Fresh, Farm-Grown Tree Care Tips

Freshness: See and feel for yourself

  • Give the tree a small shake.  A few falling brown needles are common, but falling green needles warn that the tree is dry.
  • Gently grasp a branch and pull it toward you.  Only a few needles should come off in your hand if the tree is fresh.
  • Avoid trees with stiff needles that are losing their color.

Keep it fresh

  • When you get your tree home, cut 1/4 to 1/2 inch off the end and put the tree into water immediately.
  • If you are not ready to put your tree up right away, keep it in a cool and shaded area such as a garage or covered porch.
  • The single most important thing you can do to keep your tree fresh is to WATER, WATER, WATER!  A fresh cut tree may take up as much as a gallon of water on the first day and a quart or more on the following days.
  • Display your tree in an area away from heat sources such as registers, radiators and fireplaces. These heat sources will dry the tree out quickly.

Keep it safe

  • Use newer model lights with in-line fuses to avoid overloading.
  • Display your tree away from sources of fire or hear such as fireplaces and candles.
  • Always turn off tree lights when away from home and before going to bed.
  • According to the National Fire Protection Association, Real Christmas Trees are involved in less than 1/10 of one percent (0.1%) of all residential fires.