Nowadays, holiday hype begins far in advance of the season, and Christmas is the best example of this. With stores putting out Christmas decorations and playing Christmas music right after Thanksgiving, it's only natural to want to go ahead and get your tree. Here's how to make a Christmas tree last longer so you can enjoy the holiday season longer.
- First, choose a tree that looks good. If you choose a tree that is already turning brown in spots or shedding needles, even the most valiant attempts to make a Christmas tree last longer may not work. Pick the tree up and tap the trunk lightly on the ground to check for shedding needles. Don't just assume the tree isn't shedding needles because there are none on the ground around it.
- Once you've chosen your tree, you'll need to trim the bottom of the trunk. Many home improvement stores and tree lots will do this for you free of charge. If you do it yourself, just take a saw and make a straight cut that removes about 1/2 inch from the bottom of the trunk. This will remove the sap-covered bottom, and make it easier for the tree to absorb water, which will help make the Christmas tree last longer.
- Next, you'll need a good quality tree stand. Look for a stand with a water reservoir deep enough to hold at least one gallon of water. Check the water level frequently, as proper watering is one of the best ways to make a Christmas tree last longer. Letting the water get too low cannot only make your tree look terrible, but it can create a fire hazard, as a dry tree can more easily catch fire.
- Finally, many people choose to add a commercial preservative to the water to make a Christmas tree last longer. These preservatives are generally inexpensive and some people do claim that they work well, but they aren't for everyone. If you have pets or small children that may ingest the water from the tree stand, avoid these products. They can be harmful or fatal if ingested. You can try adding sugar for a natural preservative, but plenty of fresh, plain water is generally enough to make a Christmas tree last longer. With just a little bit of preparation and maintenance, you can easily keep your Christmas tree up in your home to enjoy until New Year's Day.