Tips For Keeping Your Christmas Tree Beautiful
One of our most important holiday symbols is the Christmas tree. For those of us who celebrate Christmas, it doesn't matter how big or small our homes are, we'll find a way to bring a tree in and make it the center of the house for a few weeks. But for those few weeks, it has to be pristine. Here are 6 ways to keep your Christmas tree looking elegant.
Cuts Like A Knife
Christmas trees are harvested from Christmas tree farms. That means by the time you arrive on the Christmas tree lot, the cut ends of their trunks are dry and dull, making it difficult for them to absorb vital water. When you bring your tree home, before you take it in the house, make sure to saw off a few inches so your tree can take a drink and disburse water to all the branches and needles to keep them green throughout the holidays.
Wet Its Whistle
Before you even think about putting on Christmas tree decorations, make sure to get your tree in water. Remember, it hasn't had a steady water supply since it was harvested, so it is crucial for your tree to get a big gulp of water immediately so it can thrive throughout the holidays. Don't worry about drilling an extra hole in the trunk to help the water move; trees are very good at moving water to the areas that need it -- even the top branches.
Cool It Now
Do your best to choose a spot in your house for the tree that is cool. If you have to, move the TV furniture, if it's in a place that doesn't get much heat. Keeping it cool slows down evaporation. If your tree is near a heating vent or stove, it may dry out faster than you want it to and you have to water it more often. Also, keep in mind that holiday lights are mini furnaces that speed up the dehydration process; make sure to turn them out at night and when you're not home. Additionally, keeping your tree cool and turning out the lights reduces the risk of your tree becoming a fire hazard.
Walk On Water
You don't need to put any fancy chemicals or fertilizers in the water you give your tree. They likely don't extend the life of trees or keep them greener longer. The best thing you can give your tree for long life and green needles is good, clean water.
Bring Me Some Water
Trees are thirsty! They drink a lot of water and they drink it fast. They need to get a daily dose of water to keep their needles and branches from getting brittle. To do it right, the trunk should be fully immersed in water at all times. That should keep your tree moist and green through the new year.
Don't Let The Sun Go Down
Don't forget that trees are plants! That means they need sun to survive and thrive. During the day, open up the curtains to let the sun shine on its branches so it can absorb sunlight for energy. It keeps the tree green and adds a little bit more clean oxygen to your home.
Of course you don't have to worry about caring for your Christmas tree if it's artificial -- which may be the more practical but no less festive route for your holiday decor. And whether your three is real or fake, look to The Lakeside Collection to make your tree and your home light up with holiday spirit.