Alex Deason: Time to talk about Christmas tree care for the holiday seasonBy ALEX DEASON STEP OUTSIDE,
The past several days have been filled with food, family, football, and shopping. Decorating was also another event that was enjoyed by friends and family. Although some have chosen the longevity of an artificial tree, others enjoy the natural beauty and smells of a fresh cut tree. For those first time buyers of the fresh cut trees remember that the size of the trees can be very deceiving so take a closer look. Bend the needles and branches to make sure the tree is fresh and think about the following to keep the tree beautiful and healthy until you remove it.
* Re-cutting- A tree that has been cut for more than 6 to 8 hours and left outside will seal off and not be able to absorb fresh water. Cutting an additional ¼" off the base of the tree prior to installation will allow the tree to remain hydrated.
* Tree Stands- One of the most important purchases along with your tree. Stand must be purchased on its ability to hold the tree, hold enough water, and have easy setup.
* Placement- When placing your tree in the home try to avoid extreme sources of heat that will speed up the drying of the tree (central heat vents, furnaces, chimneys, and direct sunlight).
* Watering- Monitor the amount of water that is available to the tree. A rule of thumb is a tree will uptake around a quart of water per inch of diameter of stem. For the first week water uptake is at a peak and might require more than stated above so monitor the level.
These are just a few things to keep in mind during this holiday season. There have not been any products proven to lengthen the life of the tree, although some will shorten the life. A healthy, watered tree is much less of a fire hazard than a dry one so always remember to turn your lights off when going to bed and when you are away from home. Now that the tree is lit and carols are playing; enjoy the sights, sounds, and smells of Christmas.