Keep Your Tree Looking Fresh Past Christmas with these Tips!
Choosing a tree
- Measure your space! This is important to choosing a good fit for your home. What size tree do I need?
- Measure your tree stand too--you don't want a trunk that's too big for the stand.
- Find a healthy, mature tree and look for green needles that stay on the tree when you run your hands over them.
- We provide tree shaking if there are leaves or dry needles inside your tree.
Cutting your tree
- You are welcome to bring your own saw to Allen Tree Farm, but we provide saws for you to cut your tree, sleds to pull it back to your car, and twine to secure your tree to your vehicle.
- Cut close to the ground--you can always shorten the trunk later or saw off the bottom whorl of branches.
- Watch out below! Make sure you are leaning the tree away from you as you cut. Even better: have a friend or family member hold the top of the tree to control where it falls!
Caring for your tree
- If the tree was cut more than 6 hours before you can place it in the stand, cut a half-inch off the trunk when you get home. (After 6 hours, the trunk will have too much resin on the cut to absorb water).
- Use a stand that fits your tree. Avoid whittling the sides of the trunk down to fit a stand. The outer layers of wood are the most efficient in taking up water and should not be removed.
- Water, water, water! Don't let your Christmas tree get dry - it won't be able to absorb water once it does. As a general rule of thumb, trees need one quart of water per inch of trunk diameter.
- If possible, place the tree away from heat sources.
- Always turn the lights off when you leave the house or go to bed!