by Beth Cook, Mammoth Cave Transplants
The Thanksgiving holiday is over for many of us and we are all anxious to dive in and get ready for Christmas. Many of us start by putting up our trees to kick off the holiday season. Over the years we have become accustomed to using artificial trees, but there are still some that go the more traditional route of a REAL LIVE Christmas tree. If you decide to go this route you can choose a cut or balled-and-burlap tree.
Cut trees do require a bit more care and water than the balled and burlap, but for whichever type you decide is best fit for your home, here are a few tips to care for your live tree during the holiday season:
Keeping your live tree watered is very crucial in caring for your live Christmas tree to keep it looking and smelling good. Water prevents the needles from drying out and dropping. If the tree and needles dry out, the tree will become a fire hazard. You can also spray or have your tree sprayed with a fire retardant for extra precaution. A fresh and well maintained tree will keep it looking great and also be less of a fire risk.
Make sure to unplug your lights on your tree at night, also be sure to keep away from all heat sources. After you are finished with your tree, plant your balled and burlap as soon as possible. For your cut trees, you can find a local recycling program to dispose of your tree. Enjoy your live tree and Happy Decorating from Mammoth Cave Transplants!
~~The perfect Christmas tree? All Christmas trees are perfect! ~Charles N. Barnard~~