If you are going to decorate your tree immediately, place it directly into the tree stand and fill the reservoir with water.
If not decorating immediately, place the tree into a bucket of water and keep it in a cool place such as the garage. When you are ready to decorate it, remove from the water and make a new cut about one inch up from the original cut. Make the cut straight across, not angled or tapered.
Keep the water reservoir full. If you let it go dry, the cut end of the trunk will seal over and the tree will stop taking up water, resulting in dry needles.
Additives to the water such as aspirin or sugar do not help preserve the tree. Never letting the water level go below the base of the trunk will preserve the tree the best.
To slow the drying of the needles, keep the tree away from heat sources such as fireplaces, heaters, or heat vents and use low heat lights on it. Always turn the lights off overnight or when you are away from home.
Disposing of your tree
Never burn your old Christmas tree in a fire place. The sap in the tree could cause a major fire. Recycle it instead. Wood chips from trees make great mulch.
Don’t wait for your tree to dry out before removing it. As trees dry out, they become more likely to cause house fires.
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Prairie Woods Christmas tree farm is located fifteen miles southwest of Lincoln, Nebraska.