When you get your tree home, leave it in the netting it is wrapped in until it is set in the stand. If you are not setting up your tree the day it was cut, then leave your tree outside of the house with the trunk sitting in a bucket of water. Once you are ready to bring your tree in, place it in the stand and then cut the netting off. A pin stand can really make the set up process easy. Below is a short video of placing a tree in the Answer Stand which is one of several pin stands we have available for sale.