tree shopping time. Itís also an opportunity to share the glowing
beauty of a fresh-cut tree with military families nationwide through
the Trees for Troops program.
Virginia, McDonald Garden Center is just one of thousands of garden
centers nationwide sharing that spirit by donating farm-grown trees to
As a consumer,
you can make a direct donation online to Trees for Troops, sponsored
by the Christmas Spirit Foundation in conjunction with the National
Christmas Tree Association and FedEx, according to Courtney Hampton,
spokeswoman for McDonald Garden Center: www.mcdonaldgardencenter.com
season, more than 18,000 trees were delivered to 65 military bases in
the United States and overseas, according to the release.
gift that truly gives back," says Hampton.
Once those trees
are delivered and decorated, military families post thank-you messages
on the Trees for Troops website and their Facebook pages, making the
holiday a little bit brighter for all involved.
As you decorate
your own Christmas tree this joyful season, use these safety tips to
keep your tree fresh and green and your home safe and warm:
When a tree is
cut, more than half of its weight is water. Use these tips from the
Virginia Christmas Tree Growers Association ó www.virginiachristmastrees.org
ó As soon as
you get the tree home, make a fresh straight 1/4-inch cut across the
base of the trunk and put the tree in a bucket of water outdoors or in
ó Use a tree
stand that holds a gallon or more of water because a fresh tree takes
up three or more quarts of water a day for the first days itís in
ó Indoors, do
not place your tree near a direct heat source and never let the water
level in the bowl drop below the base of the tree.
ó Turn off
tree lights when you leave the house or go to bed.
Christmas, when your tree is dry, remove the tree from the house and
recycle it for pickup.