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Caring For Your Live Christmas Tree

'Tis the season to pick up a tree 
And trim it to perfection for everyone to see! 
If it is real or fake is unnecessary,
But we need to remember about everyone's safety! 
Okay, okay, that's enough rhyming for me, 
So lets just get down business and you'll soon be, 
On your way to showing off your tree!

For those of you who have decided to pick up a real tree this year, it can be a little overwhelming if you don't know where to start. First of all, you can always pick up a tree at your local grocery store. Usually they are sitting outside, bound up with net ready for transport. These might not be the greatest pick as you have no idea how old they are or even what they look like. However, if you are ready to embrace the character of your tree, just make sure the retailer is providing you with a fresh tree and your good to go. If you decided to cut your own tree, your local Christmas tree farm might offer a few species of trees to choose from. What type of tree is good for you? Well, check out the National Christmas Tree for information on 16 different species.Wow, 16!!!!

Once you've picked out your tree, have the farmer straight cut the bottom of the tree and clear off a few of the bottom branches to make room for the tree stand and presents! Make sure to use a reservoir-type stand that holds at least one gallon of water and has adjustable metal anchors to steady your tree. Every day you have to fill up the reservoir with plain old tap water. You will find that during the first week, your tree will drink about one gallon per day.

Live Christmas trees should last you about 4 weeks. Making sure to water it daily is the key step, but there are other tricks that can help:
  • keep your tree out of direct sunlight
  • keep it away from fireplaces and heaters
  • display your tree in a room that is a little cooler than others
  • use LED or miniature lights which emit less heat
Lastly and most importantly is safety. Year after year we hear about families who have lost homes and loved ones due to Christmas tree fires. This year, do your part and pay special attention to a few key points:
  • make sure you place your tree away from exits and entrances
  • use extension cords and electric decorations which have a label from an independent testing laboratory
  • check lights and decorations for damage or loose bulbs and replace them with new ones
  • refrain from over lighting your tree and only connect a maximum of 3 light strands per electrical socket
  • make sure to turn off your tree lights before bed or leaving your home

By: pillsbury_girl


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