|Written by Bill Hanks|
If you decide to go with a live Christmas tree this holiday season, there are several things that you need to do to trim it correctly. ¬†This article will give you some suggestions on how to properly trim your Christmas tree.
1. ¬†When purchasing a tree, make sure you get the correct height. ¬†Always factor in your tree stand in the height of the tree.
2. ¬†Once you select the tree that you want, use a partner and shake your tree vigorously. ¬†You can do this by holding the tree at the base(trunk) and about 1/3 of the way from the top.
3. ¬†Inspect the tree for nests of all types. ¬†You will be surprised at what can live in an evergreen tree.
4. ¬†Check the base of the tree. ¬†Make sure it has a straight and even cut on it.
5. ¬†Any time you load it in your car trunk, pickup or wagon, place it in trunk (base) first.
6. ¬†When you take the tree into your home, take it in base first. ¬†You can expect needles to fall off.
7. ¬†After placing your tree into the stand, give your tree water. ¬†The first few days the tree will soak up water quickly.
8. ¬†Place your tree away from traffic areas. ¬†You also do not want to move it, once it is decorated. ¬†Keep it away from heaters and drafty areas.
9. ¬†Place your lights on first. ¬†Start at the top and work downward.
10. ¬†Next, place ornaments and garlands on.
11. ¬†Place your tree skirt on and cover the stand.
12. ¬†Vacuum up extra needles under the tree.
Note; ¬†You can expect to get some sap from the tree on your hands. ¬†It will clean up with soap and water.
Disposing of the tree after Christmas is easy to do. ¬†It goes out like it came in. ¬†They are great to throw in farm bonds, once they are cleaned. ¬†They make great spawning beds for bluegill and bass.