Healthy Christmas Trees Despite Summer Drought

By Brett Baldeck | 

With exactly one month to Christmas local tree farms have seen a rush of people trying to find that perfect tree. But has the extreme summer drought played the role of the Grinch that stole Christmas?

"I lost a few small trees, but the trees that I planted this spring most of them have died. They didn't survive," says David Hartman of Hartman Tree Farm.

Hartman says it's not all doom and gloom. Well established trees weathered the drought just fine. With 5,000 to 6,000 thousand trees available it's now up to the customer to find their favorite.

"Our operation what the customer does is they walk through the Christmas tree plantation and select a tree and then once they select one they can either cut it or ill cut it for them," says Hartman.

But if cutting your own tree doesn't sound relaxing to you, plenty of other local businesses say they are here to help.

"We sell them, deliver them, put them in stands, only thing we don't do is put packages underneath them," says Kenny Madison.

All trees at Warden & Company come from North Carolina, but the profits stay local. Although it's not cut from your backyard they ensure each tree remains healthy.

"We try to get them in fresh take good care of them keep them. Wet them so when they get them in the home they don't drop needles and they last through Christmas. I have one customer that keeps it up to February she said until she takes it back out," says Madison

All Christmas tree businesses say they will continue to be busy until the week leading up to the big day.

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