Can You Keep Your Live Christmas Tree?
We don’t know about you, but we cannot believe that we have reached December 1st, and the holiday season is upon us. If you celebrate Christmas, do you have a live or fake tree? Some people love the ease of a fake tree and enjoy being able to put the tree up when they like and leave it up for weeks at a time. Others prefer a live tree because of the smell and the nostalgia. There are different types of live trees you can purchase for the season. There are pre-cut trees, and there are trees that you cut down yourself. But, what if you want to keep your tree? You are in luck! You can also purchase a live, potted Christmas tree. These trees have roots attached that are wrapped in burlap to allow you to plant your tree after the holidays are over.
Planting Your Potted Christmas Tree
After the holidays are over, and you are ready to plant your tree, there are a few steps you need to take first to ensure that your tree will survive in its new environment. After all of the ornaments and decor are taken off the tree, it needs to become acclimated to the outdoor temperatures. Thankfully, we have a mild winter, but it is still recommended to leave your tree in a garage or outdoor living area. Be sure that the tree is standing and not lying on its side. While your tree is acclimating, keep an eye on the moisture level of the soil and water as needed. You do not want the soil to dry out, or the tree will not survive. If the ground is not frozen, you can plant the tree before spring arrives. The hole needs to be big enough to fit the root ball with some extra space. Center the tree in the hole, and then fill it back up with soil. You can stake the tree if it seems unstable.
Watering Your Tree
Your newly planted tree will need to be watered regularly. If you have an existing irrigation system and you do not have a sprinkler head near the tree, be sure to contact us, and we will be happy to add what is needed. If you plant your tree in the winter, and your irrigation system is in winter mode, you may need to manually water your tree.
If you are interested in learning more about an irrigation system for your property or to add more sprinkler heads, contact us at Challenger Irrigation. We are happy to serve Hernando, Pasco, Pinellas, and Citrus counties.