Here are some sensible ideas for planning ahead for planting your live Christmas tree -
" If you plan to have a live Christmas tree, dig the planting hole before the ground freezes.
Mulch and cover the backfill soil and the planting hole to keep them dry and unfrozen.
When you get the tree, store it outdoors in a cool, shady, windless area until the last minute and mulch the roots to prevent cold injury.
Set the tree up in your coolest room.
Don't keep the tree indoors for more than one week and plant outdoors promptly."
Gardening Calendar supplied by the staff of the William T. Kemper Center for Home Gardening located at the Missouri Botanical Garden in St. Louis, Missouri. (www.GardeningHelp.org)
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