Growing these trees takes more patience and hard work than one would think. For every tree harvested this year, three seedlings are planted the following spring. Once the seedlings are planted they take an average growing period of 7 years to reach 6 to 7 feet tall. During those 7 years, the same trees require lots of maintenance--from shaping and shearing to weeding and mowing, as well as protection against insects and other wildlife.
|Hunter Bros. Tree Farm planted their first Christmas tree in 1984.|
|My sister's and I soaking up a healthy dose of Christmas spirit|
at Hunter Bros. Tree Farm.
Our family chooses to go the farm-grown Christmas tree route because we look forward to carrying on the Christmas tradition each year, as we savor that fresh pine smell. So next year when Christmas rolls around, help support your local tree farmer by purchasing a real tree to place your presents under.
By: Kylie Peterson