Christmas tree lots busy as Thanksgiving wraps up

Christmas tree lots busy as Thanksgiving wraps up

Now that Thanksgiving is behind us, many people are looking ahead to Christmas and that means looking for the right Christmas tree.

A attractive tree makes wonderful memories at Christmas time. It's so far out when you plant a tree; you can't sell it for 10 years. "The following two weekends too", said Rick Wyffels. The trees are tagged with prices, so buyers know how much they cost before they cut them down.

Guidry has plenty of options to choose from at the store.

The holiday season has arrived in the City of North Augusta and with it brings many opportunities to celebrate with family and friends.

"Once a tree is established, it puts its roots down", Shrader said. Have the tree shaken at the time of purchase to remove any dry or brown needles.

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Julie Izzo is the Director of Operations at Stokoe Farms and said they were busy Friday morning with families eager to get their trees. Many farms will also have a gift shop which needs stocking. They grow Noble Firs nearly exclusively and they are priced reasonably at $25.00 for trees 6 feet and under with an additional $5 per extra foot.

"Last weekend we sold 50 percent more trees than we sold previous year at this time", said Tom Nieman, the owner of Nieman's Christmas Trees. "Decorate your tree together and enjoy the holidays together". Many of these lots are fund raisers for nonprofit groups such as Boy Scouts, Optimists, Kiwanis Club and others. Apart from more than 30 acres of Christmas trees, the Millers have stands of other kinds of trees that are managed for harvest for such uses as pulp wood, lumber products and utility poles. The state is a top producer of the holiday staple nationally. Tree sales have gone up the past several years.

Kirk Decker, of the Decker Tree Farm in Middleburg, said his farm usually sells 3,000 trees wholesale at auction and 300 trees to retail customers at the farm.

The Nash family tried an artificial tree just once before going all natural. "We do offer assistance to people (such as elderly persons) who might find it hard to cut their own". For the Niehaus family, it's something they look forward to every year. Start planning now so you will be ready to have a nice day to spend in the field.