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Gardening tips for Duluth's Northern climate, hosted by Master Gardener Tom Kasper.

Tips for Hardy Gardeners: Picking Out a Natural Christmas Tree

Conifer trees in rows, a white house in the background
R Hennessy [Via Flickr]

"There's a lot more interest in returning to natural Christmas tree," says Tom Kasper.

There are a few things to keep in mind if you're thinking about getting a natural tree this year.

1) Drought will likely make trees more scarce than usual. If you're planning to get a tree, sooner than later should be the motto this season.
2) Make a fresh cut at the bottom of the tree before placing it in the stand. This will allow water to get into the tree, thus keeping it healthy while also minimizing fire dangers.
3) Choose a good, safe place to display the tree. Away from fires and even heating vents is important.

Plenty of water, especially in the first few days, is also paramount to having your tree last the season. "Doing those kinds of things... you will have a tree you can enjoy, create a memory, and make plans to do it as a tradition."

Luke Moravec is the host for Northland Morning on The North 103.3. He’s also a local actor, musician and writer. He loves puzzles, riddles and fun mysteries.
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