Some people believe Christmas just isn't Christmas without a real Christmas tree. Here is few steps that help you keep a Christmas tree fresh through the holiday season.
- Place the tree in a stand that can hold at least 1 gallon of water. You should expect the tree to take up additional water.
- Always keep the base of a tree in water. If the base dries out, resin will form over the cut end and the tree will not be able to absorb water and will dry out quickly. You don't need anything other than regular tap water - drying out deters future water uptake and will need a new cut. Commercially prepared mixes like aspirin, sugar and other additives introduce into the water are not necessary. Research has shown that plain water will keep a tree fresh.
- Check for worn Christmas tree light electrical cords and always unplug at night. Use UL approved electrical decorations and cords. Using miniature lights produce less heat and reduce the drying effect on the tree or any chance of fire.