I don’t know about you, but I love a real Christmas tree.

Don’t get me wrong the fake ones are definitely easier to maintain but there is something about going to pick a tree out and decorating it with the family and then there is waking up every morning to the smell of the Christmas tree. I just love it!

But taking care of those real trees can be difficult so here are a few tips to help you keep those trees well into the new year.

Use LED lights on your Christmas Tree.
This will help with needle retention as well as make your tree look beautiful.

Keep your tree hydrated at all times by watering it once a day.
This is the biggest secret to keeping trees alive and gorgeous throughout the holiday season.

Keep the tree in lower temperatures of the household.
This will help avoid a fire hazard but it will also keep the tree alive longer.

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Be sure to measure your tree and space it properly.
Leave about 6 inches between the top of the tree and the ceiling as well as 6 inches between the branches and the walls.

Be sure to turn off Christmas lights when you are asleep or leaving the house. 
This will allow you to have peace of mind while you are away but it will also keep the tree from heating up while no one is home.

Berlin Citizens Shop For Christmas Trees
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No one wants to think about fires at this time of the year but it is something that we should all worry about. The U.S. Fire Administration suggests the following measures to keep your tree, and home, safe during the holidays:

  • Keep candles at least one foot away from anything that burns, including the tree.
  • Water your tree every day, as dry trees can catch on fire easily.
  • Read the manufacturer’s instructions for the number of light strands to connect.
  • Keep the tree at least three feet away from heat sources, like fireplaces, radiators, space heaters, or heat vents. Also, don’t block exits with the tree.
  • Once the tree is dry, get rid of it.


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