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Caring For a Christmas Tree with a Root Ball

How to buy, care for and plant a christmas tree with root ball

I’m so excited that we bought a Christmas tree with a root ball this year. Yes, the tree is super heavy, is a little smaller than a typical tree (42″) and it cost a tiny bit more ($65) but it will last for many years to come. Heck, it may even outlive me if a care for it properly.

I honestly cannot remember my tree from last year. In the past I have fond memories of taking my boys to Christmas tree farms and seeing Santa, sledding down hills and brining a Thermos of hot chocolate to share. I LOVE those memories!

However, this Christmas tree is going to be immortalized in my backyard landscaping.

Steps to Care for a Live Christmas Tree to Plant

planting a live christmas treeWhen you buy your live tree with a root ball, the nursery, they will give you pages of instructions. I highly recommend reading them thoroughly. My steps below are just a guide so you know what to expect when buying a live pine tree with a root ball.

1. Leave the tree in your garage for a couple days so it transitions gradually into a warmer climate (your house)

2. When you place it in your home, block the heat register closest to it.

3. Keep it watered.

4. Ideally your tree should only be in your home for 10 days.

5. If the ground outside is still warm enough, dig the hole for the root ball. Put the displaced soil in your garage covered with a tarp. Cover your hole with a board to keep it dry.

6. After Christmas, plant it whenever the weather is permitting.  So if there’s 3 feet of snow in your backyard,  just leave it in the garage until you get a break in the weather.

7. When you do plant it, be sure the root ball sits 1/3 of the way above soil level.

How to care for a live christmas tree to plant


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One Response to Caring For a Christmas Tree with a Root Ball

  1. bryan flake September 21, 2015 at 5:29 pm #

    I love having a Christmas Tree for the entire month of December. The only problem is that it dies well before Christmas Eve. I’d sure love to acquire some great tree preservation skills and have a tree that will be pristine through the entire holiday.

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