"We have been in communication with many other Christmas tree farmers this week (in Mass, NH, and Connecticut), and they all report families came out much earlier this year to get their trees (clearly due to the pandemic)", one of the farm's posts read.
Marcus Eyles, horticultural director for Dobbies, said: "Buying a Christmas tree is a festive tradition and we work year-round to make sure we've got the best selection". Canadians who plan to have a live Christmas tree this season should start shopping now, as the president of the Canadian Christmas Tree Growers Association expects 2020 to be a record year for sales. I hope that this service exists in the future, because I am so grateful I do not have to vacuum a whole bunch of pine needles in my auto.
Dobbies has streamlined its Christmas tree varieties this year focusing on the Nordmann Fir which is grown in sustainable Scottish woodlands.
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Steele is confident the supply is there to meet the huge expected demand. Since saplings take eight to 10 years to reach the size of a typical Christmas tree, the effects of the lower supply have only recently emerged.
More than 160 countries around the world celebrate Christmas, and many put up Christmas trees with lights and decorations.
"I would say at least a 30 per cent increase from a year ago but it could be as high as 50". Downey says Christmas trees are retailing for about $5 more this year, continuing a trend that has been ongoing for several years.
"The Christmas tree permit program is also a tool used in thinning dense, unhealthy stands of trees", the agency stated in an October press release. Many families are looking to bring back traditions or make new ones, and as many are choosing to travel less and stay home.
"Regardless of what's going on with COVID-19, we bring them in every year anyway because we want to do things right and we have a detailed stamp of approval on our door, so they [customers] know that we've been approved by them". To find a Christmas tree farm near you, visit MarylandsBest.net.
Retail tree vendors could face some competition from large online players: On their websites, Home Depot and Walmart both list natural Fraser Fir trees for sale, available for delivery before Christmas. Nationally, there are more than 15,000 Christmas tree growers in the USA and the fresh-cut Christmas tree business generates almost $377 million in sales, according to the latest agriculture census.
Mistletoe Christmas Tree Farm in Stow said on Facebook that it has sold out of cut-your-own trees, but still has hundreds of pre-cut trees between 6 and 9½ feet tall, but nothing taller than that.