Preparing your tree for your home and caring for it the proper way will help you keep the tree fresher longer. Remember real trees need water. Following the instructions below will help your tree get the water it needs.
- Make a fresh cut across the base of the trunk about 1/2″ to 1″ from the bottom. When a tree is cut it will naturally form a seal of sap over its stump to keep moisture in the tree. You must break that seal to allow the tree to once again “drink” in the water needed to keep it fresh throughout the holidays.
- Put your tree in a water holding stand immediately after you make the cut. If you are not ready to decorate the tree when you bring it home put it in a bucket of water within a couple of hours after the fresh cut has been made.
- Keep plenty of water in your stand. A Christmas tree may absorb a gallon of water in the first 24 hours it is up and may “drink” several quarts after that. If the trunk is allowed to be exposed to the air for 4 to 8 hours and go dry, a new cut will be required to permit it to once again absorb water.
- Position your tree away from heat sources, fireplaces and television sets.
- Be sure that all light cords and connections are in good working condition and not frayed. Don’t forget to unplug the lights when you go to bed or leave your home.