– When shopping, to test for freshness gently grasp a branch in your fingers and pull carefully toward you. If the tree is fresh, very few needles should come off in your hand.
– Lift the tree slightly and shake or bounce on its stump. Not many needles should fall to the ground. However, some loss of interior needles is perfectly normal.
– Keep your tree in a sheltered unheated area (out of the sun) on a porch or garage until ready to bring in and decorate.
– If we give you a fresh cut on your tree, it must be put in a bucket of water within one hour. If this is not possible, we suggest doing the fresh cut yourself at home.
– The fresh cut should be a straight cut across the base, about 1” up from the original cut.
– The tree stand must be kept filled with water. If the water level drops below the base of the tree, a seal will form over the cut stump. This will prevent the tree from absorbing water later when the tree stand is refilled. If a seal does form, another fresh cut will need to be made.
– Remember that a tree may absorb a gallon of water or more within the first 24 hours. Thereafter, it may take in one or more quarts a day. In addition to keeping the tree fragrant, water is important because it prevents the needles from drying and dropping off and the boughs from drooping.
– Remember also to keep your tree away from heat sources such as heat vents, radiators, fireplaces and even television sets. It is best not to put it in a sunny window-keep the drapes closed while the sun is strongest.
– Take the time to test all your light cords and extension cords before using them. Discard and replace any cords with cracked insulation or broken sockets. Keeping your home and family safe during this busy season is top priority.