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Hydration Tips

Keeping your tree hydrated used to be a chore. Climbing over gifts and under branches and sticking your finger in dirty water is a thing of the past. Put Evergreen Elf™ to work for you!

Although Evergreen Elf is hard at work, he needs your help. Be sure to follow these tips to ensure your Christmas tree stays fresh throughout the Holiday season.

  • If your tree is pre-cut, be sure to cut approximately ½” from the bottom of the trunk. Sometimes growers and retailers will treat the bottom of the tree with a resin intended to retain moisture in transport. This should be removed prior to placing the tree in the stand.
  • Your tree stand should be able to hold 1 quart of water per inch of tree diameter. The stand should be able to fit the width of the tree without having to whittle down the trunk. Leave the outer layers of the tree intact as they are the most efficient water absorbers.
  • Do not leave the tree out of water for longer than 6 hours after cutting the trunk to ensure that the tree will still take up water.
  • According to a study conducted by the University of Wisconsin, freshness additives like sugar aspirin or vodka have no effect and are not needed to keep a cut tree fresh. Simply using water is the tried and true method of keeping a tree fresh.
  • The tree stand should never run out of water and the trunk should always be submerged. Let Evergreen Elf™ help alert you to low water levels!
  • Throughout the season, monitor your tree for freshness. Look for an abundance of falling needles and conduct needle tests periodically.
  • After Christmas, or when the tree is dry, remove it from the house. A dry tree should not be stored in a garage or shed where it could pose a risk of fire.
  • There are many uses for Christmas trees after the holiday season! Christmas trees can be used for habitat restoration for birds and fish, soil erosion barriers and recycled for mulch. Be sure to consider the options in your area. 
Hydration Tips