"Fir" Real Christmas Tree Care Tips!
For many, when December hits, the Christmas season has officially begun, and the first step is buying a tree. According to Square, a credit card processing company, the busiest weekend for buying a tree is the first Saturday in December. While there are a lot of tree options to choose from, both real and artificial, every tree poses a risk to your home if it doesn't receive the right care. Follow some easy Christmas tree care tips to ensure a happy holiday season.
THE BEST CHRISTMAS TREE CARE TIPS
The best Christmas tree care tips revolve around adequate watering of the tree. Christmas trees are just like every other plant; they require water to survive. Without water, your cut tree will die faster, losing its needles sooner and posing a higher risk of catching on fire during a residential fire incident. A fresh cut tree consumes one gallon of water in the first 24 hours, and drinks 65% of its water in the first week it's in your home.
- Whether you go to a tree farm to have a tree cut fresh for you, or you pick one out at a local lot or store, the tree needs a fresh start before you place it in water. As soon as a tree is cut, pitch starts oozing out and covering the pores in the tree's trunk. Saw a couple of inches off the bottom of the trunk before placing it in the stand and watering. The sawing opens the pores and allows the tree to drink.
- When it's time to place the tree in the stand, ensure you're using one designed for the size of the tree you bought. You don't want to whittle away any of the outside trunk. The outside layers are the best at taking up water. It's also critical that your stand can provide enough water for your tree. The National Christmas Tree Association writes that "stands should provide 1 quart of water per inch of stem diameter."
- If you want your tree to last as long as possible, keep it away from heating ducts and other heat sources. They dry it out faster. Also, use low-heat lights on it.
CHRISTMAS TREE CARE TIPS-WHAT ARE THE DANGERS TO MY HOME?
Everyone has heard of the fire danger Christmas trees pose, specifically with real trees, but it's artificial trees that represent the most risk of fire. According to The Old Farmer's Almanac online "less than one-tenth of one percent of residential fires involve a real tree." Well-watered trees are fire retardant. Artificial trees are made from petroleum and are more likely to catch fire and emit toxic fumes.
Another valid concern with Christmas trees is water damage. Real trees require a tree stand that holds water to stay fresh through the holiday. If the tree is watered past the height of the stand, or if the stand has a hole, water will spill out onto your floor. Most people place a tree skirt around the stand, which can hide a water spill, and even a small amount of water can cause damage if left unattended.
It only takes a little bit of water to cause extensive damage to the floor underneath your Christmas tree. If your tree stand loses water and no one notices, you could be in store for a nasty shock. When you do realize there was a water loss under the tree, call a water damage restoration company. Your floors need proper care, and a restoration company will extract any remaining water and dry the area out. The goal is to return your floor to normal and keep your holiday season bright.
More info? For more information about taking care of your Christmas tree, check out our other post: CHRISTMAS TREE MOLD: 5 TIPS TO REDUCE THE EFFECTS
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