Live Christmas Tree Tips

Before watering your tree, boil the water first, let stand for 5 minutes and then water the tree! This with keep the sap from getting hard and allow for the water to go up the bark! Cold water clogs the openings with the sap and your tree will die much quicker!

You will need to water about every other day. Not only is regular watering good for the tree’s vitality, but a well-watered tree is less dry and therefore, less combustible. Make sure you never let the water level go below the base of the tree. But don’t over water. Try adding enriched soil or plant food at the base. The water goes down to the roots, so while it may seem dry, the tree may actually be okay. Watering the tree every day can flood the roots, damaging their ability to absorb water and protect the tree. 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.

Some people put an aspirin in the water to help keep it fresh. Some also add Ginger Ale, Sprite or another similar soda drink (fizzy lemonade) to feed their tree

Place the tree away from sunlit windows, television sets and other heat sources as they will dry out your tree prematurely.

Make sure the tree is straight. It is a good idea for at least two people to put up the tree, one holding it stable while the other fixes the base. Always stand back to check that the tree is straight before you get busy decorating. Obviously, it is easiest to fix at this stage.

  • Before decorating let the tree sit for a while to “settle” into its shape. Some suggest just an hour or so, others overnight.

Place small and fragile ornaments out of the reach of small children and pets to prevent accidental breakage or ingestion.

If you’ll be using lights to decorate your tree, place the tree close to an outlet. If this isn’t possible, you’ll need to use an extension cord. Be sure that if you use an extension cord, it runs along to wall and doesn’t create a trip hazard.

Cover the floor where the tree will be placed. You can use a properly sewn tree skirt or be budget savvy and use Christmas-themed paper or a piece of satin fabric. This will not only serve decorative purposes, but it will also help protect the floor in case any water splashes out.

Use of lights that produce low heat, such as miniature lights, will reduce drying of the tree.  Always turn off the tree lights when leaving the house or when going to bed.

Never burn any part of a Christmas tree in a wood stove or fireplace.

To depose of your tree some people choose to dispose of their old and decaying Christmas trees in lakes. If you live in an area warm enough to do this, consider that a Christmas tree would provide a healthy hiding place for fish and other underwater critters. Check with local officials or park rangers before depositing old trees into lakes.

A freshly cut tree, kept well supplied with water, will last about a month.