Upside-down Christmas tree returns with imitators and controversy

28 November, 2017, 01:33 | Author: Angelina Schmidt
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If you have been thinking about getting a real tree for Christmas this year, then Lazy Acres is the place to go.

The tree-harvesting was on the 130-acre grounds of Wintergreen Christmas Tree Farm on Gorney Road and came about an hour after the family first arrived.

"In those years, we were in a recession and tree sales were down, prices were down, and we weren't planting as many trees", he said.

Trees for Troops counts on donations from the public as well as donations of trees, trucks and labor to make sure those in service to their country and their families receive a Christmas tree, even if they can't make it home for the holidays. "It's as much joy for us to see families come out and find a great tree, the smiles on their faces".

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Here, David Mitchell, Christmas tree expert and buying manager for horticulture at Wyevale Garden Centres (wyevalegardencentres.co.uk), talks us through 7 things to consider when choosing your tree.

Smith also blames Hurricane Harvey for the spike in price to transport his trees from the Willamette Valley in OR to South Texas. "Yeah, it's the 39th year we've done this", she answered her daughter. "I'm not happy about it". Volunteers, local firefighters, veterans and active service members joined in to load the trees. He didn't want to elaborate on the financial hit but said it would be a significant one. Valued for their blue-green to silvery blue color, Colorado blue spruce has gained popularity as a Christmas tree. Of course, the freshest of trees are those you cut and take home.

The noble fir is native to the Northwest and among the most popular Christmas trees. Trees should be checked daily to make sure the water doesn't go below the bottom of trunk.

It's a tradition for us to get Christmas trees right after Thanksgiving to put the last piece of the puzzle for our house.

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Before making a selection, gardeners recommend keeping safety in mind.

If the branches break, you might want to find a different tree to bring home this season. Keep trees away from heat vents, fireplaces or drafts. "You might get too much rain, and some of them root-rot", Shumate said.

While Teal's is well-known locally for its Christmas trees, it also sells wreaths and other evergreen products to floral wholesalers in the region. They are open from 9 a.m. until dark.

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