Tips and tidbits on holiday trees, wreaths and decorative greens
with David Christopher, Snow’s Garden Center Manager
Fraser Fir or Balsam?
An abundance of greens
TLC for your tree
Pick a safe spot
Before you get your tree, designate a safe space that is clear of any open flames or heat sources, which may dry it out prematurely. If your ideal spot is in front of a picture window, make sure to pull the shades during the day to keep the tree out of direct sunlight.
Make sure your tree has a fresh cut
All the trees we sell at Snow’s get a fresh cut on the bottom, after which it is wrapped in netting and tied securely to the purchaser’s vehicle
Get the tree into water ASAP
The most important part of keeping a live Christmas tree healthy is making sure it gets enough water from the start. Leaving it outside for awhile in a bucket of water will help the tree soak up any lost moisture from being cut down. Once it’s inside, expect it to guzzle – it’s not unusual for a tree to absorb up to a full gallon of water in 24 hours. It’s imperative that the water doesn’t dry up during this period. If it does – and it only takes once – the base of the trunk will develop a natural seal that prevents it from drinking in more water. After the initial watering, you should check the water level twice a day for the first week, then daily from then on.
Use a tree preservative
Adding a preservative (like Prolong®) to the water in your tree stand to help keep it green and healthy. You can also dip your fresh greens in a bucket with tree preservative, letting them air out before decorating. This will go a long way toward preserving the needles and ensuring a long shelf life.
Keep your evergreen “green”
Once your tree has fulfilled its job as holiday spirit maker inside your home, make sure to dispose of it in an environmentally-friendly fashion. Fortunately, most transfer stations on Cape Cod accept Christmas trees to be ground up for compost.