Don't toss out the Christmas Tree fter the Holidays, families can choose a tree to plant in the yard adding beauty for years to come according to Giroud Tree and Lawn

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Instead of casting the family Christmas tree into the street for collection after the Holidays, many Philadelphia families are choosing a tree that can be planted in the yard for lasting beauty. Giroud Tree and Lawn provides holiday tips for buying and planting this year’s family Christmas tree.

Selecting the perfect family Christmas tree takes careful selection and good daily care says Giroud Tree and Lawn

Getting the perfect family Christmas tree is an annual tradition that requires careful selection and daily maintenance says Giroud Tree and Lawn

Selecting a healthy Christmas tree and providing good care until planting are key.

Finding the perfect Christmas tree is an annual family tradition. Instead of choosing a tree that will be discarded after the Holidays, Giroud Tree and Lawn suggests bringing home a Christmas tree that can be planted in the yard and add beauty for years to come.

“When a family wants to buy a Christmas tree that can be planted, tree selection, care prior to planting and preparation of the hole where the tree will be planted are key,” says Lou Giroud, President of Giroud Tree and Lawn and ISA Certified Arborist. “Families should take the following steps to ensure the tree stays healthy and is ready for planting.”

Tree Selection: A healthy tree is the first step. Choose a tree that is well hydrated, wrapped in burlap and thrives in the Philadelphia area such as: Concolor Fir, White Spruce, Douglas Fir or Colorado Blue Spruce. Branches should bend easily and needles stay attached when tested.

Hole Preparation: Dig the hole now since the ground might be frozen after the Holidays. Be sure you don’t make the hole too deep! When planted, the top of the root ball should be one or two inches above ground level. Cover the hole with hay or mulch. Save the loose soil to back fill the hole when the tree is ready for planting.

Storage: Store the tree in a cool, enclosed location. Keep the root ball moist, not wet, and well-mulched to prevent freezing. Spray the tree with an antidessicant or antiwilt product to minimize needle and moisture loss.

Care While Indoors: No earlier than 5-7 days before Christmas, bring in the tree and place it in a large galvanized tub in the coolest part of the room—away from heating ducts. Stabilize the root ball using rocks or bricks. Fill empty space around and on top of the root ball with mulch to retain as much moisture as possible. Water your tree to keep the roots moist but not soggy. Keep the tree in the house no more than 7-10 days total.

Planting the Christmas Tree: After Christmas, move the tree to a sheltered area for a few days to adjust to colder temperatures. When you are ready to plant, remove plastic string or wrap from the root ball. Place the tree in the hole. Tightly pack the saved soil around the root ball. Spread two inches of mulch around the base of the tree. Stake the tree to prevent wind tipping or damage during the first growing season.

By following these simple steps, families will have a tree that is beautiful for the Holidays and many years to come.

About Giroud Tree and Lawn
Giroud Tree and Lawn specializes in tree service, tree removal and lawn care programs that make customers love doing business with the company since 1974. Serving Bucks, Montgomery and Philadelphia Counties, the company offers professional tree and lawn evaluation, tree pruning, tree removal, insect and disease control, fertilizing, stump removal and traditional and 100% organic lawn programs to keep lawns healthy and green . Giroud Arborists are certified by the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) and have the knowledge and experience required to properly diagnose, treat and maintain trees and lawn health. The company is Accredited by the Better Business Bureau and has been awarded the Angie's List Super Service Award® every year since 2005. The “Giroud Treework for Charity” program donates free tree care services to parks, historical sites and other non-profit organizations located in the Company’s service area. For more information, visit the company website at http://www.giroudtree.com or call 215-682-7704.

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