Mocho Creek Trees​

Livermore, California

Caring for Your Fresh Christmas Tree

We’ve outlined some basic tips to ensure you get the most out of your Holiday Christmas tree.

  • If you are not planning to set your tree up in your house the day you bring it home, keep it in a sheltered, unheated area such as a porch or garage to protect it from the sun and the wind until you are ready to bring it indoors. Keep it immersed in a bucket of water so that sap does not form over the cut stump and block the tree's ability to absorb water.
  • When you bring your tree indoors, start with a stable tree stand that will hold your tree without tipping and provide enough water (1 quart of water per inch of stem diameter). 
  • Clear a space large enough to handle the diameter of your tree and stay away from heat sources.
  • For trees that have been cut longer than 4 hours, make a fresh cut of about a ½” disk from the base of the trunk for water uptake.
  • Secure the tree in the stand making sure it is straight and add water. 
  • Water temperature doesn’t matter and no additives are needed.
  • The tree will require a lot of water initially, so make sure there is plenty of water for uptake. A tree can absorb as much as a gallon of water in the first 24 hours.
  • Daily watering is important to prevent the needles from drying and dropping off. Water also keeps the tree fragrant. 

Recycling Your Fresh Christmas Tree

Real trees are a renewable, recyclable resource providing benefits to the environment. The plantation-grown Holiday trees decompose in landfills and quickly replenish soil nutrients. There is also a growing trend of recycling Christmas trees where the trees are turned into mulch for gardens and other uses. Find a Christmas tree recycling center near you.