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Christmas Tree Tips From Master Gardener Nancy Bell

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PHILADELPHIA, PA

Want to pick the right Christmas tree or just want to be able to keep it from dying? Master Gardener Nancy Bell offers a few simple tips for getting and keeping your tree lush and green.
Some of the most favorite trees used at Christmas are; Fraser Fir, Douglas Fir, Balsam Fir, Scots Pine and Colorado Blue Spruce. My favorite is the Frazer Fir. The Fraser and Balsam Fir and Scots Pine have a nice fragrance too.

Before you go:
1. Measure your space that the tree will go in.
2. Take a measuring tape, saw and gloves

When selecting a tree, make sure the needles are pliable/flexible and don’t drop off. Shake the tree a little.

Make sure the base is long enough (usually need 6 inches) and straight to fit in tree stand.
Cut 1 inch off base before putting in stand.
Close any heating vents around the area the tree will go.

If decorating with greens around the house, consider using Wilt-Pruf to help seal in moisture.It’s a fine waxy spray that helps to seal the leaf surface of the plant, preventing moisture loss.
It’s available at most garden centers and hardware stores. It’s used to help keep evergreens from drying out during the winter.

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