Real Christmas trees is still as popular today as they were one hundred years ago. We all enjoy their sweet pine fragrance and they give your home a true essence of Christmas spirit. Unlike commercial trees that you just put together and let go. A real tree takes some responsibility. Like any other plant they need to be care for and treated with respect. In return they will give your home a style and beauty of Christmas that artificial trees just can’t offer. If you choose to get a real tree this year then here are a few tips to keep in mind.
If you can…. buy a Christmas tree planted in a pot. These potted trees have all of the advantages and if care for properly, you can plant them outside. There are some pros and cons and the decision to buy a potted tree needs to be base on your preferences. Do some research and realize potted trees tend to be a little more expensive. Here is an article that may help you decide.
Make sure your heart is set on a real tree. There is a big responsibility to having a real tree in your home. A neglected Christmas tree can become a big fire hazard or otherwise cause number of problems you may not expect. Remember they can be messy, dropping pine needles and dripping sap. If this is a problem for you, then you may want to reconsider a real tree.
Buy the freshest cut tree you can find. If the needles on the tree crack or feel dry, don’t buy, no matter the price. These trees are dangerous and don’t let any one tell you, ‘Oh, they just need a little water’. The longer the tree has been cut, the less water it will absorb.
Make sure to cut the base at least an inch off the bottom before putting it in water. Use only plain water and make sure you use a container that holds the tree and enough water for an over night soak. Keep your tree well watered at all times. Don’t be surprised if your tree drinks a lot of water. This is a good sign and means your tree will stay healthier longer.
Buy your tree as close to Christmas as possible. The idea here is to have the freshest tree possible. Remember the fresher the tree the prettier it will last.
Keep your cut tree in a cool place and away from all heat sources. Use only indoor lights on your tree. Electrical trains and other electrical decorations are nice, but they produce heat and can dry your tree out quicker.
Before you purchase your tree think about what you will do with it after the holidays. Some areas will have a place where you can deposit old trees. Check to see if your city has such a program and sign up to have your tree pick up. An old Christmas tree is great to recycle in your garden or use for fire wood. Here in the DC area we have a free service to pick up old trees. Here is the link.
Christmas isn’t Christmas without a tree. If you choose to go with a real tree remember this is like any other plant and it needs tender loving care. In return your real Christmas tree will provide you with many fond and cherish memories of a very special Christmas your family will remember for many years to come. Have a safe and Merry Christmas.