While most people have gotten their Christmas tree up and decorated, there are some people who have yet to start. No matter if your tree is up or not, there are some important things to remember about trimming your tree and caring for it in order to ensure its freshness all through the season.
- Be careful not to put too many lights on the tree. This could over load the outlet and cause a fire. There is very little risk of the lights causing the tree to catch on fire, but if the tree feels warm due to the lights, it is better safe than sorry.
- Place the heavier ornaments on the lower branches of the tree. This is because the lower branches are generally stronger than the higher branches.
- Do not forget to decorate the inside of the tree. The bulbs and lights can go all along the branches, not just on the outside portions of the tree. This will give the tree a more detailed look.
- Tinsel and garland are great decorations to put on the tree. However, be sure that the tinsel does not cover the entire tree and the obscures the ornaments. Keep the tinsel away from the bulbs as it can cause a fire.
Keeping the Tree Fresh
- Trim ½ inch from the bottom of the tree. Next cut the branches from the bottom 6 inches. Place the tree in the stand and fill the reservoir with water. This will help to keep the tree fresh for up to 6 weeks.
- Keep the tree away from any heaters or vents as this will dry the tree out faster. If possible, place the tree near a window as the windows are most often cooler than the rest of the house.
- The tree should receive plenty of light. This light allows the tree to create nutrients for itself and process the minerals in the water.