Many people kick start their holiday decorating early, even right after Thanksgiving. If you purchase a real tree, picking the right one is very important. Here are a few things to look for so your tree will be as fresh on Christmas Day as it is on the first day.
1) Measure your room – My uncle in Chicago told me about his neighbors who last year bought a tree too large for their living room. They had to chop off the bottom of the tree until it fit the 10’ ceilings in their home. Be sure to measure your room so the tree will fit and not overpower your room.
2) What’ll it be? – Do you want shorter needles of a Douglas fir? Or the longer needles of a white pine? A little research can go a long way in making your decision. The climate of where your home is located can affect the longevity of the tree.
3) Don’t take it lying down – When you arrive at a tree lot, don’t even consider the trees which are lying on their side. This can dry out tree limbs or it could turn brown very quickly.
4) Stand up straight – Stand the tree up in the lot to review the trunk. Make sure it stands straight up and there are no crooked areas. This could cause the tree to lean unevenly in the tree stand.
5) Home for the holidays – Once you get the tree home, place it in a proper stand with a basin full of water and some sugar. Also be sure the tree doesn’t stand in a window with direct sunlight or in a room which is too dry or you’ll have kindling by the holidays.
6) Water, water, water – Keeping the basin full and the tree hydrated will ensure a greener, fresher smelling tree for the holiday season.
Not too much to know, just be sure when you purchase your fresh tree in a lot, they cut about an inch off the bottom of the trunk so there is some non-dry wood exposure to the water in the stand basin. Also, other than keeping water in the basin, you might want to consider getting a spray bottle and misting the tree every other day or so; this will help keep the freshness even longer.