Christmas trees to see price hike due to shortage

24 November, 2017, 01:36 | Author: Katrina Soto
  • Ozark Valley Christmas Tree Farm near the Missouri Oklahoma border

The customer never touches the tree. "My kids always enjoy it because they get to water it, they have the fun of taking care of it".

"It's a demand for them now", Reynolds said.

For many in the US, Black Friday isn't just a day to score shopping deals; it's also the official start to the Christmas season.

Tradition. That's why some Wabash Valley residents say they not only select a live Christmas tree each year, but visit a tree farm to ensure a fresh evergreen, often one cut down before their eyes.

According to a survey undertaken by USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), tree sales in OR have plummeted 26%, from 6.4 million trees to 4.7 million trees; furthermore, U.S. farmers have been planting fewer Christmas trees than ever before, with about 3.7 million trees planted in 2015 - down from 5.6 million in 2010 NASS reported.

"Indiana, Pennsylvania, a has a lot of great Christmas tree growers", said Soergel. If larger retailers found out they had managed to secure some trees, owner Luke Petersen explained, they might buy truckloads of conifers out from under them.

"They're Texas-sized Christmas trees", she laughed.

Shoppers beware - a major Christmas tree shortage could have you saying "Bah! And that has transitioned now to where some of the northern trees are in short supply like the Fraser Fir", Steele said.

That's why the fact that people are now turning their ladders into Christmas trees for the holidays isn't really all that surprising, really.

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Activity includes "spraying for bugs in March, mowing in June, trimming with a machete in July when it's 110 degrees", he said.

The practice helps ensure healthy trees, Trent Dahnke said.

You can't get more hipster than that really.

Mid-sized lots, such as the Petersen Family Farm in Riverton, were hesitant to disclose how many trees they had bought or how much they paid.

Square also compared sales data from tree sellers in different states: California had the most expensive trees, with an average price of $76, and North Dakota was cheapest, with trees averaging just $27.

Elsewhere, eight drought-riddled Southeastern states were stripped of more than 119,000 acres of festive pine trees as intense fires ripped through the dry forests there.

You can buy Frazier firs, ranging in size from three to twelve feet.

"Our dogs look at us like, 'We can't come in with a stick but you can bring a whole tree in?" said Weininger.

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