The holidays are always a time for traditions. Growing up, it was always tradition in my home to decorate with fresh greenery. My mom would put it on our mantel, down the stair railing, and on hanging on the front porch. I loved the smell and look of real cedar and pine during Christmas time, it brings back a lot of memories. One of the problems my mom would always run into is a week after putting up the garland it became so dry and brittle it would fall apart, create a big mess, and become a fire hazard. Living in one of the driest states in America, trying to keep greenery alive during the winter is really hard. I wanted to keep this tradition in my home but wanted to see if I could keep my garland last longer than a week. I’m here to tell you I found the winning combination and it’s so easy and promise if you follow these two steps your fresh christmas trees, greenery, garlands, and wreaths last, smell, and feel great for several weeks!
The first step is buying your greenery. I bought my 25 ft cedar garland at Costco, but found one very similar here. Once you get it, the first thing you need to do is give it a good soak bath. You want to put moisture back into the plant, so by soaking it in water will give it a better chance of survival.
I placed my cedar garland in my tub and filled it with water until the water completely covered the wreath. Let the greenery soak 24 hours. Once it has done that, drain the water from the tub, and prop the greenery inside the tub so all of the water can drain off.
Once the greenery is pretty dry, you’ll want to find a place ( I used my garage or you can do it outside) where you’ll have enough space to spread out the garland or wreath. Make sure the area you use is above 40 F degrees.
I went to my local nursery and bought this stuff called Wilt Pruf. Wilt Pruf is the safe way to reduce moisture loss when plants are under water stress due to drought, transplant shock, winter kill, and windburn. This plant protector is an anti-transpirant that produces a film to prevent wilting. The all-natural formula is made of pine tree resin and water. It can be used for Christmas trees, wreaths and greens sprays. It’s non-hazardous and organic to help ensure safety and environmental friendliness, yahoo!
The second step is to spray the Wilt Pruf generously on the greenery. Make sure to spray in different angles and try to get every brand. Once you spray the entire garland, flip it, and spray the other side. Let the garland dry for 4 hours.
Once the Wilt Pruf dries you’ll notice that it left the garland feeling kind of plastic and shiny. That’s good! Now, you’re ready to use it to decorate. The great thing is the Wilt Pruf will last 3-4 months.
To hang the garland I purchase some brick clips or you could use these. Brick clips are super easy to install on the brick without having to drill holes. To attach the garland to the clips I took some twine and wrapped it around the garland and tied a knot. Then took the loose ends and wrapped it around the clips and made another knot.
I highly recommend having an extra person to help you hang the garland it will make life much easier. Oh and make sure if you wrap lights around your greenery, make sure they work, mine went out a hour after installing the garland
I’ve had my garland up for two weeks now and it feels and smells as fresh as the day I got it. Hope this helps you and hopefully inspire you to try decorating with fresh greenery for the holidays, it’s definitely worth the extra two steps.