Looking After Your Christmas Tree
Christmas Trees, every year we’re buying them earlier and earlier! Most will say, it’s because it’s always better to be prepared, especially when it comes to Christmas. However, it isn’t at all that simple! Buying a Christmas tree, months prior to Christmas, comes with more responsibility. Especially if you want to ensure it looks just as beautiful as the day it arrived on the big day itself!
Let’s start with their lifespan, Christmas trees are a natural product, so we can never give an exact figure, but we can give you a very good estimate! Prior to reaching your home they will have been growing outdoors for up to eight years and once in your home their lifespan will vary from two to four weeks depending on how you care for them. Funnily enough Christmas trees prefer the outdoors, so looking after them effectively in doors is paramount to having a beautiful tree!
So, if you’re buying your Christmas tree early make sure you store it outdoors, in the shade, and in a water-holding stand. Another top tip for a longer life span for your tree is to cut the stump at the bottom. Do this in a similar fashion to how you would flowers before placing them in a vase. A small cut of about 2cm from the base of the tree should be perfect and nearly all saws will get the job done! Doing this opens up the pores of the tree and we can’t recommend it enough.
Getting the tree inside for when it’s time to decorate! The tree should always be mounted inside a water-holding stand, watching this video will show you the best way of doing this. Once you’ve got your tree inside you need to ensure it is kept away from any sources of heat… No radiators, open fires or anything similar should be near your tree. It sounds quite obvious but there often cases of trees not lasting through the season as they have been placed far too close to a radiator!
Finally, it’s time to remove the netting from your tree. This is as simple as taking any serrated blade to the netting and “peeling it like a banana”, as shown in the video. Next give the tree a spin, every tree has it’s best side! However, a tree’s best side is also determined by it’s owner so, give a twirl and make sure it’s looking its finest. Further maintenance is as simple as checking your trees water daily to make sure it’s not dehydrating!
We’ll be back with further Christmas tree tips soon, until then, keep up the good work!