4 Tips to Care for a Real Christmas Tree

There is nothing quite like the smell of fresh pine to get you in the holiday spirit. Whether you’re trying a real Christmas tree for the first time or you’re a seasoned pro, the experts at Cedar Valley Forest have some tips to help make the most out of your real tree experience.

Water: To help keep your Christmas tree fresh, it’s important to keep the tree stand filled with water. Unlike traditional house plants, a freshly cut tree can consume up to a gallon of water in 24 hours. Keep an eye on the water level and never let it fall below the tree’s base.

Keep the Tree Cool: While your home will be warm during cold winter days, it’s important to make sure your Christmas tree isn’t placed near a heat source. Avoid placement by an operating fireplace, space heater or vents. The cooler the environment, the better your tree will look and the longer it will last. 

Don’t Wait Until It Dries: We understand wanting to keep your tree up as long as possible to hold onto the festive memories of the year, but don’t let your tree dry out before you dispose of it. As the tree dries out, the dead pine needles can become problematic for cleanup. To ensure an easier cleaning experience, don’t wait too long.

After the Holiday: Your tree was beautiful and festive but now that the holidays are over, what do you do with it? There are many ways you can recycle real Christmas trees but the most popular options are to start a compost pile with it, turn it into mulch or ask community leaders about eco-friendly disposal solutions.

We hope your real Christmas tree helps you get into the holiday spirit, and we look forward to your visit next season when our doors open again for Christmas at the forest. For more information, visit CedarValleyForest.com.


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Cedar Valley Forest, in Johnson County, De Soto, Kansas, offers the perfect blend of rustic elegance and convenience for your special occasion. Wedding ceremonies and receptions, corporate events, business meetings, large birthday parties and family celebrations. We invite you to visit our property tucked away on 40 beautiful acres of towering oak and cedar trees. This 80-year-old Christmas tree farm has breathtaking views and is nestled alongside Cedar Creek stream.