Christmas Tree Season Is Here

By: Lori Jane Gliha
By: Lori Jane Gliha

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)


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