(Rockland County, NY) November 28, 2023 — The holiday season brings with it a myriad of traditions,
one of the most cherished being the setting up and decorating of a live Christmas tree. While artificial
trees have their advantages, nothing quite matches the festive spirit invoked by a real tree and its
aroma. However, to ensure your tree maintains its beauty and health throughout the season, proper
care is essential.
Selecting the Perfect Tree
Your journey begins with choosing the right tree. Look for a tree with vibrant green needles that don’t
fall off when touched. A fresh tree will have a healthy, sappy trunk base. Measure your space before you
go shopping to ensure the tree fits comfortably in your home. The most beautiful and hardy tree for
Christmas is the Fraser Fir. They will hold their needles throughout the holiday season. They have strong
branches for holding your ornaments and they have a wonderful aroma. They come in all sizes up to 11’
tall, however, the taller ones are more difficult to come by this year.
Prepping the Tree
Before bringing your tree inside, cut about a half-inch off the bottom of the trunk. This is done for you at
Down to Earth before they load your tree on your car. The fresh cut helps the tree absorb water more
efficiently. If you’re not setting it up right away, place the tree in a bucket of water and keep it in a cool,
Choosing the Right Spot
Position your tree away from heat sources like fireplaces and radiators, as these can cause it to dry out
faster. Ensure the spot is near an outlet to avoid the need for extension cords across the room, which
can be a trip hazard.
Watering is Key
Watering your Christmas tree is crucial. When you first get it home, be sure to fill the basin and let it
soak up as much as possible. A tree can consume up to a gallon of water per day, so check the water
level daily and keep it well-filled. Avoid adding preservatives to the water; fresh, plain water is best.
Keep the room temperature at a moderate level. Excessive heat will dry out your tree faster, so consider
lowering the thermostat and closing blinds or curtains during the day to block out direct sunlight.
Disposal After the Holidays
When the holiday season is over, look for recycling options for your tree. Many communities offer
curbside pick-up for tree recycling.
Caring for a live Christmas tree may require a bit of extra effort, but the festive ambiance and aroma it
adds to your home is unmatched. With these tips, your tree will stay fresh, fragrant, and fabulous
throughout the holiday season, making your Christmas celebration all the more magical.
Down to Earth Living, located on 12.5 acres in Pomona, attracts customers from Rockland, Bergen,
Orange, Westchester and even Fairfield County Connecticut with its gracious outdoor living furnishings
and beautiful home decor. Down to Earth Living is open 9am – 5pm daily. Beginning the week before
Thanksgiving, starting November 19 th the hours will be expanded to 9am – 7pm daily
Down to Earth Living is located at 1040 Route 45, Pomona, NY and can be reached by phone at 845-354-
8500 or via their website at www.dteliving.com