How to Care for a Christmas Tree

5275681025_4d0dd0c06a_bWith the holidays approaching, many homeowners are planning their holiday decorations and purchasing a Christmas tree. Having a fresh tree requires care, and keeping your tree hydrated is the key to maintaining its healthy, vibrant life. Trees drink a lot of water, as much as a gallon or more a day, with larger trees needing even more! A properly-maintained tree can last anywhere from two to four weeks.

If you plan on putting up a fresh Christmas tree this season, see below for some safety tips and precautions:

  • When purchasing a live tree, check for freshness. Make sure the needles are soft and are not falling off. Hard, brittle needles are signs of a dry tree, which can catch fire more easily than a fresh, hydrated tree.
  • Be sure to choose a tree stand that can fit around the entire width of your tree’s trunk, and that the stand has a minimum capacity of 1 quart of water for every inch of stem diameter. Check your tree’s water daily, and continue to add plain tap water to cover the tree base.
  • Always unplug and turn off tree lights when leaving the house or going to bed. This will help lower energy costs, and could help prevent a house fire when away from the home.
  • Replace worn, damaged or cracked lights and electrical cords connected to your Christmas tree.
  • Install, check and test smoke detectors in the home, in case of an emergency.

This December, if you’re out purchasing your live tree from a Home Depot store, take advantage of RighTime’s holiday offer of a $49 Furnace Maintenance Tune-Up. Furnace Maintenance can help support the health and safety of the home, as well as help keep energy costs down and help prevent potential breakdowns in the middle of winter.

If interested in this offer, give RighTime Home Services a call at (877) 959-4076 or visit us at