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Most people cut a bit off the bottom when they 1st get the tree, but if your tree dries out the closer it gets to Christmas this is easy to do while the tree is in the stand still. Take a drill and drill tiny holes toward the bottom of the tree and refill with water. We have done this the past 2 years and our tree is fresh longer.
By Debbie G. from Tacoma, WA
Tired of those flying Christmas tree needles? Control them by wrapping your tree in a fitted sheet. Before we bring our tree inside we first spray our tree with a hose to wash the dust and bugs off. Let it dry sitting in a bucket of water. Then we lay it on a fitted sheet, roll it and the sheet together wrapping the sheet around the tree, secure it with clothspins.
Now we can take it stump end first into the house without it shooting needles everywhere. We also spread a flat sheet on the floor under our tree holder or in our case a 5 gallon bucket of sand since we cut our own tree.
While we still have the fitted sheet around the tree, we get it set in the bucket or holder without get poked, thanks to the sheet. Then remove the sheet and decorate. By having the flat sheet spread out on the floor it catches anything we would knock off while decorating and before we spread out the skirt we just bunch the sheet up around the tree holder or bucket.
When we take the tree down, we just pull the tree out of the holder, and wrap the tree in the flat sheet; out the door we go without a mess again. Works wonderful. No more needles in the carpet!
By Ann Winberg from Loup City, NE
Pack an old pair of dish washing rubber gloves in with your Christmas tree stand. Leaky ones are fine.
Wear them while handling your Christmas tree. No sap on your hands!
By MarilynLV from Indian Orchard, MA
Here is an idea for neat Christmas tree care.
Approximate Time: 20 minutes
Center the bottom of your tree disposal bag over the center of your stand. Or, cut an "X" in the bottom of the present bag (used for bikes and such) if you are using that option. Be sure there is a little space for you to add water to your tree. Add your tree to the stand and center.
Paint the cork with a bright color paint and let dry.
Using the hack saw, cut off the end of the PVC pipe at an angle. This will allow you to pour the feeding/anti needling solution into the tree stand.
Place 3 cups of water, and 1/4 cup of honey into the measuring cup. Crush an aspirin between two spoons and stir into the water. Place the prepared cork into the stand to allow you to see the water level in the stand and avoid overfilling. Place the straight cut end of the pipe into the stand and pour the water through the angled end; it's easier! To check whether your tree needs water, just look for the cork.
When the season is over, place a ring of duct tape around the bag on the trunk to seal in dried needles that may have dropped. Bring the bag up around the tree and ring once around the body of the tree with tape. Remove the tree.
Place the cork in the straight cut end of the PVC and store it with your empty stand.
By Lisa R. from Virginia Beach, VA
Caring For A Christmas Tree. Nothing says Christmas quite like walking into a room filled with the fresh scent of pine needles. To keep your holiday tree fresh and looking its best throughout the New Year, follow these simple tips for Christmas tree care.
Here are some very simple ways to keep your Christmas tree green and thriving through the Christmas season. Many of us are lucky enough to live in an area where you can actually buy a Christmas Tree permit and go and cut our own trees.
This is a solution that will help your Christmas tree last longer!
If you buy a natural tree, check the ends of the needles. Rub some of the sprigs between your fingers. Cut 1 inch or so off the bottom before you put it into the stand, this will allow it to soak up more water and it will last longer.