At Pinecrest Tree Farm, Christmas is a full-time job

Lawrence Kim
November 24, 2017

"If the person selling you the tree can not tell you when the tree came on the lot or how long it's been since it was cut you don't want that tree because you don't know how drive that tree is already", said Bee. He's importing as many others as he can from North Carolina. Just one time when you start feeding the tree. "But I'll still have some losses from this year", Trevilan said. The heavier the tree the higher the water content inside which means you're getting a hydrated fresh tree. 56 percent said they will still buy a real tree, 30 percent said an artificial tree, 11 percent a smaller tree and the rest were not sure.

However, for a better selection of size and type, Hundley advises shoppers to begin early this year - preferably now and during the first week of December.

Some growers fear they might run out of trees in the next few weeks, and some observers say the same seasonal shortage could last into the 2020s.

That's something that would hurt the family farming industry, Hundley said.

But the decision to forego this year's event is probably wise given the current market. Trees can either be cut or dug up, and people can purchase up to three permits each.

"We're a nursery and landscape company and we bring in Christmas trees every year, but this year we had to go to multiple vendors to get enough", Johnson said. "These are noble firs". Johnson also had to contend with rising costs for shipping. And he encourages buyers to buy quickly. "We bring in Fraser fir and balsam fir from MI".

For example, the Charlotte Observer reported they've received fewer trees this year and sellers are running out before Christmas.

"We will have the fingerprint plaques and for those that want, a holiday picture opportunity", said Smith.

McIlrath has the same idea.

"I just hope people can find us and will fight with the traffic to get in here", Martin said.

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