Christmas trees, reminiscent of a nearly 500-year-old
German tradition, sometimes have a reputation for being
flammable, harmful to nature, messy or the cause of
notions mostly are myths.
If chosen and cared for correctly, trees are "no more
flammable than a fresh flower".
than 0.001 percent of real Christmas trees have been
involved in a fire, according to the National Fire Protection
more information, read:
Real Christmas Trees Last Through the Holidays
for Your Tree:
If you cut the tree yourself you know the tree is
fresh. But if you do not cut your own tree, be sure
to ask when the tree was cut and check it closely
for drying needles.
stump of your Christmas tree should be cut fresh
before placing the tree in the tree stand.
an adequate supply of fresh water covering this
fresh cut at all times. Check the water level daily,
and refill when needed.
not place the tree near a heat vent, wood stove
Your Tree after Christmas:
the trunk into firewood or use the branches to make
mulch over dormant perennials.
can also place the tree near your bird feeders. Decorate
with suet cakes and pine cones rolled in suet and bird
seed. Not only will the birds enjoy the winter treats,
but the tree will provide protection from harsh winter
winds and predators like neighborhood cats and hawks.
more tips, read Holiday
Safety for Your Home
Your Own Suet Feeders