This is an Aprilaire sponsored post.
The holidays are the one time of the year where we bring in a lot of fresh live trees and decorations. Then we struggle to keep them alive long enough to make it through Christmas.
Not only do we want a beautiful tree for Christmas Day, but a dry tree is a dangerous tree. Having a dry tree isn’t good for your family’s health either. Want to know how to keep your Christmas tree alive through the holidays? Continue on….
How To Keep Your Christmas Tree Alive
These tips below will keep your fresh Christmas tree, wreath, and garland alive for as long as possible.
- Start with a good quality fresh tree. If you start with a dried out tree, you are starting behind the curve.
- Cut the bottom of the tree when you get home. Cut between 1/2 – 1 inch in a straight line cut.
- Keep the tree and decor outside until you use it.
- Check the water level daily and add plain water as needed. Never let the base dry out.
- Put it in a dry location in your home away from heating vents, fans, and direct sunlight.
- Manage the humidity levels in your home. If your home is dry, the tree will dry out quicker. Humidity levels should be between 30-50%. You can add an Aprilaire humidifier to your home to help you manage the humidity. This will help your family’s health in winter too.
- Use newer LED lights on the tree. They stay cooler which slows the drying process and is less of a fire hazard.
The next few tips are for live wreaths and garland only.
- Soak the decorations in water for about 24 hours before putting them out. If you can’t soak the entire thing, soak the ends or as much as you can.
- Use a misting bottle with fresh cool water and mist the decorations daily.
- Do not use candles near any live decorations.
If you follow these tips, you should be able to keep your fresh tree and decor alive until Christmas and maybe even New Year’s Day.
Tell me what you do to keep your Christmas tree alive longer?
Disclosure: This is an Aprilaire sponsored post. All opinions are my own.