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What you need to know about the Christmas tree shortage

"Lowe's did not experience any shortages from Christmas tree suppliers this year", Michaels said. Which is pretty miserable.

Most family Christmas traditions involve decorating the tree or putting up decorations. In 2013, the average buyer reported spending $35.30 on a Christmas tree; previous year, they spent $74.70. But they were able to replace that with Douglas Firs, Plus they grow Scotch Pine trees on the farm. For me the trees grown here I charge a certain price per foot.

"This is made worse when people turn their heating on, as the warmer temperature encourages mould to grow faster", he said. Poor sales also meant poor revenue to plant as many trees.

For better health, real tree: Birgitta Gatersleben, an environmental psychologist at the University of Surrey, told The Telegraph that households benefit from exposure to natural environments and there was "plenty of evidence" that real Christmas trees helped people recover more quickly from stress and mental fatigue. He was unfamiliar with the tree planting and rotation process.

Reports say Christmas trees are more expensive this year due to a shortage; AAA warns an improperly secured tree could cost thousands in vehicle repairs, insurance claims and penalties. Investigators said the fire began when a corroded electrical outlet in the floor ignited a Christmas tree skirt, but it was the drying Fraser fir that fed the flames.

Glen says, many cut and carry farms, like Boyd Mountain, sold out in record time this season, but Farmers markets, nurseries, grocery stories and independent tree lots in the area still have a good supply, at least for now.

Jack Lucas, the owner of Tree Towne, which has four locations in Palm Beach County and one on the Treasure Coast, said he's had to raise the price of some of his trees slightly, but he's trying to keep prices low for his customers. Prices for trees on the farm range from $50-$70.

A few cuts with a chain saw, and the tree is ready for Florida.

Both Kuipers Family Farm and Camelot Christmas Tree Farm ended their choose and cut Christmas tree option last weekend to help keep tree stock numbers up for future years, allowing time for younger and smaller trees to mature. "We sold out of our tallest trees within the first week". Prices across the nation could be up as much as 5 to 10 percent in big box stores.

"The shortage really hasn't been an issue for us", Wessels said.

Christmas tree shortages across the U.S. have already been reported. Make sure to check cords for any frays or loose connections before putting them on the tree, and don't leave them on constantly.

Storeyland owner Debbie Yeager said her farm has more than 100 acres filled with different types of trees. These trees often come from China, where "Christmas villages" manufacture the world's trees and decorations.

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