Keeping your tree fresh through the season is important! Here are a few things to remember.
1. Before it comes in the house: If you are not going to immediately set up your tree, store it in the shade to prevent it from drying out. Also, make a fresh cut on the bottom and stand it in a bucket of water.
2. Setting up your tree in the stand: Before putting your tree in the stand, cut .5 to 1 inch from the bottom of the trunk to allow the tree to take in water. Sap will harden on the bottom of the trunk preventing your tree from "drinking".
3. Decorating your tree: Immediately place your tree in a water filled stand. Place your tree in a location that is away from heat. Placing your tree in front of a fireplace, heater, or in the direct sun will cause it to dry out more quickly. Keep the tree well watered all season.
Keeping your wreath green through the season is important too.
In order to prevent your wreath from drying out, hang it in a shady location out of the direct sunlight. Also, do not hang your wreath between your house door and a glass storm door. That will cause your wreath to get too hot and turn brown.