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It’s that time of year again and we’re all in the mood to decorate our homes with Christmas trees. You might be one of those people who buy a fresh tree every year, or you might have an old family heirloom that needs some TLC. Either way, it can be difficult to keep your tree looking fresh for longer than a few weeks. In this blog post, we’ll share our best tips and tricks for keeping your Christmas tree fresh for months!
The holidays are a wonderful time of year, and there is no better way to celebrate than with a beautiful Christmas tree. But what happens when you put up your tree and it starts looking less than fresh? No one wants their home to smell like rotting pine needles for the rest of the month! We have eight tips that will keep your Christmas tree from drying out or losing its fragrance.
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How long can you keep a Christmas tree indoors?
The average lifespan of a Christmas tree is about two weeks, but with these tips you can keep it looking and smelling fresh for months!
How to pick a healthy Christmas tree?
We have some basic tips that will help you find the perfect Christmas tree in no time: first of all, make sure to select a tree that is healthy and has dark green needles. Avoid trees with brown needles or bald spots, as they are likely already dried out.
Pick a Christmas tree in a shady area, don’t go for ones that have gotten a lot of sun light. Also, check the needles of your tree. They shouldn’t be falling off when you touch them and still have to be a bit bendy.
Where to buy a Chrismas Tree?
Chances are, there’s at least one place in your town where they sell fresh trees year-round! If not, try looking online or asking around for local farms and nurseries so you can pick out the perfect tree for your home.
How to keep your Christmas tree looking fresh
1. Water the Christmas tree
Water your tree regularly: One of the most important things you can do to keep your tree healthy is water it regularly. Make sure to give it at least one quart of water per inch of trunk diameter . Soak the root ball all the way through.
How to make a Christmas Tree Water Reservoir?
You can also place a milk jug, soda bottle or other container underneath your tree as a water reservoir! This will ensure that there is always plenty of water for your tree and it won’t be competing with surrounding plants for moisture either .
-If you’re going to be away from home for an extended period of time, ask a neighbour or friend to water your tree for you.
2. Remove the tree before it’s dried out
If your tree has been up for more than four weeks, it’s likely time to take it down. Christmas trees that are dried out or have lost their needles are a fire hazard and can also be a health hazard if ingested. Not only for humans, but also for cats and dogs.
Once you’ve taken the tree down, cut off at least an inch from the stump before putting it out with your recycling. This will help it decompose faster, and prevent the stump from drying out over winter.
You can also keep a tree in water indefinitely by placing it outside during warm months to allow the lower needles to fall off naturally; then bring it back indoors for display when temperatures drop .
3. Keep the Christmas tree away from fireplaces, radiators and other heat sources.
You should really look into the place you want to put up your Christmas tree. Is there a heat source nearby? Is it in a drafty area? Is the tree too close to your front door? It may sound silly, but these are all things you should consider when putting up your Christmas Tree.
You can place some mesh tape on the trunk of your tree before bringing it indoors. This will help prevent sap from oozing onto surfaces under the tree.
4. Trim the trunk of your Christmas tree
Trim about an inch off of the trunk before putting your Christmas tree up. This will keep it fresh and healthy for longer after you’ve brought it home, as well as make it easier to water!
When cutting the trunk back, always remember that more than one stem means a better shaped Christmas Tree. If only one or two stems are showing, you can cut it back a bit more to allow for at least one good stem.
5. Make sure you pick a healthy tree
As we stated in the beginning of this article, make sure you pick a healthy tree that has dark green needles and is shaped nicely. Brown needles or bald areas on trees indicate that they are already dried out.
So, we hope you loved these tips for keeping your beloved Christmas tree fresh for longer! In this article we talked about these tips for keeping your tree fresh:
-Water the tree regularly
-Remove the tree before it’s dried out
-Keep the Christmas tree away from fireplaces, radiators and other heat sources.
-Trim the trunk of your Christmas Tree
-Pick a healthy tree.
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