by Connie Oswald Stofko
Ray Crawley and his family usually take their Christmas tree down around Jan. 1, but last year the tree was looking so good, they left it up until almost February.
“I guess it’s like a flower arrangement,” Crawley said. Since it stayed fresh, they decided to enjoy it a little longer.
Crawley is store manager at the family-owned Goodman’s Farm Market, 2227 Cayuga Drive Extension, Niagara Falls. Here’s how he kept his Christmas tree fresh so long.
The first thing is to get a fresh cut on the trunk. At Goodman’s, they will do that for you.
“Then get the tree into water as soon as you can after that fresh cut is made,” Crawley said. If you don’t, the sap will dry at the cut and the trunk won’t draw up water.
After that, make sure you keep watering the tree. Don’t let the level of the water fall below the trunk.
Goodman’s does sell a preservative that you can mix with the water, and some of his customers swear by that, Crawley said. But if you make a fresh cut and get it into water right away, your tree should stay fresh. His family used nothing but plain water to keep last year’s tree going overtime.
It also helps to keep the tree away from hot dry air such as heat ducts, wood stoves and fireplaces.
“Don’t let it dry out,” he emphasized. “That’s the main thing.”
Bonus tip: When you finally decide to take down your Christmas tree, you can set it near your bird feeder to provide protection for the birds, Crawley said.
Goodman’s also carries tree watering funnels (so you don’t have to crawl under the tree to water), Tree Sorb pads to protect carpeting and floors from spilled water, tree stands and tree removal bags.
At Goodman’s, the trees are suspended from the ceiling of the greenhouse, which helps you to see what they’re really going to look like in your home. It’s also nice to be able to browse in a protected area without trudging through sleet or mud. And it smells so good in there!
After you’ve made your selection, Goodman’s will make the fresh cut, trim branches if needed and bundle up the tree to make it easier to get into and out of your car more easily.
“We do everything,” Crawley said.
Goodman’s also carries fresh wreaths. They have plain ones as well as wreaths decorated by their daughter Sarah. You can also get fresh garland (white pine roping, cedar roping and a cedar-Douglas fir mix.)
Fresh poinsettias are coming in weekly.
Gift certificates are available in any amount.
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