One of Ed Carpenter's favorite perks of the Christmas tree business is seeing children's faces light up when they pick out a tree.
On Tuesday, a group of pre-schoolers visited his Christmas tree farm in Laingsburg, and although they had nearly 60,000 evergreens to choose from, they settled on a small tree for their classroom. A few kids helped Carpenter cut it down.
Every winter Carpenter says he sells somewhere between 2,500 and 3,000 trees. He plants a few thousand trees during April. This year, Carpenter lost a few seedlings to the summer drought, but most of his crop survived.
Carpenter says the weekend after Thanksgiving is going to be the busiest, but he has already sold quite a few. He says there is one week less between Thanksgiving and Christmas this year, so sales have already picked up.
Carpenter says the most popular tree is the Frazier Fur.
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How to Select and Care for Your Christmas Tree
- Select a fresh tree. The needles should be moist and not break when bent with fingers.
- Store your tree out of direct sunlight and away from drafts.
- Immediately before the tree is brought inside, make a half-inch fresh cut from the trunk and place it in water.
- Use a Christmas tree stand that holds a gallon of water.
- Check the stand every day for water and keep it full. Never allow the reservoir to become dry.
- Keep your tree away from a direct heat source.
- Miniature light bulbs are better than large bulbs because they generate less heat.
Source: http://www.esf.edu/pubprog/brochure/xmastree/xmastree.htm (The Environmental Information Series Web site)