How to keep your Christmas tree from drying out this holiday season

Every year, people seem to want to decorate their homes earlier and earlier, and for some that includes buying a real Christmas tree. But live trees can dry out quickly inside homes with furnaces running 24/7.

So if you are shopping for a real tree, there are some things to keep in mind. First, make sure you choose a fresh tree by gently pulling on the needles. Very few should fall off.

Once you find your fresh tree, it is important to keep it watered as some trees could require as much as a gallon of water a day so you need to check it every day.

Years ago, 7NEWS sister station WEWS-TV was given this Christmas tree water formula that produced some great results - use the solution to water your tree and it will stay fresher for longer.

First, cut off an inch from the bottom of the tree at an angle. Get a big bucket. Add a gallon of warm water to it. Then mix in two cups of light corn syrup, four teaspoons of chlorine bleach, and two teaspoons of plant food (like Miracle Gro). Mix.

One final tip: make sure you tree is in a safe spot, away from any heating sources like furnace vents and fireplaces.

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