By Beau Spicer


Nothing beats the fragrance of a live Christmas tree during the holidays. Plus, selecting a tree can be one of the biggest holiday traditions your family honors. What’s the ideal tree for your family; will it be skinny and tall, short and fat or my personal favorite, the “Snoopy” tree? ere’s nothing more enjoyable than gathering as a family, heading to the local tree lot and spending time together finding a tree to guard the presents. 

However, to some, the thought of caring for a real tree is more work than it’s worth and they go with an arti cial tree year a er year. ere’s no reason to dread a live tree in the home. By selecting an appropriate type of tree, using a stand that can holding enough water and by placing the tree in the proper location your family can easily maintain a live cut tree.

The most important part of any live cut Christmas tree is the tree itself. Not all evergreen trees are suitable to be used indoors as a cut Christmas tree. Fir trees are most commonly used because they have a dense shape with strong branches and so needles. is ensures a full looking tree that can hold all the family ornaments and is pleas- ant to the touch. Once you have selected your Fir tree make sure to have a fresh cut made to the bo om of the trunk. is simple step with help the tree draw water once you get home.

For many families, the holiday season would not be complete with- out the perfect Christmas tree. Taking care of it doesn’t have to be a headache.

Water is a very important element in taking care of any live cut tree. ough the tree has had its roots removed it will continue to draw water once placed in the stand. Make sure the stand you use is free of holes and can hold a good amount of water--don’t let it go dry. Once a stand goes dry the base of the tree will “scab” over and the tree will no longer be able to draw water. Your tree will also bene t from the use of a product call TreeLife, which is added to the water once a week and helps keep the tree fresh and able to draw water.

Once you get the tree and it’s stand home, you must place it in an ap- propriate location. is is a simple step that can make a huge di er- ence. You need to keep two things in mind when placing your tree. First, where is the nearest air vent located? If located within ve or six feet, consider moving the tree or closing the vent. e air coming from your HVAC is extremely dry and will cause your tree to dry faster than normal. e second thing to keep in mind is windows. If placed near windows which get large amounts of sun during the day similar drying will occur and limit the tree’s life.

For many families, the holiday season would not be complete with- out the perfect Christmas tree. Taking care of it doesn’t have to be a headache. By selecting the proper type of tree, stand and location, along with water and maintenance, your family can enjoy this tradition. Maybe you’ve always wanted a live tree and have just been a little hesitant--there’s no need to be! With a li le time and fore-sight you can start making memories that will last your family for generations to come.