Caring For Your Real Christmas Tree

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Caring For Your Real Christmas Tree

Christmas is right around the corner! Have you gotten your tree yet? Some people wait until the last minute, and that’s okay. Caring for a real Christmas tree can take some time and effort, but it’s all worth it in the end. Smelling the fresh needles and enjoying the natural green color will light up your home. Are you unsure of how to care for one? Here are some tips for caring for your tree:

Choosing Your Tree

When choosing a Christmas tree, there are a few species you can pick from. Fraser firs are typically the most popular amongst real Christmas tree purchases. These trees hold onto their needles very well with their strong branches and have a strong smell. Balsam fir trees have that classic Christmas tree shape, strong scent, and deep color. They are known as the traditional tree. There is also the Blue fir tree. They have a green-blue tint to them. This tree is not as popular as the other two options! Whatever tree you choose, it will look great decorated.

What Do I Need For My Tree?

If you are a first-timer when it comes to getting a real tree, there may be some things you don’t know. You’ll need a tree stand to hold your tree up when you bring it home. You want to get one that can hold over a gallon of water. Christmas trees take in a lot of water, especially right after putting them in your house. 

Bringing Home Your Tree

Once you bring your Christmas tree home, keep it somewhere shielded from wind and harsh weather if you aren’t bringing it inside right away. Place the tree’s trunk in water so that the sap doesn’t dry up over the trunk. When you can bring the tree indoors, place it in the stand, and tighten the sides. 

Watering Your Tree

To keep your tree healthy and lasting long, make sure the tree stand is always filled with water. The sap will form and harden over the stump, making it hard for the tree to absorb water. The tree’s hydration is essential. Your tree will end up absorbing over a gallon of water in the first 24 hours. The needles will end up drying out and falling off the branches, making it challenging to decorate. You want your tree to be vibrant and healthy to celebrate the holidays!

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Some Tree Issues To Look For This Winter

As November is quickly coming to an end, winter is right around the corner! Trees can take a hit from colder weather. It can damage their bark, kill the branches, and harm the roots. Winter threats definitely take a toll on your backyard trees. What causes these tree issues each year during the colder months?

Damage From Salt

The salt that is thrown on roads, sidewalks, and stairs can harm trees each winter. It gets into the soil around the trees and makes its way to the roots. The tree’s health will eventually decline, even if it seems slow at first. Salt is known to stunt the growth of trees and ruins foliage. 

Animals During the Winter

In the winter, animals have a more challenging time finding sources of food, so they end up turning to trees and eating the bark. These animals include rodents, rabbits, and other smaller animals. Eating the bark exposes the tree’s inner layers, which can cause the tree to die. As well as the bark, animals also can eat the branches. Deer are known for doing that the most.

Drought During the Winter

When the ground is frozen during the winter, trees have a more difficult time getting water. To help, be sure to mulch and water your tree during the fall to help them be able to get enough before the ground freezes. 

Frost Heaving

When soil is frozen and thawed over and over again, frost heaving happens. It can push plants with shallow roots out of the ground, which will harm them in the cold, windy temperatures. Adding extra mulch before the colder weather sets in can end up helping them. It will help keep in moisture as well.  

Winter Burn

Winter burn is when evergreen foliage is bleached or turned brown during the colder months. This can happen for a few reasons. 

  • The colder temperatures in the later fall or even late spring can end up killing tree tissue.
  • Warmer days can warm up the tree tissue, but the activated tissue ends up dying when it gets colder at night.
  • Wind and sunshine can make the tree lose some water during the winter, and frozen roots can’t replace it. The tree’s tissue ends up turning brown.
  • When the sun is out during a winter day, the foliage is photo-oxidized and doesn’t re-synthesize when temperatures are below 28 degrees. This ends up causing bleaching of the tree.

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Dudley Tree is here to help you with tree care, tree removal, trimming, pruning, and stump grinding. Contact us to learn more about our tree services in Haverhill, MA. Call us today or fill out our online contact form to reach our tree experts!

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