You’ll want to confirm that we’re still freshiStock/arinahabich
To be sure your tannenbaum lasts into the new year, use these tips from This Old House: 1) Grab any branch on the tree between your thumb and forefinger, gently clamp down and pull toward yourself. If you end up with a handful of needles, the tree is already past its prime. 2) Crush the needles in your hand and then sniff them to be sure the tree is fragrant. 3) Bounce the tree by holding it a few inches above the ground and dropping it. Needles that drop from the interior are normal, but if exterior needles fall off, the tree is too dry. If your tree isn’t completely dry by the time you want to toss it, consider trying out these genius uses for pine needles.
Real Christmas trees need to be recutiStock/RyanJLane
Cutting the end off our trunk is critical to opening the veins that deliver water to the branches, according to the National Christmas Tree Association (NCTA). Have your seller trim half an inch off the base to reopen the pores that take up water. Don’t taper the base or cut it at an angle; this reduces the surface area of plant tissue that absorbs water and makes it more difficult for trees to stay upright in the stand. Drilling a hole in the base of the trunk is another don’t; it doesn’t improve water uptake.