The Holiday Season is upon us again! Which means it’s time to search for information on how to find, care for, and dispose of a live Christmas tree.
There’s nothing that quite compares to the smell of a real tree in your home as you await Christmas Day. On the same note, the welcoming decorative display and pleasant aroma are sure to inspire the holiday spirit and serve as a daily reminder of what’s important this time of year.
With the season fast approaching, here are details on how to find, care for, and dispose of a live Christmas Tree around Central Florida.
Where to Find the Perfect Christmas Tree
Christmas trees are now available in Celebration at Lakeside Park (631 Sycamore St, Celebration, FL 34747).
All of the trees come from a small farm in Cashier, North Carolina and were cut the day before delivery to Celebration!
Free delivery is also available to Celebration residents.
Visit Severt’s pop-up Christmas Tree Farm located at 200 W. Vine St. Kissimmee, FL 34741
Click here to visit their website. They are open 9AM to 9PM – 7 days a week.
Severt’s Tree Farm also has a pop-up location in Winter Garden. You can find them at 14707 W. Colonial Dr, Winter Garden FL 34787.
Visit Happ’s Home Grown Trees at 3400 Aloma Ave, Winter Park, FL. They are a plant nursery who also offers the finest Wisconsin Christmas trees.
Once you find your perfect tree, here’s how to take care of it so it will last through the holidays.
How to Care For Your Live Christmas Tree
- First, use a stand that fits the size of your Christmas tree. You should provide 1 quart of water per inch of the stem’s diameter. For example, a tree with a 5-inch stem in diameter needs 5 quarts of water per day
- Make a fresh cut straight across the bottom of the stem before placing the tree in water. This helps improve water uptake.
- Check the water daily and make sure the water level does not go below the base of the tree.
- Choose a location in your home that is cool, away from heaters or fire. The cooler the location, the better your tree will hold up.
Pro-tip: If you want to prevent needles from falling off your Christmas tree, try spraying it with hairspray. Keep in mind, this adds to the flammability hazard risk of your tree so it’s important to keep all fire and heat away from your Christmas tree at all times.
How to Dispose of Your Christmas Tree
Repurposing your Christmas tree is the most environmentally friendly option. You can use the branches and needles as mulch in your garden.
Put the rest of the tree through a wood chipper to make even more mulch.
Saw the remaining trunk into logs and wait for the pieces to dry out before adding them to a fireplace or outdoor firepit.
For Orange County residents, live Christmas trees can be set out at the curb on your yard waste collection day for recycling. Trees over six feet should be cut in half. Remove all ornaments, tinsel, decorations, and stands before placing at the curb. Artificial trees are not collected with yard waste.
I hope you’ve found all the information you need on how to find, care for, and dispose of a live Christmas tree so you can enjoy the season with your family.
As always, Clean Cans wants to make sure getting rid of your trash, whether it includes a tree or not, is clean and worry-free!