A beautiful Christmas tree and no cleaning worries… It is possible!
Nothing beats the fragrance and beauty of a real Christmas tree. However, there is an obvious downside – clearing up the pine needles. Going for a non-shedding tree and keeping your tree feeling happy will reduce the amount of dropped needles but inevitably there will be a clean-up operation.
If you follow the guidelines below you can minimise dropped needles:
- Buy as fresh a tree as you can – the needles should be bright and not dry looking
- Once you get it home, leave it outside or in a cool place in a bucket of water until you are ready to put it up.
- When you are ready, cut a few centimetres off the bottom of the trunk to open up the pores and put it straight away into a stand that holds water (or a bucket full of stones and water).
- Make sure the stump is immersed at all times, or sap will plug up the pores.
- Keep the tree away from heat sources and top up the water regularly – it should guzzle one to two litres a day.
Inevitably, as the tree ages, it will drop some needles. Our favourite tip to minimise the cleaning effort is to spread a festive tablecloth under the tree that captures fallen needles.
When Christmas is over and the tree is gone, simply gather up all the fallen needles in the cloth.
No need for constant vacuum cleaning!