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Potted Christmas Trees – Make Sure They Survive For Next Year

Potted Christmas trees are great, really. They are the kind of purchase you make once every five or six years – if they grow too big that is. Looking after your potted Christmas tree over the Christmas period is the first step to ensuring your tree does survive.

Looking after potted Christmas trees is really no different to looking after cut Christmas trees. If you take good care of the potted tree, you should experience little in the way of needle drop and the tree should look like bright and fresh all day long. It certainly shouldn’t have that droopy look that some plants seem to get when brought inside.

Remember, it’s winter and the potted Christmas tree is acclimatised to that. Keeping it as cool as possible is therefore an important part of looking after your tree. Simple tasks like switching the Christmas lights off overnight can help a lot – it gives the tree a break from any heat generated by the lights.

Keeping your potted tree well watered is the second important part of looking after your tree. Whilst inside, the soil should never completely dry out.  Keeping the soil moist allows the tree to absorb as much water as it needs when it needs it. Let it dry out and the first thing the tree will do is stop water flowing to the needles – the result, of course, is dropped needles.

Look after your potted Christmas tree – there are only two steps – keep it cool and keep it well watered, and it will survive the Christmas period. Look after it well after Christmas and it will survive through to next Christmas – but that is a story for another day.

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Maintaining The Gloss On Your Christmas Decorations

Having a Christmas tree that has been decorated and looking fabulous doesn’t mean you should ignore it. Like everything in life, a little maintenance will ensure your Christmas tree and your Christmas decorations maintain that fabulous look. We have already discussed maintaining both your tree and your Christmas lights, but what about your Christmas decorations?

They need some maintenance and general care but it’s not an onerous task and should only take a couple of minutes each day. You can perform these tasks at the same time as watering the tree and giving the lights a quick once-over.

The only tool you need is a damp cloth. Start by giving each bauble a quick wipe-over. This will remove any dust and bring the gloss back. You can do the same with any of your other decorations.

Once you have wiped down your decorations, give the lights a quick check to ensure all are working okay. Top up the water for the Christmas tree and you are done – maximum ten minutes each day. It may only be ten minutes, but that ten minutes will ensure your tree stays fresh and your decorations stay glossy throughout Christmas.

Keeping your Christmas decorations clean and shiny means they will maintain their condition for many years to come. Let them becomes clouded with dust and over time that dust will cause minute scratches – scratches that lead to your decorations losing their glossy finish.

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Christmas Tree Safety – Prevent The Danger Of Fire

One of the biggest dangers that any home faces over the Christmas period is fire. One cause of fire is through carelessness when it comes to Christmas trees. Surprisingly, one of the easiest ways to help prevent a Christmas tree from catching fire is to keep it well hydrated.

Dry Christmas trees are no different to any other dry vegetable matter. They will ignite quite readily if provided with an ignition source. This could be poorly maintained Christmas lights, or, more often, having a very dry Christmas tree to close to a heater or open fire.

To prevent fire danger, and to ensure you have a happy and safe Christmas, follow these handy hints.

Keep your Christmas tree well watered.

Keep your Christmas tree well away from any naked flames or high heat sources.

Regularly check your Christmas lights to ensure everything is working well.

Turn your Christmas lights off when retiring each night.

Turn off any heat sources that are close to a Christmas tree when retiring each night.

It’s a very simple principle. A dry Christmas tree exposed to an ignition source could catch fire. A well-watered Christmas tree that is not exposed to an ignition source will stay happy and healthy throughout the Christmas period. Instead of bringing danger, let your Christmas tree bring joy to all who see it.

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Getting The Best Out Of Your Christmas Tree

Cut Christmas trees are fairly hardy and will withstand a lot before finally failing,  turning yellow and dropping needles everywhere.  There is a lot you can do, or not do, that will make them last throughout Christmas.  Looking after the well-being of your tree is only one part of getting the best out of it.

Looking after your tree is important, but that is the easy part. Make sure it has plenty of water, keep it out of strong drafts and keep it away from heat sources. That’s pretty much it. Hydration is the key to keeping your tree fresh all Christmas long.

To get the best out of your tree, you need to look at what you do with it. After placing it into a Christmas tree stand, place it in the middle of the room and walk around it. Christmas trees are fairly symmetrical, but often you will find one particular face has that perfect arrangement of branches. Place your tree so that this face is on show.

Decorating. The biggest mistake we make is to over-decorate our trees. This places a lot of strain on the branches causing them to bend too far. Try to decorate your tree in a balanced way with the heavier decorations lower down and closer to the trunk. This adds to the symmetry of tree.

Another area that people err in is by placing too many lights on the tree. Christmas lights look great but too many can be overkill and spoil the overall effect. Again, look for a balanced finish.  You should be able to stand back and see both the tree and the decorations. After all, you are decorating a Christmas tree, not trying to hide it.

Place you Christmas tree in the right spot, keep it well watered, have it showing its best face, and decorate it with thought and care and you will get the very best out of your Christmas tree.

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How To Dispose Of Your Christmas Tree

Once Christmas passes us by and we recover from all the festivities, someone has the job of cleaning up. It’s hard enough cleaning up all the left over food and the Christmas wrapping paper, but what about that tree? The glamour has gone now; it just looks like hard work. It doesn’t have to be.

First, you need to de-decorate the tree. If you don’t have the original packaging then you are going to need somewhere to store it all. Here is one suggestion that is environmentally friendly – at least until next Christmas. Use all the Christmas wrapping paper to wrap your ornaments. Wrap them and store them carefully in a box.

With the Christmas lights, make sure they are cool before preparing them for storage. Unplug the lights then lay them out to their full length. Carefully roll into a loose loop and they are ready for storage. Now for the Christmas tree itself.

You have a number of options with your spent Christmas tree. You can chip it and use it as a mulch or place into a compost pile – some local councils provide this service, or you can hire a shipper from a local tool hire business. You can cut it into manageable pieces and take it to the council dump (check to see their regulations first); or you can set it aside to dry and perhaps find an alternative use for it.

One of the benefits of using a cut Christmas tree is that it is totally recyclable – what grows from the ground can be returned to the ground – your Christmas tree included.