ANYONE wishing to buy a fresh traditional Christmas tree during the festive season is invited to go along to a garden centre in Buckinghamshire this month.
World’s End Garden Centre on is offering customers free advice on selecting and caring for fresh Christmas trees.
Manager, Dale Lewis said: “Staff at the garden centre are available to offer people tips on what tree to pick and then how to look after it so that it lasts into the New Year.”
Some of the trees World’s End Garden Centre stocks are grown in British and European nurseries for at least eight years before being cut.
Dale added: “We’ll be able to give advice on how to get the best from your tree. For example, when you buy a cut tree, as soon as you get it home store it somewhere cool, away from wind and sunlight. Also put the base of the tree in a bucket of water to prevent dehydration. “When you are ready to put your tree up, you should cut off 25-50 millimetres or one-two inches from the base of the tree before putting it in a stand that has water holding facilities. By doing this you will have broken the natural seal on the base of the trunk and the tree will be able to take up as much water as it requires.
“Before bringing your tree inside hold the tree upright and bang the bottom of the trunk onto the ground. This will remove any old needles.”
A cut tree will require water every day. Do not allow the tree to dry out.
Dale continued: “Once the tree is in its stand and in the correct spot remove the netting it has been covered with.
“Avoid placing the tree near a fire, radiator or warm lighting as it will dry out with the potential effect of causing needle drop or drooping branches.”