Business is growing for local tree farm

Business is growing for local tree farm

Good test: The needles are green and don't fall off when touched.

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. "They also love that fresh pine smell". "My prices went up a lot because of what my grower is now charging me and I'm sure they are doing that to everyone else".

Shumate's solution: Wash off your Christmas tree before taking it in your house. Scotch pine is quite strong and will hold heavy ornaments easily; white pine is more flexible and may not support the heaviest ornaments. The shiny ornaments and lights will attract them enough.

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

Bigger the better might seem like a good approach when it comes to choosing a Christmas tree, but squashed-in probably isn't the look you're really hoping for, so it's far better to give a little thought to what size and style of tree is going to be best.

Many tree farms cut back on plantings six and seven years ago because of a weak economy.

Meanwhile, the NCTA urges shoppers to purchase their trees early this year in order to ensure a greater selection of quality trees. "But what they're actually allergic to is the stuff in the trees".

Whether you go to a tree farm (check local papers for farms close to here) or a tree lot keep in mind to make it a fun adventure.

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To keep risks low, always do not forget to make sure lights are off when you're not there to take care of them. Teal has owned the Bark River farm, which opened to the public on Black Friday, for about 36 years.

If the only spot for your tree is by a radiator, you have to accept that it's going to dry out.

"It's recommended space heaters stay three feet away from all combustible materials. You might get too much rain, and some of them root-rot", Shumate said.

If the branches break, you might want to find a different tree to bring home this season. This will reduce your after-holiday needle cleanup to practically nothing.

"Back in the day that was the only thing there was, and a lot of families are getting back to getting that tree". Although the tree will use the most water during the first week indoors, be sure to check it daily and add water as needed as long as it is up.

Megan Underwood, a former Beckley native, said as someone with obsessive compulsive disorder, an artificial tree is much more up her alley.

Even having it next to a heater vent could be unsafe, since it'll dry out the tree and make it easier to burst into flames. No water additives are needed, but keeping the base in water is a must.

"Christmas trees are kind of unusual because its a four to five-year crop".

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