Seven Tips for Preserving a Living Christmas Tree

In this Parade Magazine story, Davey expert R.J. Laverne shares his tips for helping a living Christmas tree thrive during the holidays.

Posted December 6, 2013 – 11:00 AM
Xmas TreeBy Julie Bawden-Davis

Decorating your home with a living Christmas tree that you plant outdoors once the holidays end offers a sustainable and memorable way to enjoy this holiday tradition.

Select the right tree and provide good indoor care and you can enjoy the tree for generations to come, says R.J. Laverne, a board-certified master arborist at The Davey Tree Expert Company, who offers the following tips for choosing a living Christmas tree and keeping it alive and thriving this holiday season.

1. Select your planting site. “Determine your site before you choose your tree, because the site will dictate the proper species to fit the available space at its mature dimensions,” says Laverne, who notes that many living Christmas trees grow much larger once planted in the ground. “Eastern white pine is a popular Christmas tree species that grows in excess of 100 feet when it reaches maturity, so make sure you have adequate above- and below-ground space for the species you choose.”

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