Live holiday trees are a great way to protect our natural resources while keeping memories of the holiday season going for years to come!

Tree Selection

The first step is to visit a nursery or tree farm and ask for a tree that is either container-grown or balled and burlapped, with a strong root ball. Pines, firs and spruces all make great live trees.

Before the Holidays

Bring your tree home a few weeks before the holidays and store it in a cool place such as a garage or shed. Keep the root ball moist, and bring the tree into your home for decorating roughly a week before the big day arrives.

After the Holidays

Once the festivities are over, take the tree back out to your garage or shed and let it sit for a few days before planting.

When you’re ready to plant your tree, dig a hole that’s as deep as the root ball and three to five times as wide. Next, remove any plastic covering, rope or burlap from the root ball, insert it in the hole and cover it with dirt. Then, cover the dirt with mulch and water thoroughly.

That’s all there is to it. Enjoy your new tree!