How to Care for a Real Christmas Tree

tree4Okay. You did it. You brought home your real Christmas tree. Now, you need to know how to take care it. If you take proper care of a real Christmas tree, it can last for about a month. The first thing to do is to get a fresh Christmas tree. We talked a lot about tree selection in this article, so feel free to re-read it now.

Once you select the proper real Christmas tree, put it in a plastic tarp to get it home. Once the tree is home, you should saw a couple of inches off the bottom of the trunk before you set the real Christmas tree in some water. Why? When trees are cut, some pitch oozes out and seals the pores. By sawing off the base, you will open up the pores so the tree will be able to absorb the water.

As for water, watering the real Christmas tree is critical. Did you know a freshly-cut tree can consume a gallon of water in about 24 hours? Yes, it can. You should fill the tree stand and check it regularly to make sure it stays filled so your tree always has a resource of water. You don’t want the water to go down to the level with the tree’s base, or the tree can dry out. Many stands need to be topped off daily with more water. Please don’t forget to keep your tree watered. Without doing so, you can end up with a dried out tree that’s a fire hazard. It probably won’t last until Christmas, either.

Some people feed their trees with corn syrup or sugar, but we haven’t found anything to suggest that this is helpful. Water is the vital element to keeping your real Christmas tree alive, not aspirin or anything else that people come up with. If it works for you, you can certainly try it. As we mentioned, there is no evidence to suggest that it’s helpful or not.

You should place the tree in a safe space. Keep it away from heating ducts or other heating sources. The lower the temperature the tree is located in, the better it is for the tree. You’ll also want to avoid direct contact with sunlight for the tree. You can use a room humidifier. It can help the needles stay fresher longer and reduce fire risk.

With regards to a fire risk, you should make sure that any lights that you put on your real Christmas tree are in good working order and designed for this purpose. LED holiday lights are especially good for a real Christmas tree. They cost only pennies a season to run and decrease fire risk because they stay cooler than other types of lights. Please – and this should go without saying – keep any open flames away from the tree.

We sure hope these tips will help you care for a real Christmas tree. If real is what you want, then you’ve got to take the time and effort to care for your Christmas tree. We are not experts on Christmas trees, but we wanted to share this information with you to help you get through the season with your real Christmas trees.

If you have questions or concerns about tree care in general, please feel free to give our office a call at 512-341-8888. We look forward to talking with you. We hope you have a happy and safe holiday full of wonder and joy.