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SELECTING AND CARING FOR YOUR CUT CHRISTMAS TREE

SELECTING AND CARING FOR YOUR CUT CHRISTMAS TREE

All of our trees are displayed free standing so that you can see all sides.  Most of our trees are under roof to keep them dry and free of snow and ice accumulation.

  1.  When selecting your tree, make sure that the “handle” at the bottom is long enough to allow the trunk to fit into your tree stand.  Request that some bottom branches be removed if necessary.  You can use these extra branches for other decorating.
  2. Every Christmas Tree sold here is drilled, shaken (to remove loose needles), given a fresh cut, baled with biodegradable netting and loaded into or onto your vehicle.
  3. Take your tree home and immediately place it into the stand with hot water.   If using a tree bag, place it over the trunk and make a hole for the trunk to go through.   Once a fresh cut is made, the tree MUST be put into water within two hours or it will start to form sap to “heal” the cut and then will not drink water.  If needed, place the fresh cut trunk into a large bucket of water until you have your stand ready.  NEVER ALLOW THE CUT TRUNK TO GO DRY !  If the tree is not put into water, another fresh cut needs to be made before setting into the stand.  Do not bruise the cut trunk or allow it to get dirty as this will inhibit water uptake.
  4. Use a stand that fits your tree !  We suggest ‘BOWLINGS LAST STAND’ or the STAND STRAIT System, the only stands we stock.  Ask us what size stand is appropriate for the size tree you have chosen.  As a general rule, stands should provide 1 quart of water per inch of trunk diameter.  Also keep in mind that a smaller stand will require more frequent refilling.  Avoid whittling the sides of the trunk down to fit the stand.  The outer layers of wood are the most efficient in taking up water and should not be removed.
  5. ALWAYS USE HOT WATER AND A PRESERVATIVE every time you refill your stand.  The first few days the tree can drink up to one gallon of water, so check your stand at least twice a day.  DO NOT USE aspirin or sugar, this does nothing for the tree and could lead to a build up of bacteria in the water which can cause a bad odor.
  6. Keep your tree away from heat sources such as fireplaces, heaters, heat vents and direct sunlight.  Lowering the room temperature will slow the drying process and result in less water consumption each day.
  7. CHECK THE STAND DAILY to be sure that the level of water does not go below the fresh cut on the trunk. With many stands, there can still be water in the stand even though the base of the tree is no longer submerged in water.  NEVER allow the fresh cut to go dry !  We have convenient long watering tubes so that you do not have to crawl under the tree…some even sing to you to let you know the stand is getting low on water !
  8. Apply WILT STOP, an anti-transpirant, to the branches to help prevent moisture loss and needle drop.  The more moisture your tree has, the stronger the scent will last.
  9. Use of miniature lights will produce much less heat and reduce drying of the tree.
  10. Always inspect light sets prior to placing them on the tree.  If worn, replace with a new set and do not overload electrical circuits. 
  11. Always turn the lights off before going to bed or leaving the house.
  12. Monitor the tree for freshness.  After Christmas or if the tree is dry, remove it from your home.
  13. Check with your local municipality regarding tree recycling.  Consider laying the tree beside your bird feeders and bird baths until Spring to give the birds safe perching spots.
  14.      With proper care your tree will stay fresh throughout the Holiday Season.


 

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