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- Buy your tree from a reputable dealer.
- Most cut trees were felled at least two
months ago and the process of the tree dying has already begun.
- Look for a green, moist tree.
- Grab hold of a bough and pull gently
towards you. If a large number of needles pulls off into
hand find another tree.
- Another test to check for dryness is to
hold the tree by the trunk near the top and bounce the butt of
the tree off of the ground. If a large number of needles fall
off, find another tree.
- Once that perfect family tree has been
located, have the seller cut 3/4 to 1 1/2 inches of the trunk
of the tree off. This allows for better water absorption
tree and it will stay moist longer.
- Make sure you have the means to haul
the tree home. Do not allow the tree to be tied to your vehicle
such away that it may fall of and cause a crash. Likewise,
make sure the tree is not blocking your view to the front,
- When you arrive home with your tree, place
it in a sturdy stand and place the tree in the garage or basement
for a few hours to adjust from the cold outdoor temperatures to
the indoor temperatures gradually.
- When choosing a location in your home
for your tree consider the following:
- Don't place the tree close to a heat
vent, fire place or portable heater
- Don't place your tree where it will
block an escape path in the event of fire
- Decorate your tree with only U.L. rated
lights and decorations.
- Use caution with extension cords and
don't overload electrical outlets and circuits.
- Water your tree at LEAST once a day. More
often if needed.
- Check the tree daily for dryness. If
excessive dryness is occurring, consider removing the tree
- When your ready to take down your tree, dispose of it properly.
Recycle if you can. DO NOT try and burn your tree or other holiday
decorations in a fireplace or wood stove.