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If you’re heading out to get a Christmas tree this weekend, we sent Alex Denis out on the Mobile Couch to get some expert advice on picking the right one and keeping it in tip top shape for the holidays.

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Ten Tips To Keep Your Tree All Spruced Up:

1   Keep tree in a cool, shady place like the garage until ready to bring indoors.

2   Saw 1/4 inch off bottom of trunk prior to placing the tree in stand.

3   Make a cut perpendicular to the axis of the stem, not at angles or a v-shaped cut.

4   Make sure to place tree in water-holding stand immediately after making cut.

5   Stand must be able to hold enough water for the size of the tree.

6   Use warm water for the first fill of the stand.

7   Maintain an adequate water level always. Check water level every day.

8   Check water levels twice per day in the first few days. A tree will absorb the most water after it is recently cut and placed in water.

9   Make sure tree is displayed away from heat sources. Always check electrical devices like lights and other decorations before placing on the tree.

10   Avoid spraying preservatives or fire retardants on tree. Some of these products actually increase moisture loss. The most fire-retardant tree is one that is properly watered.

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