Follow these guidelines and your Christmas conifer is likely to last until the New Year.
Before choosing a tree, decide where it will be displayed and measure the size of the space.
At the farm or lot, look for trees with a rich, green color and few loose needles. All trees shed some needles, but if you end up with a handful, the tree is overly dry. Freshness matters most.
After selecting your tree, cut 1/4 inch off the trunk, immediately secure in tree stand and water. Water daily with regular tap water.
Keep the tree away from vents and other heat sources. Use miniature lights to decorate, because they create less heat than large lights.
- Always turn off the lights on the tree before leaving home or going to bed to prevent premature drying and an electrical fire.
Visit www.christmastree.org for more information.