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Picking a healthy Christmas tree

Picking a healthy Christmas tree

At Erway's Christmas Tree Adventure in Wilson, they're harvesting their locally grown Christmas Trees.

"We have farms in the Blue Ridge Mountains in North Carolina", said Jimmy Coan, owner of Papa Noel Christmas trees.

"It affects us a little bit because we are a very small farm. We like to have the tree up the day after Thanksgiving, so this is the day", tree shopper Amy Mondragon said.

The National Christmas Tree Association said there's a tree shortage, and it all goes back to the recession almost a decade ago.

The shortage of trees means sellers like Falco have to pay more and in return prices for customers also increase.

At larger local tree farms like pioneer trails tree farm, the shortage hasn't made much of an impact.

ABC News has reported a shortage of Christmas trees after less were planted during the recession in 2007. While Americans have been buying real Christmas trees for around 75 years, Hundley said, the artificial tree industry has taken off in the last 25 years or so. Now, 10 years later, there are fewer trees to harvest.

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"So yeah, we're having trouble filling the orders that we have", he said.

Tree cause 250 home fires a year, according to the National Fire Protection Association. Macy tried to purchase Grand firs from OR, but the farmer had to cancel the sale because a heat wave "fried the trees", Macy said.

"In the last five years, the prices at the farm have nearly more than doubled,"Falco said".

There aren't any good statistics on how many Christmas tree farmers have turned to cannabis. Trunk side up trees are more American than trunk side down trees!

Tips for picking a top-notch Christmas tree.

It's important is to make a fresh cut on the bottom of the tree.




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