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• Living trees may be decorated, but with care. If lights are used, they must not give off any heat.
• Avoid extreme temperature changes. Do not remove tree directly from a warm house out into freezing temperatures. Instead, move to a sheltered area first for several days.
• Plant tree as soon as possible. If ground is not frozen, tree may be replanted. The spot to be dug should be mulched to prevent freezing.
• Do not remove burlap and strapping (unless it is plastic). This keeps root ball solid and secure. In instance of a plastic cover, cut cord and roll down plastic at least half way prior to planting. Tap tree container of a potted tree and remove prior to planting. Do not attempt to remove soil from root system. Earth removed from original hole should be backfilled around root ball. Mulch heavily over top of planted root ball to prevent it from freezing. Water only as needed: a flooded tree may not survive.
• Provide support for tree. Stake tree to prevent wind tipping or damage during first growing season.
Try a living Christmas tree. With proper care, it will keep bringing you enjoyment throughout years.
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