I can't think of a better way to spend some time in the outdoors with family than by heading out to bring home a real Christmas tree from the back-country.
Barry Shellian is an information officer with the Department of Agriculture and Forestry and provides us with a few things you should know before heading to harvest that Christmas Tree.
Here are five things you should know when putting up your natural Christmas tree
- When you get home, cut 3–5 cm. off the butt and to aid in water absorption.
- A fresh tree can use 1– 2 L or more of water a day so water daily.
- Keep your tree away from heat sources such as fireplaces, radiators and air ducts.
- When decorating, check electrical light cords for cracks or other wear spots. Dispose of any worn cords as they might pose a fire risk.
- Ensure your tree is stable. With pets and small children running about, it is often advisable to tie one or two guy wires from the tree to the wall.