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Using An Indoor Tree Outside

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I initially put this in the Newbie section, but thought it might go better here.

This year I plan on setting up a traditional indoor Christmas tree as part of my outdoor display. Two questions:

1) Will it last more than a year in the weather? I'm in South Louisiana so we've got no snow. Just rain, wind and sun. Can I at least expect a couple of seasons out of it?

2) What's the best way to secure it? I'm thinking about driving in a piece of rebar and then zip tying the tree to it in several places. Any other ideas? Also, do I need to use twist ties or something on the light strings to keep them in place? Probably wouldn't hurt.

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I had a whole bunch of indoor trees outside last year. They made through winter in great condition and fully expect another 5 years out of them. The sun might fade them a bit, but the rain and wind didn't harm them much. You might get a little rust after a couple years.

I secured mine by throwing the base away and just slipping them over a pipe pounded in the ground. You could do the same with rebar. 1/2 inch EMT conduit ended up the perfect diameter for my 6.5 ft Walmart trees. Here they are in my behind-the-scenes video.....

the conduit part is at 9:15

this year I plan on putting a set screw into the pipe and ground level since some of the trees slipped further down the pipe and into the mud last year, making them shorter than others.

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I tried a couple of Wal Mart trees last year and they did great, so I bought eight more at 75 percent off ($5) a couple of weeks after Christmas this past year and I plan on decorating them all, almost like replacement bushes. I didn't notice any rust, and for that price, it doesn't matter!

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I tried a couple of Wal Mart trees last year and they did great, so I bought eight more at 75 percent off ($5) a couple of weeks after Christmas this past year and I plan on decorating them all, almost like replacement bushes. I didn't notice any rust, and for that price, it doesn't matter!

haha, This is exactly why I bought them too. As "replacement bushes" after our huge, overgrown ones had to be torn out. (The header on my website shows how the display used to look) This year I'm up to 25 of the Walmart trees all at 75% off too. What a steal!

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