The last of the Oaks discharged their leathery leaves, and the deciduous canopy was completely absent from the landscape.  Stark and exposed, their skeletal forms seemed vulnerable and fragile in contrast to the lush, green boughs of the Evergreens who seemed to stand a bit taller with great hubris and beauty.

Winter, after all, is their time to shine, and no other Holiday calls upon the mighty tree like Christmas.  After all, they are the centerpiece of the Holiday home.

When selecting and caring for a live Christmas tree, follow the simple, great tips below:

  • First, decide upon a location for the tree, which should be away from heat sources, like vents, fireplaces, and radiators.
  • Decide if the tree will be visible from all sides or placed against a wall.  This will help determine if you need a tree that looks good all around or just three sides.  Remember, the more “perfect” the tree, the more it will cost.
  • Measure the space in which you’d like to place the tree, and choose a tree that will safely fit.  This means taking the tape measurer with you.
  • Look for fresh-cut trees, which will have flexible, green needles.  This usually means buying early.  Look for tree lots that keep their trees in shaded areas and have plenty of inventory.  Don’t be afraid to ask when the trees were cut, and if newer shipments are expected.
  • Test the freshness of the tree by raising it off the ground and dropping it on its trunk.  Ideally, very few needles should drop.
  • Make sure the base or trunk of the tree is straight and 6-8″ long.  This will ensure it fits securely in your stand.
  • if heading out to a tree farm to cut the tree yourself, follow the same tips above, but don’t be overly concerned if you see a fair amount of old, brown needles in and around the tree.  In Fall, pines shed a portion of their oldest needles in preparation for Winter.  This is why when purchasing from a farm, they often shake the tree before netting.
  • When you get  home, you’ll need to make a 1/2″ fresh cut from the base of the trunk.  This is important as it allows the tree to absorb water.  Fill the stand will cold tap water.  The tree will require a gallon or more of water in the first few days, and two or more pints per day thereafter.  Remember to check the water level daily, and replenish as needed.  Never let the water level drop down below the fresh cut as resin will form, impeding water absorption.

Call or email Sweeney’s today with any of your holiday greenery needs or questions.   We proudly serve the communities of Villa Park, Elmhurst, Oakbrook, Oakbrook Terrace, Glen Ellyn, Lombard, Wood Dale, Itasca, and more!

Sweeney’s:  A Plant Based Company

Plant of the Week

Emerald Gaiety Euonymus

Hardy, fast growing groundcover or low shrub has lovely green foliage and creamy white margins that take on a pinkish blush in Winter.  Prefers sun to partial shade and moist, well-drained soil.  Grows 3-4′ tall and 3-4′ wide.

“Freshly cut Christmas trees smelling of stars and snow and pine resin-

-Inhale deeply and fill your soul with wintry night.”

John Geddes

Warm wishes,

Kim Sweeney