Landworks Landscaping Company has tips and advice since it’s the time of year when families get together and go to the woods to find the perfect Christmas tree to cut down or go to the lot and find the tree that will be the focal point of the season and make memories as the decorating of the tree is done.
Some people might want to bring home a small, Charlie Brown Christmas tree, droopy and losing needles, whereas others might want to cut down the tallest, widest tree they can find. The National Christmas Tree Association recommends that you know what size (height and width) you need before heading to the retail lot. Measure the ceiling height in the room where the tree will be displayed. The trees in the field look small when the sky is the ceiling.
Measure the width of the area of the room where the tree will be displayed. Most trees on tree farms are trimmed to an 80% taper, so a tree that’s 10 feet tall will be 8 feet wide at the bottom. A tree that will fit in the room vertically may be entirely too big horizontally. A landscaping company can also help with advice if you are unsure what size tree will fit in your home.
Here are tips on how to bring your tree home and take care of it so it lives throughout the holidays:
Make a fresh cut.
Before you bring the tree into your home and place it in a stand, re-cut the trunk at least one inch from the bottom just before putting it in the stand. Even if you just cut it on a farm, this re-opens the tree stem so it can drink water.
Choose a spot away from heat sources.
Heat sources like heat registers, space heaters, fireplaces, wood stove, televisions, computer monitors, etc. speed up evaporation and moisture loss of the tree.
After making the fresh cut, place the tree in a large capacity stand with warm water. The stand you use should hold at least one gallon of fresh water.
Don’t add anything to the water.
Research has shown that plain tap water is the best. Some commercial additives and home concoctions can actually decrease a tree’s moisture retention and increase needle loss.
Check water level daily.
Do not allow the water level to drop below the fresh cut or the stem will reseal and be unable to drink. Christmas trees are very thirsty! It is not unusual for a tree to drink 2 gallons of water the first day it is in the stand.
Once you are ready to take your tree down for the season, Landworks Landscaping Company recommends recycling it responsibly. There are many ways to recycle the tree that include: providing shelter for backyard wildlife, using the branches to mulch perennials, start a new compost pile, and make it into mulch.
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