Get Help Caring for Your Christmas Tree
SYRACUSE, N.Y. - Christmas tree buyers who want to learn how to care for their trees can get some tips from a free brochure produced by the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF).
"Today's Christmas Trees" delves into the history of Christmas trees and some of the factors that contribute to their production. It also explains the best way to keep a tree fresh, the differences among several popular species and the environmental aspects of choosing a natural Christmas tree.
The pamphlet points out that a properly watered Christmas tree will not dry out and become a fire hazard. A recent study by two ESF professors showed trees retain most of their moisture if they remain in water. Their research showed that if buyers keep fresh-cut trees in water, the moisture content of popular Christmas tree species stays at 100 percent, making it highly unlikely the trees would burn.
The pamphlet is part of the "Environmental Information Series," a public service effort by ESF.
To obtain one free copy of "Today's Christmas Trees," individuals must send a stamped, self-addressed envelope along with their letter of request to: Office of News and Publications, SUNY-ESF, 1 Forestry Drive, Syracuse, NY 13210-2778, or visit www.esf.edu/pubprog/ for this and other information in the "Environmental Information Series".
School groups or other nonprofit organizations may receive a maximum of 20 copies of the brochure for use in classes by writing a letter of request on official school district or organization stationery.