1) Have the Tree Farm: Trim Up the Trunk (Remove any low branches) and Cut a Fresh Base.
The trimming will help the tree fit into those pain in the arse Christmas Tree holders and save you from any last minute in home trims. Been There…Done That. The hubs is not a fan of breaking out the saw and jamming the tree into a hole it doesn’t fit into so have the tree farm do the work. The Fresh Cut Base will keep your tree alive longer.
2) IMPORTANT: WATERING – Use WARM Water while watering the tree. Cold water will harden the sap, preventing your tree from absorbing the water = Dying early. Use Warm Water, Daily about 2-3 cups.
3) Use Christmas Tree Preservatives: You know that little white bottle they sell everywhere. Use it. It works. I don’t care what anyone says. It’s $1.99 and it will help keep your tree alive longer. I’ve done it with and without, it works.
4) Do NOT: Use Aspirin, Hair Spray (Yes, people do this!) or Bleach. I know people swear by bleach, I’ve never used it but I’ve read in several forums that bleach will turn your tree a different color.
After years of practice I have found that these steps work the best for keeping your tree alive. We get our tree Thanksgiving weekend and it lasts until New Years. Hope these tips help!
This is my first post in regards to Christmasing Tips and Tricks, stay tuned!