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How To Plant Your Christmas Tree In Your Yard

Christmas is a time to create fond memories, and what better way is there to keep a memento of Christmas than by planting a Christmas tree out in your yard. The question is, “Can we plant our Christmas tree after Christmas?” The answer is yes you can.

Replanting a Christmas tree requires some planning, but if you are willing to plan ahead, you can enjoy your lovely Christmas tree for years to come!

How to Plant Your Christmas Tree:

Before you even buy the Christmas tree you will be replanting, you might want to consider digging the hole that you will be planting the Christmas tree in. Chances are the ground will not yet be frozen at that time but may be frozen after Christmas. Having a hole ready will help the chances that your tree will survive.trees

Purchase a live Christmas tree that has the root ball still intact. Typically, the root ball will come covered by a piece of burlap. Once a tree is cut from the root ball, it can no longer be planted outside, so make sure that the trunk and the root ball of the Christmas tree remain undamaged. Consider buying a smaller tree as well. A smaller tree will go through the transition from outdoors to indoors to outdoors again.

Understand that you will not be able to enjoy the tree indoors as long as you would a cut tree. This is because indoor conditions can put a live Christmas tree at risk. Expect that your Christmas tree will only be able to be in the house for 1 to 1 ½ weeks.

Keep your live Christmas tree in a draft-free location away from heaters and vents. Wrap the root ball in plastic or wet sphagnum moss. The root ball must stay damp the entire time the tree is in the house.

Once Christmas is over, move the Christmas tree you intend to replant outside. Place the tree into the cold, sheltered area for a week or two so that the tree can re-enter dormancy if it has started to come out of dormancy while it was in the house.Christmas Tree

Now you are ready to replant your Christmas tree. Remove the burlap and any other coverings on the root ball. Place the Christmas tree in the hole and backfill the hole. Then cover the hole with several inches (5 to 10 cm.) of mulch and water the tree. You do not need to fertilize at this time. Fertilize the tree in the spring.

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