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National Christmas Tree Shortage Hits the Four States

06 December 2017

This Christmas tree preservative will keep it fresher, greener and safer. Which is pretty miserable.

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Owners at Storeyland Christmas Tree Farm in Burghill say you shouldn't have an issue finding a Christmas tree here in the Valley. More consumers are choosing fake trees, which are often imported from China, or skipping the tree altogether.

"This is made worse when people turn their heating on, as the warmer temperature encourages mould to grow faster", he said.

According to Bryan Keeton, who owns Big Tree Plantation in Morrow, Ohio, root disease has also affected the appearance of some recent crops, further reducing the supply of picture-perfect adult trees.

It's the day after Thanksgiving and the Boyd Mountain Christmas Tree farm in Waynesville is packing a Black Friday crowd.

If you have not already bought your Christmas tree this holiday season, it could be harder to find and cost you more. "We were in the midst of the worst recession since the 1930s" says Doug Hundley from the National Christmas Tree Association.

According to them, an estimated 20 million Americans did not correctly secure their tree in the last three years. He's hopeful he'll be able to keep his lots stocked right up until Christmas, but he said other retailers may not be as lucky.

Carly Mondane and her 1-year-old daughter Luella Frantonius of Chicago look a branch on the tree they chose to cut down at the Camelot Christmas Tree Farm in DeKalb on Sunday.

"For years it was the blue spruce and then it fell out of favor because the firs came in because they are so much easier to work with and they don't have the sharp needles", Yeager said.

"We paid more for the trees, so the price increase will trickle down to our customers as well".

Trees also help to reduce ozone levels in urban areas, cut runoff and erosion by storing water and breaking the force of rain as it falls, and absorb sound and reduce noise pollution. The trees are not sold wholesale. Always place the tree on a roof rack or in a pickup bed with the bottom of the trunk facing the front of the vehicle. "We have had the same tree prices the last few years and there hasn't been any effects yet". Make sure to check cords for any frays or loose connections before putting them on the tree, and don't leave them on constantly.

"And people did not plant as many trees, takes about ten years to grow these trees, so we are just now starting to see the impact of the reduced plantings". Nicholson says the cut and carry farm has around five thousand fir trees ready for the season. "A Christmas tree is more than branches and needles, it's an age-old family tradition".

National Christmas Tree Shortage Hits the Four States