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Tips for Hanging Decorations in Trees this Holiday Season

It’s that time of year again. Christmas lights are starting to shine, adding colorful scenes to yards, waiting to be admired by passersby’s. At Minnetrista, the grounds crew has already put lights on the trees of the Center Building parking lot and down the Minnetrista Boulevard, while others have been busy planning light displays elsewhere on campus.

All of this activity plays a part in preparing for our annual Enchanted Luminaria Walk at Minnetrista, which took place on December 2 and 3 this year. For part of the preparing process, the Horticulture Department has been asked to hang several 3 foot wide, LED snowflakes in the Colonnade Garden. This area in particular will be along the train route, which will take visitors on a ride near the Oakhurst home both nights. The large snowflakes will certainly add to the festive feel of the train route.

The snowflakes will be hung from the trees, and the gardeners will make sure that it is in a way which won’t harm the trees, because believe it or not, how we hang things in trees can really make an impact on their health.

Here is what our gardeners will be keeping in mind:
• Nails and screws should be completely avoided. The wounds they create can introduce diseases and encourage decay.
• Materials used to hang items should be tied with loose loops around branches or trunks, and only left on for a short time. Even the smallest of threads is capable of girdling any size branch or trunk if left long enough. Girdling is when the conductive tissue (which occurs on the outside of a tree) is constricted or cut, preventing sap and water to flow vertically.
• Broad material is best, because it prevents cutting and rubbing injuries, which can happen when decorations swing in the winter winds.
• Making sure that the weight of the decorations can be easily handled by branches, is of course, important too.

If you will be hanging decorations from you trees this year, I’d encourage you to keep these tips in mind as you do.