Nothing brings out the Christmas spirit more than the smell of fresh pine needles from a real Christmas tree. For those of you who still prefer the real thing, but don’t know where to start, read on. This Christmas tree buying guide will supply you with all the information you need.
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When to Put up Your Christmas tree?
There really isn’t an exact answer to this question in any Christmas tree buying guide. Back in the old days people would put up their trees on the second weekend of December. According to Roman Catholic traditions you aren’t supposed to put the tree up until until the afternoon of Christmas Eve. However that’s a bit too late in the modern age where we’re used to having everything as quickly as possible.
Perhaps the beginning of December is the perfect time for two reasons. If you set up your Christmas tree too early, it will look worn down until Christmas. If you set it up too late you will hardly enjoy it long enough. A healthy Nordmann fir can survive up to 6 weeks if watered regularly.
How to Care for Your Tree
There really isn’t much to do for your tree after it’s been properly installed. The only two rules you should remember are:
- Water it regularly – the tree stand has a built-in compartment for water where the liquid stays and gets slowly absorbed by the tree. All you need to do is make sure it’s full at all times. Fertilisers of any kind are not required.
- Don’t make the room temperature too high – Christmas trees naturally love the cold. If you place them near a fireplace or an air conditioner, they will lose their needles in no time. If you’re not planning to put the tree up right after purchase, be sure to store it in a cold place such as a garage.
How to Dispose of Tree
The easiest way to dispose of your Nordman fir is to leave it with your garden waste. Just strip it of all the decorations first. However be aware that this can take some time as council waste collections are often late and miss the desired dates. And you can always get advantage of our very own Christmas tree disposal service in cases such as these.
Another option to consider is dropping the tree at a local garden centre if you have one. There it will be chopped up and used as chippings throughout the year. Or try to replant it. According to Greenpeace Norwegian Spruce and Fraser Fir can be replanted.
Run a vacuum cleaner in your living room after the tree is gone to make sure you’ve cleaned any fallen needles. There will be at least some for sure.
So there you have it, your very own Christmas tree buying guide. From tips on how to position your tree, to caring for and disposal after the holidays, you get the full picture to make an informed choice about the centrepiece of your holiday decoration. Provided you apply the care measures a real Christmas tree needs, you’ll be able to enjoy its spirit throughout the festivities!
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