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Local Christmas tree farm says tree shortage hasn't impacted prices

Local Christmas tree farm says tree shortage hasn't impacted prices

Billy Howell's family has been in the Christmas tree business for over 30 years. Which is pretty miserable. "Drivers should never secure a Christmas tree to the top of a vehicle without a roof rack".

Essentially, Christmas tree syndrome means you're allergic to your Christmas tree, and it can cause hay fever-like symptoms such as watering eyes, an itchy nose, chest pains and coughing.

Each year, the Howells thousands of trees of all types.

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

So if you're particularly susceptible to breathing issues, not to be all Scrooge over here but it might be more sensible to get yourself a fake tree.

No matter if you plan to keep your living Christmas tree in a pot year-round, or you're going to eventually plant it in your yard, you'll want to allow your new tree to acclimate slowly from outside temperatures to indoor ones, with the general recommendation being to place the tree in an unheated but sheltered location, such as a garage, for a week or two before bringing it into the house.

The data on tree costs is based on a survey the National Christmas Tree Association puts together every year, which asks consumers how much they spent on Christmas trees and which kinds they bought. "Getting it in the water within two hours of the fresh cut", said Lane. In North Carolina, Christmas tree farms were affected not only by the recession, but also by wildfires and droughts past year.

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This shortage of Christmas trees is leading to an increase in prices. When starting his farm, Matthew Gay, says he completely sold out of trees and had to close down for business.

"You can definitely tell that we're suffering the effects of the shortage because the trees aren't as tall as they have been in the past", Kuipers said.

A few cuts with a chain saw, and the tree is ready for Florida.

"We are sitting good right now", he said. And while there are plenty of uses for cut Christmas trees after the season is over, such as or yard and garden mulch, a living Christmas tree that gets planted in the yard will continue to grow and provide vital and for years and years. The trees are not sold wholesale. Rob Wessels of Wessels Family Farm's tree lot in DeKalb and Al Haseman, owner of the Splash of Color tree lot in Sycamore, both said the national tree shortage has not affected their tree sales.

Prices for real trees are up 5% to 10% this year, just like last year, when comparing the same-sized tree.

Bryan Jensen of DeKalb purchased a 7-foot balsam fir tree at Haseman's lot with his girlfriend Ellyn Clark and daughters, 10-year-old Faith and 4-year-old Gabriella. Make sure to check cords for any frays or loose connections before putting them on the tree, and don't leave them on constantly.


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