How long do you plan in advance for Christmas? Do you pull out the same, slightly beaten artificial tree from the attic or does the excitement of a real, traditional Christmas tree really cement the feeling that the festive season is here?
With the trend in recyclables and eradication of unnecessary plastics in full force, a fresh tree is the more environmentally friendly option. Even the Woodland Trust estimate that a non-recyclable PVC tree would take 20 years of use to fully cover the costs of the pollution created through their production, not to mention the transportation and discarding it when you’re ready for an upgrade!
If you haven’t purchased one before and are sitting on the fence, don’t be scared to jump in and get a real tree this year. Here’s our top tips to keep yours looking it’s best well past Christmas day:
– Before you take your tree inside, remove it from it’s netting and give it a good shake to remove any loose needles and save your carpet from the mess
– Next, cut about an inch off the bottom to allow it to suck up plenty of water. This will keep your needles green and intact for longer.
– Make sure you have the correct size tree stand, and that it is sturdy and stable. The stand should be topped up with water every day to ensure your tree stays hydrated. Dehydrated trees can look very sad and droopy.
– Traditional pictures often show the decorated tree standing next to an open fire, but we advise keeping your tree away from heat sources such as fires and radiators.
– If you are concerned about your pets or young children, consider a ‘Premium Nordmann Fir’ tree. They are growing in popularity, and are regarded as being a ‘no-drop’ tree, with needles that are safer for children and pets.
Fresh cut and potted trees are available to buy in the Garden Centre now. Local delivery available. For more information give us a call or pop in to the centre.