Living Tree

For Immediate Release

Lights separated into component parts and recycled; donors receive 10% discount off in holiday spirit

With Spring-cleaning fever upon us, it is tempting to throw junk away rather than deal with the hassle of recycling it properly. To make life a little easier and our eco footprint a little smaller Five Star Holiday Decor is accepting Christmas light donations.

Five Star’s recycling program will break the lights down into glass, copper, and plastic and recycle each component responsibly. Donors are asked to mail their lights to the corporate office and to include their e-mail address with their recycled lights to receive a 10% discount from any Five Star service. A portion of the proceeds from this promotion will be donated to Toys for Tots.

President of Five Star Holiday Décor, Mark Knoch said, “We’re excited to do our part in being as ecologically responsible as possible. Each year, countless strands of Christmas lights are thrown away because a single bulb goes out or breaks. We’re hoping to reduce that waste.”

To participate in Five Star’s Recycling Program, Christmas lights can be mailed to:
Five Star Holiday Decor
Light Recycling Program
938 South 2000 West #240
Springville, UT 84663
(801) 851-5522

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For More Information:
Tiffany Lieu
Public Relations Manager
(801) 806-4223
928 North 2000 East Suite 220
Springville, UT 84663

How green is your evergreen tree this year?

If you’ve opted for a living tree, then your tree could hardly get “Greener!” You’ve chosen a tree that can be warmed in your home just long enough to celebrate the holidays with you, and after the season ends you can plant it in your own landscape, your community, or your local greenbelt!

How do you keep your tree fresh through the holidays so it can be successfully planted at the end of the season?

1. Most importantly, acclimate your tree. Keep your tree on your porch or in your garage for the first week of the season. Putting your tree immediately from the cold outside to the warmth inside your home is harmful to the tree. Allowing one week for acclimation in the garage or on the porch will help lessen the shock when you do bring it indoors.

2. Purchase some antidessicant or antiwilt. Visit your nearest lawn and garden supply store and purchase a spray with antidessicant or antiwilt to minimize needle loss. This will also contain the loss of valuable moisture. Antidessicants and antiwilt products are sold under the names of Wilt Pruf or Cloud Cover. If you do not want to use an antiwilt product, it is also beneficial to mist your tree with water provided it doesn’t harm your ornaments.

3. Move your tree indoors. After one week of acclimation, you may move your tree indoors. Set it in a cool location and keep it away from heating vents, direct hot sun, fireplaces, and other heat sources.

4. Choose your lights wisely. In order to make sure your decorations do not harm the tree, use low-heat-producing Christmas lights, a small amount of mini lights, or LED lights−which do not give off any heat−to minimize the amount of heat produced around the tree. Also make sure to unplug the lights when you go to bed and whenever you leave the house.

5. Check the soil for dryness. The soil should stay damp but not wet. Your tree will need more water while it is inside than it did while it was acclimating outside.

6. Prep your tree for the outdoors. After the holiday season, you will again need to acclimate your tree to prep it for transplantation into your garden or into a local greenbelt. Move it to your garage or porch for one week after the holidays.

Planting your tree after the season? Here are some tips to welcome your tree into your landscape:

  • Don’t keep your tree indoors for more than three weeks. Even if the ground is frozen outside, you will need to keep your tree outdoors for the remainder of the season after the holidays. If you can’t plant it after the week of acclimation, place your tree in a sheltered area with the root ball mulched with a thick layer of leaves or compost.
  • When the time comes to plant, select a planting site that has well-drained soil, full sun, and is appropriate for the mature tree’s size.
  • Prepare a hole that is the same depth as the root ball but 2-5 times wider. Do not over prepare the back fill with organic matter. If the soil is fertile and well drained, amendments should not be needed.
  • Remove the covering from the root ball, place your live tree into the hole, and fill the hole with soil.
  • Water the tree well to eliminate air pockets.
  • Put several stakes around your live tree to help hold it up in the strong winter winds.
  • It is not necessary to fertilize until the spring.