Real vs. artificial Christmas trees: Which should you get?

Tips to keep your Christmas tree alive through the holidays

Tips to keep your Christmas tree alive through the holidays

By the end of Thanksgiving weekend, the choose and cut lot was empty, which raises the question, can this year's Christmas tree supply meet demand? Which is pretty miserable.

Christmas trees aren't the only thing local farms still have to offer. "If you're buying a pre-cut tree, be sure to ask when it was harvested", noted THO.

"This is made worse when people turn their heating on, as the warmer temperature encourages mould to grow faster", he said.

"You may not remember the individual tree each year, but you will remember the experience of going to pick out and bring the tree home", Bryan Faivre said.

Sorry for the festive dampner, you can get back to listening to All I Want For Christmas on repeat now.

Although most cut Christmas trees come from a tree farm, where they are grown specifically to be cut down for the holiday season, some families have a tradition of searching out and cutting their own tree on public lands or private property, but either way, once the tree is cut, its days are numbered. "We were in the midst of the worst recession since the 1930s" says Doug Hundley from the National Christmas Tree Association. In North Carolina, Christmas tree farms were affected not only by the recession, but also by wildfires and droughts a year ago.

Glen says, many cut and carry farms, like Boyd Mountain, sold out in record time this season, but Farmers markets, nurseries, grocery stories and independent tree lots in the area still have a good supply, at least for now.

"You can definitely tell that we're suffering the effects of the shortage because the trees aren't as tall as they have been in the past", Kuipers said.

AAA also says two-thirds of debris-related crashes are because of improperly secured items falling from a vehicle.

A few cuts with a chain saw, and the tree is ready for Florida.

In addition to growing his own trees, Bob Faivre, owner of Camelot Christmas Tree Farm in DeKalb, receives pre-cut trees from MI, where tree numbers are down mostly because of drought issues.

And almost ten years on, the trees that would be ready to cut down this year don't exist, leading to a rise in prices and decline in sales, according to CNN. Here are some factors to consider when deciding between a real or artificial Christmas tree. "Right now we are at the peak of the shortage".

Meanwhile, wholesale Christmas tree prices have climbed 5 to 10 percent a year over the last two years - causing sticker shock for some buyers. The trees are not sold wholesale.

Bryan Jensen of DeKalb purchased a 7-foot balsam fir tree at Haseman's lot with his girlfriend Ellyn Clark and daughters, 10-year-old Faith and 4-year-old Gabriella. Douglas Firs are definitely fuller, they're a handsome tree.

"And people did not plant as many trees, takes about ten years to grow these trees, so we are just now starting to see the impact of the reduced plantings".

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