September 10, 2012
I's that time of year where the weather starts to cool down, store start selling holiday decorations and we're all getting our holiday plans in place.. But have you thought about your Christmas tree? Now, you may be thinking that, "the holidays are still three months away and why you should care about your tree now", but for Christmas tree farmers this is the time of year to get the trees ready for the holiday season.
Joseph "Crazy Joe" Lampert and his wife own Crazy Joe's Christmas Tree Farm in Elkwood, VA. Lampert said that this is the time of year that, "you want to cut the leader back which is the tall part that sticks up on a tree and then the limbs will grow all different ways so you want to shape them so it will have a triangle effect."
For much of the United States, this has been one of the hottest and driest summers on record but how has the head impacted our Christmas trees? Christmas trees like cooler weather with a little bit of rain but in the Midwest that hasn't been the case. There will probably be fewer trees in the Midwest but for the East Coast the trees haven't been as affected.
Scott Lancey, the Senior District Executive of the Boy Scouts of America, said, "Other parts of the country, obviously, are experiencing this drought that has been underway for several months, are now looking toward the Mid Atlantic and the Northeastern United States for Christmas trees."
Charlottesville's boy scout troops sell tree each year as a fundraiser and Lancey says this year their trees are the best they have seen in a while. "The season is going to be great! Folks are going to see much better Christmas trees this year. We had a wet spring and a relatively dry summer. The trees look fabulous!"
Crazy Joe says there are plenty of Virginia trees go to around and for growers, that may be the best gift of all this season.