Local Tree Farms help families find the most ideal Christmas Tree

Michele Moreno
November 28, 2017

One of the biggest debates during the holiday season is what is better, a real or artificial Christmas tree. If the needles pull out easily, or if they appear a tiresome, lifeless green, that tree may be past its prime.

While her mother, Dee Talmadge, has given up having a live-cut tree in her home, she joined the group in their tree hunt.

"Well the eight years it takes to grow a tree is now on our doorstep, and the shortages are expected to last until 2025", Brougham said.

"We don't need any more rain", he said.

Highland Trees said they do not think the shortage should be a problem anywhere in the Midwest.

The Christmas tree businesses could be dealing with the shortage through 2020.

No thristy trees: The average Christmas tree drinks up to a gallon of water a day.

Townsend said you should first select the right vehicle for the job such as an SUV, minivan or pickup truck in which the tree will fit with the doors closed. "They also love that fresh pine smell".

Teal said it is too early to know how this year's rainfall will affect the Christmas trees that did make it to the holiday season.

The official Westfield tree lighting takes place November 30 at 6 p.m.

Use lukewarm water instead of cold water. Sometimes a tree looks small outside, but can be massive inside your home.

Before placing the tree on the vehicle, make sure all loose branches are secured and consider using a blanket to protect the finish of the auto. Be sure the water level is up over the base of the tree.

She says Minnesota Christmas tree farmers continued to plant new trees through the recession years.

Even having it next to a heater vent could be risky, since it'll dry out the tree and make it easier to burst into flames. Keep trees away from heat vents, fireplaces or drafts.

If you simply don't have room for a proper tree, there are other alternatives, such as long dogwood-style twigs or other branches which you could put in a vase and decorate with baubles to give the room a festive air. If you purchased your tree but it will be several days until you bring it in to decorate, you should store the tree in a cool shaded area.

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