Landworks Landscaping Company has advice for choosing and caring for a live Christmas tree. Landworks, who provides many services including lawn care services, wants your Christmas to be merry and bright, and get the most out of your live Christmas tree.
One of the first things to do before going shopping is to decide where you will place the tree. Avoid placing your tree near a heat source (sunny windows, radiators, heating vents, and fireplaces). Try to keep the tree out of high traffic areas where it might be bumped or overturned, or where someone might trip on light cords. Avoid any spot that might be dangerous, such as next to a fire in the fireplace or up on a wobbly table.
How can you tell if a tree is fresh? The needles should look shiny, green, and fresh — not dry or brown. They should not fall off when you pull on a branch. To find the best Christmas tree that will last the longest, gently grab the inside of a branch and pull your hand toward you. The needles should stay on the tree. Alternatively, gently tap the cut end of a tree on the ground; if a few needles fall off, it should be fine. If a lot of needles fall off, keep searching for a different tree. A fresh, green tree will ensure a longer lifespan of your tree.
Always keep your fresh tree in a stand that holds lots of water. Check the water level daily. For the first few days, you may even need to refill the water every few hours. (Set a timer to remind you to check it) After about a week the water intake will slow down, and daily refills should be fine. Plain water is all you need to keep your tree fresh. There are water additives and sprays you can purchase that promise to keep trees fresh longer. Ask about them where you buy your tree, or at a local garden center. Landworks Landscaping Company knows about trees and can help with any questions you may have.
When Christmas is over, you can recycle your tree. Call or check the website of your waste management company, local parks department or city hall to find out how to recycle your tree for mulch. You should never burn your Christmas tree or branches, as this could present a severe fire danger. Dispose of your tree according to local regulations via trash collection, chipping for mulch, or recycling.
You can also recycle your Christmas tree right at home. Pine needles make a great moisturizing mulch. Also, branches can be shredded into heavier mulch or cut into small circles to line a flower bed. Over time, the mulch adds a boost of nutrients to the soil. Landworks Landscaping Company are professionals when it comes to lawn care services and adding curb appeal to your yard.