Christmas Tree Care
When you think of Christmas, what are some things that come to mind? For me, it would be the tree and beautiful decorations. There’s something about the smell of a fresh Christmas tree that makes you think of the holidays. As a child, my parents would buy a fresh tree and we would decorate it with lights, ornaments, tinsel, and an angel. We used to have this beautiful white angel with lights that would top our tree. Till this day my favorite Christmas tree is the Noble Fir. The spaces in between the branches make it easy to string up lights and the branches are stronger so hanging up ornaments is a cinch. I’ve also always thought it was one of the more beautiful looking trees. My family bought a Douglas Fir 3 years ago and it was very beautiful as well. It had a very nice triangular shape and was filled all around. Douglas Fir is the more affordable of all the Christmas trees. There are also many other options available for Christmas tree types.
Aside from getting the tree nicely dressed with lights, ornaments hung, and tree topped. Did you know that keeping the tree watered is the best way to ensure it lasts past Christmas? In the past, my family would opt to have 2 wooden planks hammered into the tree as a stand. By Christmas Day, the branches would be a little crisp and the color slowly started fading into brown. It was no longer that vibrant green tree when we first purchased it. Nowadays, you can buy a water base and attach the tree to it. With a water base, it’ll ensure that the tree stays fresh and that lovely smell lingers. If you go Christmas tree shopping at those holiday pop up shops, they’ll provide either the wooden blanks or a base. You also have the option of buying the water base yourself at a local hardware store like Lowes or Home Depot.
My other recommendation is not to overdress the tree in lights or decorations. My family gets a little bit enthusiastic with the lights and by the end of Christmas, the tree starts to slope down from the weight of the lights. We’ll then end up using ornament hooks to help the branches from dropping too low. The lights will also slightly warm the branches and it will start to dry the tree out. The past 4 years since we’ve restarted the Christmas tree decorations, I’ve used water for the bases. Although I frequently watered it, the tree would start to dry out. The heater may have also been a factor as well, but I decided to do some research on how to keep a tree fresher for longer. Last year, I read that a mixture of bleach and water would keep the tree fresh longer. I’ll definitely be trying that this year. Here’s a mixture you can try: Boil a gallon of water and add 1 tbsp of bleach. Add 1 cup of corn syrup mix and allow for the mixture to cool. Pour that mixture into your base. Check everyday to make sure your tree has enough water or the mixture.
Another tip before you bring it into your home is to “shake” off the excess pine needles. As you carry it into your home after removing the loose pine needles, you’ll still have to sweep a floor full of them. If need be, make sure you have some gardening scissors handy to trim the tree and give it the polished look it deserves. My sister took care of the trimmings last year and removed a good portion from the bottom. Once she did that, it evened out a triangular shape to achieve that Christmas tree look. We also made sure to clip the branches that stuck out oddly. Don’t be afraid to clip those extra branches sticking from the sides and bottom.
The National Christmas Tree Association has a list of the most popular trees available around the world. Here are some: Balsam Fir, White Pine, Colorado Blue Spruce, Arizona Cypress, Eastern Redcedar, Canaan Fir, Scotch Pine, Norway Spruce, Leyland Cypress, Douglas Fir, Virginia Pine, White Spruce, Fraser Fir, Grand Fir, Noble Fir, and Concolor Fir (White Fir). Whichever you choose to go with this year, I’m sure it’ll be absolutely beautiful. Fake tree included. Not everyone enjoys cleaning up after a fresh tree. For disposal of a fresh tree, check to see if your local trash will pick it up after the New Years. All you have to do is set it on the curb with your trash cans for them to pick it up. If you’d like, feel free to cut it into pieces for easier disposal. Here’s a site with types on how to safely recycle a Christmas tree: http://www.pickyourownchristmastree.org/disposing.php
Happy hunting for that perfect Christmas tree and happy decorating!
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