If you’re spending out money on a real tree this Christmas, you don’t want to throw your money away if the needles drop too soon. These tips will keep your Christmas tree alive for longer.
Having a real Christmas tree will cost you more money vs having a fake tree, but for many people, it’s half the fun of the festive season.
Whether it’s the tradition you have with your family or the smell of the pine needles, a real tree is a big treat.
But, after paying out more money for a real Christmas tree, the last thing you want is for your tree to be half dead, with needles dropping all over the place before 25th December!
Tips for keeping your Christmas tree alive
What you may need:
There are a few things you’ll need to do to make sure your Christmas tree stays alive for longer.
Might seem odd to start shopping your tree up as soon as you get home, but it’s the first step to making sure your Christmas tree stays alive for as long as possible.
You need to saw about 1/2 inch from the trunk. This makes sure that the wood is the freshest it can be (the same as you would with freshly cut flowers).
You just need to cut in a straight line, making sure to keep as much of the outside bark on as possible and not making the trunk into a different shape.
Keep it straight
The best way to display your tree is using a reservoir stand. Although an upfront cost, you will be able to use it year after year.
Make sure you get a stand that is the right size for your tree as well. If your tree is bigger than the stand, you should not whittle it down to size, but you need a bigger stand.
The stand will hold the tree upright and be able to hold water to keep the tree fresh.
Your Christmas tree needs water – it’s thirsty business keeping all the needles on!
Make sure to top up the reservoir stand as soon as you’ve got the tree in place.
TIP: if you’re not putting it in a stand straight away, then make sure to keep your tree resting in a bucket of water until you’ll move it to its final position.
Then, check every day that there is enough water so it’s above the base of the stump. You’ll be surprised how much your tree will drink – nearly one to two litres of water a day!
Baby, it’s cold outside
While it may be snowing (maybe…), December is usually quite cold outside so radiators go on.
They keep you warm but, to keep your Christmas tree alive, you want to keep it away from the heat.
Whether it be a radiator, fireplace or direct sunlight, try to make sure your tree can stay as cool as possible.
It will also mean that your tree will drink less water each day as it’s not being dried out.
Turn ‘em off
When you’re not going to be in or when you go to bed be sure to turn out the Christmas lights.
Not only will you save on your electricity bill, but the lights being off will help stop the tree drying out from the heat of the lights.
Also, consider investing in some LED Christmas lights as they give off less heat (and cost less to run) than incandescent Christmas lights.
On the twelfth night
Once Christmas and the New Year have passed, it’s time to take your decorations down for another year.
Instead of just binning your tree, be sure to recycle it.
Perhaps you could try to make a didgeridoo or maybe even try to make a beehive, and you’ve got a free gift for next Christmas! Or, you could sell what you make – people buy all sorts.
If not, most councils offer a recycling service for free, so head to your local council’s site to check what day yours could be collected.
Don’t have a real tree and want the festive smell?
Keeping your Christmas tree alive isn’t a problem if you have a fake tree. You can pick up a fake tree for a one off cost (some even come pre-decorated for even more ease and money saving), but you don’t get the same smell.
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