hunting season is fast approaching. Selecting the right tree and following a
few simple steps can ensure the right tree stays beautiful and safe throughout
the holiday season.Carson Arthur is
here to show us his tips and tricks forkeeping
your tree looking it's best for as long as possible during the holiday
REAL VS FAKE Carson says buy REAL trees!
Real trees are specifically grown for the purpose of Christmas. Think of it like corn or wheat crops. They can be reused for fire wood or mulch once they're done being a Christmas tree. Artificial trees take up to 100,000 yrs to breakdown and all end up in a landfill. Most families only keep their fake trees for about 10yrs before they get a new one.
CARSON'S FAVOURITE CHRISTMAS TREE
Fraser Firs are Carson's favourite.
The Cadillac of Christmas trees.
Needles last up to 8weeks even if you forget to water them.
They have a nice odour but not over powering. Great accompaniment smell to all the other great holiday smells.
They have a great growth pattern - naturally grow straight and narrow.
They usually have a smaller width at the base and grow quite tall which can work well in smaller spaces.
Best with large water reservoir
Spike vs Clamps - Carson says to go with a spike
Watering systems can be quite handy and will make maintaining your tree that much easier.
They allow for easier access to watering the tree.
Make sure to only use fresh water
TIP: Can add a couple of drops of bleach to purify the water and reduce bacteria. Sodas and sugar water are all gimmicks and haven't been proven to help keep the needles on.
TIP: What if the tree goes dry? Tree naturally forms a 'sap' covering over the cut end if left out of the water for too long preventing it from ever absorbing water again. Take a sharp utility knife and shave off about 1inch around of the bark at the base of the tree.
ALL THE REAL CHRISTMAS TRESS SEEN ON STEVEN AND CHRIS COURTESY OF PRESTONVALE TREE FARMS http://www.prestonvaletreefarms.com/