Christmas trees: real vs. fake

28 November, 2017, 01:33 | Author: Gary Shelton
  • Tree farm business picks up for holidays

Brougham says if you want a real tree, get it early.

It was so attractive that he cut one of the fir trees down and then took it home and told his children that it reminded him of Jesus, who left the stars of heaven to come back to earth at Christmas.

"It's interesting watching everyone trying to beat each other for the first pick of the trees", Bruce said.

Keeping it lit: Before you string your lights on your tree, look them over and make sure they have no broken cords, worn wiring or loose bulb connections.

For those wanting to head into the country to find their tree, Sussex County has more than a score of tree farms with their own traditions and amenities, from hot chocolate around a campfire to Newfoundland dogs pulling carts laden with fresh-cut evergreens.

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This article from Penn State Extension has some great tips on selection and care of Christmas trees.

Smith also blames Hurricane Harvey for the spike in price to transport his trees from the Willamette Valley in OR to South Texas.

"The face of it has changed a lot over the years, but we're pretty well settled here", said Paul Lamke.

"If we have a tree shortage it's often due to weather related issues". He didn't want to elaborate on the financial hit but said it would be a significant one.

"I would recommend you turn it off, just in case, so turn them off once you go to bed", Najera said.

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We caught up with volunteers from Trees for Troops in Newburgh Monday as they prepared a special shipment.

"It's not all about the tree as to getting the tree, bringing it home, decorating it, the smell".

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

Kazery has been growing Christmas trees for 15 years. The recession meant less trees were planted and about eight years later, there's less to go around, even if the economy has rebounded.

Also, make sure your tree is away from heat sources, as these tend to dry out the trees and increase the risk level. "You might get too much rain, and some of them root-rot", Shumate said. I once wanted a tree that had to be 9 to 10 feet tall.

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