Removing Your Christmas Tree

Decorated Christmas tree bursting through red paper background

Removing Your Christmas Tree

Christmas is all but over and the last Christmas cracker is becoming a distant memory, your tree is still making your room look beautiful, but you can only get away with keeping the decorations up for so long. The time will come that the tree has to go.

There are traditions as to when this should be and even though tradition is the reason behind this whole season, you should use common sense first. If you’re caring for your tree properly, you’re going to be watering it regularly, so from the middle of the season you should also start paying attention to how dry the tree is becoming. A dry tree can become a fire risk.

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A mess of pine needles

Different species of trees will show their dryness in different ways. Trees like the Norway Spruce that are prone to shedding their needles anyway will gradually increase the shedding, and even the slightest bump will cause the tree to dislodge them. Your floor will be your guide.

With trees like the Nordmann Fir whose needles are soft, waxy and don’t tend to shed, you’ll start to see the needles becoming stiffer and easier to pull from the tree.

Beside the obvious safety issues, removing a dried out tree from your home can be a messy business. Pay attention to the signs and you could save yourself an afternoon of hard work in a few days time.

After you’ve removed all the decorations and all that’s left is the tree and the stand, you should get the tree out of the house before taking the stand off. This means you can leave it upright outside until you’re finished with the inside.

If your tree is in a room that has a large door, perhaps double opening patio doors, you might have plenty of space to get the tree out of the house without having to do any preparation first. Just lift and go. If your widest doorway is any narrower than the diameter of the tree at its widest point (and most are) then you’ll want to make some preparations before you try to move it.

Using a large blanket or tarp, spread it out on the floor beneath the tree. Grab hold of the trunk of the tree about two thirds the way up and slowly lie the tree down on top of the blanket. Make sure you’re keeping an eye on what’s happening with the branches, don’t knock your favourite Christmas present over!

Once the tree is on its side, it can be wrapped easily. Make sure you find some way of keeping it wrapped properly, do this right, and no needles will drop as you move it. Tie it up with string if you have to. From this point it becomes a simple job for a couple of people to lift and move it anywhere. Grab the dustpan and brush for the last of the needles left behind, and that’s Christmas!

View of Christmas tree at the far end of a hotel lobby with marble floors and crystal chandelier
Smiling man with Christmas tree on his shoulder

Over the years, Fir has got pretty efficient at this chore. Our recycling options can include us taking your tree out of your home for you. If you take the decorations off before we get there, then we’ll bring all the tools, take your tree from your home, and leave it free of mess without you needing to lift a finger.

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