Preventing moisture and needle loss in Christmas trees:

Moisture loss begins the moment a tree is cut. The loss is accelerated by increases in temperature ordecreases in moisture. A fresh cut on the butt of the tree before putting it in its stand will allow best water uptake. A cool and shady location is also beneficial. Water additives in stands are not essential and some may be harmful to trees. Some trees will shed a certain number of needles even though they are well hydrated.

Quick points:

1. Cut a 1/2 inch off the butt of your tree before putting it on the stand.

2. Ensure proper water levels are kept at all times in your stand.

3. Do not locate your tree near a direct heat source.