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This is when you should buy your real Christmas tree, according to the experts

Christmas Tree

Are you planning to buy a real Christmas tree this year? Well, the experts have revealed the best day to buy one to ensure it lasts throughout the festivities.

The team at Flowercard have explained that if you take your Christmas tree down straight after New Years Eve then you should buy your tree on Saturday 28th November. However, if you take yours down on the Twelfth Night (5th January) then you should buy your tree on Wednesday 2nd December instead.

“The day you buy your Christmas tree is one of the most important decisions if you want to make sure it’s still intact throughout the festive season,” Liam Lapping from Flowercard said.

“Obviously if you’re planning on having an artificial tree you can put that up whenever you like. However, if you want to follow tradition, you should put your tree up on the fourth Sunday before Christmas which this year falls on the 29th November, which is the first day of advent.”

Liam explains that it’s important to purchase your real Christmas tree at the right time to “avoid a sad-looking needle-less tree”. While many households have already decked the halls, you ultimately want to ensure your real tree will stand the test of time.

Want to keep yours looking fresher for longer? Take a look at some of the fuss-free tips below:

CHOOSE THE BEST LOOKING TREE It’s important to pick the right one. Liam says: “Make sure you come home with a tree in top shape! Before purchasing, give it a big shake to see if any needles are dropping off. Also make sure the needles are green and shiny.”

TRIM THE TRUNK Don’t forget the trunk, either. Liam explains that as soon as you get home you should “cut around 3cm off the trunk”. This is to ensure the tree can drink lots of water and stay fresh throughout the holidays.

“If you didn’t do this the sap could have blocked the trunk meaning it wouldn’t be able to soak up anymore water,” he adds.

POSITION IT WELL “Where you decide to place your tree is one of the most important factors to making sure it makes it to the big day,” says Liam. “Make sure it’s away from any heat sources such as log burners, open fireplaces and radiators, otherwise your tree will dry out faster. Likewise, keep your tree away from any draughts as they don’t like change!”

INVEST IN A STAND A tree stand is a brilliant investment as it helps to provide your tree with enough water to thrive.

ENSURE YOUR TREE GETS ENOUGH WATER “Make sure your Christmas tree is topped up with water, as if the water dips below the tree’s trunk, the sap will re-seal the bark meaning it won’t be able to drink anymore. Three pints (of water) a day should be sufficient!”

This article was originally published by Lisa Walden,countryliving.com.

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