Keep A Living Christmas Tree

With the proper care and attention, the Christmas tree you bring into your home this year can be a living Christmas tree you uproot and transplant multiple times.



147 living christmas tree - branch and root pruning
Diagram shows method of trimming roots and pruning new growth so the tree confines its growth, making it easier to remove from the ground.
LAURIE GRACE
147 living christmas tree - stump cutting
Diagram shows method of harvesting second growth branches from a tree stump cut high enough to sustain them.
LAURIE GRACE
147 living christmas tree - woodcut, cover
If you're transplanting a wild tree with the intent of using it as a living Christmas tree, a small specimen will have a better chance of surviving the experience.
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