How to keep your Christmas tree alive

Given most of us buy our Christmas trees already cut it is a struggle to ensure they stay alive through Christmas. These easy steps will help extend the live of your Christmas tree.

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Things You'll Need

  • Christmas Tree
  • Drill
  • Tree stand
  • Pick the freshest tree- pick off a needle and smell it to see how fresh the tree is. If the smell is pungent the tree is in good shape.

  • Purchase the tree and ask for a fresh cut. Make sure they take off a good two inches off the bottom of the trunk.

  • Once the tree is home immediately take a hand drill and drill four holes up the bottom of the trunk.

  • Place tree outside in the tree stand with water.

  • Hose off the tree with fresh water to allow the tree to take in more water.

  • Check the water every 2 to 3 hours the first day your bring the tree home. The tree with rapidly consume water in the first two days.

  • Leave the tree outside for 2 days after bringing home, always check the water level.

  • Bring the tree in to decorate, and continue to check the water once a day for the remainder of the time you have the tree in the house.

Tips & Warnings

  • • It is imperative that you check the water frequently the first two days. The reason a tree dies so quickly is that the water is consumed quickly and a layer of sap forms around the truck which will no longer allow the tree to consume water.
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