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Christmas Tree Care

Here is an idea for neat Christmas tree care.

Approximate Time: 20 minutes

Supplies:

  • 1-3 foot section of 1 inch PVC
  • hack saw
  • cork
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  • bright acrylic paint
  • measuring cup
  • honey
  • aspirin
  • water
  • two spoons
  • 1 paintbrush
  • 1 extra large plastic wrapping bag or tree disposal bag
  • a little duct tape
  • scissors

Instructions:

Center the bottom of your tree disposal bag over the center of your stand. Or, cut an "X" in the bottom of the present bag (used for bikes and such) if you are using that option. Be sure there is a little space for you to add water to your tree. Add your tree to the stand and center.

Paint the cork with a bright color paint and let dry.

Using the hack saw, cut off the end of the PVC pipe at an angle. This will allow you to pour the feeding/anti needling solution into the tree stand.

Place 3 cups of water, and 1/4 cup of honey into the measuring cup. Crush an aspirin between two spoons and stir into the water. Place the prepared cork into the stand to allow you to see the water level in the stand and avoid overfilling. Place the straight cut end of the pipe into the stand and pour the water through the angled end; it's easier! To check whether your tree needs water, just look for the cork.

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When the season is over, place a ring of duct tape around the bag on the trunk to seal in dried needles that may have dropped. Bring the bag up around the tree and ring once around the body of the tree with tape. Remove the tree.

Place the cork in the straight cut end of the PVC and store it with your empty stand.

By Lisa R. from Virginia Beach, VA

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