General Christmas Tree Care Tips
When a Christmas tree is cut, more than half its weight is water. With proper care, you can maintain the quality of your tree.
Displaying trees in water in a traditional reservoir type stand is the most effective way of maintaining their freshness and minimizing needle loss problems. We can deliver a stand with your tree.
As a general rule, stands should provide 1 quart of water per inch of stem diameter.
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.
Make a fresh cut to remove about a 1/2-inch thick disk of wood from the base of the trunk before putting the tree in the stand Make the cut perpendicular to the stem axis. *We will do this for you!
Drilling a hole in the base of the trunk does not improve water uptake.
Place the tree in water as soon as possible. Don't bruise the cut surface or get it dirty. If needed, trees can be temporarily stored for several days in a cool location. Place the freshly cut trunk in a bucket that is kept full of water.
The temperature of the water used to fill the stand is not important and does not affect water uptake.
Check the stand daily to make sure that the level of water does not go below the base of the tree. With many stands, there can still be water in the stand even though the base of the tree is no longer submerged in water.
Keep trees away from major sources of heat (fireplaces, heaters, heat vents, direct sunlight).
Lowering the room temperature may slow the drying process, resulting in less water consumption each day.
Use of lights that produce low heat, such as miniature lights, will reduce drying of the tree.
Inspect light sets prior to placing them on the tree. If worn, replace with a new set.
Do not overload electrical circuits.
Always turn off the tree lights when leaving the house or when going to bed.
Monitor the tree for freshness. After Christmas or if the tree is very dry, call us to remove it.
Never burn any part of a Christmas tree in a wood stove or fireplace.
"How Tall Of A Tree Should I Get?"
In general, allow for 6” to 12” between the top of the tree and the ceiling. Don’t
forget to account for the height of your tree topper! The tree stand will generally
add a few inches overall.
8-Foot Ceilings = 7-Foot Tree
This is the most common tree height we sell in the Boston area, especially in older buildings. If you have standard 8-foot ceilings and want the tallest Christmas tree your room
will allow, you can choose a 7-foot tree and still have a six-inch clearance for your tree stand and topper.
9-Foot Ceilings = 8-Foot Tree
Do you live in a new Boston residential building? If so, this is likely the tree height you will want. A 8-foot Christmas tree is the perfect size for 9-foot ceilings. You can be sure the tree won’t hug the ceiling, and you’ll have plenty of space to top the tree with a
10-Foot Ceilings = 9-Foot Tree
If you have 10-foot ceilings, it’s safe to size up and choose a 9-foot tree. You’ll have one foot of space between the ceiling and the tip of your tree.
"Where Should I Display My Tree?"
When allotting space for your tree, consider your existing home furnishings as well as the décor you wish to add during the holidays. Determine whether you will need to rearrange furniture in order to accommodate the tree and how it will complement the overall look of the room.
An important factor to consider is safety. Keep in mind these practical tips when
selecting the location for your Christmas tree:
Never place your tree near a source of heat. Keep it away from heating vents and exhausts. Keep tree away from your fireplace!!
Avoid placing your tree in areas where it is exposed to harsh elements, or where
there is an excessive amount of foot traffic. Avoid setting it up beside open
windows, where it may obstruct a staircase, or behind a door. Placing your tree in one of these common danger zones may lead to damage or an accident.
"Why Are Needles Falling From My Tree?"
In the fall season, ALL conifers drop or shed a certain portion of their oldest needles. This is a normal part of the
life cycle of the tree and occurs because the tree is preparing itself for winter. Prior to delivering your tree, we shake most dead needles off.