|How to Trim Your Christmas Tree|
|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.