The yuletide season won’t be complete without Christmas trees. Throughout the years, these trees give more significant meaning to the season. You can find lots of Christmas trees in the market, but not all are guaranteed safe enough to display at home or in the office.
Tips on finding the best Christmas trees:
- Go for the real trees instead of the artificial ones. Real trees are believed to be more eco-friendly and affordable.
- When purchasing a Christmas tree, make sure the sellers are reputable. Check if they have a business license. They should also be able to tell you where their trees are made or came from. Fly-by-night sellers are less likely to comply with the rules so don’t rely on them.
- When you’re going to buy two (or more) Christmas trees, obtain a permit. In the US, households are entitled to purchasing two trees while schools and companies are required to donate one tree to charity or to any non-profit organization.
- Only buy the resilient, durable trees. You’ll know if a Christmas tree is flexible and springy by holding its branches smoothly. If needles are falling off, it simply means the tree isn’t durable.
- When you can’t afford a Christmas tree sold in the market, you can cut your own from a nearby state land or national forest reserve. Don’t forget to secure a permit from your state authority before cutting.
- Trees with root balls barely survive when being transplanted in cold temperature. In line with this, make sure your tree doesn’t have many root balls. The safest way here is to stick to a tree with healthier saplings.
How to Keep Your Christmas Tree Alive
To keep your Christmas tree alive and long-lasting, follow these tips:
- Add anti-transpirants when possible – Spray your tree with anti-transpirant for at least three times a week. The water content helps evaporate any liquid part from the needles.
- Always consider the location – Place your Christmas tree in a location away from sun exposure. If you placed it beside your window, keep the curtains and blinds closed during daylight hours.
- Hydrate your tree – Place your tree in a stand that can hold a gallon of water. If possible, fill it with warm water to protect the pitch from unnecessary forming.
- Cut the bottom inches of the tree if it’s dying. Make a fresh cut on its slightest angles (or about an inch from the bottom) then put in water immediately. When the tree’s bottom inches are slowly cut, its needles and branches will subside.
- Don’t place your Christmas tree beside the television, computer, or any other electrical appliance.
- Unplug the lights attached to your tree at night (at least before you go to sleep) to reduce any drying effect which often results in fire.
- Store it outside your house when possible – To maintain its moisture (which is a factor in keeping Christmas trees fresh for years), store the tree outside your house.
- Wash your tree after displaying
If you prefer to have an artificial Christmas tree. Here’s a video to help you decide which is best for you.
Getting ready for Christmas is always a lot of fun for the whole family. Make sure you enjoy the time you have together!