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Tips to keep a real Christmas tree green longer

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Posted at 9:49 PM, Nov 30, 2014
and last updated 2014-11-30 23:49:36-05

SANDY, Utah – The owner of a Sandy tree lot says Christmas tree sales across the U.S. will give about 100,000 people jobs this holiday season.

Matt Shadle, owner of the lot at 9000 South State Street, says that many people seem to be afraid of buying a real tree because of the hassle, but he says there’s no comparison between real and artificial.

“You get the smell in your house, it’s a very traditional feel. I think it brings Christmas home,” Shadle said.

Shadle says that if you do buy a real tree, make sure to get it into water immediately. He also suggests putting a can of soda – like Sprite – and a couple of aspirin in the water to help seal the bottom. After that, he says to just make sure and check the water every day.

The length of time a tree will last depends on the kind of tree.