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Caring For Your Tree

Step 1: Shelter It

Once you've chosen your tree, keep it in a sheltered, unheated area such as a porch or garage to protect it from the wind and sun until you are ready to place it and decorate it.

Step 2: Choose an Ideal Location

Keep your tree away from heat and draft sources like fireplaces, radiators, television sets or air vents.  These will dry out your tree.

Step 3: A Fresh Cut

Before you set up your tree, make a fresh, straight cut across the base of the trunk (about a quarter inch up from the original cut is enough) and place the tree in a tree stand that holds a gallon of water or more.

Step 4: Water

Keep the tree stand filled with water.  It is critical that the water covers the base of the tree at all times.  A tree will absorb as much as a gallon of water or more in the first 24 hours after it was cut, and one or more quarts a day thereafter.  Without adequate, continuous water, the needles will dry and drop off and the boughs will droop.  If the base of the tree is not immersed continuously, a seal of dried sap will form. If this happens, make a fresh cut and re-immerse in water.

Step 5: Decorate It Safely

Test your light cords and connections before hanging them on the tree to make sure they're in good working order. Don't use cords with cracked insulation or broken or empty sockets.  Also be sure to unplug the lights before you go to bed or leave the house.  Never overload electrical circuits.


A cut Christmas tree will last the entire holiday season provided it is fresh when purchased, and it is given the proper care.  Some dryness and needle loss is normal but excessive dropping of needles and dryness can be avoided.  One way is to START with a fresh cut tree from a local grower.  Pine Tree Barn has been the leader in fresh cut and cut your own Christmas trees for over 55 years. Here are some tips on keeping your tree at its best for the Holiday Season.