'There's always a Christmas,' says tree grower in face of proclaimed shortage

The “fairy palace” in the fairy door trails at Tara Christmas Trees. ELENA RARDON

The grim holidays of that year's season meant fewer people were buying trees, and growers weren't planing as many new ones.

FedEx teamed up with The Christmas SPIRIT Foundation and tree farmers across America to deliver Christmas trees to service members across the world.

Residents within the South Suburban District can drop off their tree seven days a week, sunrise to sunset, in Cornerstone's parking lot, adjacent to the soccer fields, or at the Willow Spring Service Center in the designated enclosure by the front gate.

He said the shortages have resulted in customers purchasing his stock of shorter trees, which could wipe out his potential supply of the bestselling 8-foot trees for 2018.

"I have been doing this for more than twenty years, and I never seen an issue with bugs in trees", said White.

A tree from The Christmas Tree Truck will cost you anywhere between $200 and $380.

But the most expensive option for a real tree is making the mistake of thinking you can duck into a local forest with a small axe and cut down your own.

"The recession certainly had something to do with it, but the bigger problem was that we also overplanted by about two or three million trees" before the downturn, Landgren said.

For Aranda mum Sandra Feletti, a real tree is a non-negotiable at Christmas time.

Eight of ten Americans put trees in their homes. And, for that, you can blame a number of climate-related factors, such as droughts and wildfires that have thinned out tree farms in the Southeast and the West Coast.

" Rather than cutting down an entire tree, if there are branches of evergreen or deciduous woody plants that need pruning, use them for decorating".

You can hardly find a natural, un-sheered tree at the tree lots anymore.

When it comes to the stand, size does matter: To avoid the seasonal back-and-forth bickering of "a little more to the left", "no, it's tipping to the right", and "it's crooked!" that comes with putting the tree up, Leonard says the key to holiday harmony is the right-sized tree stand. I do remember that glorious pine scent.

Ivy said worn-out and broken strands can pose a fire hazard for not only real trees but artificial ones as well, possibly igniting in just a matter of seconds. You would be surprised how many times we've all brought home trees too large for our designated spaces.

But a amusing thing happened when I got to the bottom of the box, and top of the tree.

Now, I'm not pointing any fingers, but it is pretty fishy to me that somehow the top has just magically gone missing. Did Kevin want to end future fake tree Christmases for good?

"I really got interested in it because it's somewhat therapeutic for me to help with holiday blues".

'They might not be to everyone's taste, but there has definitely been an increase in demand for them this Christmas'. So, I was a little nervous about how people would react to that. Also, if you have a fake tree, make sure it's fire resistant by checking the label.



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