How to Care For and Decorate Your Tree For Christmas

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    Pike Nurseries experts have a few tips to select the perfect Christmas tree and keep it fresh and festive throughout the season:

    • Look for a healthy green color. Run your hand
    along the branch of a tree to check for needles that
    hold fast and are flexible – not stiff and brittle.

    • Make a fresh cut along the bottom of the trunk.
    Prior to loading, Pike Nurseries does this for you
    for FREE to guarantee that the tree will absorb
    more water.

    • Use a tree stand that holds at least one gallon of
    water. Keep a watchful eye and never let the water
    level drop below the bottom of the trunk, or the tree
    will not be able to absorb water.

    • Keep away from direct heat sources to prevent
    drying and fire hazards. Practice safety around
    holiday favorites such as candles, fireplaces,
    wood stoves or heating vents.

    • Add depth to your tree. Go heavy on Christmas
    lights and zig-zag them from front to back as you
    work through each layer of branches. Another trick
    is to stagger ornaments at different depths on the

    • Choose a festive color pallet. For a professional-
    looking tree, use a color pallet that includes two or
    three colors, and play with different shades of those

    • Fill in holes and bare spots. Play with sprigs of
    berries or silk flowers for added texture and color
    to create a fuller-looking tree.

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