Christmas Tree Tips From Cornell

A Cornell expert has some advice on picking out a Christmas tree and how to keep it looking good longer. Brian Eshenaur is from Cornell Cooperative Extension's Integrated Pest Management Program, and he told us the most popular trees that folks tend to pick out for the living room.

He has some tips on how to keep it fresh for weeks to come.

When picking out a pre-cut tree, it's important to get hands-on.

Eshenaur says the color is a good hint at a tree's health.

Avoid a tree if the needles are shedding or the branches break off easily.

He says each tree will be a little bit different when it comes to daily water intake, but no matter what, it always needs water.

He says it's good to buy a tree locally: you can know when it was cut, you support Finger Lakes Christmas Tree Farms, and it's good for the local economy.

Don't place your Christmas Tree next to the furnace or fireplace. The heat could cause the tree to catch fire.

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