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Leber Christmas Trees Being planted by Dick and Rick
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Proper Christmas Tree Care

TREE CARE TIPS FOR CONSUMERS

Below are a number of tips relating to the care of displayed trees:

  1. Consistently displaying trees in water is the most effective way of maintaining their freshness and minimizing needle loss problems.
  2. In selecting a tree, make sure that the trunk at the bottom is long enough to fit into your tree stand.
  3. If you are able to, put the tree into a covered shelter once you get it home, like a garage or a barn, and don't bring it straight into your home. Bringing it directly into your home from the cold can shock the tree, causing needles to drop quicker. If you acclimate the tree to a warmer temperature, it will help to cut down on how much your tree will lose needles through the holiday season.
  4. Immediately before placing your tree in the stand, make a fresh cut of at least a half inch off the trunk. This gets rid of the sap plug that formed when you cut your tree down and will allow the tree to drink again and stay fresh.
  5. To display the tree indoors, use a stand with an adequate water holding capacity for the tree. You want to be able to hold about a liter's worth of water (at least) in the base of your tree stand. Leber Trees provides stands in our gift shop.
  6. Keep displayed trees away from sources of heat (fireplaces, heaters, heat vents, etc).
  7. The temperature of the water used to fill the stand is not important and does not affect water uptake.
  8. Check the stand daily to make sure that the level of water does not go below the base of the tree. With many stands, there can still be water in the stand even though the base of the tree is no longer submerged in water.
  9. Drilling a hole in the base of the trunk does not improve water uptake, but it is necessary for the stands that are for sale at Leber Trees.
  10. Do not use additives in the water, including floral preservatives, commercial tree preservatives, molasses, sugar, bleach, soft drinks, aspirin, honey, and other concoctions. Clean water is all that is needed to maintain freshness.
  11. Always inspect light sets prior to placing them on the tree. If worn, replace with a new set.
  12. Do not overload electrical circuits.
  13. Go to www.realchristmastrees.org and type in your zip code to find a recycling program near you.
  14. Never burn any part of a Christmas tree in a wood stove or fireplace.
dragging cut tree through the field
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