Keep your fresh wreath looking green all season long

The halls are decked with a beautiful fresh wreath.

So now what? How do you get it to stay green and vibrant through the holiday season?

We have good news!

You don’t need to cave in and get an artificial one.

Teresa Meier with Meier Horse Shoe Pines says with a few steps you can get your fresh wreath to last all the way to New Years.

Fresh Wreath Care

Key No.1: freshness.

Purchase a wreath with needles that are green and somewhat soft.

Key No. 2: placement.

Meier says you should avoid hanging your wreath in direct sunlight.

You might also want to refrain from placing your wreath between a storm door and another door.

Heat is the enemy here.

It can cause your wreath to prematurely dry out and brown.

Your best bet is to put it in a shaded area, like under a covered porch.

The same is true for wreaths kept indoors. Keep it away from heat sources.

Key No. 3: misting.

Another way to keep your wreath looking lively is by misting it with a spray bottle.

What you may not realize is that fresh greenery needs moisture. It’s just like how a fresh Christmas tree needs to be kept in water to retain its needles.

Wreaths placed outdoors need to be misted with water generously a few times a week.

If you hang greenery indoors, the dehumidified air can get to it. That’s why you should mist it nightly.

Nothing beats the smell and look of a beautifully decorated fresh wreath. If you follow these steps, Meier says you’ll be much happier when you’re entertaining those holiday guests.

As for your fresh tree, you need to take a few more steps.

CLICK HERE for a quick guide to caring for your real Christmas tree.

Or maybe you’re looking to DIY your own Pinterest creation. Meier gave us these tips to decorating your own wreath.

Nichole Cartmell

Nichole Cartmell

Nichole Cartmell is the reporter and producer for Heartland Weekend.