Post # 1
I’ve vacuumed the floor FOUR TIMES today and they keep shedding and poking me in the foot. Any suggestions? I thought about spraying the tree with hairspray or something but thought that would probably just make it a fire hazard. =(
Post # 3
@MariaW: 🙁 I have no advice, just wanted to give you my sympathies. When I was a kid I liked to run around outdoors barefoot and hung out under this grouping of colossal pine trees in the backyard.
Well, I only did THAT once before I learned to put something on my feet… I came in bawling with a million pine needles embedded in my feet!
Pine trees are already a fire hazard though. They go up like newspaper. There’s probably not much you can do to make that situation worse… you could enlist some help and lift up the tree long enough to put some blankets or something underneath.
Post # 4
@Bebealways: Hmmm maybe I will try the blanket thing. Thanks for the suggestion!
Post # 5
(1) Water it regularly! This is pretty much the only way to keep the needles from falling out so quickly.
(2) Get a fresh cut tree from a tree farm – they seem to last longer than the precut ones.
(3) Buy a large tree skirt. Every so often, carefully remove the skirt and dump the extra needles into the trash.
(4) If all else fails, go artificial. All real trees will shed pine needles eventually.
You may also want to look into getting a different kind of tree. I think some types are more prone to shedding than others, but I don’t have much knowledge about this because we always get the same type of tree every year.
Post # 6
I wish I had advice…I’m just commenting to say that I feel your pain! We have a real tree this year, and while I love the smell and the look…it’s dropping needles like no other! I am going to try to (carefully) take the tree skirt off tomorrow to just shake it out. Wish me luck :-).
Post # 7
We always have a real tree and I’ve never really had a problem with needles (at least not until we’re about ready to toss it) so I would definitely second PP’s suggestions to water regularly and put something underneath it.
Not that this will help you right now, but do you usually get your tree really early (i.e., right after Thanksgiving)? We usually wait for a week or two into December so that may have something to do with it as well.