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WVU forestry specialist recommends live Christmas trees


MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — While the ease and convenience of a pre-lit, artificial tree has genuine appeal, a West Virginia University professor and forest resources specialist is helping make the case for the authentic look and smell of a fresh-cut Christmas tree.

Dave McGill, a forest resources specialist with the university extension service, says a fresh-cut tree requires a bit more attention and care, but a few simple precautions can keep it in good shape into January.

“Once you get the tree home, slice the trunk of the tree again just to make sure it’s a fresh cut. Stand it up in your stand, and make sure it’s stable. You also want to make sure you water it every day — that’s the critical thing," McGill said.

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