Since Victorian times many homes have included an evergreen tree as part of their festive decor. There is an difference of opinion whether a real or artificial tree is best. For those who like a natural tree here are some tips. For needle retention the Scots Pine, Austrian Pine and Canadian Fir scored highest. When choosing watch for straight and dense trees that look good all the way around. Make sure you know the size you can accommodate particularly the height.
The best location for the tree is away from heat sources and direct sunlight. Check freshness by pulling a branch toward you. Only a few needs should come off. For best selection, buy your tree two weeks before Christmas keeping it outdoors until you are ready to decorate it. When setting up cut one to two centimeters off the trunk to allow it to uptake water more easily.
Your tree stand should hold four litres of water and it's best to use warm water for the first fill. You will need to top up the reservoir twice daily to keep the tree as fresh as possible. Once the needles start to drop it's time to dispose of the tree. The Region of Waterloo has a special collection date for discarded trees in early January. The trees are chipped and composted at their facilities. Please share photos of your holiday tree at email@example.com
Waterloo Gardeners - Waterloo Horticultural
Society is affiliated with the
Ontario Horticultural Association of Ontario.
The Waterloo Horticultural Society acknowledges that
our work is taking place on the traditional territory of
the Neutral, Anishnawbe and Haudenosaunee Peoples.