Plan now for live Christmas tree success

Make sure you dig a wide hole for your live tree. (Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images News/Getty Images)

Mike McGrath,

WASHINGTON – It’s the time of year when many folks decide to get a really live tree for Christmas, one with its roots all wrapped up in burlap that they’ll plant outdoors after the holidays.

If that’s your plan:

  • Dig the planting hole on the next nice day — so you don’t look like a Warner Brothers cartoon character when you otherwise put shovel to frozen soil (boing!).
  • Make it a wide hole, but not a deep one. You should see the top of the root flare above the soil line. If the tree looks like a lollipop, it’s planted too low.
  • Remove all the burlap and other wrappings before planting. If anyone tells you otherwise, they are wrong, wrong, wrong. And wrong. And

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