How do you keep pine needles from falling off Christams Tree??

United States
November 8, 2008 8:10am CST
I was thinking of getting a real tree to use as a Christmas tree. It has been so many years since we had a real tree in our house that I have forgotten how it is to have one. I do remember that the pine needles were on the floor everywhere. I read somewhere that if you spray the tree with hairspray it will keep them from falling off. Anybody else heard of this?
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@ANTIQUELADY (36493)
• United States
8 Nov 08
all u can do is keep them watered but they still make a big mess. they are pretty & smell good but i think a live tree is alot of trouble.
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• United States
9 Nov 08
I agree with you about the big mess. And I know that I will be the one to clean it up too. And we have a 3 year old and I don't think she would leave the tree alone either. So, I guess we will have an artificial tree again. Thank you for your response. Happy Thanksgiving
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@ANTIQUELADY (36493)
• United States
9 Nov 08
thank you, happy thansgiving to you & yours.
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@Opal26 (17694)
• United States
9 Nov 08
Hey jane! You beat me to it! Yes that is what I was going to say! Hairspray! That is what I was told. I didn't try it because the few times that I did have a real tree I didn't know about it. If I had I most certainly would have tried it right away! The tree made such a mess that the first time I had one in the apartment that I am in now was the last time! I just couldn't deal with all the pine needles that kept falling. And they when it was time to take everything off the tree it was just a nightmare! I love the idea of having a real tree, but it just is too much work. So I finally bought a fake one that looks very real and I am now happy enough with it!
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• United States
9 Nov 08
I guess I will have to use our fake tree, it looks real though. I can't get another family member to agree with me. It will be better than a real one anyway, I have to pick up after a very energetic 3 year old little grandaughter. thank you for your response.
@psspurgeon1 (1110)
• United States
8 Nov 08
We always get a real tree, it's a family tradition. We put an asprin in the water base and make sure to keep it full. As far as the needles go, we just keep them vaccummed. Usually a daily sweep is good for us. The thing we do keep in mind is not to get it too soon before christmas as the longer it is cut, the more of a fire hazard it is. I usually get mine a couple weeks before the holiday. For me, the needles are worth it cause we love the tradition of taking our girls out to pick the perfect tree. The smell of pine at night while your sitting there watching tv, getting it all evened out and put into it's stand, it's all fun for us. Our daughter has her own mini fake tree in her room that she gets to decorate any way she wants and that is her tradition. Last year, it was a barbie tree, very cute!!! Anyhoo, just pop an asprin (real asprin not tylenol) in the base should help with it staying healthy.
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• United States
9 Nov 08
Thank you for your response. Hope you enjoy your tree. Happy Thanksgiving
@palonghorn (5492)
• United States
8 Nov 08
sounds more like a fire hazard than a good idea to keep the needles on the tree. first thing i do is make sure that it's not loosing needles when i buy it. main thing is to keep it watered, which i normally check the water level every day or every other day. i was thinking of going with an artificial tree this year, one i'll be gone christmas week and was thinking that my s/o wouldn't have to mess with it, and secondly i have my arm in a cast which will make taking care of it a new challenge lol. but, my s/o doesn't think it's christmas without a real tree lol, so we will probably end up with a real one lol
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9 Nov 08
We always have an artificial tree. I was the only one thinking of a real tree and I am outnumbered, so artificial tree it will be. Thank you for your response. Happy Thanksgiving