How to Keep Your Fresh
Christmas Tree Fresh
Make a Fresh Cut
Make a fresh cut on the butt to open up the pores which
have been clogged by sap. Cut off at least one-half inch.
The fresh-cut surface should be creamy-white, not yellow or brown.
If you do not make a fresh cut, the tree will not be able to drink
After the cut is made, put the tree in water as soon as possible.
The longer the time between when the tree is given a fresh cut
and when it is put into the water, the less ability the tree has
to absorb water.
Even if a hole is drilled to accommodate a pin-type stand, a fresh
cut also should be made on the butt.
Put In Water
Check the stand for leaks.
Place the tree in a sturdy stand which will hold at least one
gallon of water. Fill with plain water.
If the tree is not going into the house soon after purchase, it
should be stored in a bucket of clear water on a cool porch or
patio away from wind and sun in warm climates and protected from
freezing and wind in cold climates.
An average tree may consume between a quart and a gallon
of water per day.
If the water level drops below the cut end of the trunk, a seal
will form and no more water will be absorbed by the tree unless
another fresh cut is made. So don't forget to add water every
Mini-Lights Produce Minimum Heat
Miniature lights produce much less heat and reduce the drying
effect upon a tree.
Always check light sets for frayed or cracked wire insulation
and broken sockets before placing them on a tree. Do not attempt
to repair a worn light set. Throw it away and buy a new set.
Do not overload electrical circuits.
Always turn off the lights of your tree when leaving your house
or retiring for the night.
Never use lighted candles.
Keep Away From Heat Sources
Place the tree away from heat sources such as heating vents,
fireplaces, wood stoves and fireplace inserts, radiators, television
sets or sunny windows.
Be careful not to block a door with the tree or rearranged furniture.
Remove Tree Promptly
Check for your local chipping and composting program with
the parks and recreation department, local nursery or service
After Christmas, before the tree dies, remove it from the house
for recycling or pick up by your local disposal service.
Never burn any part of a Christmas tree in a wood stove or fireplace.
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