Nothing can guarantee the health and appearance of a tree after it is brought into a home. But choosing a recently cut tree that has good needle retention can help. Here are other tips for a long-lasting tree.

1. Use a sharp saw to cut an inch off of the trunk base to remove the sappy covering that forms from cutting. This will improve water intake.

2. Fill a tree stand reservoir with warm water. Expect the tree to drink heavily in the beginning.

3. Keep the reservoir filled every day and check to see how much water the tree is using.

4. Place the tree far from heaters or other drying sources.