O Christmas Tree! O Christmas Tree! There is nothing quite like the look of a fresh cut Christmas tree shining brightly in your home. Once you chose your Christmas tree, you should properly care for it to maintain its beautiful quality. Here are a number of tips for caring for your tree.
- Remove about ½” thick disk of wood from the base of the trunk before putting the tree in the stand. Make the cut perpendicular to the stem axis so that that the tree will hold in the stand and get the most amount of water.
- Use a stand that fits your tree. Avoid cutting the sides of a trunk down to fit a stand because the outer layers of wood are the most efficient in taking up water and should not be removed.
- Place the tree in water as soon as possible. The temperature of the water you use in your stand is not important and doesn’t affect water uptake. Also drilling a hole in the base of the trunk does not improve water uptake.
- Keep the tree away from major sources of heat (fireplaces, heaters, heating vents). Lowering the room temperature will slow the drying process and the tree will consume less water every day.
- Check the stand daily to make sure that the level of water does not go below the base of the tree. With many stands, there can still be water in the stand even though the base of the tree is no longer submerged in water.
- When stringing lights on the tree, do not overload electrical circuits. If you use lights that produce low heat like LED lights or mini lights, it will reduce the drying of the tree. Always turn off the tree lights when leaving the house or going to bed.
- Monitor the tree for freshness. When the Christmas tree is dry, it is time to recycle the tree. Most townships offer a Christmas tree recycling program. Check with your local township for details. Remember to never burn any part of the tree in a wood stove or fireplace- recycle the tree instead.
These tips were provided by the National Christmas Tree Association. For more tree care tips, visit http://www.realchristmastrees.org
Weaver’s Ace Hardware sells fresh cut Fraser Fir Christmas trees. We offer Fraser Firs because they have a nice dark green color, natural symmetry, strong branches, and excellent needle retention. See our Christmas trees on display outside our stores in both Fleetwood and Douglassville. Merry Christmas!