General Tree Care
- Place tree in water as soon as possible. A tree will absorb as much as a quart of water or more in the first 24 hours and one or more pints a day thereafter.
- Do not let the stand run out of water. Water is the most important part of keeping the tree fresh. Keep your tree in a cool location away from heat sources like fireplaces and registers.
- If the tree will not be displayed the same day that you cut it, make a fresh, straight cut across the base of the trunk (about a quarter inch up from the original cut).
Balled Tree Care
- Keep in mind that living trees are VERY heavy and bulky. A six-foot-tall balled and burlapped tree will weigh as much as 250 pounds.
- The tree should not be put right into a heated home. It is best to be stored in an unheated, sheltered area, such as a garage or porch, out of the wind and sun. Do not expose the tree to freezing temperatures at any time.
- The tree will need adequate water. The root ball or soil should be kept slightly damp but not flooded. Wrap the root ball of a balled tree in plastic or place in a tub while it is in the house.
- Live trees may be decorated, but with care. A live tree is best only kept in a warm home for 7 to 10 days at the most. This gives the tree the best chance of survival back out in the cold.
- Do not remove the tree directly from a warm house out into freezing temperatures. Instead, move back to a sheltered area first for several days.
- If the ground is unfrozen, the tree may be replanted. The spot to be dug should be mulched to prevent freezing. Plant as soon as possible.
- Do not remove the burlap and strapping. This keeps the root ball solid and secure. Do not attempt to remove soil from the root system. Earth removed from the original hole should be back-filled around the root ball. Mulch heavily over the top of the planted root ball to prevent it from freezing. Water only as needed; a flooded tree may not survive. Stake the trees to prevent wind tipping or damage during the first growing season.