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Wednesday - November 18, 2009

From: Montrose, CA
Region: California
Topic: Trees
Title: Christmas decorations on a live oak in Montrose CA
Answered by: Barbara Medford

QUESTION:

Is it OK to put Christmas lights and decorations on a live oak?

ANSWER:

Sure. You do want to avoid putting any kind of damaged light string up, lest a spark cause a fire hazard. And you want to make sure the lights are certified for outdoor use, and are as cool-burning as possible.
 

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