KNOW ITS PLACE: Right-Size Selections
Scout out the room you want your tree to go, measure that space’s height and width and take it when you go tree shopping. Measuring where your tree will go guards against the comical mishap of taking home a very wrong-sized tree.
A FRESH CUT IS ESSENTIAL & FREE
Trunks need a fresh cut to expose new plant cells, which act as straws to suck water from the stand. We put on a fresh cut for free, or you can do it at home, cutting away about a half inch. Plunk the trunk in water ASAP to keep that cut fresh.
TAKE A STAND
Trees drink upwards of a gallon every day, so choose a stand that holds more than a gallon.
FRESH, DAILY WATER
Yep, only plain old tap water—without aspirin, bleach, or additives, according to the National Christmas Tree Association.
No matter how long you leave your tree up, it’s best disposed of by returning it to the earth. Many organizations and groups sponsor tree-recycling events. However, you can also lop off the limbs, chop down the trunk, and roll it into your mulch pile. Just be sure to remove all the tinsel and ornaments beforehand or you may wind up spreading Christmas compost come July.