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Everyone loves the fresh scent of a christmas tree, and here are a few ways to ensure that your tree will stay fresh for the holiday season. You'll need to keep in mind that your real Christmas Tree is a live plant.
Make a fresh cut across the base of the trunk. This will trim off any dried resin and will help your tree absorb water.
If you’re not putting your tree up right away, place it in a bucket of water, and store in an unheated garage for a few days. When you’re ready to bring it in the house, make another cut across the bottom, and place in a tree stand that holds at least one gallon of water, like the Ace Omega Tree Stand, or for smaller trees up to 7ft, you can use the OM2 Tree Stand.
The water level should always cover the cut end of the trunk by 2”. Too little can cause resin to form, which means your tree won’t absorb water and it will dry out. Your tree will last longer when you use Miracle-Gro for Christmas Trees, or water with just plain water.
Trees prefer cooler temps so turn down the heat if possible. Place your tree in an area that’s away from heat sources – that includes heat vents, fireplaces, and radiators.
You don't want to have to face a major pine needle clean up!
There is typically a tree pickup in January by the county, and they can turn them into mulch.
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One of the questions we get the most this time of year is the ‘annual or perennial’ question. Will this plant grow back next year or is this a one-time bloomer?
The issue used to be simple – annuals bloomed all spring and summer – while perennials only bloomed a few weeks but grew back each year. But much of that has changed with many perennials seeing nice improvements in flower power! More and more people are looking to perennials gardens to provide a lot of colour!