Helpful tips on making your Christmas tree last

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Posted by Debra Worley - email

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - More than 5.5 million Fraser Firs are cut down in North Carolina every year for Christmas, which is almost half a tree for every person in the state, according to

The website says the trees account for 96% of North Carolina Christmas tress that grow in higher elevations.  But for variation, some lots are also selling the White Pine tree.

According to Chad Patton who grows Christmas trees, it can take up to 12 years for a tree to reach an average retail height of six to seven feet.  Over the years they will be tended to more than 100 times to be pruned and shaped into the triangle shape.

After purchasing a Christmas tree it is important to put in water as soon as possible to prevent it from becoming a fire hazard.  People who grow the trees say not to add aspirin or sugar to the water because it can close the pores of the tree and prevent it from getting enough water.

Use a stand that fits your tree, which means don't try to whittle down the tree trunk in order for it to fit in the stand.

Keep the trees away from heat sources, and use lights that produce low heat, such as miniature lights.

When the holiday season has ended, be sure to recycle your tree - don't burn it or throw it in the trash.  Recycled trees can be used to capture sand at some of the area beaches.

And when the tree has served it's purpose, don't try to burn it or throw it into the trash.

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