A pine needle bomb went off in my living room

Discussion in 'The Watercooler' started by HereWeGoAgain, Dec 29, 2007.

  1. HereWeGoAgain

    HereWeGoAgain Grandpa

    Yep. Took down the tree, our very first real tree, today. We kept it watered but nevertheless it is as dry as a desicated lizard carcass in the Mojave Desert. Just touch it and it sheds 10,000 needles instantly. After the tree was removed we spent two solid hours, no exaggeration, vacuuming. Had to stop and clear the needle clogs from the vacuum cleaner a dozen times.

    I'm not sure when we put it out to the curb. For now it is standing outside among the shrubbery, looking very much at home.
     
  2. flutterbee

    flutterbee Guest

    THAT is why I have an artificial tree. I had a real tree. Once.
     
  3. mrscatinthehat

    mrscatinthehat Seussical

    Gracious but the picture I am getting of it hiding with the shrubbery is darn amusing at this time of the morning.

    Beth
     
  4. goldenguru

    goldenguru New Member

    Yup. Our tree is the same way every year. We put it in the bon fire pit and have a "Christmas in July" bonfire with the old Christmas tree. Sort of a fun tradition.

    Real trees are wonderful - until it's time to take them down.
     
  5. Big Bad Kitty

    Big Bad Kitty lolcat

    Ugh, I'm with Heather. I had a real tree exactly one time. No thanks.
     
  6. mstang67chic

    mstang67chic Going Green

    Bonfire in July? *snort* I still find needles in July! LOL Although I have yet to do this (we have a real tree every year), there are products out there to help prevent or at least minimize this problem.

    One that I know of are very large trash bags. Before you set the tree up you open the bag and then just set the tree up inside it. The bag is around the base and can be covered with those tree blanket uh...thingies. Another thing you can do is spread an old (large) flat sheet out on the floor in front of the tree. Afer making sure that the tree stand is empty of water, you just tip the tree over onto the sheet, take the stand off and wrap the sheet around the tree before taking it outside.

    Like I said, I haven't actually done this although every year, I SWEAR it's going to be different next year. I would think, though, that you might still get needles but not nearly as much as without either of these methods.
     
  7. LittleDudesMom

    LittleDudesMom Well-Known Member Staff Member

    I've found in the past (this is my first year with an artificial tree) that sweeping the needles up before vacuuming works well. You can sweep whether they are on the carpet or the floor. Pine needles can do a real job on your vacuum if you're not careful.

    I love the "Christmas in July" bonfire tradition!!!! Roasted marshmellows with aromatic dead pine!

    Sharon
     
  8. DDD

    DDD Well-Known Member

    That is why :smile: our tree no longer is placed in front of the window but now resides in the corner closest to the front door! This year's tree has the most delightful pine aroma. Today
    it heads outside. I'm going to miss it..lol. DDD
     
  9. Star*

    Star* call 911........call 911

    You were the tree that changed my world
    You were the tree for me
    You lit the fuse I stand accused
    You shined so prettily

    But you turned me out- pine tree

    You dropped a bomb on me, tree
    You dropped a bomb on me.

    But you turned me on tree.

    You dropped a bomb on me, tree
    You dropped a bomb on me.

    You were my thrills, you gave me Christmas chills
    You dropped a bomb on me

    You turn me out, you turn me on, you turned me loose
    Then you turned me wrong (all those freakin needles)

    You dropped a bomb on me, tree
    You dropped a bomb on me.

    But you turned me out tree

    You dropped a bomb on me, tree
    You dropped a bomb on me.

    Just like Adam & Eve.
    Said you'd set me free, you brought me to the tree lot
    I'd never been so fly

    You were my Christmas Chills, you were my thrills
    You were my hope tree, you could have gone up in smoke

    You dropped a bomb on me, hey tree
    You dropped a bomb on me, tree
    You dropped a bomb on me.

    But you turned me out, tree
    You dropped a bomb on me, tree
    You dropped a bomb on me.

    But you turned me on, tree
    You dropped a bomb on me,tree
    You dropped a bomb on me.

    You dropped a bomb on me, tree
    You dropped a bomb on me, tree
    You dropped a bomb on me.

    We were in motion, felt like a Christmas notion
    You were the tree for me
    You were the first to cause erosion,
    Turned out to be corrosion
    You were the tree for me.

    But you turned me out, tree
    You dropped a bomb on me,tree
    You dropped a bomb on me.
    You dropped a bomb on me, tree
    You dropped a bomb on me.

    I won't forget what you done to me, tree with your needles smelling so good.
    You dropped a bomb on me, tree
    You dropped a bomb on me.
    You dropped a bomb on me, tree
    You dropped a bomb on me.

    I, II, III won't forget -LIVE TREES
    I, II, III won't forget -NEXT YEAR

    You dropped a bomb on me, pine tree
    You dropped a bomb on me.

    You dropped a bomb on me, pine tree
    You dropped a bomb on me.

    I, II, III won't forget -LIVE TREES
    I, II, III won't forget -to sweep first next year

    You turned me out, you turned me on
    And then you dropped me to the ground (trying to level it)
    You dropped a bomb on me.

    You turned me out, you turned me on
    And then you dropped me to the ground (we tied you to the wall)
    You dropped a bomb on me.

    You turned me out, then you turned me on

    You dropped a bomb on me
    You dropped a bomb on me
    You dropped a bomb on me
    You dropped a bomb on me
    You dropped a bomb on me
     
  10. mom_in_training

    mom_in_training New Member

    :rofl: I like the Bomb song.... Lol!!!! I hate real trees, I stopped getting them because they would dry out before xmas despite the watering and all. The last year I bought one it was sooooo dry that I would'nt even switch on the lights for fear that it would explode on xmas day. Yikes!!!! So I have a six foot artificial tree. Lol!! Much safer.

    Oh and get that dead thing away from your house!!!! I used to worry that some Pyro would come along and torch it just for fun, You never know about people these days.
     
  11. donna723

    donna723 Well-Known Member

    Love it, Star! I didn't know that song-writing was among your many talents!

    :rofl: :rofl: :rofl:

    I have all the decorations taken down now except for the big artificial tree. I HATE that part! Has anybody ever tried taking all the ornaments off and then just using the vacuum cleaner to s*ck all the tinsel icicles off the tree??? Seriously!!!
     
  12. susiestar

    susiestar Roll With It

    Star, you are truly AMAZING!!

    We always have an artificial tree. I don't really mind picking up the pine needles, but we are all allergic to the trees, so ....

    Last year I worked an estate sale and there was a beautiful prelit tree that did not sell. After the sale we are allowed to pick out anything we want, part of the contract the company that employs us works out. So I took the tree.

    It is so nice not to have to mess with lights. And have such a pretty tree. We are leaving it up for another month or so. I may just decorate it for Valentines!!

    Sorry about the pine needle bomb.
     
  13. Wiped Out

    Wiped Out Well-Known Member Staff Member

    Great song! :rofl: We used to always have real trees. I finally got fed up with all the needles and went to artificial about 7 years ago. The only thing I miss is the fresh pine smell but not enough to go back to real. I buy candles to make up for it.
     
  14. HereWeGoAgain

    HereWeGoAgain Grandpa

    I love the song!

    Great suggestions for being prepared for/preventing/cleaning up the needle explosion.
     
  15. Marguerite

    Marguerite Active Member

    For us in bushfire season, dead Christmas trees are a major fire hazard. We live in bushland (Aussie forest) and idiots dump dead trees by the roadside, where they become a major danger.

    We don't have 'real' trees any more, we have an artificial one instead. But an alternative we've tried, is to get a live tree in a pot, then plant it outside after Christmas and eventually have a grove of trees. And it doesn't have to be radiata pine, either. We have she-oaks here, like an Aussie pine in the way it has needles. I love them in the garden (not everybody does). We also have other sorts of pine - Bunyah pine (very prickly, with cones twice as big as your head, which burst apart like grenades when they land) and the newly discovered, very rare Wollemi pine, which was being sold this year in pots as a Christmas special.

    A 'real' tree not only drops needles, it wilts so fast. When you get it really fresh it's standing up pretty and perky, then within days the tips of the branches are drooping, looking sad. In our summer climate, it really doesn't take long for them to look ghastly.

    I have a Christmas wreath on the front door which I made this year, on 1 December. It's been looking dead since 2 December. I might salvage it, though, and maybe use the base to turn it into something a bit more lasting, using artificial flowers or maybe herbs which can be used after they're dried. Bay leaves, maybe.

    We'll se.

    Marg
     
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