Tree Care and Safety
Displaying trees in water in a traditional reservoir type stand is the most effective way of maintaining their freshness and minimizing needle loss problems.
· When you get your tree home make a fresh cut on the base of the tree to allow the tree to absorb water. Cut off at least one-half inch. Put the tree in water as soon as possible which will optimize the tree’s ability to absorb water.
· Place the tree in a stand that holds at least a gallon of water. It is not uncommon for a cut tree to take up to a quart or more of water a day. Water prevents needle drop and maximizes fire resistance.
· If the tree is not going in the house immediately, it should be stored in a bucket of water in a protected area away from the sunlight or wind.
· Position the tree away from heat sources such as vents, fireplaces, wood stoves, television sets, radiators or sunny windows. These elements can prematurely dry your tree.
Before you decorate your tree, check all electric lights and connections.
- · Don’t overload circuits
- · Turn off all decorations before you leave home or retire for the night.
- · Miniature lights reduce the drying effect on the tree.