One of the benefits of having a real Christmas tree is that they are much better for the environment.
They are grown as a field crop so as soon as one is cut, another is planted. Although they aren’t carbon neutral, Christmas trees help to reduce greenhouse gases by absorbing carbon dioxide while they are growing, and once the twelfth night comes they can be made into chippings or mulch too.
When you buy a cut tree, as soon as you get it home store it somewhere cool. Away from wind and sunlight. Also put the base of the tree in a bucket of water to prevent dehydration.
When you are ready to put your tree up, you should cut off 25-50 millimetres or one-two inches from the base of the tree before putting it in a stand that has water holding facilities. By doing this you will have broken the natural seal on the base of the trunk and the tree will be able to take up as much water as it requires.
Before bringing your tree inside hold the tree upright and bang the bottom of the trunk onto the ground. This will remove any old needles.
A cut tree will require water every day. Do not allow the tree to dry out.
Once the tree is in its stand and in the correct spot remove the netting it has been covered with.
Avoid placing the tree near a fire, radiator or warm lighting as it will dry out with the potential effect of causing needle drop or drooping branches.
It’s also important to measure the height of the room too as you don’t want to buy a tree that’s too small or one that will scrape the ceiling.