Christmas trees are the main decoration for Christmas. They come in all shapes and sizes and every family seems to have their preference for fake vs real. Fake trees can be more convenient, but you can’t beat the authenticity of a real tree.
The main issue with real trees is that they need to be taken care of. If you don’t do it right, your tree could start turning brown and dropping needles all over your living room floor before Christmas Day even arrives. If you do it right, however, you can have a fragrant, lush green Christmas tree adorning your home for months. Backyard Boss is here to help you get the most out of Christmas this year with this tutorial on how to care for your Christmas tree.
Step One: Pick The Right Tree
Looking after your Christmas tree begins before you bring it home. In order to have a healthy, long-lasting tree, you need to pick the right one. You’re looking for full foliage with lush green needles with no brown.
Run your hand through the branches and make sure that not too many needles come away. It’s also a good idea to choose a tree that’s been stored in the shade, as there’s less chance that the sun has dried your tree out too much.
If the trees have already been harvested, make sure the trunks have been in water the whole time.
Keeping the trunk in water is vital because if you don’t, the sap from the tree will seep out and attempt to seal off the wound, which will greatly reduce the lifespan of your tree. If the sap has made a seal you can make a fresh cut to open it up again.
The fir tree is the most typical Christmas tree, with balsam fir being the most traditional. However, Fraser and Blue fir trees are often available too.
Step Two: Getting It Home
The nursery where you get your tree should help you load the tree so you can get it home safely. If not, bag the tree in a large plastic bag or a special Christmas tree bag. This will prevent the tree from getting damaged on the way home. Christmas tree bags are also a great way to get your tree inside your house without making too much mess.
Step Three: Store It Safely
If you’re not planning on displaying your tree immediately, you need to store it correctly. The first thing you should do is place the trunk of the tree in water (see step one for reasons why). You should do this whether you’re displaying your tree immediately or not.
A large bucket that holds at least a gallon of water is good enough for this job, but there are special Christmas tree holders that you can buy online too. Remember to add water to the bucket daily as this will keep the needles green and in place and will keep the tree fragrant for longer.
Next, store the tree in a sheltered place, away from extreme changes in temperature, excessive sunlight, or wind. This ensures that the weather doesn’t damage your tree before you can put it up.
Step Four: Display It In The Right Place
Your Christmas tree should be displayed away from heat sources or strong winds. That means away from the fireplace or that heating vent in the corner you always forget about.
Placing your tree next to a heat source will dry your tree out in no time and leave you with a tree full of brown needles. If you’re worried about this and the air inside your home constantly feels dry, a humidifier set up behind your tree will help.
You shouldn’t have constant strong winds in your home, but think about that blast of cold air that comes barging in the front door when there’s a blizzard outside. That blast of strong air, no matter how short, could knock a bunch of needles off your tree and leave you with a bare trunk instead of a beautiful Christmas tree.
These are things to keep in mind when deciding where to put your tree.
Step Five: Take It Down In Time
This is technically aftercare of your home, but it’s a good idea to take your tree down soon after Christmas before all the needles turn brown and the tree dies. This will help you avoid making a huge mess and spreading dried fir needles all over your home when you remove the Christmas tree.
There you have it. If you follow the tutorial above you’ll have a beautifully fragrant Christmas tree decorating your living room for months. As you can see, with just a few considerations to keep in mind, you can avoid most of the pitfalls of having a living tree inside your home.
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