Caring for your Christmas tree is extremely important. Cathy Isom gives you some ways to keep your Christmas tree fresher, longer. That’s coming up on This Land of Ours.
A fresh Christmas tree is no doubt one of the highlights of the season. Whether its a fragrant fir, spruce, or pine, you’ll want to do everything you can to help the tree stay fresh through the holidays.
Pay attention to the color of your tree. Avoid choosing a tree that has any brown needles, as this could be a sign that your tree is already dying. And be careful: a green tree doesn’t always mean it’s healthy. Touch the tree’s branches, and see if any needles fall off. If they do, this means it’s already dry, and you may want to consider a different tree.
A good tree stand is deep and wide and holds enough water to keep your tree fresh. A shallow tree stand will make your tree dry out much more quickly, especially if you’re not filling up the stand on a regular basis. The key to keeping your tree fresh is to keep the bottom 2 inches of the trunk in water, even if that means refilling the stand every day.
Room temperature is also key. Christmas trees prefer cooler temperatures, so turn down heat whenever possible and place your tree closer to a window, away from radiators and fireplaces.
I’m Cathy Isom…