Help your Christmas Tree Survive the Festive Season…
Are you fed up of needles all over the floor and browning branches before Christmas day? Many of you may be keen to put up your tree as early as possible but worry about the state it will be in by the end of December.
Any tree should be fine if it’s put up in a cooler room, but if like most people this winter you want to keep your heating on it’s best to buy the right tree. A non-drop tree is definitely worth the extra cost if you want to keep it in a warm spot and put it up as early as possible.
Nordman trees will be found in most british homes this year but you can always try something different like a Norway spruce which is slightly old fashioned, but has a lovely scent and perfect bauble hanging branches. Any tree can last longer and look its best if you water it frequently. Leaving a Christmas tree until the 24th isn’t the most practical idea but holding off for a week or so will mean your tree looks it’s best on the big day.
Follow these simple steps to ensure your tree survives the feastive season…
- Try to avoid buying pre-cut trees. Choosing your tree at a ‘choose and cut’ plantation will give you the freshest tree possible. Take a look here for your local plantation.
- Inspect your tree before buying. If you can’t make it to a plantation, thoroughly check your tree before purchasing. Make sure the needles don’t just brush off.
- Before placing your tree in it’s holder, saw off about 2cm at the bottom of the trunk. This will remove sap that stops the tree from absorbing lots of water.
- Thin out any crowded branches by removing the congested parts.
- Stand your tree in a bucket of water in a shady spot until your ready to bring it indoors.
- Shake the tree outside to get rid of any loose or dead needles and take it indoors!
- Many councils collect old trees every year, so contact yours and arrange to drop it off or get it collected.
- You can always keep your tree as a feature in your winter garden. Plant it up in a pot and remove it when the needles drop off fully.
- Keep the thick, strong branches and use them as supports for your fruit and veg next year.
- Burn the thinner twigs in your Christmas fire.
- The trunk, when chopped up provides the perfect hide out for your garden wildlife.
Let us know what you’re doing with your Christmas tree this year, post your comments on this blog post or send them to us at firstname.lastname@example.org!