For those who love a real tree, there are simple tips to ensure your real tree looks fresh all Christmas long.
Tony Smith with Colorado Native Christmas trees says, “if you have an artificial tree you’re having an artificial Christmas.”
As you head out to the Christmas tree lot, there are a few things to keep in mind. First, the type of tree.
Smith says, “The fir and the pine tend to hold their needles a lot longer than the spruce do.”
Once you’ve picked the perfect tree, check the weight of it. The heavier the tree the higher the water content inside which means you’re getting a hydrated fresh tree.
Before leaving the lot, make sure you get a fresh cut at the bottom of the tree. All you need it a few inches off the stump so the tree can soak up lots of water when you get it home and in the stand.
Once you get the tree home, try to keep it away from a window. That tends to dry out the tree faster.
Smith says another is to “put vitamin C in it. Just one time when you start feeding the tree. The other one is put miracle grow that’s for evergreen trees and you just do that once then you just keep it watered.”
If you ever notice your tree looking dry and it’s not drinking up the water; drill a few holes into the side of the stump to allow for more areas the tree can drink water from.
When it comes to decorating the tree, you might want to go with a Charlie Brown looking Christmas tree. Smith says, it’s easier for ornaments to fill out the gaps in those trees, as oppose to fuller trees where ornaments have to sit on the branches.
So, this year think about buying a real tree and try out these tips.