How to Make Your Christmas Tree Last Longer 

Artificial Christmas trees are handy and mess-free, but shopping for the real thing over the holidays is more enjoyable (and smells fresh!). 

Despite the excitement of decorating your Fraser Fir, Scotch Pine, or Balsam Fir evergreen, it's important to know how to care for it and keep

it alive and fresh all season. What's the lifespan of Christmas trees? We asked specialists at the Good Housekeeping Institute and elsewhere.

"Whether cut or in a festive planter, evergreen trees bring natural beauty into your space and brighten up any room during the winter,"

says vice president of merchandising and resident plant dad Alfred Palomares. Both demand different attention. Cut trees

need trimming and a stand to stay upright, whereas potted trees don't and may benefit from being near a window.

The tips below will make maintaining a natural tree easier. We also list some popular varieties and offer Christmas tree safety guidelines.

Palomares says Scotch Pines, Blue Spruces, and White Spruces are popular Christmas trees. Fraser and Balsam Firs are very popular for

their shape, size, and durability. Tabletop Christmas trees are wonderful for keeping holiday decor out of reach for younger children and dogs.

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