For those of you who are all about getting a real tree for holiday festivities, you’re aware of the impending doom that comes with it: A dying tree that’s shedding needles everywhere. Not only is it a hazard for your home, but it’s also a pain to clean up every single day. Plus, who really wants a dead tree by Christmas? No one, so let’s save your Christmas tree from dying.
Put it in the cold
Your pine tree is used to being in the cold, so it’s certainly not thankful that you have it in a warm and cozy home. Sure it does look beautiful in your living room, but that tree misses being in colder weather. Give your tree some time in the cold by placing it in the garage (but make sure to remove any breakable ornaments first!). Let it sit there for at least a day or two before bringing it back indoors.
Limit the weight
After bringing the tree back into the garage, try putting less ornaments or heavy lights into the tree. Yes a tree stuffed with ornaments looks beautiful, but if you want those branches to look lush by Christmas day, don’t put as much weight on them. Especially when it comes to the style of lights you choose. If you have larger light bulbs, the heat can actually burn the surfaces of the tree, while the tiny light strands are producing less heat.
Make sure it’s on the right stand
You want to make sure that your tree is in a traditional reservoir stand that can hold an adequate amount of water. If you want to avoid any water damage to your floors, you could always put a snow saucer underneath the stand, and a rug underneath the saucer. This will catch any excess water without damaging your floors (and easy to cover with your tree skirt).
Water, water, and more water
Make sure the tree is in water, and keep it that way! The National Christmas Tree Association says your tree should stand in 1 quart of water per inch of the stem diameter. You could also purchase a particular device (or install a funnel yourself) to make sure that enough water is being given to the tree. Without water, your tree can get brittle and become a massive fire hazard.
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That’s right—along with giving your tree enough water, you can also feed it with particular substances to keep it alive. Although some people do not feel a Christmas tree needs any type of feed, others have found success in preserving their tree by feeding it. To do so, mix a tablespoon of corn syrup or sugar in the basin of water.
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