There’s nothing quite like a live Christmas tree. But the work isn’t done after you and the family chop it down, haul it home, and set it up. Live Christmas trees continue to dry out after you cut them down. Your tree will soon start to lose its needles and look a little less jolly. Here’s how you can extend the life of your Christmas tree and keep it looking bright and joyful during the holiday season.
Put Your Tree in a Safe Place
The needles will start to dry out as soon as you chop it down, making your Christmas tree a potential fire hazard. To prevent fires, make sure your Christmas tree lights are in good condition. Outdoor Christmas lights are often hotter, so make sure you use lights manufactured for Christmas tree decoration. You may want to invest in energy-saving LED lights; not only are they more efficient, but they stay cooler as well.
Make sure to protect your tree from potential hazards such as vents, radiators, open flames, and other heat sources.
Keep Your Tree Hydrated
Just like fresh cut flowers, Christmas trees need a source of water to keep them from dying too soon. You will need to add water to your tree stand every day. Trees need “one quart of water per inch of stem diameter”. You may even consider adding some kind of preservative to your tree’s water. Some people buy commercial preservatives. Others add household items such as aspirin, Ginger Ale or fizzy lemonade. Some sources say that adding preservatives to the water doesn’t make much of a difference, though.
Some simple tips to keep your tree from drying out too quickly are to keep it in a low-temperature room, turn off its lights at night and when you leave, and use low-heat tree lights.
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