Taking care of Christmas trees

Thursday, December 17, 2009; GZ13

Cut an inch off the base of your live Christmas tree just before plunging it into its reservoir stand. The water level then should not be allowed to drop below the fresh cut. Check after a few hours, because that's when the tree takes up the most water. The cut should be clean and square. Avoid cutting or scraping the sides of the trunk, which will reduce water uptake.

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