Growing up, we always had real, live Christmas trees. Some years we actually just went out and cut down a tree from our land while others we actually bought a live tree from the local store. Regardless, live trees are, in my opinion, far better than fake ones. There’s just something about that smell and look that make live trees better than artificial ones.
However, those live trees can be a bit more of a hassle and a bit more work. Fortunately, there are some hacks to ensure that your live Christmas tree is beautiful all season long!
1. Choose a dormant tree
This might seem a little counter intuitive, but a dormant tree is actually going to last longer than one that is not dormant. While it varies with the species of tree, generally a tree will go dormant after the first or second frost.
2. Make a fresh cut
Sap will harden on the bottom of the trunk, so if you buy your tree from a lot make sure you cut off the bottom inch or so in order to give the tree the best water retention. If you’re cutting your own tree, this probably won’t be a problem.
3. Get it plenty of water
As soon as you make your fresh cut on your tree, put it in some water, either in a bucket in the garage or in the actual tree stand. Check the tree twice a day and make sure the tree doesn’t dry out as it will look bad and be a fire hazard. If you have pets, though, make sure you cover the water, as the water is poisonous to cats and dogs.
4. Choose the right stand
Get a stand that has a pretty decent size reservoir so you only have to water your tree a couple times a day. If you have children or pets, look for something with a cover, or else use a plastic lid and cover it with the tree skirt.
5. Place it away from windows
The heat and sunlight from the windows my dry out your tree faster! If you’re putting the tree up really early, then try and place it away from the window so it won’t dry out as quickly.
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