December 21st, 2016 10:18 AM
It’s the holiday season and we’re in an extra festive mood. That’s why we decided to take the classic 12 Days of Christmas song and add our own little twist.
On the twelfth day of Christmas, Aqua gave to me…
Twelve clean loads of dishes
Eleven pipes a pumping
Ten taps a turning
Nine water recipes
Eight states of service
Seven WaterSmart Tips
In addition to providing water services, we offer handy tips to keep your house flowing. Feel free to check them out at any time!
Six tubs a teeming
Five new blog posts!
Four sparkling sinks
At Aqua, we value the communities that we service. That’s why we’re proud to share our volunteering initiatives with you. Between planting trees, helping with community programs or working with high schools, we are always happy to give back.
Two new hashtags
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And a happy home filled with clean water for your tree!
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from all of us here at Aqua America. For any comments, questions, or concerns please reach out to us at 877.987.2782 or visit us at AquaAmerica.com.
December 14th, 2016 9:54 AM
Christmas is right around the corner and you may be getting ready to put up the perfect Christmas tree in your home, if you haven’t already. While taking care of a Christmas tree seems as though it should be a fairly simple task, keeping a tree hydrated and fresh through the holidays can become a challenge. That’s why we at Aqua are here to dispel a few Christmas tree hydration myths and answer your frequently asked questions.
Q: Does my tree still need to be stored in water if I do not plan on installing it right away?
A: Absolutely! Whether or not you plan on putting your tree up immediately, a freshly-cut Christmas tree should be placed into a bucket of water as soon as possible. If the tree will not be installed until the following day immediately, make an effort to keep it stored in a cool, dry place.
Q: Will trimming down the bark around the base of my tree aid in water uptake?
A: Trimming the bark of a Christmas tree does not assist in water absorption. In fact, it may even be detrimental to the tree’s health. The bulk of a Christmas tree’s water uptake is done through its bark so shaving this precious material away is absolutely not recommended.
Q: How do I know exactly how much water my tree needs to stay fresh?
A: As a general rule, tree stands should provide one quart of water per inch of stem diameter. Make sure to supply a new tree with water on a daily basis, since freshly cut Christmas trees absorb the most water within their first week of installation. Keeping your tree properly hydrated will increase its longevity and help it stay looking lush.
Q: What is the proper cutting technique for trunk trimming? Are angular cuts more effective?
A: Contrary to popular belief, tactics such as making angular cuts or drilling holes into the trunk of a Christmas tree will not have any beneficial influence on water absorption. The most effective technique for proper water uptake is a traditional, straight cut through a tree’s stem, like slicing off a nice chunk of provolone cheese.
Q: How many inches should be trimmed from the stem of my tree to keep it healthy?
A: We recommend that ¼ to ½ of an inch be trimmed from the tree’s stem to prevent sapping, which may drastically disrupt water absorption. However, these numbers do not take into account trimming for ceiling space. At the end of the day, any cut will suffice as long as it is at least ¼ of an inch thick.
With proper care, a Christmas tree can stay fresh for up to four weeks. Keep the above hydration tips and tricks in mind during your Christmas tree installation and watering processes this holiday season to get the most life and beauty out of your tree.
Happy Holidays from all of us at Aqua!