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O Christmas Tree Shortage Hits Northwest Arkansas

O Christmas Tree Shortage Hits Northwest Arkansas

A team of garden experts at BillyOh.com have compiled a list of ten simple tips to help families choose the right Christmas tree and keep it looking fresh and healthy throughout the entire festive season.

"We made a decision to do a version of that with our living trees, so we were selecting trees which had that layered effect, and prune in the field to get that shape and layered effect".

The National Christmas Tree Association said a tree shortage could hike up prices as much as 10 percent, and that's not good news for the Mitchell family.

Chinese producers claim plastic trees are better, because they are less messy and do not carry molds. "Now, I have babies who are nine and ten and just starting a tradition". "I enjoy talking to the people and seeing them".

"Just make sure you have water, keep the nutrition levels, up, a good 16 oz bottle a day would be great and it should last you 25-30 days", said Saul Najera of B&T Trees.

Absher said artificial Christmas trees are usually made outside of the USA, typically in China, and contain chemicals most people don't want in their home.

"So far, it's been pretty busy", Teal's Tree Farms owner Joe Teal said of business at his farm.

Most tree farms have their evergreens planted in plots by species and age of the trees, which grow about a foot a year.

"Yes, usually about an hour", answered Tanya Muldoon, when asked how long it takes for the family to find the ideal tree.

The noble fir is native to the Northwest and among the most popular Christmas trees. NCTA projects the average customer will spend about $82.20 for a real tree this year. But the number of fake trees sold more than doubled from 8 million to nearly 19 million.

Check the wires. Sypeck always wants wires from the lights and the trunk to be hidden, making it one of her top considerations on her faux tree buying checklist.

· Fresh trees need water.

Many locals went out to pick up their Christmas tree this weekend as they prepare for the big holiday.

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