By Patrick White
Growing appealing Christmas bushes is a smart strategy to generate low season farm source of revenue and make higher use of your land. From opting for a website and planting the suitable species to advertising and promoting timber, this Storey fundamentals® advisor exhibits you ways to construct and preserve your personal small tree nursery. together with convenient suggestions for making hand made kissing balls and vacation wreaths, Growing Christmas Trees covers every thing you want to be aware of to effectively domesticate attractive evergreens that would supply source of revenue and convey vacation cheer.
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S. Northwest, in British Columbia, and in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, it is the most widely grown Christmas tree. Growers in some other parts of the country have ceased planting Douglas fir, however, because of problems with needlecast diseases. The tree grows naturally cone-shaped, has a rich green to blue-green color, boasts excellent needle retention, and can be sheared to a beautiful tight form. Douglas fir strains vary considerably. Growers should investigate sources and buy only proven seedlings from reliable nurseries.
If you have ground that is wet for long stretches of the year, consider the cost of installing drainage before planting, or else look for other land. Out in the fields, adequate drainage is essential for reasons beyond tree growth. Good summer roads may turn to something like quicksand when they become muddy or snowy in early winter. The harvest season is so short that any transportation problems will be costly in time and money. For larger operations, where at least some trees will be sold wholesale, access to a roadside is important for trucking purposes.
New models have become very realistic. Most are manufactured in China, and the number being imported into the United States is rising dramatically. While real Christmas trees still outsell artificial versions on a year-to-year basis, the longer lifespan of artificial trees — different sources estimate the average artificial tree is kept for six years — means that, overall, they are found in most of the homes that display Christmas trees. At the same time, a growing number of ordinances have popped up around the country forbidding natural trees in some buildings because of fears they represent a fire hazard.
Growing Christmas Trees: Select the Right Species, Raise the Best Trees, Market for the Holidays. A Storey BASICS® Title by Patrick White