Chopping down your own tree ensures you have the freshest cut possible, assuming you don’t live more than a couple hours away.
As soon as you bring your tree indoors, set it up in a sturdy tree stand with a generous water reservoir that holds at least a gallon of water.
Keep at least 2 inches of the trunk submerged in plain, clean water at all times to prevent sap from forming over the base.
Heat sources like fireplaces, wood stoves, space heaters, and radiators often dry out a tree much faster than you can water it, so it’s best to locate your tree away from heating apparatuses and heating vents, and out of direct sunlight.
The new school of LED holiday lights emit very little heat, which keeps your tree from drying out too quickly and also reduces the risk of fire.