If you’re like millions of other families across the country who prefer a real Christmas tree, the biggest challenge is how to keep your Christmas tree fresh. Here are a few tips to help keep your tree looking and smelling great all month long.
- Choice. The most important factor in keeping your tree fresh is choosing the right tree. The ideal tree is one that you can cut down yourself, which means you’ll bring it home in peak freshness. If you don’t cut your own, inspect the trees and look for dry or brittle branches and needles. Ask the vendor how long ago the trees were cut.
- Once you get your tree, start taking care of it right away. If your tree was pre-cut, you will need to cut an additional inch or two off the bottom to give it a fresh cut—this makes it better able to absorb water.
- As soon as you can, get your tree in some water. If you aren’t going to trim the tree right away, at least place it in a bucket of water outside. Check the tree stand daily to make sure the base of the trunk is immersed in the water. Tree experts say you don’t need to add anything to the water.
- Setup. Choose a location in your home that is away from direct sunlight, heater vents, and fans, as these will make your tree dry out faster. For an extra dose of freshness, you can use a room humidifier.
- Decorating. Make sure your lights are in good working order and have no exposed wires. LED lights use very little energy and stay cooler.
What methods do you use to keep your Christmas tree fresh all season long?