How to choose & care for a Real Christmas Tree.
Christmas comes but once a year and picking out the perfect tree to decorate your home is a family ritual full of fun and excitement. Here is our guide to caring for your Christmas tree this festive season.
Why choose a real Christmas tree?
There is nothing quite like the aroma of a real Christmas tree and they give us that magical Christmas feeling we love. The other advantage of having a real tree is that they offer variety, both in shape and size, meaning you can get the perfect one to suit your home. Before choosing, measure the space in your home, remembering that the tree stand could add to the height. You also have the advantage of being able to trim your trees too but take care and insure you don’t damage your tree.
How do I care for my tree?
1. Keep your tree outside in the elements as long as possible before bringing into the house. This will keep it as fresh as possible.
2. Before you bring your tree into the house cut half an inch or an inch off of the bottom, this allows the tree to draw water which keeps your tree fresher for longer. Try to avoid shaving the base to fit your stand this will affect how much water it will be able to take in.
3. Avoid cutting the leader off of the top of the tree, this reduces the amount or water that the tree is able to retain.
4. Make sure you use a stand which has a water reservoir this is very important; your tree must always have access to water.
5. Keep your tree away from any heat source like radiators and fires as this will dry your tree out quicker. Avoid having your tree in front of the window or direct sunlight also.
6. Some needle drop is unavoidable so please do not expect every
needle to remain on your tree. Some trees will drop more needles than others like the Norway spruce.
7. Keep your tree stand topped up with water throughout the day as it will drink more than you think.
If you have any other questions regarding tree care please speak to a member of staff, we are more than happy to help.
How do I dispose of my tree?
Once the festive season is over, if you have a pot grown tree and it has
roots you can plant it in January and care for it through the year to enjoy it again next Christmas. Alternatively, you can dispose of your tree in several environmentally friendly ways. Many councils organise special collections or drop off points for used Christmas trees (like being reused to rebuild sand dunes at Ayr beach) Real trees can also be used for chippings, search online for the best way to recycle in your area.