Last week I picked out my fresh cut tree (I took home “Harriet” and she’s a beauty). I was reading on a garden center site about how to care for a tree and I learned something new. I knew that I needed to give my tree a fresh cut right before putting it in the stand to remove the sap seal that forms within a few hours after cutting down the tree. What I learned that was invaluable to me is that as soon as you do that and add water, the tree will drink a LOT of water for the first few days. You need to constantly check the level of water in the stand. I did that and was amazed at how much I had to add from Sunday through Tuesday. After a while, the amount of water taken up by the tree slows down. I plan on monitoring this much more carefully this season. I do believe this will make a huge difference in the longevity of my beloved fraser fir Harriet!
My tree is trimmed with stars and snowflakes and old fashioned blown glass globes.
I also would like to address the sustainability issue of buying a cut Christmas tree. Growers of these trees replant a tree for every one that is cut. They care for the land and in the process, keep many thousands of acres planted instead of developed with buildings or shopping centers. Tree farms are themselves a vast habitat for wildlife big and small. The work involved in bringing fresh cut trees to market includes planting, weeding and mowing, shearing on a regular basis, and even watering in a dry summer.
The large amounts of rain we’ve had lately have one good feature: it’s good for the greenery! We still have an awesome selection of fresh cut trees- fraser firs, douglas firs, and fraser/douglas crosses. People are constantly commenting on how beautiful our trees are. This is the perfect weekend to select a premium fir tree for your home. We’ll have the hot cider waiting for you…