The Christmas tree will look nice for a long time if you carefully choose and toughen it up before decorating it.
Traditionally, we choose Norway spruce ( Picea abies ) for the Christmas tree. Still, Caucasian fir ( Abies nordmannian a ) with soft needles competes with spruce in terms of smell, timekeeping the hands on the branches and saving space (they have a narrow, upright habit). You can choose from other species, such as firs with more giant cones, which look good but need more space.
Christmas tree care: step by step
- DECIDE where to put the tree (before you go shopping) and measure the available space.
- CHOOSE a Christmas tree and pick it up. Because it loses moisture when cut, the heavier it is, the fresher it is.
- TAP the tree on the ground to check that its needles are not dropping – do not pick trees with many falling hands.
- Wrap the tree with a net to protect it during transport, and if you transport it on the trunk, place it with its base facing the direction of travel to watch the needles from further loss of moisture.
- MOVE the Christmas tree carefully so as not to damage it. Better to transport her on the roof of the car than inside!
- LEAVE the net on the tree while you see the tree’s base (so that it is straight).
- PUT the Christmas tree in a bucket of water for a day or two – let it drink well before taking it home.
- SECURE the tree in the stand in its final place and remove the net. Fill the crack with water and add it every few days to keep the needles fresh.
- KEEP the tree away from heat sources (fireplace, heaters) so that it presents fresh, fragrant needles for as long as possible. Give him plenty of space for the air to circulate freely around him.
- USE a dead tree after Christmas, shredding its branches and spreading the material under the bushes as a mulch that suppresses weeds.