MEQUON -- With Thanksgiving leftovers in the fridge, and the dishes washed and put away, many spent the holiday weekend bringing the Christmas decorations up from the basement -- and heading out in search of that perfect Christmas tree. FOX6 News stopped by Trees for Less Nursery on Wasaukee Road in Mequon on Sunday, Dec. 1, where several families were doing just that.
"We offer the Fraser Fir and the Balsam Fir," said Rick O'Malley, Trees for Less Nursery. "They are the best Christmas trees as far as needle retention."
Arborists at the Trees for Less Nursery in Mequon don't just help families pick out their perfect Christmas tree. They debunked the major mistakes most of us make with them.
"Before you put it in the stand, you want to give it a fresh cut," said O'Malley. "A little, one inch off the bottom of the tree."
A simple cut at the bottom of the tree helps prevent one of the biggest mistakes tree shoppers often make -- and that's tree dehydration.
"You can use the initial cut, if you put it up within the next hour or so," said O'Malley. "But if you wait two, three, four hours, you definitely want to give it another sliver cut."
Additionally, once you get it home and in place, just add water!
"The lukewarm water helps the pores open so the tree will start drinking," said O'Malley. "Keep an eye on your water level on a daily basis for at least five to10 days."
Once it's properly soaked and situated, all that's left is to decorate it.
Whether you're naughty or nice, it doesn't matter. The good folks at Trees for Less Nursery are more than happy to help you find your perfect Christmas tree. To learn more about Trees for Less, CLICK HERE.