First-Ever Live Christmas Tree? 3 Tips For Maintaining Its Freshness

Posted on: 2 December 2014

Every year, there are as many as 30 million live Christmas trees sold here in the United States. However, not everyone has always enjoyed the thought of pine needles falling from the tree and trashing their floor. For some, they have never experienced having a live tree for Christmas. If this is your first year giving a live tree a try, here are three tips that will help ensure your tree stays fragrant and fresh until Christmas day:

1. Make a Fresh Cut.

If you cut down the tree yourself from a local Christmas tree farm, then this step doesn't apply. However, if you purchased your artificial tree from a retail store, then this is a crucial step. Your tree was likely cut down weeks before your purchase, so a fresh cut at the tree's base is necessary to ensure that the tree can get access to water.

2. Add Water Every Day.

When it comes to watering your tree, you should monitor how much water is being absorbed by the tree. You can check the water levels every morning and every evening. Make sure to also use that time to top off the water. Ultimately, live trees will absorb about one quart for each inch of the tree's diameter. It is very important that the tree never runs out of water. Otherwise, when you give it more water, it won't be able to soak it up, which means it will begin to dry out and lose that freshness.

3. Keep It Away from the Heat.

When you place your tree, make sure that it is away from the windows and direct sunlight. You also don't want to place your tree to close to any heaters, wood burning stoves, or fireplaces. The temperature fluctuations of these areas will cause the tree to dry out much faster, which is the last thing that you want. You also want to be careful with your tree lights. Watch them carefully to ensure they don't overheat, which could result in the branches drying out and becoming a fire hazard.

As you can see, the secret to ensuring your live tree looks as great on Christmas day as it did the day you brought it home is good, simple maintenance and care. If you have any more questions regarding how to keep your Christmas tree alive and looking great or would like information regarding landscaping of your residential home or commercial building, then contact a local landscaper, such as Randles Landscape & Design, who will have the answers to your questions.