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What you need:
  • Cut Christmas tree
  • Tape measure
  • Hand saw
  • Tree stand
  • Watering can
The Christmas tree is a central part of the holiday season! If you pick the right one and care for it properly, it will reward you with a month or more of beauty. Begin by selecting the best tree variety for your needs.
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The noble fir is the traditional cut Christmas tree. It is elegant, long lasting, and shows off ornaments well. Another long-lasting variety is the frasier fir. Douglas and grand firs make beautiful trees (and you can't beat the honey smell of a grand fir) but they don't last as long and drop many needles.
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Check the maximum trunk width your stand can accommodate, and measure the trunk width on the tree you're selecting. If you are going for a bigger tree this year, you may need to buy a new stand. Also, measure the height. Trees always look smaller outdoors than in the home!
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It's easy to determine the health of the tree. Knock the trunk on the ground. There should be minimal needle drop. Now look closely at the needles. They should be glossy and straight. If the needles are dull and curl back or inward, the tree is probably dry and should be avoided.
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Give the tree a fresh cut as soon as you get it home. While many Christmas tree lots offer a fresh cut on site, your tree will last much longer if it is cut within hour of being placed in water. Cut at least 3" off of the base. Place the tree in a tree stand or a bucket of water. Leave the tree outside until you are ready to set it up inside.
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Spray the tree with anti-transpirant. This greatly extends indoor life and helps control needle drop.
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Once inside, situate the tree away from any heat source, preferably in a cooler part of the house. Fill the stand with water.
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Check the water level in the reservoir once or twice a day and add water when needed. A watering can with a long spout works great. Never let the water level drop below the trunk, or air will be sucked in, plugging it, and your tree will no longer be able to draw water.