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Decorating with Garland

Decorating with Garland

Fresh garland goes perfectly with your fresh-cut tree and will add lovely fragrance to your home! There are a few different varieties of garland to choose from like cedar, mixed cedar, fraser fir, and white pine.

a close up of cedar garland

Cedar Garland

  • Cedar garland is the easiest type of fresh garland to use for the mantel since it is relatively flat and spills over the edge of mantels
  • Tip: cut the length of garland in half so the cedar branches can hang uniformly on each side of the mantel

a hand holding a mixed garland

Mixed Cedar Garland

  • Has juniper sprigs & berries mixed in to give it more personality
a close up of a Fraser Fir

Fraser Fir

  • Slightly thinner than cedar garland
  • Most Christmas trees are fraser fir trees so this garland ties in well with Christmas trees for a consistent look

How to Keep Garland Fresh


  1. The key to keeping greenery fresh is maintaining moisture in the stems and leaves of the plant.
  2. When you get your garland home soak it in water over night.
    • Completely submerge garlands in a large galvanized tub or use your bathtub
  3. Once the greenery has soaked overnight, spray it with an anti-transparent preservative like Wilt Stop.
    • Plants naturally lose water through their stems and leaves through a process called transpiration.
    • By using an anti-transparent, these pores are sealed and water loss is minimized.
    • Wait a few hours after treatment before you begin decorating.

Garland Measuring & Hanging Tips

  1. Front Entry Door
    • Most doors are 3.5 x 7.5 feet
    • Recommend 19 ft. of garland
  2. Mantels
    • Most are 7-9 feet long
    • Recommend 16 feet of garland
  3. Measure the area you want to cover and add 2 feet for each swag you want to create
    • Your local Pike Nurseries has a easy cheat sheet for helping you get the perfect amount of garland
  4. Hanging Your Fresh Garland
    • It's best to use a green floral wire
    • Cut the wire to the desired length, wrap around garland and twist onto banisters or fences
    • For flat surfaces like mantels use command 3M hooks. They come in a variety of sizes and won't mess up your paint.