Christmas Tree Watering

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Be sure to follow these tips to ensure your Christmas tree stays fresh throughout the Holiday season.

Keeping your tree hydrated used to be a chore. Climbing over gifts and under branches and sticking your finger in dirty water is a thing of the past. Put Evergreen Elf™ to work for you! Although Evergreen Elf is hard at work, he needs your help with Christmas tree watering. Be sure to follow these tips to ensure your Christmas tree stays fresh throughout the Holiday season.

  • If your tree is pre-cut, be sure to cut approximately 1/2” from the bottom of the trunk. Sometimes growers and retailers will treat the bottom of the tree with a resin intended to retain moisture in transport. This should be removed prior to placing the tree in the stand.
  • Your tree stand should be able to hold 1 quart of water per inch of tree diameter. The stand should be able to fit the width of the tree without having to whittle down the trunk. Leave the outer layers of the tree intact, as they are the most efficient water absorbers.
  • Do not leave the tree out of water for longer than 6 hours after cutting the trunk to ensure that the tree will still take up water.
  • According to a study conducted by the University of Wisconsin, freshness additives like sugar aspirin or vodka have no effect and are not needed to keep a cut tree fresh. Simply using water is the tried-and-true method of Christmas tree watering.
  • The tree stand should never run out of water, and the trunk should always be submerged. Let Evergreen Elf alert you to low water levels!
  • Throughout the season, monitor your tree for freshness. Look for an abundance of falling needles and conduct needle tests periodically.
  • After Christmas, or when the tree is dry, remove it from the house and dispose of it properly. A dry tree should not be stored in a garage or shed where it could pose a risk of fire.
  • There are many uses for Christmas trees after the holiday season! Christmas trees can be used for habitat restoration for birds and fish or soil erosion barriers, or they can be recycled for mulch. Be sure to consider the options in your area.

For further questions about Christmas tree watering, please contact us here at Evergreen Elf today!


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