Christmas has come and gone and now it’s time to pack away your Artificial Tree! Many are unaware that storing your tree correctly is an essential part of making sure it lasts for years and years to come.
Not storing your tree correctly can lead to tree or light damage, discoloration, or more…plus, a frustrating experience next Christmas.
Just follow these 5 steps (after removing all your decorations) from Prairie Gardens & Jeffrey Alans Tree Experts and you’ll know your tree will hibernate comfortably and safely!
Inspect the lights
If your tree is prelit, right before storing your tree is the very best time to check for lighting issues.
All the decorations are removed, so you’ll be able to more easily spot any burned out bulbs. Give your tree a scan and replace any bulbs that are burned out.
If you have some lights out, but you’re unable to get them back on, we’ll fix it for you! All trees at Prairie Gardens & Jeffrey Alans come with a 3-year Light Warranty. If you have a section that’s out, just bring it into the Prairie Gardens & Jeffrey Alans Tree Experts any time of the year. They’ll troubleshoot it for you and find the solution.
Replacing burned out bulbs or finding and fixing any light issues before you store your tree will save you precious time next Christmas season.
Next you’re going to dissemble the tree (most come in 3 sections). Starting with the top and moving down from there.
If you tree is pre-lit, make sure to unplug each section from each other before you start pulling the sections apart to avoid damaging any plugs or cords.
It’s also good practice to unplug your tree and let the lights settle and cool off for about 20-30 minutes moving on to the next storing steps.
Fold Up the Branches
Now it’s time to fold up the branches. Simply do the opposite of when you were shaping your tree at the start of the season. Instead of pulling the branches out, fold them down.
If you are storing your tree in a way where it is going to be a tight fit, you’ll want to spend more time folding down each branch and really compacting your tree. If your storing your tree in a roomier container (like a storage bag, which we recommend) you can just quickly fold up the branches and spend less time on this step.
Put in Storage Bag
One of the biggest mistakes many make when putting away their Christmas tree, is putting it back in the cardboard box it came in. There are 2 main reasons why this is not what’s best for your tree:
(1) It is very difficult to get your tree back in the box it came in. It’ll be a very tight fit and shoving often leads to damaging branches or lights.
(2) Cardboard is flimsy and disintegrates. It will not protect from environmental factors, like moisture, pests, temperature changes, and dust.
The best way to store your Christmas tree is in a storage bag. It’ll protect from moisture, pests and more. Plus, it’ll be large enough to fit your tree without you having to force it in and cause possible damage.
Pick Your Storage Location
The best place to store your tree is in a dry, clean and temperature-controlled location. This is why a basement or a closet is a better place to store your tree than in an attic or in a garage (assuming your basement is dry!)
You want to avoid sunlight (which can cause discoloration), moisture (which can cause damage to your lights) and temperature fluctuations (which can cause discoloration, especially to white or flocked trees). You also want to avoid dust and pests to keep your tree looking it’s best.
It’s best to store your tree horizontally, in an area where it will not get piled upon or knocked over, such as up against a wall.
You can store your tree vertically, but if you do, it’s best to have it in its designated stand so it will not be easily knocked over. Vertically storage bags are also available at Prairie Gardens & Jeffrey Alans if you prefer to store your tree upright.