Taking proper care of your tree after it is delivered is essential to having a picture perfect tree on the big day. Below are instructions to test a tree for freshness and how to keep your tree fresh for those family pictures.
Some trees shed needles from summer growth. Bend a needle in half with your fingers; fresh firs should snap, while fresh pines bend and should not break. To find the best Christmas tree that will last the longest, gently grab the inside of a branch and pull your hand toward you. The needles should stay on the tree.
1. We will freshly cut the bottom of the tree trunk before it is delivered. You will want to get the tree into water within 6-8 hours from the cut, which will possibly be as soon as it is delivered.
2. If need be, you can temporarily store the tree in a cool place for several days before placing it into water.
3. Ensure you are using a high quality Christmas tree stand. Many stands do not hold adequate water. Stability can become an issue if the tree is too big for the stand or if the stand quality is poor. A stand that is hard to adjust may cause the tree to lean and eventually tip over.
4. Do not whittle out edges of a tree trunk to fit in a stand. The outer layers are most effective in water absorption.
5. Check you water level daily and make sure the water level is above the bottom of the trunk. It is possible that there is water in the stand but the trunk may not be in the water. Despite tree freshness, not all trees drink a lot of water. This does not necessarily mean your tree will dry out prematurely.
6. Display your tree as far away from heat sources as possible, including fireplaces, portable heaters, and vents.
7. The use of low heat-emitting lights are recommended. LED lights produce the least amount of heat.
8. Inspect lights to make sure there are no frays or worn out strings.
9. Don't overload circuits with too many strings of lights.
10. Always turn lights off when going to bed or leaving the house.
11. Consider using a humidifier to keep your tree moist.