Frequently Asked Questions
We consider a tree ready to harvest at 7-8 feet. The White and Scotch Pine take about 5-7 years while the Fir and Spruce can take anywhere from 8-12 years. A lot of this variance is due to the quality of soil the tree is planted in.
Most stumps are ground down in the spring. If enough of a stump is remaining we will leave them behind as a stump culture. This means that one of the remaining branches will become the new trunk and in time a full fledged tree. We try to let this happen as often as possible as a strong root system has already been created.
You should take a fresh cut (at least 1” thick) if the tree is not put in water within one hour. Leaving the tree stored in a cool area (outside or unheated garage) for a couple days is ok, but make sure to take a fresh cut before putting it into a stand.
It is not ideal to put your tree near any direct heat, as direct sunlight or warm air will dry the tree out faster than it can replace the water leading to more needles on your floor.
You will notice that it will take the most water in the first 24-48 hours. Make sure to never let the water level fall below that of the highest portion of where the tree was cut. If the tree runs dry for more than a couple hours the sap will plug up the pores and it will not take more water until a new cut is made (we suggest 1”). We recommend using a large stand that can hold at least 2 gallons of water to help prevent this.
Pine trees shed their needles yearly. You can see many of these hiding just inside the tree near the trunk. By shaking your tree we are knocking out these loose needles that would otherwise land on your carpet as you set up the tree.
Our friendly staff will welcome you and give you some information on our farm (prices and species) They will then hand you a saw so you can trek out into the field to cut down your own tree. All of our trees available are pre-marked with the price, height and variety to make the decision process a bit easier. Once you cut it down, carry it up to our staff who will then shake and bale it for you at no additional cost. After you are ready to head back home we can assist with the transfer of your tree from our resting rack to your vehicle. We do have twine available if you plan on tying to a rack.
Trees are pre-tagged for two main reasons. First, by tagging our trees with the height, price and variety we are making it as easy as possible for our customers to make a decision. Second, we have to assure that we have plenty of stock in each species at varying heights for future seasons. By limiting the trees we make available it will ensure our farm can keep operating for many seasons to come.
We do not allow customers to tag their own trees. These extra tags act like a beacon for others and since we do not supervise customers in the field we can not guarantee your tree will be available when you come for it.
You will notice this mainly with the pines. Pines naturally lose their dark green color in the winter as there is less sunlight meaning less chlorophyll. For that reason our Scotch and White Pines are sprayed with a dark green colorant over the summer to preserve their darker green color for Christmas.
No. In fact, research from the National Fire Protection Association shows that real Christmas trees are involved in less than one-tenth of one percent (0.1%) of all residential fires. You can minimize the risk of fire by properly caring for (regular watering) and properly placing (away from heat sources) your tree. Also, be sure to turn off your tree lights at night or when you are away from home.
There are many pluses to a real Christmas tree. First, artificial trees are mostly manufactured overseas, U.S. Christmas tree farms provide jobs for over 100,000 people employed full or part time in the industry. We heavily rely on the members of our local community when we are open. Second, a real tree fills your home with an aroma that an artificial tree just cannot match. Last, and most important, a real tree is a renewable, recyclable resource. Artificial trees are typically not recyclable and end up in a landfill after a few years.
Nope, it can actually be good for the environment! Today a majority of all Christmas trees are grown on Christmas tree farms and they are treated like a farm crop. This means that for every tree harvested they are replaced in the spring with a new seedling so we never run out. By replanting every tree harvested we are providing a never ending stream of oxygen, clean air and homes for our local wildlife.