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Its time to get a Christmas Tree, now how do you keep it looking fresh?

Caring for a live Christmas tree is easy, but requires a few specific steps. If you take these steps, you can make a Christmas tree last longer through the season.

Wrap the tree for the trip home

Most Christmas trees travel to their owner’s home on the top of a vehicle. The first step to keeping your Christmas tree fresh is to cover the tree as you go home in order to keep the wind from damaging it. We have you covered, we wrap all our trees in netting for their rides home.

 Recutting the stem on the Christmas tree

When caring for a live Christmas tree, remember a Christmas tree is essentially a giant cut flower. The vascular system that draws water up into the Christmas tree will have clogged. Cutting off just a ¼ inch of the bottom of the trunk will remove the clogs and open up the vascular system again. You can cut more off, if you need to for height reasons. We have you covered, we recut the bottoms of all our trees, including drilling holes for stands.

 Watering your Christmas tree

It is essential to know how to keep a Christmas tree fresh that once you cut the trunk, the cut has to stay moist. Make sure to fill the stand immediately after you get the tree home. But, if you forget, most trees will be ok if you fill the stand within 24 hours. But your Christmas tree will stay fresh longer if you fill it as soon as possible.

If you want to make a Christmas tree last longer, just use plain water. Studies have shown that plain water will work as well to keep a Christmas tree fresh as anything added to the water.

Check the Christmas tree stand twice a day as long as the tree is up. It is important that the stand stayed filled. A Christmas tree stand normally holds a rather small amount of water and a Christmas tree can quickly use up the water in the stand.

 Choose an appropriate location for your Christmas tree

Another important part of how to make a Christmas tree last longer is to choose a good location in your house. Place the tree away from heating vents or cold drafts. Constant heat or fluctuating temperatures can speed the drying out of a tree.

Also avoid placing the tree in direct, strong sunlight. The sunlight can also make the tree fade faster.

Getting to the roots of it – Fall Aeration

HOW DOES IT WORK?

Core aeration is a process that removes plugs of grass and soil from the lawn. These plugs can be of variable size, depending on which machine is used, but they are generally around three inches long and ¾ inches in diameter. It is important to understand the difference between core aeration and spike aeration, which is done using narrow spikes pushed into the soil. Spiking your lawn is not very effective, as the holes close up quickly reducing any benefit of aeration. Core aeration plugs have the added benefit of helping level out uneven lawns. They stay on your lawn until they break down, adding a layer of organic matter to your lawn and settling into low areas.

WHEN SHOULD TURF BE AERATED?

Core aeration combined with overseeding is a fine practice, and can be done spring or fall. Fall seeding is generally more successful, because of the warm soil, cool air and abundant rainfall. In either spring or fall, if the rains do not appear, be sure to water your lawn daily to keep those germinating seeds moist.

WHAT CAN I EXPECT?

Right after aeration your lawn will be dotted with small plugs pulled from the soil. About 7 to 10 days after aeration, the holes will be filled with white, actively growing roots. These roots are a sign that the turfgrass is responding to additional oxygen, moisture and nutrients in the soil from the aeration process. Don’t expect miracles from a single aeration, particularly on lawns growing on extremely poor soils. Lawns that receive this care will be healthier, more vigorous, easier to maintain and have fewer pest problems.

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF CORE AERATION?

  1. It helps the lawn’s health and vigor, and reduces maintenance requirements.
  2. It keeps thatch under control and reduces the need for expensive renovations.
  3. It creates growth zones in the soil that better capture air, water and fertilizer putting them within easy reach of turf roots.

For more information on lawn care, and to schedule your aeration, contact us via email or call (513) 271-5665.

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