To keep your tree looking its best (and to limit the amount of time you spend hand vacuuming up needles), make sure that it has plenty of water. Maintaining a steady water supply will prevent the needles from drying out and dropping off. It will also help to keep the boughs from drooping (and potentially causing ornaments to fall off). Best of all, in my opinion, a well-watered tree will be very fragrant!
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- Always keep the tree stand filled with water.
- Did you know that dried sap will form a seal over your tree's cut stump within several hours if the water level falls below the base of the tree? If this happens, you'll have to make another cut in the bottom of the stump! Hot water will help to soften sap and encourage water absorption.
- A tree will absorb as much as a gallon of water or more in the 24 hours after it is cut, and one or more quarts everyday after.
- Keep your tree out of a high-traffic area. This will prevent jostling and also prevent pets, kids, and guests from potentially knocking the tree over or spilling water from the tree stand.