Tips for making your Christmas tree last longer

By Sean Dowling, Buzz60

It's the most wonderful time of year, so make sure you have the most wonderful, beautiful and healthy tree that can last the whole season with these important tips.

Around 29 million households are getting a real Christmas tree this season, according to the National Christmas Tree Association -- so if you're one of them, have a peek at this advice.

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Experts say the best thing you can do to guarantee freshness is to cut down your own tree from a local farm.

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If you can’t make it to a farm, assume the trees you see at your local store have been standing there for a while, so make a fresh cut -- otherwise the trunk’s pores will seal up with sap, limiting the tree's water intake.

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It's recommended that you cut off around an inch from the bottom of the tree.

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If you don’t want needles all over the floor, make sure the room temperature is just right.

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Unlike in this photo, keep Christmas trees away from fireplaces, heaters and even direct sunlight -- all can speed up the drying process.

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Keep the stand filled with water because the trees can drink up to a gallon a day!

Some people swear by commercial tree preservatives, while others opt for adding aspirin to give it a longer life.

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When it’s time to get rid of the tree, don’t drag it to the curb to end up in a landfill. Most cities have recycling programs that turn the trees into mulch.
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