Caring for Your Christmas Tree

How to Care for your tree once you get it home.

The Nordman Fir tree has been bred to better hold onto its fine needles.
But we do have to treat it well to keep it looking good all through December to the end of the Christmas season. Hydration is the key!

Hydration is the key to keep your tree looking its best- it’s alive!

When you get home, before you get in, gently remove the netting  and tap the tree on the ground outside to give any loose needles a chance to fall. 
Your tree is freshly cut and will take in water from the case of its trunk. Standing the base in a bucket of water for an hour or over night is a great idea.  

Fix/ force your tree into its wooden log base, or use a traditional tree stand, or event pot weighted with bricks.

Place your tree away from radiators and real fires. Heat will dry out your tree causing the needles to drop more quickly.

If you have to wait a day or two to put up your tree, keep it cool outside, away from wind and direct sunlight. When you’re ready, if the cut surface of the trunk looks red or brown, you can saw off a centimetre or two to create a fresh base from which the tree can soak up water just as you would with fresh flowers.

Keep Up the Watering! 

Remember your tree is alive! Make it a ritual to water and mist spray your Christmas tree every morning to keep it happy . (Take care to turn off any electrical lights!) You tee is able to take up between 1- 2 Litres of water a day. So keep the heating low!

How to Recycle Your Real Christmas Tree

Once Christmas and New Year are over, you can take it along to a local park to be chipped into mulch.
Mountsfield Park- George Lane entrance
Manor House Garden – Old Road entrance

  • You can saw it up and put it in a brown bin.
  • If you grow blueberries then you can harvest your tree’s needles and branches to lay around the base of the blueberries.
  • You can make a pine needle feed by cramming as much material as you can into a bucket, fill with water and wait a month. You can strain and bottle the resulting liquid and use to fee on ericaceous or lime-hating plants like camellias, azaleas and blueberries.

Avoid the Pavement Dump!