New hipster alternative to the humble Christmas tree is growing in popularity

New hipster alternative to the humble Christmas tree is growing in popularity

A consumer survey conducted by the National Christmas Tree Association showed that about 27.4 million real trees were sold in 2016, compared with 18.6 million artificial trees.

It's a bit early to talk about Christmas, but after Thanksgiving dinner when you head out this weekend to shop, you may want to add a Christmas tree to that list because they're going fast. That's a cross between a balsam and fraser fir, which are also available, along with white pine.

The shortages began to bite during the 2016 season when growers oversold supplies and were forced to harvest trees from their 2017 allocation in order to honor their commitments, magnifying their shortages from that point on. "Elf" trees are $29.99.

Customers are advised to call ahead to ensure a farm is open.

The noble fir trees are $76.98 for 6 to 7 feet, $105 for 7 to 8 feet, and $198 for 9 to 10 feet.

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The wild-cut Utah trees, Petersen said, will sell for noticeably lower prices, and he's been coaching his sales staff on how to sell the local varieties as "trees with personality". A lot of tree growers are getting out of the business and put a strain on the supply which will, of course, cost you more. "As long as that tree doesn't run of water you're good for a good month".

Sick of tree trimmings scattering all over your floor every year? We got you all over the place.

Have your ornaments unpacked and ready.

Dahnke's employs about a dozen workers who make wreaths, grave pillows and blankets, and evergreen crosses. But if you plan on buying a live tree this year, you may have some trouble. It took the popularity of England's Queen Victoria and her German Prince Albert appearing around a decorated Christmas tree to eventually win over much of Europe, Canada and the United States. Douglas firs tend to be extremely messy because the needles fall out very easily.

Use a hand saw to remove branches. Wear gardening gloves to avoid being covered in sap. Your tree will need to fit in a stand.

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