Love look and smell of Christmas trees but sick of the mess, the spillage, and the cats jumping all over your decorations? We’ve put together our top 8 best tips for Christmas tree care to help you save the stress and enjoy the holidays!
Christmas Tree Care:
1. Saw it
You’ll want to measure your tree against the height of your room before setting it up. If you need to make any adjustments to the base of the tree, measure and cut these outside to avoid getting sawdust all over your living room! Consider sawing a little off even if you don’t need to – it opens the pores up, and this increases water absorption.
2. Bringing it in
If your tree has netting, be sure to keep this on for as long as you can. Bring your tree inside and set it up (making sure it’s far away from any heat sources). Only then should you remove the netting – this way, there should be minimal mess!
3. Water fuss
Trees need a loooot of water. Use a reservoir stand that holds at least a gallon, and keep it topped up with water. When first bringing your tree inside, the best method for christmas tree care is to get it up and in water as soon as possible.
4. Watering alternatives
If you don’t have a reservoir, be prepared to do a lot of watering. You can use a funnel to help this process a little easier. We’d also recommend putting some plastic sheets on the floor to protect it from spills. A snow saucer also acts as a very good collector of spills and drips.
5. Bag it up
Buy a tree disposal bag, or if you don’t have one of these, cut the end off the bottom of one strong bin bag and attach it to another to form a long tube, which is shut at the bottom. Cut a hole in this sealed side and slip it over the base of your tree. Tuck the excess of your bag into your tree stand.
When you eventually want to take the tree outside, you can bring the bag around it and carry it out without also carrying bits of tree through the house.
Alternatively, when it comes to remove your tree, you can use cling film to wrap it up before taking it through the house.
It’s important to fireproof your christmas tree. Spray your tree with antitranspirant to reduce evaporation. This will help keep your tree fresher and make it more fire safe.
As well as this, consider using a homemade fireproofing spray. These are usually made from some combination of water, borax, alum, boric acid, bleach and salts, and once sprayed on, it will protect your tree. Use UL approved lights and never leave it unattended when lit.
7. Animal troubles?
If you have a pesky cat or dog who loves playing with the tree (and scattering needles everywhere), you can stop them with some simple fishing wire. Attach this to skirting boards or walls and prevent your animals from getting to the tree.
8. After Christmas
Trees can be recycled in a number of ways. If you have space at the end of your garden to tuck it away and leave it until Spring, when it can be chopped into garden mulch.
You can also leave them in lakes or ponds where they’ll sink to the bottom and provide a place for creatures to live and lay eggs (but always check with your local council before doing this). You may also have a Christmas tree recycling program near you that can pick up your trees to dispose of the for you.
We hope these tips for Christmas tree care help you keep the stress levels low and allow you to enjoy the holidays to their fullest. If you have a need to be praised for your beautiful Christmas tree, we’re here for you! Just send a photo over to our Facebook page. Sick of decorations spilling everywhere and need a neat way to organise them? Check out our (money-saving) decoration storage guide. Determined to have the perfect Christmas? Lucky you – we have a guide for that too!
Sources: The Family Handyman, Clean Organized Family Home, Almanac