Q: How do I help my Christmas tree last through the holiday season?
A: Home Depot associates get that question a lot around Christmastime. The important thing is to keep your real Christmas tree from drying out. That means, first of all, securing it in a stand with a basin, and watering the tree until it stops absorbing what you give it. A good rule of thumb is to look for a basin that can hold at least 1 quart of water for every inch of the trunk’s diameter.
On the first day in particular, your tree is likely to need a great deal of water, so keep an eye on the basin and refill as needed. After that, check the basin at least once a day and add fresh water any time the water level looks low.