than 5-7 days (some experts suggest only 4 days). Never add nutrients or fertilizers as that may initiate growth which you don't want to occur in a dormant tree. To enjoy your tree for Christmas Eve and Day be sure to follow the above steps days prior to the holiday. After the tree is enjoyed in the home it is time to take it out of the house.
- Carefully introduce tree back outside using the reverse procedure. First, place the tree in the garage for 4 days and then take it outside. If you live in a climate where soils freeze, you should have prepared a planting hole during moderate temperatures. If this was not or could not be done, keep the tree in a protected area away from winds and deep freezes. Containerized trees need to be protected since the root-ball is above ground and not protected in a hole. Against the house works or in a case where it has to be left in the open, mulch around the container to protect the root-ball.