How to take care of your Christmas tree

Now that you’ve picked the perfect tree, here’s how to keep it healthy and fresh through the holiday season.


Now that you’ve picked your picture-perfect tree, Dan Rosichuk from the U of A Forest Society has some tips to help you keep it healthy and fresh for up to a month.

Begin at the end. Before you even bring your tree into the house, saw a bit off the end of the trunk so it can draw up water. Better yet, ask your friendly tree salesperson to do it for you!

Keep your tree hydrated. A tree can take up to a gallon of water within the first 24 hours, so make sure your thirsty tree has enough to drink.

Put old branches to use. Snip off a few bottom branches, then put them into a pot of boiling water to make your whole house smell a lot like Christmas.

The Forest Society is selling trees and maple syrup at the Corbett Hall parking lot until Dec. 22.