Here’s Why It’s Important to Water Your Real Christmas Tree
If you're someone who has a real Christmas tree, I'm sure you also know the responsibility that comes with that. It's VERY important to water it enough. I mean, life or death important.
It might not seem like something that's a big deal, but it is. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission issued its yearly warning of the dangers of not watering your Christmas tree during the holiday.
“Many people have real Christmas trees in their homes for the first time ever this holiday season,” the agency tweeted. “Make sure you keep your tree well watered. A dry Christmas tree burns faster than newspaper.”
Tips For Watering Your Christmas Tree
If you have a real Christmas tree in your home, here's some things your need to consider when it comes to the amount of water your tree will need. (Thanks to Old World Christmas)
- Choose the right stand - The stand should fit your tree, not the other way around. Don’t shave the outer bark off the bottom of the tree to make it fit.
- Big trees need more water - Make sure your tree has a large enough reservoir to hold 1 quart of water per inch of diameter. That’s about a gallon for most trees.
- Fresh is best - If the tree has been cut longer than 12 hours, cut a quarter inch off the bottom before placing in stand.
- Don't use a v-cut - At the base of the tree, a flat cut is better for both stability and water absorption. This reduces the amount of water the tree base absorbs.
- Check water levels often - You will probably need to add water daily for at least the first week as fresh cut trees can absorb a gallon of water a day!
- Maintain proper H2O levels - Make sure the water level is above the base of the tree at all times.
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