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Taking Down the Christmas Tree

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Everyone loves the Christmas tree—so long as it’s standing proudly upright and is already fully decorated. Sure, some people enjoy artfully stringing lights on the evergreen boughs and relish the opportunity to rediscover cherished ornaments that have languished in storage for so many months. But nobody likes taking down the Christmas tree. Fortunately, with a few simple tips, you can complete this dreaded annual task more efficiently and without major hassles.

Prepping the area
Start the process of taking down the Christmas tree by laying an old sheet (or a workshop drop cloth) at the evergreen’s base. If you’ve done this before, you know that needles are likely to fall as you work, so this step will save you some cleanup later on. Do you have a lot of fragile ornaments? Consider putting down some towels to keep them safe in case they fall while you’re removing decorations.

Taking down the ornaments
• Remove the ornaments at the bottom of the tree first. That way, you limit the likelihood that you’ll unintentionally knock any down with your body.

• To protect ornaments while they’re in storage, take the time to wrap them in tissue paper or used gift wrap.

• Liquor boxes with dividers are the perfect no-cost repository for off-season storage of ornaments.

• For small ornaments and other diminutive holiday accents, recycled egg cartons work well as storage containers.

• Once you have removed them from the tree, wrap string lights around cardboard paper towel rolls to keep them organized and untangled until next year.

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Disposing of the tree
• Use a turkey baster to draw out any water that remains in the Christmas tree stand.

• Remove the tree skirt; if it’s covered with needles, shake them onto the sheet you’ve laid down.

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• Spread the sheet to its full dimensions, laying the tree down horizontally over it. Take off the stand.

• Gather the sheet around the tree like a sling, then use it to carry the tree outside.

Next year, make disposal easier with a Christmas tree bag. Before putting up the tree, place the bag under the stand. After the holiday is over, just pull the bag up and over the tree and tie it off with twine. Then you carry the tree outside and remove it from the bag. Most stray needles will be caught in the bag.

In addition to leaving your tree curbside, most communities around the country have a Christmas tree recycling program in place where discarded Christmas trees are chipped into mulch for gardens (including yours) or shredded for use on paths and hiking trails.  In areas where soil erosion is an issue, discarded Christmas trees can be effective sand and soil barriers and help aid sedimentation management.  You can even put the tree in the backyard to become a bird feeder and sanctuary or, if you have a fish pond, submerge it where it can serve as an excellent refuge and feeding area for fish.

Where to begin?  The National Christmas Tree Association–together with Earth911. org, a Scottsdale, Arizona-based conservation group–offer a zip code locator to help you find a suitable treecycling solution near you. Check it out and start the New Year off right–and green!

Cleaning up
Pine needles are stubborn. They get stuck in carpeting, and some remain even after you vacuum. Here’s a trick: Sprinkle baking soda onto the area prior to vacuuming to help the needles slide out of the carpet fibers. Because pine needles are not good for a vacuum, use a broom and dustpan whenever possible.

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Try to make taking down the Christmas tree a fun tradition. Put on a movie marathon while you work, or plan to celebrate completing the task with a special hot cocoa recipe or a delicious snack. You’ll have to wait another 11 months until next Christmas, so enjoy every last second of the season this year!

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With the right storage bag, or structured container, an artificial tree can last up to ten years, so you really owe it to yourself (and your bank account) to protect the investment you’ve made.

We tested and researched the best storage solutions on the market for your artificial tree, considering the size, price, and material of each. Based on our testing, the Tiny Tim Totes Green Premium Upright Christmas Tree Storage Bag was our top winner. It takes up minimal space, is incredibly easy to use, and proves secure enough to last year after year.

Here, the most convenient and reliable Christmas tree storage bags that will keep your decorations intact until the next holiday season. 

Our Top Picks

Best Overall:

Tiny Tim Totes Premium Upright Christmas Tree Storage at Amazon

Best Budget:

ZOBER Artificial Christmas Tree Storage Bag at Amazon

Best Splurge:

TreeKeeper Christmas Tree Storage Bag at Amazon

Best Waterproof:

Covers & All Christmas Tree Storage Bag at Coversandall.com

Best Extra-Large:

Elf Stor Rolling Duffel Storage Bag at Amazon

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Who else recommends it? Good Housekeeping and Bob Vila both picked the Tiny Tim Totes Upright Christmas Tree Storage Bag.

What do buyers say? 91% of 400+ Amazon reviewers rated this product 4 stars or above.

Opting for an upright Christmas tree storage bag allows you to keep your tree exactly as is until next season, which means you can spend less time re-assembling it and more time decorating it with family and friends. This storage bag is made with a durable canvas material that’s easy to fit around the entire tree (no stuffing pieces into a bag), and you can choose from three different sizes: 6-feet, 7.5-feet, and 9-feet.

To store, simply drape the canvas over the tree, zip-up with the full-length zipper, and use the drawstring cord to cinch the base. Then, secure using the three adjustable clips on the outside of the storage bag so you don’t bend the branches. When you’re ready to use, all you need to do is remove the canvas.

Users loved how easy it was to use this storage bag and how it left their artificial tree looking brand new after every season. The upright orientation takes up less space in a garage or attic and ensures that one side of your tree doesn't get crushed over the summer. One thing users noted is that this can be difficult to use over very full trees. Also, glass ornaments and decorations should be taken off before storage to ensure nothing break in the setup process.

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Zober Christmas Tree Storage Bag Review: A Low-Cost Solution

For less than $20, you can’t go wrong with Zober’s Christmas Tree Storage Bag. This highly affordable option is made from polyethylene plastic, so it’s durable and can stand up to general wear and tear. This bag is also moisture-resistant so you can stow it away in the attic or basement for long periods of time without stress. This bag measures 48 x 15 x 20-inches, so it can easily accommodate up to a 7.5-foot tree. It also features a zip-closure and reinforced handles for easy loading and transport. True to the holiday spirit, this storage bag comes in a festive bright red color or woodland green.

Our tester loved the durable plastic material because it is stain and water resistant, while not the most stylish. Compared to other models, it can be difficult to maneuver, especially when lifting very heavy trees, but the low price makes this a great option for those looking to store on a budget.

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What Testers Say

"What we loved most about the Zober Christmas Tree Storage Bag was its compact size. Measuring only 48 inches long, we were surprised we could fit our entire collapsed 7.5-foot tree in such a small bag. The bag’s small size also came in handy when it came to storing. We were able to easily find a place for it in our downstairs closet on a top shelf."—Cheyenne Elwell, Product Tester

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If you managed to splurge on an extra-large Christmas tree, then it’s well worth investing in a storage bag that can best preserve your tree in celebration-worthy condition for years to come. Oversized trees are typically considered "oversized" when they tower over six or seven feet in height and require additional room or care.

In addition to storing artificial trees up to 15-feet tall, you can use this bag for storing smaller trees plus any wreaths or decorations. Looking to store a Christmas tree topper, too? The zippered compartment at the top of the bag is perfect for more delicate items that you don't want to be crushed.

The steel frame helps this bag maintain its shape, and the polyester sides offer protection from general wear and tear. Our tester found that some setup was required before beginning the storage process, but the five handles, U-shaped zipper, and compression straps made packaging a tree easy and secure. It also boasts built-in wheels for convenient transport. Considering its extra-large size and convenient features, this bag is well worth the splurge to keep large trees and holiday decorations in pristine condition year after year.

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What Testers Say

"Because of the upright frame, it’s unlikely that anything will damage what’s inside. The compression straps inside also were useful for keeping our tree pieces firmly in place. When we flipped the bag to its standing upright position for our storage space, our tree pieces didn’t fall to the bottom of the bag but stayed securely in place."—Cheyenne Elwell, Product Tester

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If the climate of your storage space is unpredictable, then it’s wise to get a waterproof storage bag for your tree just to be safe. Covers & All is a company that specializes in waterproof and water-resistant covers for indoor and outdoor upholstery. Their Christmas Tree Storage bag is made from 100 percent polyester that offers protection against dust, dirt, water, rough handling, and more. Measuring 60 x 25.5 x 20-inches, this premium quality duffle bag is designed to comfortably handle trees anywhere from 6 to 9-feet tall and features a see-through section for easy identification. This bag also includes an additional storage bag for decorations.

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If your family likes to take decorating to the next level, then Elf’s Stor Rolling Duffel Storage Bag was designed for you. It measures 24.5 inches wide, 21.75 inches in diameter, and 59 inches long, and it can handle up to a 9-foot unassembled tree. It also comes in a smaller option that accommodates trees up to 7.5-feet tall.

Elf’s Storage Bag is well constructed and made out of thick and durable canvas. It’s both water- and tear-resistant so it can hold up well in storage spaces without temperature control. This bag also features nylon handles, wheels, and a clear card slot so you can label your tree.

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Final Verdict

The best overall Christmas tree storage bag is the Tiny Tim Totes Premium Upright Christmas Tree Storage (view at Amazon). It’s an upright storage bag that pulls up over the tree when you’re done using it, eliminating the need to disassemble and reassemble each year. If you’re looking for something with a more affordable price tag, go with the ZOBER Artificial 7.5 Foot Christmas Tree Storage Bag. It’s compact, inexpensive, and protects artificial trees from general wear and tear.

Size

The size of your Christmas tree will determine how many options you have to store it. Larger artificial trees need larger storage compartments, especially when storing upright. This could also increase the price of your storage bag to accommodate a larger tree.

You should also keep in mind the size of your space that you are storing in. If opting for an attic, you may want to use a bag where your tree lays horizontally or comes apart rather than an upright storage option. In a crowded basement with higher ceiling, storing upright may be the smartest option. Consider both the size of your tree and your storage space before making your final decision.

Price

After spending money on an artificial tree, it may be disappointing to have to spend even more for a way to store it. However, when splurging on a high-quality artificial tree, you want to ensure that this piece of decor has the longest life possible. That is why it is so important to spend the money on the correct storage solution. As with any holiday decor, there are always less expensive options to fit within every budget. But, it may be better to make the investment now to then enjoy your tree for years to come.

Material

Consider your storage space when choosing the right material to store your artificial Christmas tree. Do you need your bag to be moisture resistant or completely waterproof? Do you need a durable material for wear and tear or will your tree remain untouched in between holidays? This will help you choose between canvas, polyester, or plastic and determine if you need a steel frame to ensure nothing moves or you can be a little more lenient with your storage. Keep in mind the climate of your storage space, how often it will be moved, and if there will be other decor around it that could damage your artificial tree to determine the best material for you.

Our testers bought these storage options and put them to the test to determine if they are worth the buy or not. Each bag was rated on a scale from 1 to 5 on different categories: setup, capacity, design, performance, and how it ranked against competitors. They answered questions like: Was the bag easy to setup? How difficult was the storing process? Is the design sleek or bulky? Does the bag protect the contents inside? With these factors in mind, they gave an overall score and verdict to tell readers whether each option is worth the price.

Additionally, testers took photos throughout the entire process to show how easily the storage bags were to set up and store. These photos also compare the sizes of the different options, demonstrating which would be the right fit for your size tree. All of these criteria were taken into consideration when each pick was added to this list.

This article was updated by Julia Fields, a lifestyle writer for The Spruce covering all things surrounding toys, gifts, and the holidays. She's also covered similar topics in other roles, including toy reviews, product round-ups, interviews with experts, and more. To make this list, Julia gathered together brand research to consider capacity, quality, and overall value of each storage bag, plus took in insight from editors and product testers.

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How to use needles in the garden

Komsomolskaya Pravda

House. FamilyGarden and garden: useful tipsDacha: Landscaping

Aleksey KOZYRIN

December 26, 2012 18:20

Do not throw away the Christmas tree after the New Year. You will still need it!

Today, green beauties in Blagoveshchensk are sold almost at every crossroads. Here and there, men smiling at something of their own are dragging Christmas trees home, to the delight of their children. There are, of course, people, so to speak, modern, preferring plastic Christmas trees to cut down beauties. But will Christmas trees made of plastic give the same New Year's smell of a Christmas tree or pine, or maybe fir? Never! Real happiness, you can't fake it. By the way, the Christmas tree can be useful not only as a symbol of the main holiday of the year. She will defend her own - from someone before Baptism, and from someone longer - and that's it, in the trash? By no means!

- After the holiday, the Christmas tree , all this splendor will become an ordinary household trash, but not for a knowledgeable gardener! Pine and larch needles can be effectively used in a garden plot, Pavel Zhirnov , Ph. D.

Needles as a remedy for pests

Pine and deciduous needles, due to the release of phytoncides and other biologically active substances from them, well repel potato pests - wireworm and mole cricket, and also protect potatoes from scab and other fungal diseases.

How to use needles correctly? If the above insects and diseases harm the potatoes in your garden plot, be sure to throw a full handful of fresh or last year's pine or larch needles in the spring when planting it in the hole, then half a glass of wood ash (by the way, now, while everything is covered in snow and there is no threat of fire , it's time to burn ash from wood waste in the garden) and only then seed potatoes. Fill everything with soil. Loose needles will also create a kind of air drainage for the potato root system, which requires a lot of oxygen for the formation of tubers. Do not forget also that the main breeding grounds for the wireworm on the site are wheat grass thickets, therefore, strive to completely remove them when weeding, try to change the place for potatoes every year. It has been proven that fresh and last year's needles are absolutely the same in their effectiveness, therefore, in addition to Christmas trees, fallen needles can also be picked up in the forest in spring. It is easy to assemble, a standard fifty-kilogram polypropylene bag is collected with a rake in 10 minutes. For 100 square meters of a plot planted with potatoes, approximately 2 - 3 bags of needles will be required.

Needles are the ideal material for mulching

Pine or larch needles are also an effective mulching material. Beds with onion sets are generally recommended to be covered with a layer of needles. Coniferous cover will not only retain moisture in the soil, prevent weeds from growing, but also, due to the release of volatile phytoncides, will prevent fungal and bacterial diseases onions, and protect against insect pests. From about mid-May, cover the beds with onions, garlic, radishes, lettuce and other moisture-loving crops with coniferous cover, this will significantly reduce your weeding and watering costs, as well as increase crop yields.

- All of the above agricultural practices have been tested in our own garden and can be recommended to Amur gardeners with all responsibility! - assures Pavel Zhirnov.

Pine and larch needles can be effectively used in the garden.

Do not use fresh needles!

Pine, spruce, fir needles increase the acidity of the soil, especially fresh ones. If you decide to use the needles for mulching or pest control, let them rest in the compost heap. The needles from the ground, which have long turned yellow, and also from the same tree that has defended its own, are quite ready for use.

For the same reason needles are not suitable for all crops. Flowers will not take a change in soil acidity very well. But fruits, sour berries love needles. It is well suited for mulching the soil around cherry bushes, blueberries, plum trees. Helps the growth of sunflowers, onions, garlic and even eggplant.

It is great to use needles as a covering material

Not only does the snow wrap the Christmas tree (everyone remembers the song?), but the Christmas tree, it turns out, protects garden crops well during wintering. It is not difficult to collect enough needles, as we have already said (those who have plots near pine groves, for example, along the airport highway, are especially lucky). Well, covering a garden bed with light bulk material is even easier. Strawberries and grapes perfectly tolerate cold under coniferous cover. You can sprinkle with needles the roots of fruit trees. It will protect no worse than modern covering materials. The needles protect well from piercing wind and heat loss and at the same time perfectly pass the oxygen needed by plants, preventing the soil from “suffocating”. In addition, the needles are a good protector from small rodents. Not every mouse will climb for a tasty root, and in summer - for a tasty berry, through thorny thickets.

BTW

You can also boil pine needles

And - no, don't eat! Infusion of needles is an excellent remedy for plant diseases and pests. We've already said that there are a lot of phytoncides.

The recipe is as follows: take a kilogram and a half of needles, throw it into hot water, about 10 liters (this is a large bucket). Let it brew well. Strain the cooled infusion and use. You can spray it with a conventional spray bottle. Such an infusion is effective in the fight against apple codling moth, moth, which currants and gooseberries often suffer from. The needles and the weevil also harm - it usually settles on raspberries. You can fearlessly spray both the roots and leaves of plants. The tool is extremely environmentally friendly.

A more concentrated infusion (it is bred in the proportion of 2 kilograms of needles per 10 liters of water and infused for a week in a dark place) will fit to fight small insects - aphids, flea beetles and even the Colorado potato beetle. Only before use, it is better to dilute a strong infusion.

NOTE TO THE READER

Pine needle - a collection of minerals and vitamins

Pine infusion is good as a fertilizer. Indeed, in the needles there is a huge amount of substances useful for plants (not for people! - you don’t need to eat the needles yourself).

In one kilogram of pine needles, vitamins are contained:

K - up to 20 mg

r - up to 2300 mg

B1 - 19 mg

B2 - 5 mg

B3 - 28 mg

PP - 29 mg

B6 - 2 mg

H - 0.15 mg

In addition, cobalt, iron, manganese, amino acids, potassium, phosphorus and other substances are present in the needles.

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How to use spruce branches and needles. Bath attendant and phytotherapist's advice | Health

Ekaterina Stepanyuk

Estimated reading time: 6 minutes

20176

Spruce needles secrete phytoncides - biologically active substances that inhibit the development of bacteria and fungi. pixabay.com

Sprigs of coniferous trees can be used not only to create a festive atmosphere in the house. Pine needles are one of the most important ingredients in the so-called beauty and health recipes. With them you can steam in the bath, take baths and cook healing decoctions. Needles are also useful as a flavoring and fertilizer for plants.

Coniferous bath broom

Sauna lovers say that a spruce broom will come in handy in the steam room. This is an excellent remedy for sciatica and colds. Sprigs of needles must first be steamed for 30 minutes in boiling water. Then the needles will become soft and will only pleasantly tingle the skin. A healing massage!

Be careful as the hot air will cause the pine brooms to release resin. Therefore, wear rough gloves or wrap the handle of such a broom with electrical tape, rope or a piece of cloth. To prevent the resin from getting on your hair, grab a special hat.

“It is better to take fir in the bath, it is more fragrant, and the twigs are soft,” Oleg Karabatov, a bath attendant from Chelyabinsk, recommends . - However, it is not very convenient to use it as a broom. A good broom for a bath should be heapy, resilient, manageable, and fir should be flexible, spreading. Therefore, when I soar a person, I carefully place fir branches pre-soaked in cold water under his head, or hang them on the walls. To breathe in the steam room was fresh.

You can also lay spruce branches on the floor of the sauna and walk on them with bare feet, imagining that you are in the forest. So you stimulate the acupuncture points on the feet, which at least helps to get rid of nervous and physical tension.

Fir baths

Those who do not like to take a steam bath can prepare baths from spruce twigs.

“For a greater effect, you can prepare a pine-salt bath. It will help calm the nervous system and serve as a preventive measure against colds, - Chelyabinsk herbalist Irina Vostryukhina tells . - To do this, a 5-liter saucepan, half filled with spruce branches, must be filled with water and boiled over low heat for 1. 5 hours. Pour the resulting broth into a bath filled with water and add half a glass of sea salt. The temperature of the coniferous bath should be 37.5 degrees. The duration of the procedure is 15 minutes.

Coniferous baths are also famous for their rejuvenating effect, they help with insomnia and overwork, joint diseases, help to remove toxins from the body. It is important to dive into the water so that the heart area remains on the surface. And you need to put your head on a towel laid out on the side of the bath. After the procedure, put on a bathrobe and lie down for 30 minutes. Try to meditate or take a nap during this time. Eating is allowed no earlier than an hour later. The course of treatment is 10 - 12 sessions, every other day.

“I make coniferous broth for a bath much easier,” Olga Alexandrovna, a reader of AiF-Chelyabinsk, told . - For a decoction, I take sprigs of fir, which remained after the New Year. It is important that they are not yet dry. I divide the branches into small pieces of 5 cm each (it turns out about half a jar) and boil for 5 minutes in a liter of water. Then I insist for another half an hour, decanted through gauze and added to the bath. There is such a pleasant aroma in the room! After the procedure, the skin becomes soft. In addition, the procedure helps to quickly cope with the first signs of a cold.

Spruce infusion

“Decoctions for oral administration infused with spruce twigs, buds and cones are best made in spring. After all, we do not know where and under what conditions the trees grew. Often, Christmas trees are specially treated with chemicals so that they stand longer,” notes phytotherapeutist Irina Vostryukhina .

But if you live in a village and cut down a Christmas tree yourself, then in winter you can make coniferous infusion on vodka for rubbing. To do this, chop 250 grams of needles with scissors and pour 500 ml of vodka or alcohol. Put to infuse in a dark cool place. After two weeks, strain the infusion and use externally for rubbing the lower back, dressings for joints, or antiseptic treatment of wounds.

Pine needle sachets

Pine needles can be used to make a dry flavor, also called sachets. It is an environmentally friendly and safe alternative to store fresheners. To do this, finely chop the needles: not only pine, but also fir and spruce are suitable. Sew a small bag out of cotton fabric. Pour needles through the remaining hole and sew up the bag. So you get a pillow. Or just tie the bag with twine. Such a coniferous sachet should be put in a closet with clothes or bedding. The fabric will quickly absorb the scent of pine needles. After two to three months, the pleasant and beneficial effect will end and the contents of the bag can be removed.

Coniferous firewood for the stove

Villagers do not like to use coniferous wood to heat the stove. Pine, fir and spruce give a good heat, but burn quickly. Therefore, they often have to be thrown up, which is not very convenient. In addition, when burning coniferous firewood, especially from a Christmas tree, embers are released, which can lead to damage to things and a fire. The burning of resin is also accompanied by a large release of soot. Soot in the chimneys is deposited on the walls, narrowing the internal clearance, as a result of which the draft decreases.

However, due to rising wood prices, exceptions can sometimes be made. A closed hail will save you from sparks in a Russian stove, and in the fireplace you will have to make doors and increase traction. And cleaning doors in the chimney will help fight soot, you can also occasionally burn the stove with aspen or alder firewood.

Needles as fertilizer

Needle twigs are also useful for gardeners. Pine needles that release phytoncides (biologically active substances that inhibit the development of bacteria and fungi) will scare away potato pests. Therefore, in the spring, a handful of dry needles will need to be thrown into the hole along with wood ash, and only then potatoes will be planted. Loose needles will also create air drainage for the potato root system.

Spruce needles are also suitable for soil mulching. So, it is recommended to cover beds with onions, garlic, radishes, lettuce and other moisture-loving crops with a layer of needles. This will retain moisture in the soil, keep weeds from growing and prevent plant diseases.

Needles can also be used as fertilizer. To do this, 1-1.5 kg of needles should be put in a 10-liter bucket of hot water and let it brew. Strain the cooled infusion and use it as a spray to combat the codling moth and moth, which currants and gooseberries often suffer from. The needles and the weevil, which settles on raspberries, also harms. You can spray the roots and leaves of plants.

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