Keep Christmas Trees Fresh All Season Long

Article Posted By: Home Depot Staff

A Christmas tree

The aroma of a fresh cut Christmas tree is a staple in homes all around during the holiday season. To keep the scent of your fresh cut tree strong and aromatic, you’ve got to take care to preserve the tree. The Home Depot Forums associate BostonRoots shares tips for keeping your Christmas tree fresh for the entire season.

1. Add preservative.

Your fresh cut Christmas trees will drink over a gallon of water within the first 24 hours. Add tree preservative to the water to keep the tree vibrant and fresh. Tree preservative sells quickly so buy it when you see it in the stores. You can also make your own tree preservative using Sprite or 7Up and tablespoons of bleach [recipe]. Be sure to label the bottle and store it at room temperature.

2. Don’t let your tree dry out.
Keep water levels above the trunk line. If the water level goes below the trunk line, the tree will dry out and the sap will seal up.

3. Use tree stands.

Tree stands have generous water reserves. They will make it easy to keep your tree in proper position and to keep it watered and fresh.

4. Keep your tree away from heat sources.

Heat will make your tree dry out. Do not put your fresh cut Christmas trees near fireplaces. Find a cool corner to place it, as this will help to keep the trees from drying out.

5. Keep pets away.

Place fresh orange peels under the tree to keep cats away. Keep dogs and puppies away by placing bells on the lower branches. The noise from the bells will act as an alert and keep them away.

Shop fresh cut Christmas trees at homedepot.com or at your local The Home Depot store.  Don’t forget to shop tree preservatives, Christmas  tree decorations, Christmas ornaments and more.

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Photo by Laura Bitner under Creative Commons license.

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