If you love having a real tree in your home for the holidays but aren’t sure how to care for it properly don’t worry. Here are some frequently asked questions and answers to keep your tree fresh the whole season.
- How often should I water my Christmas tree?
In the first week, your tree will drink a gallon of water or more! Use a tree stand that allows an adequate amount of water supply for your tree. The larger the tree the more water it will need. Tree stands will generally hold 1 quart of water for every inch in stem diameter. Make sure you check the water level every day to keep the stem submerged.
- Does aspirin or sugar water help keep Christmas trees fresh?
People have tried these additives to try and ensure their tree lasts all season. However, there is no evidence that they preserve the freshness of your tree.
- Will the temperature of my house affect my tree?
Keep your tree away from fireplaces, heaters and heat vents, as well as anything that produces low heat to maintain freshness. Heat sources could speed up the drying process of your tree and reduce the life span.
- How long does a Christmas tree usually last indoors?
Generally, they last anywhere from 3 to 4 weeks inside. To ensure the freshness, ask your local supplier when the tree was cut.
- What should I do with my tree after the holidays?
Since you chose to use a real tree it is biodegradable and can be recycled. Most cities will have a collection service scheduled to pick up your old tree. Be sure to check your cities requirements and follow their guidelines for service.