Family-owned tree farm fights shortage with tradition

28 November, 2017, 01:30 | Author: Raquel Nash
  • Christmas tree farm ready to sell trees

While this is a cherished family tradition for many, the convenience of purchasing a pre-cut tree is more attractive for others. That means there are limited choices for shoppers and of course price increase.

"The face of it has changed a lot over the years, but we're pretty well settled here", said Paul Lamke. "We're getting the same amount of trees we have for the last three, four, ficv years, and getting them on time".

He said Christmas trees are purposely planted to cut and harvest.

As for the Mitchells, their tree may be smaller this year, but they were still happy to participate in a tradition that's been going on for generations.

To keep risks low, always do not forget to make sure lights are off when you're not there to take care of them.

Christmas tree shortages have been reported across the United States, and one local tree farm says those shortages hit close to home.

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"I can talk about Christmas trees 'til about news time tonight probably, if you want to".

When grabbing a tree, make sure to look at the color: the greener, the better. "If you go to the lot you might want to shake it a little bit and see if the needles fall off", Howell said.

Make sure part of the trunk is cut off before you take it home.

"A lot of people have no idea how tall their ceiling is, and when you imagine a tree in a certain space, it's easy to get over-ambitious as to what you can fit in there", he says.

Piper Mountain Christmas Trees has been involved with this initiative for the past ten years.

Two lines of volunteers looped around two large piles of donated trees, ready to carry evergreens to tractors fitted with conveyor belts that hoisted them up to the FedEx semi trailers. "People think you're out here destroying the forest, cutting down trees". Keep trees away from heat vents, fireplaces or drafts. The warmth of the water will warm up the sap and allow the tree to soak up more. Here are some tips for getting that "perfect" tree or at least your version of what the ideal tree looks like. That tree crop was also impacted by drought in some areas. The Senate tree will be set up at 9:30 a.m., and the House tree will be delivered to its chamber at 10.



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