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8 Tips to Keep Your Christmas Décor Green

I’ve eagerly awaited the arrival of our beautiful Christmas trees and greens for months. When the tree is up, that’s the day the party starts! Although I always seem to put off decorating one week too long and by then the warm weather has passed and I’m hanging wreaths and garlands outdoors with numb fingers in a chilling wind. Brrrr!

White Pine garland is a fragrant, budget-friendly trim for outdoor decorating. For inside decor Red Cedar garland is sturdier and stands up to indoor temperatures.

This year I’m using natural Red Cedar Garland as the base for a super-simple holiday tablescape. A garland of the fragrant greenery stretched across the length of your table is the perfect backdrop into which you can nestle fruits, pinecones, flowers or small ornaments.

To keep the simple, natural theme going, consider a similar garland treatment for a mantel and build in a small forest of miniature trees. Stretch out a length of garland and just add tabletop rosemary and lemon cypress trees. They’re my favorites for fragrance. Another length of garland can trim a stairway banister and would look great with loops of sugared cranberry garland for sparkle and color. Here’s an easy how-to for sugared cranberry garland from Etsy.

Follow these tips to keep your Christmas tree and holiday greenery fresh, lush and fragrant:

  • Give your cut tree a fresh cut, removing at least ¼” of trunk and put it in a large bucket outdoors to get its first big drink. The tree can drink upwards of a gallon of water in this first day.
  • Choose a stand to fit your tree. Whittling down the outer bark will reduce the tree’s ability to drink water so choose a stand large enough for the trunk to pass through the upper ring.
  • Locate the tree away from heat sources such as heaters, fireplaces, heat vents and direct sunlight.
  • There is no need to add anything to the water. Fresh water is the key to keeping the tree hydrated and retaining its needles.
  • Check and add water daily.
  • Potted miniature trees should be watered when the soil feels dry to the touch. If the pot is heavy, it does not need water.
  • Consider displaying your wreath outside the storm door. The area between the two doors can warm up like a greenhouse and sunburn your wreath.
  • Mist your indoor trees and greenery daily to help keep them from drying out too fast. It will boost your homes humidity levels and that’s good for people too!

Share your decorating ideas for using natural greenery in your home for the holiday. I’d love to hear from you!

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Sheri yao says …

I loved the tree recommendations. Thank you so much for posting!!

Carolyn Mallonee says …

I'm looking for a lovely living Christmas tree that I can plant in my yard after the Christmas holidays are over. Do you have any idea where I can get one. I'm in Tucson, Arizona. Carolyn

William kroll says …

Thanks for the Christmas tree watering tip.

LaDawn says …

I recently moved south to Alabama and wondered how I could make my home festive. On a recent dog walk I found bittersweet, pine cones and female holly bush (with berries.) Now I'll just add ribbons and a bell to have door hangers for me and my friends.

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@CAROLYN - Most of our stores sell pre-cut live trees but our products can differ. Check with your local store to see if they have any living trees with roots. Otherwise, I would check with your local nursery to see what their options are!

linda says …

The branches of red berries sold next to your trees, what are they and are they considered poisonous, please?

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@LINDA - Since our exact products differ between stores, I would suggest reaching out to your local store directly so they can check with the vendor directly.

Christina Quick says …

I bought the little tree in a bag christmas tree. Could you tell me exactly what type of tree it is and if it is safe for pets? It's absolutely adorable. Thank you and Merry Christmas

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@CHRISTINA - Our items vary between locations. I would call the store where you purchased the trees and they'll be happy to find out. In the meantime, I would suggest keeping them out of your furry friends' reach just to be safe!