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Local business explains proper Christmas tree maintenance

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Posted at 7:14 AM, Dec 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-03 11:34:28-05

CORPUS CHRISTI — There is only 22 days until Christmas Day and people across the Coastal Bend are feeling the holiday season as they stop by Holiday Hills Christmas Trees for a fresh pick. Some people know exactly what they're looking for in a tree.

“I did buy a tree today this isn't normally where I buy my trees from but to be honest with you, their trees are actually a little better than I thought they were going to be,” said customer Sandra Duggan.

“We did not buy a tree today just didn't seem fresh enough. You know you hit the tree a little bit and they fall to the ground, so we’ll come back tomorrow I hope they get another shipment in," said Holiday Hills Christmas Trees customer Ted Mandel.

A real tree is not like having an artificial tree, when you take it home there are a few things you can do to make sure it lasts until Christmas.

“You gotta trim the bottom, you gotta drill a little hole so the water can get up to it so it stays little fresher longer," said customer Chris Flores.

Owner of Holiday Hills Christmas, Daryll Smith is asked the same questions every year about how to take care of a fresh Christmas tree. So, he came up with a way to answer those questions.

“We have a hand out at each location we give it with every sale and when you’re at a location ask for a green sheet,” said Daryll Smith.

On that green sheets some instructions include, making sure to get it in water, place it on a stand and keeping it away from heat vents, fireplaces and sunny windows to avoid fires.

According to the National Fire Prevention Association more than one of every four home Christmas tree fires is caused by electrical problems.

It is advised to get rid of the tree following the holiday or when it is dry.

Smith also says, unlike an artificial tree a real tree does not hurt the environment.

“Our Christmas trees never get put in a landfill, they might get chipped and the the chips are recycled into flowerbeds,” said Smith.