How To: Make Your Tree Stand and Deliver

If you've struggled with getting your tree perfectly situated in its stand, then take a look at my list of tips for getting the perfect tree stand fit. (And this way you won't have to worry about your tree toppling over in the middle of the night!)

  • Just before putting your tree in the stand, cut off a disk of wood from the base of the trunk about 0.5 to 1 inch thick to make sure that the tree has a fresh cut for absorbing water. Alternately, have the tree lot salesperson do this just before leaving.
  • Do not make a v-shaped or angled cut. This makes it difficult to keep the tree steady in its stand. It also makes it difficult to keep the tree hydrated.
  • Do not cut off too much trunk, or it will be hard to secure the tree trunk in the stand.
  • Make sure your stand is the right size for your tree. You don't want something too big or too small.
  • Stands with circular rings at the top are better for smaller trees, while open stands allow for more range in trunk size.

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