So You Want To Cut Your Own Christmas Tree

Cheryl Sanders
November 22, 2017

The most popular trees - like the Fraser fir - might sell out earlier than normal. Only Oregon exports more trees each year, according to the National Christmas Tree Association.

River Road has balsam and fraser firs and each one is priced individually. At least three thousand Christmas trees of various types are growing on their land; 600 alone are planted in their front yard.

Now that the economy has bounced back and more people plan to buy Christmas trees again, we're left with a high demand for trees, and a low supply - meaning tree prices are expected to go up.

Families are picking out their Christmas trees
Westover Christmas Trees Families are picking out their Christmas trees. Hawke Johns

"It's being fixed as we speak", Bolen said. "And we've had more than a dozen organizations step up with some really lovely trees and some really playful tree too". "We haven't increased our prices for the past five or six years even though our prices have increased".

Of all the things you can grow in Missouri, the Smiths picked Christmas trees for a very personal reason.

"I think they just like being out on the farm, enjoying the fresh air and the trees and just looking around and having a good time", said Noble.


A majority of the trees are expected to be gone by December 20.

To find a pick and cut tree farm near you, visit the North Carolina Christmas Tree Association website and click "search for trees".

"She sent me their prices". Their 8ft green arc tree resembles a more real one with its shape at £60 or there is the option of their budget tree at £30, the 6ft green slim tree.


It can take up to 10 years to grow a Christmas tree for market, Shadle said, and 8-9 years ago, at the height of the Great Recession, there was reduced demand for live Christmas trees. "We couldn't get enough trees this year to cover our other two lots".

He is hopeful that customers who want a real tree will still be able to buy one instead of going to artificial trees.

If you are going to attempt to trim back your own tree, there are rules about pruning.


City workers have been scouting trees for weeks, he said, and have already raised a tree in front of the State House.

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