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Tree care tips:

  1. Make a fresh, flat cut to remove about a 1/2-inch thick disk of wood from the base of the trunk.

  2. Once home, place the tree in water as soon as possible. Most species can go 6 to 8 hours after cutting the trunk and still take up water. Don't bruise the cut surface or get it dirty.

  3. If needed, trees can be temporarily stored for several days in a cool location. Place the freshly cut trunk in a bucket full of water.

  4. 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.

  5. Keep displayed trees away from sources of heat (fireplaces, heaters, heat vents, direct sunlight).

  6. Check and fill the water daily.  Trees may drink up to 1 gallon of water a day.

  7. Use of lights that produce low heat, such as miniature lights, will reduce drying of the tree.  Always inspect light sets prior to placing them on the tree. If worn, replace with a new set. Do not overload electrical circuits.

  8. Always turn off the tree lights when leaving the house or when going to bed.

  9. Monitor the tree for freshness. After Christmas or if the tree is dry, remove it from the house.

    Adapted from:  Prepared by Dr. Gary Chastagner and Dr. Eric Hinesley; edited by the National Christmas Tree Association


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