Gardening with Allen: Keep your Christmas tree fresh

30 Novembre, 2020, 02:11 | Auteur: Auguste Feret
  • Rows of young firs fill a field

To encourage more customers to buy a real tree, the board has created the "It's Christmas".

With less then a month to go until Christmas, the local tree lot in North Bay was busy on Saturday with many people picking out that ideal tree for the holidays. "It should have good colour (no rusty needles) and if you can see the base of the trunk, ideally there should be sap coming out to indicate freshness".

Since 1989, Mark Fisher and his family have been selling fresh cut Christmas trees, grown directly from their farm near Forest City, and being sold between two lots at the farm and in front of their Clear Lake home.

Kevin Steele Sr. with the Southern Christmas Tree Association head Kevin Steele Sr. tells the Louisiana Radio Network early demand has been high and this could be the best year for the farmers since 2005.

Keaton Page and her father, Eric Page unload trees on the opening day of the season, 20-11-2020.

"Just get your tree", she said. Living trees will start growing if left inside for more than about 14 days, so plan accordingly. Other top tree exporters are Washington state, North Carolina and Pennsylvania.

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Here are some of the farms where you can cut your own tree in the Shreveport Bossier area. "Keep It Real!" to attract young families and media-savvy millennials. "They're paying a premium dollar for it, so they've seen an increase in cost for Christmas trees, and everything's moving to the US market".

"We will be opening up our farm from December 1st so people can come in, go through the field and select a tree and all that from then on but we have been so busy providing trees, both click and collect and online". It's gotten tens of thousands of views. Each acre of Christmas trees produces enough oxygen for 18 people a day and acts as a carbon dioxide sink, reducing CO2 emissions.

It appears that message is breaking through as Americans seek a happier way to close out a hard year.

"We wouldn't be delivering the same number of trees to the centre of Dublin that we would in other years so it has affected that", he said.

Meanwhile, John Brennan, owner of IrishChristmasTrees.com said online purchases work best for artificial trees. Sirois, a respiratory nurse, has spent months caring for coronavirus patients at a Portland hospital. But on a recent sunny day, COVID-19 seemed far away as she, her husband and their 2-year-old daughter roamed a Christmas tree farm in search of the ideal evergreen for a holiday season unlike any other. The family was tree-shopping almost a week before Thanksgiving and, for the first time, they were picking their own tree instead of buying a pre-cut one. "There's been too many disappointments this year". A real Christmas tree gives back to the planet.

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