The holiday season is officially upon and, because the classic song goes, it most definitely is “the most wonderful time of year.” All of the tidings of comfort and joy mixed with scents of gingerbread and fresh pine decorations are instant reminders no matter the season. Speaking of fresh pine, if you’ll be decorating with real greenery instead of artificial, you’ll want to study the following holiday decorating guide which discusses how to keep it looking its best.
Choosing the Freshest Xmas Tree
Step one is to buy the freshest tree available. This ensures maximum needle retention therefore keeping your carpets and tile floors clean longer. When shopping for a tree at one of the many lots available throughout the Sacramento CA metropolitan area, ask the lot attendant for details on as soon as the tree was harvested, and where it originated from. If their shipment is older, ask whenever new shipment of trees is expected to reach, and if possible make your investment then. It’s also a very good idea to contain the attendant make the second, clean cut, as well as trim the branches on the base of the trunk. Finally, you might need to avoid bruising the trunk.
Find the Perfect Setting for Your Tree
When organizing your tree, keep it away from heat sources corresponding to direct sunlight, heaters or fans, heat vents or fireplaces, as such techniques will speed up the drying process. When possible, lower the room temperature, and/or use a space humidifier. This will slow the drying process, resulting in less water consumption each day, and reducing fire risk. In addition, the National Christmas Tree Association (NCTA) recommends using holiday lights that produce reduced heat, like miniature or LED (light emitting diode) light sets, that will also reduce fire risk. These holiday lights is usually inexpensive and value pennies to operate – making them a win, win.
Replenish Your Tree’s Water Supply Daily
As a rule, a tree will absorb equally as much as one quart of water each day per inch in trunk’s diameter, so make sure you’re using a reservoir-type tree stand that holds no less than a gallon of water. The NCTA recommends using one of the following four tree stands: a middle pin stand, a two-piece stand, a four-bolt stand, or perhaps a “clamp” stand. When topping off your tree’s mains water, plain faucet water is ok, and temperature doesn’t matter and will not affect water intake (no matter popular belief). Although not essential, you can also add a preservative in order to keep your tree fresh and lower needle loss. Preservatives can be found at your local nursery or tree lot.
Pre-Soak Fresh Garlands and Wreaths
If you want to buy fresh garlands and wreaths this year and need to ensure they remain fresh through the vacations, pre-soak them for one day, beginning as soon as you obtain them home. Simply place your greenery straight into the tub, fill with water (until such time as the wreath and/or garland is totally submerged), and assist soak for twenty-four hours. When the the years have elapsed, drain the mash a little distance from tub, and prop the greenery up so that all the water can drain off. Once dry, place in an area where you will have lots of room to spread its needles, and after that time you may hang it or drape it wherever you’d like. Your greenery will look and smell as fresh as the day you purchased it.
Dispose of Fresh Greenery Responsibility
Once the holidays got to know and gone, don’t just toss your fresh greenery besides the curb, where it is going to use up landfill space. Recycle all of it! Most cities, including Sacramento, have programs available that collect trees, garlands, and wreathes and turn them into mulch for local parks and green areas. You will find tree recycling areas all over town beginning as early as December 26th. Search online for more holiday decorating tips.