Real Christmas trees are loved by many people around the world and are often preferred over artificial versions, their smell and look being huge selling points. Britons have been buying trees earlier and earlier each year, which means that by the time the big day arrives, some may be looking a little withered, dry and dull. A gardening expert has advice on how to cheer them up so they last until the new year.
William Mitchell, horticulturist at Sutton Manor Nursery, shares his top tips for effectively reviving Christmas trees that have started to fall.
He told Express.co.uk: “Christmas trees can start to fall over for a number of reasons. However, the good news is that they can often be regenerated.
“One of the main reasons why Christmas trees wither is lack of water. This dries out your tree and reduces its life expectancy.
To prevent this from happening, William said it’s important to check the tree’s water level every day.
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When it comes time to bid farewell to beloved Christmas trees, families may be wondering what to do with it. Let it rot, suggests Guy Barter, chief horticulturist at the RHS. He added: “Real trees are biodegradable, and unlike many other types of wood, are free of wood preservatives.
“This soft wood tends to disappear in the soil within a year or two if nature is left to take its course. Simply cut a Christmas tree into sticks and stack them neatly in a shady part of the garden. Rotting tree trunks support many insects and other wildlife, as well as improving the soil and feeding nearby plants.
Gardeners may also choose to mulch them. The friends explained: “Chopping down Christmas trees greatly speeds up their decay. The clippings make a good mulch for shrubs and paths.
Many councils and some retailers offer a shredding service, in which cut trees are composted in a green waste site and the resulting compost is used to enrich farmland.