Gov. Gina Raimondo says on Monday that a new tree is coming after the first one dried up and dropped piles of needles over a week before Christmas.
“We are always monitoring the water”, Bosch said. “My customers are saying the places they normally go just don’t have the selection and height”.
The Stokoe family settled in the area and began farming 200 years ago.
“I think it’s gorgeous”, Smith said. This requires some special care, though, because not all trees are suitable for all climates, and not everyone has access to the space to plant a six foot tree. In 2016, her family used an artificial tree, a gift from Abegg’s father.
“It’s a very long and slow roller coaster”, he said. You definitely get close, sometimes closer than you want to be … we really enjoy it.
With supply low and demand steady, the shortage is boosting prices for both farmers and buyers.
“It has been a good year so far and we haven’t lost any trees so far”, said Benito Guerra of Blue Star Tree Farm. They employ a seasonal workforce of 50 people, mostly teens and college students, and serve thousands of families looking for trees, wreaths and a way to get outdoors.
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The smaller crop reflects the economic squeeze farmers were under from the recession.
Workers load freshly harvested Christmas trees into a semi trailer at Brown’s Tree Farm in Muncy, Pennsylvania.
The current Christmas tree shortage is hard for tree growers to stomach.
And sales? Prince said the turnout has been good. Heated rooms rapidly dry out live trees, be sure to monitor water levels daily and keep the tree stand filled with water.
They import species that can’t grow in Georgia and sell them as wrapped trees.
“We know that perhaps the better way to reach the millennial group is through social media”, Hundley said.
Chances are you’ve probably heard about the nation wide Christmas tree shortage, so you might be wondering why local lots still have trees.
“So if a tree is displayed for one month per year, that means it will have served as a Christmas tree a total of seven months, and will remain in a landfill indefinitely”, reads a report by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources. If it needs water, we are going to water it. That’s left a gap for real trees, which have lost buyers as artificial trees gained. Like almost every aspect of the holiday season, sustainability is not top of mind for most consumers, but there are plenty of sustainable options when it comes to trees.
“It’s caught up. The growing cycle’s 10 years”, Warner said.
A tree grower can get quite squeamish watching a person buy a fake tree at a local store. It’s Christmas. Spread some joy, spread some love.