Christmas Trees In Short Supply This Year


(Le Mars) — If you haven’t yet selected your real Christmas tree, you may want to do so by this weekend.  Robin Miller of rural Hawarden is the owner of T & S Christmas tree farm, located in Plymouth County.  She says the demand for real trees is strong and the supply of trees this year is running short.

Miller says demand for real Christmas trees has picked up in recent years, saying a new generation is wanting to make family memories by selecting a real tree from a Christmas tree farm.

Miller says most people prefer to pick a tree that stands around seven feet tall.  She says it takes between eight and ten years to grow a tree at that height.  Miller explains the types of trees she grows, and the more popular varieties.

Miller says the summer’s drought didn’t affect the trees ready for this year’s holiday.  However, it may show up a few more years in the future.

In addition to selling the trees, Miller also has a gift shop and she says wreath sales have skyrocketed.

Temperatures of this past week have been in the 60’s, but Miller says despite the warm weather, people are still in the Christmas spirit, and sales of trees have not suffered.

The T & S Christmas tree farm is located at 20593 County Road C-12, about 20 miles northwest of Le Mars, and 25 miles north of Sioux City.