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Caring for Christmas Greenery

Nothing signals the start of the holiday season like a home full of Christmas greenery. Wreaths, garlands, trees… all of those Christmas staples play such an integral role in creating the warm atmosphere we associate with the holidays. Sometimes in their excitement to put these greens up, however, people don’t bother taking proper care of them. For fresh cut trees, wreaths and garlands, we’ve got all the information you need to ensure that your Christmas goods make it through into the new year. 
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Cut Christmas Tree Care

We’ll start with every child’s favorite Christmas shopping experience: finding the perfect Christmas tree! While searching for the ideal tree certainly invokes strong feelings of nostalgia, don’t let the fun of seeking one out for your living room distract you from finding a tree healthy enough to make it through to the new year! When buying a cut tree you should make sure it’s not dropping too many needles before you purchase it, as this is a sign that the tree may not be strong enough to make it through the holidays. You’ll also want to feel the branches to make sure they are firm enough to hold any ornaments you plan on hanging.

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Different types of trees do tend to fair better than others. The Balsam Fir, for example, drys out much quicker than the more durable Douglas Fir. You can rely on the Frasier Fir to make it well past New Year’s Day as well.

Once you’ve found a tree with firm branches and purchased it, make sure to cut a little bit off the bottom. This opens up the tree’s pores, allowing it to take it water properly. Usually you’ll only need to cut off a half-inch or so. Bring it inside and immediately place it in warm water. Be sure to set it up in a colder room or by a window! Christmas trees prefer the cold and will last much longer if they are kept cool. Consider spraying the tree with Wilt-Pruf prior to bringing it into the house and mixing Pro-long Tree Preservative into the water. Check the water level several times each day, never letting the tree run dry. If you follow these steps you’ll have no problems getting your tree through all of your family gatherings.

Natural Wreaths and Garlands Care

Taking care of your wreaths and garlands is quite simple as well! Once you’ve bought your fresh wreath or garland, submerge it in cold water overnight. A bath tub is the perfect location for this step. The needles will soak up the moisture. Next, allow the greens to drip dry for an hour or so in a shady, well ventilated area. garlands-6Then, spray them with Wilt-Pruf until they’re dripping wet. This will seal the moisture into the needles and allow your greens to live for a long while. Do not use Wilt-Pruf on Princess Pine or Juniper berries, however.

Now simply dry the greens thoroughly and then find a spot to place them! Keep your Christmas greens away from direct sunlight, though, as this will cause them to drop needles. Much like with Christmas trees, the type of wreath you buy will affect its longevity. We highly recommend the Douglas Fir and Frasier Fir styles, although our favorite is the Noble Fir. The Noble Fir lasts the longest indoors, even without spray, and is quite elegant.

The same goes for any garlands. The popular White Pine Roping garland can be placed outdoors or indoors, but it can be a bit fragile when placed inside. If you do use it indoors, make sure you spray it down with Wilt-Pruf!

Outdoor Decoration Tips

If you plan on hanging your wreaths and garlands outside, we highly recommend you consider purchasing some Gold Thread Cypress as well. This seasonal plant adds a splash of brightness to your yard and creates a nice contrast with other Christmas greenery. It requires very little maintenance, making it the prefect outdoor plant for anyone looking to keep their home looking cheery throughout the winter. Other good outdoor options for the season include magnolia leaves, box wood plants, white pine and leyland cypress.

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If you plan on hanging your wreaths and garlands outside, we highly recommend you consider purchasing some Gold Thread Cypress as well. This seasonal plant adds a splash of brightness to your yard and creates a nice contrast with other Christmas greenery. It requires very little maintenance, making it the prefect outdoor plant for anyone looking to keep their home looking cheery throughout the winter. Other good outdoor options for the season include magnolia leaves, box wood plants, white pine and leyland cypress.

Christmas greenery provide a beautiful look and wonderful aroma to any home during the holidays. Follow these basic steps and you’ll be able to enjoy them throughout the entire holiday season. If you have any questions or are looking to buy some of these products this year, please swing by our shop. We’d be glad to get you prepped for the holidays!

 

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