4 Ideas for Repurposing Your Christmas Tree

Christmas-TreeIt’s not quite time to take down the holiday decorations — we need a little more time with the twinkling lights and the scent of evergreen bows before we give in to January’s chill. But when it’s time to dim the lights on the tree for the last time, we want to make sure we do what’s best for the Christmas tree, us and the environment. Here are 4 ideas for repurposing your Christmas tree.  

Native Restoration Trees are a natural habitat for all sorts of wildlife when they’re alive — and they can be a habitat even after they’ve been cut. Prop it up in your backyard for birds and squirrels to use temporarily. If you have a pond or a friend with a pond, you can create a semi-permanent habitat for fish. You have to anchor the tree and fully submerge it in the water, but it’s an excellent way to return your tree to nature.


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Many communities support Christmas tree recycling. There are drop-off centers who will take your tree off your hands — some cities even have curbside pick-up. The trees will likely be chipped into mulch to cover hiking trails and park paths.

Signature Scents Christmas trees have a fabulous natural fragrance and it can fill your home well beyond Christmas. You can put the needles in sachet bags and scatter them around the house or simmer a few small branches in water with a cinnamon stick for potpourri. 

Green Gardening If you have a garden, remove the branches of your tree to created a natural cover for your vegetable and flower beds. The pine needles will help the ground stay moist. If you have narrow but sturdy branches, you can save these for the spring to make a trellis for a vertical garden or stakes for plants. Evergreen stakes work to give indoor plants support as as well.  

LTD Commodities has ideas and products to make every day of the year productive. Whether you need ideas for repurposing your Christmas Tree or you need products to make your home more organized, look to LTD for great ideas and awesome products.Christmas-Tree

Holiday Spirit: Tips for Cutting Down Your Own Christmas Tree

ltd-christmas-treeWith Thanksgiving just weeks away, holiday festivities are ramping up and we have to start thinking about a Christmas tree. There are so many routes you can take to putting up the perfect tree — going to a tree lot, selecting an artificial tree or coming up with a fun alternative to a tree like creating a mural. But one way to get your tree to make a truly memorable holiday is by cutting one down yourself. Here are 5 tips for cutting down your own Christmas tree.

Dress for the Occasion If you’ve never been to a Christmas Tree farm, they’re as far out in the country as regular farms. That means there aren’t many places to warm up when the winds of December start blowing. You also have to remember that it takes to time to find a tree and cut it down so you could be in the cold for hours. Make sure you have warm and durable coats, gloves and shoes for your outdoor adventure.  

Arm Yourself  When you think about cutting down your own holiday tree, the mind immediately goes to the ax. Chopping down a tree makes sense, but it’s not as practical or efficient as a chainsaw. It’s much easier and less exhausting than an ax, but make sure you’re comfortable using it before you set out on your trip. In the event the Christmas tree farm you select doesn’t allow chainsaws, make sure you have access to a handsaw.

ltd-christmas-tree2Special Equipment Most Christmas trees won’t fit in your car; hauling it home means you have to strap it to the top of the car. Rope, twine or bungee cords will do the trick, just make sure you have a lot — it’s better to have it and not need it than to need it and your tree ends up in the middle of a highway. You also want to protect your car from the scratchy pine needles; add a tarp or blanket to lay between the tree and your car before you head home.

Know Your Measurements You want the first cutting to be the last cutting so make sure you know the measurements of the room where you plan to display your tree. The big blue sky can dwarf even the tallest of trees — a guesstimate may result in a giant tree in a medium-size living room. You don’t want to have to readjust the size when you figure out it’s too big.   

ltd-christmas-treeTimber Tremble Some Christmas tree farms have machines to shake your trees before you pack up to go home. Shaking gets rid of loose needles that would otherwise end up on the floor. In addition to needles, it gets forest critters out before they can stow away in your new tree and set up camp in your living room.

Cutting down your own Christmas tree is a project the entire family can participate in to make holiday memories! At LTD, we’re all about memories — from Thanksgiving dinner to the annual New Year’s Eve party, let LTD help you make new moments to cherish.

 

6 Tips to Keep Your Christmas Tree Beautiful

Christmas-TreeWe have just one month until Christmas Eve — it’s time to put your Christmas tree up! You put so much work into making it look joyful with all the tinsel and ornaments, you want it to stay pretty as long as you can. Here are 6 tips to keep your Christmas tree beautiful until the New Year!

Make a Fresh Cut When you go shopping for your tree, keep in mind that the trees at your lot were cut down a few weeks ago and where your tree was cut may be a bit dull and hard for the tree to absorb water. After you haul your tree home saw off a few inches of the trunk before you put it in the tree stand. This helps keep the needles moist and green.

Christmas-TreeWater Immediately Trees are thirsty! A Christmas tree can absorb a gallon of water a day so letting it have that first sip after a week on the tree lot is important to bringing life back to the tree. There’s no need to drill any other hole in the base of the tree to help with water absorption; the outer layer of the tree is very efficient in transporting the water from the trunk to the top branches.

Keep it Cool Keeping the tree away from heat sources is key to keeping it hydrated, but also consider lowering the temperature in the room where you keep your tree to help make it last longer. Keeping it cool will slow down the drying process because the water absorbed by the tree won’t evaporate as quickly. In addition, turning the tree lights off at night and when you’re not at home will keep the temperature around the tree down. 

Keep the Water Pure There’s nothing you can add to water to keep your tree greener or make it last longer. Good, clean water is all it needs.

Christmas-Tree-ornamentsWater Daily Make sure the tree’s trunk is always immersed in water. They drink a lot and they drink fast, so keeping an eye on the water level is important to keeping your tree green through Christmas and into the new year.

Give it Some Sun Think of your Christmas tree as your new house plant. House plants need sunlight to survive and so do Christmas trees! If your tree is in a room where there’s a window, keep the windows open during the day so it can soak up the sun.

Of course you can take the easy way out of caring for a Christmas tree by getting an artificial tree. Whether it’s real or fake, tree trimming is the kickoff to the holiday season; make your decor a delight with LTD Commodities!

5 Tips for Selecting a Christmas Tree

Christmas-TreeThe temperatures are dropping and even though we’re dreading cold weather, we’re excited for the holidays! We’re putting up all of of our holiday decor, but there’s just one thing missing: the Christmas tree. While we’re getting ready to put one up, we thought we’d share 5 tips for selecting a Christmas tree.

Pick a Spot Before you gather the family to pick out a tree, consider where you are going to put the tree and what kind of help you’ll be getting when you take it home. This will determine the size you want to buy. Standard ceilings are 8 ft high, so you want to select a tree that’s 7 ft or smaller. If you have high or vaulted ceilings, you are open to select taller trees, just remember the taller they are, the heavier they are and an average tree can weigh about 80lbs. Quick tip: Remember when you’re choosing a spot for your tree, make sure it’s away from heating vents so they don’t dry out and become a fire hazard.

Pick a Type There are different varieties of evergreen trees with different characteristics you can choose from:

Fir: Typically triangular, dense with branches, dark green needles, and has a prominent spire — Fraser Fir and Douglas Fir are most popular for Christmas trees

Evergreen-TreePine: Bright green, stiff branches — Scots Pine and Virginia Pine are most popular for Christmas trees

Spruce: Waxy, grey-green, triangular shape — Colorado Blue Spruce and White Spruce are most popular for Christmas trees

Inspect It When you’ve decided on the size of the tree you want and you get to the lot, inspect each of the trees you want:

  • Look for insects
  • Make sure the needles are green and flexible — if they are brittle, the tree is dry
  • The base of the tree should have sap on it

Shake It Off Before you leave the tree lot, shake the tree — with a lot of effort — to get rid of the needles that need to be shed. This will save you some aggravation of having a trail of needles to clean up as you carry the tree through your house that you’ll have to clean up as you prepare for the guests to arrive.

Christmas-TreeAvoid Shock After you shake off the needles, store the tree in a shed or garage if you have one. Trees live outside in temperatures much lower than what you have in your home. Keeping them inside spots with cool temperatures will ease them into the warmth of a festive home, and prevent needles from falling off prematurely. Quick tip: water your tree daily to keep it from drying out and the needles from falling off.

Fresh Christmas trees are a lot of work and maintenance. If you don’t have the time or energy for a real Christmas tree, artificial trees are an easy and practical alternative. Either way, start planning now so you have plenty of time to enjoy your tree this holiday season.