Friday, June 22, 2018

20 Dec

Beat Needle Drop this Christmas!

Are you fed up of needles all over the floor and browning branches before Christmas day? Many of you may be keen to put up your tree as early as possible but worry about the state it will be in by the end of December. You can’t beat a real Christmas tree, but needle drop often puts people off from buying them. There are a few things you can do to ensure your tree doesn’t loose its needles -

  • Any tree should be fine if it’s put up in a cooler room, but if like most people this winter you want to keep your heating on it’s best to buy the right tree. A non-drop tree is definitely worth the extra cost if you want to keep it in a warm spot and put it up as early as possible.
  • When you are buying your tree check that the needles aren’t already falling off. If the cut at the base is pale, your tree is healthy and fresh.
  • Or try to avoid buying pre-cut trees. Choosing your tree at a ‘choose and cut’ plantation will give you the freshest tree possible. Take a look here for your local plantation.
  • Before placing your tree in it’s holder, saw off about 2cm at the bottom of the trunk. This will remove sap that stops the tree from absorbing lots of water.
  • Stand your tree in a bucket of water in a shady spot outdoors to rehydrate it until you’re ready to bring it indoors.
  • Shake the tree outside to get rid of any loose or dead needles and take it indoors
  • Choose low heat fairy lights to keep your tree as cool as possible.

When the festive season’s over, don’t forget to do your part and recycle your Christmas tree…

  • Many councils collect old trees every year, so contact yours and arrange to drop it off or get it collected.
  • You can always keep your tree as a feature in your winter garden. Plant it up in a pot and remove it when the needles drop off fully.
  • Keep the thick, strong branches and use them as supports for your fruit and veg next year.
  • Burn the thinner twigs in your Christmas fire.
  • The trunk, when chopped up provides the perfect hide out for your garden wildlife.

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