A fresh cut Christmas tree is a wonderful addition to your holiday decor. While it may seem like an impossible task, following a few simple guidelines can help keep it looking its best all season long. The first tip is to acclimate it to a colder climate before bringing it inside. The tree will not do well if you bring it from a cold to a warm environment immediately. Instead, you should let it acclimate to a cooler environment before setting it up. To help maintain a good water level, recut the tree at about half an inch from the base of the tree. This will help keep the needles intact and will prevent them from falling off.
Once you bring your tree home, you’ll want to make sure it’s not too dry. Very dry trees are hazardous and should be replaced. Check the strands of lights to be sure they’re safe and working properly. If you notice any missing bulbs or exposed wires, you should replace them. Also, be sure to choose smaller bulbs than those used in traditional lights. Ensure that the lights are certified to prevent fire risk.
Water is the most important thing you can do for a Christmas tree. Many people try all sorts of fancy tree care gimmicks to make their tree look nicer. They add sugar or molasses, flower preservatives, Gatorade, or fertilizers to the water. However, these treatments don’t do anything for your new tree. Clean, fresh water is the best thing you can do for it. You should also make sure to re-water your newly decorated tree each day.