Many of you have made that annual trek into the woods, the tree farm
or your favorite retail store to select that perfect tree for the holidays. Now
how do you avoid a Griswold Christmas disaster where the crispy, dry tree ignites
it into a fireball? Here are some tips to keep your tree green and beautiful
through the holiday:
and Water—After hefting the tree off the roof of the car, make a fresh cut trimming
an inch or so off the base and immediately place in a bucket of water or your
perfectly sized tree stand. Make sure the stand is big enough to handle the
trunk without whittling the base—the outer layers are important for water
Trees—Fresh cut trees can drink up to a gallon of water per day. Levels
should be checked frequently to keep water above the base of the trunk. It only
takes about 30 seconds to add a little water each day to keep your thirsty tree
Cool—Place your tree away from fireplaces, heat vents and sunlight and
keep room temperature cool. The lights you place on the tree are another source
of heat so consider using miniature lights which put out less heat.
Overload—Overloaded power outlets and faulty wires are the most common cause
of fires during the holidays. Take a little extra care to check your lights and
wires before lighting up your tree…no pun intended!
Test—Wonder if your tree is still fresh? Just pinch a few needles bend a
branch and if it snaps easily or drops lots of needles it may be time to remove
it from your house.
That Keeps on Giving—Once your tree is removed from your house
consider the many ways it can keep on giving: mulch for park trails, compost,
improve fishing habitat in a lake or pond or as backyard habitat for birds by
decorating it with peanut butter and bird seed pine cones.
“We know many Oklahomans are going green this year as they visit
family-owned Christmas tree farms,” said George Geissler, Oklahoma State
Forester. “These tips will help us care for those beautiful trees by taking a
few steps to keep them fresh and safe.”
more information on where you can purchase an Oklahoma-grown Christmas tree or
how to properly care for your tree once you get it home, go the Oklahoma
Forestry Services website (www.forestry.ok.gov/christmas-trees) or contact the Oklahoma Christmas
Tree Association at 405- 826-5919.
Posted on Thu, December 8, 2011