Caring for your real Christmas tree

There is much pleasure to be had in choosing the right real Christmas tree for your home. Once you’ve done that, you’ll want to take care of it to the best of your ability, making sure it stays fresh and gorgeous-looking until the end of the festive season. Here are some pointers for maintaining your tree this Christmas:

Equipment you’ll need:

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A saw for trimming the trunk

A bucket and watering can

A tree stand or pot to put your tree in

  1. Remove the tree from its protective netting immediately you get it home to avoid any build-up of fungus or mould from beginning to grow on the damp branches.
  2. Prior to setting up the tree, spray it with a bit of water to keep it well hydrated.
  3. Trim the trunk at the base by about 25mm with a panel saw. Exactly as you would trim the stems of flowers to keep them fresh, trimming the trunk allows it to absorb more water.
  4. If you’re not ready to put the tree up, store it somewhere secure in a pot of water until you’re ready to move it into its pot or stand. Store it somewhere out of the wind and direct sun.
  5. Once you’re ready to set up the tree, give it a good shake outdoors to release any loose needles, branches or insects before bringing it inside.
  6. Place your tree in the desired pot or stand. You might need a further trim of the trunk to make it fit perfectly. Try not to place your tree in soil or sand, as it won’t receive enough hydration.
  7. Try to position your tree away from radiators or other sources of heat otherwise the needles will fall out faster as the tree dries out.

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  1. Keep your tree watered every day to keep it looking its fullest and freshest.
  2. If a tree becomes dehydrated, it will droop, and the needles will fall out much faster. Enough moisture is essential to your tree’s health. You’ll need to add at least 500ml of water to the tree’s pot each day.
  3. A real tree can consume up to 2 litres of water a day depending on its size and how warm your home is.
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