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Top 5 Christmas Tree Tips

You visited Grangewood Garden Centre and purchased your perfect Christmas tree, now what? Here are our top 5 tips to keeping your tree looking it’s very best for longer.

1. Prepare Your Tree

Unwrap your tree as soon as possible, this helps to stop the needles from dropping. Once you bring your tree inside, saw 2-3cm off the bottom of the trunk. This removes any dried-over resin that might block the tree from absorbing water. Once prepared, put your tree in a stand suitable for watering. If you’re not putting it inside straightaway, pop your tree in a bucket of water.

2. Keep An Eye On The Water Level

Check the water level of your tree daily to make sure it’s full. Your tree will be especially thirsty for the first week and should have a water reservoir that can hold approximately one litre of water for every inch of the trunk’s diameter.

3. Keep The Tree Cool

Keep your tree away from direct heat sources such as radiators or fireplaces, the cooler the room the longer your tree will last. If you love having your tree in front of a window, avoid a south-facing window (or draw the blinds or curtains during the day when the sun is most intense). It may also help to run a room humidifier near the tree to keep the needles fresher for longer.

Our General Manager Adam Ryan prepares a fresh tree

4. Opt For LED Lights

The new school of LED Christmas tree lights emit very little heat, which keeps your tree from drying out too quickly and also reduces the risk of fire.

5. Recycle Your Tree In The Garden

After the tree dries out, most people dispose of it through a local tree recycling program. However, it is possible to give your tree a second life by recycling it in your garden. Strip the branches from your tree and place them around your plants and shrubs. Leaving the branches long will provide a thick mulch for the season.

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