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Fresh Christmas trees are favoured by many, with them smelling gorgeous for the entire time they are alive. Although relatively easy to look after, one expert has shared where a Christmas tree should be positioned as well as watering top tips.
Pine and Needles' founder Josh Lyle explained: "It's the most celebrated event of the year but millions of people still aren't aware of how to look after their Christmas tree.
"Treat a Christmas tree in the same way you would with cut flowers – trim the end, put it in water and don't put it next to a radiator.
"Cutting the bottom three centimetres off your tree once you get it home is vital (or ask the seller to do it for you).
"Trees drink more than you do at Christmas – around three pints of water a day – but bigger trees will drink more so it's worth checking daily to see if your tree needs a top up."
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"Treat a Christmas tree in the same way you would with cut flowers,” said Josh (Image: Getty)
It is also recommended to keep the tree away from any heat sources.
This includes placing it next to a radiator because it can end up drying the Christmas tree out.
According to Josh, trees should also not be exposed to any sudden changes in temperature.
He said: "Trees, like most people, are creatures of habit and prefer steady conditions."
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When it comes to watering, they need to be watered continuously to ensure they live as long as possible.
Unlike plants, you cannot overwater a Christmas tree because it will only drink what it needs.
Josh said: "Your Christmas tree may drink two to three pints of water per day, depending on its size and your central heating settings.
"This is very important as once the water level drops below the tree's trunk, sap will re-seal the bark within a few hours, preventing the tree from drinking any further water even if you then re-fill the Christmas tree stand."
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According to the expert, placement of baubles is extremely important when it comes to the health of a tree.
Josh said: "The heavier the decorations the more you'll need to keep them away from the tips of the branches.
"Get hooks – it's way better than the tiny string supplied with baubles and makes it easier to place your decoration deeper into the branches and also swap things around with less chance of damaging the needles."
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One expert explained that it may be worth inspecting the tree before bringing it inside to see if there are any pests on it.
Deemer Cass, Christmas tree delivery and installation expert at Fantastic Services, explained: "Most Christmas tree insects are content living inside the tree, but not off of it.
"Your home's environment is not suitable for them to venture out, so they will die before ever leaving the tree.
"The majority of Christmas tree farms take precautions to ensure that their trees are relatively pest-free.
"Some farms carry out pesticide spraying measures, then shake the trees and spray them down to get rid of any possible bugs that might be on them.
"However, before bringing the tree inside you can inspect its branches for bugs or eggs and give it a good shake."
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