When a Christmas tree is cut, more than half its weight is water. With proper care, you can maintain the quality of your tree. Below are a few tips on caring for your tree. To read the complete list of Tree Care Tips, click here
1. Use a traditional reservoir type stand for the the most effective way of maintaining your tree's freshness and minimizing needle loss problems.
2. As a general rule, stands should provide 1 quart of water per inch of stem diameter.
3. Use a stand that fits your tree. Avoid whittling the sides of the trunk down to fit a stand. The outer layers of wood are the most efficient in taking up water and should not be removed.
4. Make a fresh cut to remove about a 1/2-inch thick disk of wood from the base of the trunk before putting the tree in the stand. Make the cut perpendicular to the stem axis.
5. Drilling a hole in the base of the trunk does NOT improve water uptake.
6. Keep your tree away from major sources of heat (fireplaces, heaters, heat vents, direct sunlight). Lowering the room temperature will slow the drying process, resulting in less water consumption each day.
7. Do not overload electrical circuits and ALWAYS turn off the tree lights when leaving the house or when going to bed.