Tips & Advice
How much water does a Christmas tree need?
A Christmas tree needs, as a general rule, up to one quart of water per inch of trunk diameter every day. More in the beginning; when it is first brought home, a tree might absorb a gallon of water a day.
How do you cut the bottom of a Christmas tree?
The bottom of a Christmas tree is difficult to cut, and therefore it’s recommended you ask the tree farmer to do it. If that’s not feasible, most people use a hand saw.
Which type of Christmas tree smells the best?
Christmas tree smell is a subjective topic, but the most aromatic tree is the classic Balsam fir. Douglas fir and Virginia pine are noted for their scents as well. White fir has a notably citrusy smell.
Which types of Christmas trees last the longest?
The most popular Christmas trees that last the longest are Fraser fir and White fir. Balsam Fir is known for retaining its needles. Scotch pine not only lasts, but can do so with less water.
How long does a Christmas tree usually last?
A Christmas tree lasts roughly the length of the “Christmas season” (aka the month of December). Make sure your tree was very recently harvested from the farm to ensure it stays fresh for four weeks once you bring it home.
What’s the best way to decorate a small Christmas tree?
Decorate small Christmas trees with the same creativity as large ones. Just be careful, as the small branches might not be able to hold the heavy ornaments or strands of lights that larger trees do. Many experts get creative with props and bases using cake stands, burlap bags, vases, and furry throws to accent and support the bottom of the tree, and decorating the branches only lightly.
How can you keep Christmas trees alive longer?
Christmas trees last longer if freshly cut--you can do this at a tree farm where you select the tree yourself, and one of the staff cuts it down. Look for leaves to be dark green in appearance, and have flexible needles. Needles should not break easily, and even the inner needles should not come off the tree when lightly pulled. If the tree was cut more than six hours before you get it home, it’s important to cut an additional half-inch slice off the base of the trunk right before you put it in the stand (it’s crucial you put the tree in the stand immediately after cutting in order to preserve freshness). Make sure the stand is large enough to allow for it to be regularly watered. Finally, place your tree in a cool spot--not in the path of direct sunlight, or near a fireplace or heat vent.
What is the difference between a hot tub and a spa?
There are no technical differences between a spa and a hot tub. Both spas and hot tubs are tubs with built-in jets used for relaxation, therapy, and entertaining. The terms are basically interchangeable. The two types of spas or hot tubs are portable, and custom-built or in-ground. Traditionally, in-ground or custom-built are more often referred to as spas. There are no real functional differences--spa just sounds more sophisticated.
There are several different types of hot tub jets to choose from, and each is unique in design and function:
Most jets are adjustable by turning the nozzle extension to increase or decrease flow.
- Rotational jets move the water in circles.
- Directional jets move the water in a specific direction, which you can aim or adjust yourself.
- Pulsating jets have two holes in the center, so when water pressure is applied, the center spins, creating a water stream that alternates between the two holes, resulting in a pulse-like performance.
- Multi-massage jets have several smaller holes that create individual water streams when water pressure is applied.
- Ozone or cluster jets have a single center section that water flows through, and are usually not adjustable.
How much does it cost to operate a hot tub?
Operating costs hot tubs depend on your local utility rates, but the national average is about $0.40 per heating hour. Weather, location of the hot tub (indoors vs. outdoors), condition of the tub, the fit of the lid, and frequency of use, are all factors that can add to the bill. So, keep your tub maintained accordingly to keep the costs down, and lower the temperature when you will not be using it for extended periods of time, like going on vacation.