B & Q has announced that it will launch nationwide delivery for online orders of real Christmas trees for the first time. This means that anyone who has to self-isolate can still enjoy a real Christmas tree in their home.
The socially distant door openers will be available from November 20th and customers can choose a delivery date that suits them.
The new service encompasses B & Q’s entire range of cut and potted trees, including Nordmann fir, traditional spruce and low-drop blue spruce. New for 2020 is the Fraser fir, a slimmer tree that is perfect for smaller rooms.
All of B&Q’s real trees are harvested from sustainable forests and 93 percent are grown here in the UK. Christmas trees are grown like other agricultural crops and new trees are planted to replace those that have been felled, allowing the long growth cycle of six to ten years to continue.
Each year, the number of trees planted by B & Q’s main supplier in Aberdeenshire exceeds the number of trees harvested to ensure that the approach to sourcing real Christmas trees is responsible and forest friendly.
Kam Dhillon, B & Q’s Christmas Category Manager, said: “Many of us love the annual trip to choose a real Christmas tree and may even enjoy the hassle of putting it in the car to bring home! However, we know this year is different. To ensure everyone can enjoy the tradition of a real Christmas tree, we pride ourselves on helping you introduce nationwide home delivery for all of our real pruning and potted trees. Christmas starts with a tree and nobody should miss it. “
Some of Kam Dhillon’s top tips to keep your real tree looking its best through Christmas Day and beyond include:
- Preparation is key – Make sure to remove the net as soon as possible after your tree is delivered and shake it out. This will remove loose needles and keep the tree in its natural shape. Then chop or saw off the soil two inches from the trunk and remove any small knots or bumps so the tree fits perfectly in your tree stand. Avoid placing your real tree in sand or soil as this can reduce water absorption.
- Keep it hydrated – It may sound obvious, but Christmas trees are live plants, which means they need plenty of water to survive. The average Christmas tree can drink 1-2 liters per day, depending on its size. Getting adequate hydration is critical to making sure he looks plump and full. It’s not just water that makes your tree look lush – try adding a dash of vodka to the water. It might sound a little unconventional, but this will help kill bad bacteria and extend the life of your tree.
- stay cool – Christmas trees grow in cold climates, so it is important to keep your tree away from sources of heat such as radiators. Heat dries out the tree and it loses its needles faster. Also, keep it away from fruit bowls around the house. Although they can be a staple food during the holiday season, fruits give off ethylene gas, which affects plants and trees and makes needles fall faster.
For more information on B&Q’s new home delivery service for online ordering of real Christmas trees, please visit DIY.com From November 20th, the entire range will also be available for shopping in stores and for Click + Collect. As an essential retailer, our stores remain open with strict social distancing measures to protect the safety of customers and colleagues.