In addition to providing your Christmas tree with a fresh supply of water, you can preserve the tree and lengthen its indoor life by adding a mixture of nutrients to its water source.
Heat 1 3/4 gallons of water to a boil, then put it in the 2-gallon bucket.
Add 1 pint light syrup, and stir until the syrup is dissolved.
Stir in 1/4 cup bleach, 1 tsp. multipurpose cleaner with bleach, and 1 tsp. Epsom salts.
Allow the preservative mixture to cool to room temperature.
Cut 2 inches from the bottom of the tree trunk.
Immerse the tree trunk in the preservative solution and allow it to absorb the liquid for 12 hours.
Place the tree in a tree stand, and fill the tree-stand reservoir with the preservative solution.
Check the reservoir daily and replenish the preservative solution as necessary.
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Josh Weber is a retired industrial engineer. He has called on his engineering experience to write how-to articles for Associated Content, Demand Stuios and a business publication, "The Oyster Pointer." He is a graduate of The Virginia Military Institute and has a B.A. in economics and history.