Why you'll need more green to purchase a Christmas tree this year

Festival of Trees returns to Bedford County for 9th year

Tree farms across town welcomed the holiday season with Christmas trees.

Due to the shortage, some sellers in Northwest Arkansas are looking to find their trees in different parts of the country to keep up with their inventory.

He says Christmas trees take about six to eight years to grow. That means there are limited choices for shoppers and of course price increase.

"Past times there's been snow up to our knees and we have to trench through the snow", says Maggie. However, the farm's evergreen products have held up well this year, which he said is a good sign for their trees.

"Christmas trees have got a bad rap", Shumate said with a smile.

As for the Mitchells, their tree may be smaller this year, but they were still happy to participate in a tradition that's been going on for generations.

Before making a selection, gardeners recommend keeping safety in mind.

One tip the Finks shared is to call ahead before you go to a local tree farm, to make sure they have the kind of tree you want.

If the branches break, you might want to find a different tree to bring home this season.

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- Make sure the tree is at least 3 feet away from any heat source, like fireplaces, radiators, candles, heat vents or lights.

"Every year since our boys were little we would go out and look for the flawless tree", said Judy Mitchell. If the base of the tree does dry out and seal up, you will have to re-cut the base to allow it to absorb sufficient water. Of course, the freshest of trees are those you cut and take home.

"They're reindeer", said Rocky Brougham.

Teal also said tree owners should place their tree's trunk in water as soon as they can and check the level of water regularly.

A tree disposal bag - usually available where you purchase cut trees - can make clean up much easier.

Make sure your tree stand holds at least one gallon of water, and a larger reservoir is better still.

Tree farms across the area will be cutting trees up until a few days before Christmas.

Howell Tree Farm is open from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. until December 23.

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