Caring for Your Fresh Cut Christmas Tree

The Journey Home

Care for your fresh cut Christmas tree from Dull's Tree Farm in Thorntown, IN near Frankfort and Lebanon with these quick tips. Before you start to head home with your fresh-cut Christmas tree, our experienced staff will put your tree on a powerful vibrating tree shaker that will clean it of most loose needles.

Next, we'll pull it trunk-first through a baling machine that gently envelops your Dull tree in a strong nylon netting or twine, squeezing it into a compact and manageable package.

Then we can help secure it to your vehicle for the ride home. We'll tie it to the roof of your vehicle or into the bed of your pickup truck or, if your trunk or interior cargo space is large enough, we'll put it there.

Regardless, we shake, bale, and load your tree for you to help ensure a safe ride home. We're in our third decade of operation, so you can be sure that we know what we're doing. Unfortunately, we can't come home with you to unload your tree, but then why should we have all the fun?

Welcoming Your Tree Home

If you're not immediately ready to set up and decorate your tree, leave it outdoors in a spot protected from wind and sun. When the time comes to set up your tree, make a fresh cut on the base - just saw off the bottom quarter inch of the trunk. This opens the tree stem so it can take up water properly. Then put it right into a stand filled with fresh water.

Fresh-cut trees are very thirsty. Your tree will drink between two pints and a gallon of water a day, so it's essential to have a water-bearing stand that can hold at least a gallon of water or more. Check the stand every day and add fresh water as needed.

Remember, if you let the water level drop below the freshly cut base of the trunk, a new seal will form over the bottom and the tree will not be able to drink.

Your tree will be happiest away from sources of heat like fireplaces, registers, radiatiors or baseboard heaters and away from the direct rays of the sun.

Keep your fresh cut tree healthy with these tips from Dull's Tree Farm in Thorntown, IN near Frankfort and Lebanon. Decorating Your Tree

Check all electric light and connections before decorating your tree and discard lights with worn or frayed cords. Be sure to turn off all decorations before you go to bed at night and any time you leave home. And never use lighted candles on your tree.

Properly cared for, a Dull tree can stay green, healthy and happy from the day after Thanksgiving through New Year's Day!