You better hurry if you want a Christmas tree this year

Fly A Way Farm near Alum Creek only opened for one weekend this December. Owners Marti and David Davis say they're selling half their property

The Christmas tree association hosts a presentation of prize-winning trees at the fair each summer.

And there are plenty of local tree growers in the Waterloo and Marshall area to choose from, including Riverside Trees and Motl Trees both near Marshall and Unreins Christmas Tree Farm and Tesmer Tree Farm, both near Waterloo.

Police say 34-year-old Samuel Antone Johnson was found nearby and allegedly admitted to setting the "Merry Main Christmas Tree" on fire with a book of matches. Lynn Wunderlich, who works with Christmas tree farmers in her role as farm adviser for the University of California Cooperative Extension, said many people assume the trees are cut down in forests and stolen from nature.

Christmas trees are in short supply in many states this winter, because not enough were planted during the Great Recession, following the 2008 financial crisis.

"Before placing the tree in the stand, cut 2" from the base of the trunk.

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"I get a live tree and I put it up and decorate it on the first day of Advent", says Mint Hill resident Leanne Thurman. It takes up to 10 years to grow a Christmas tree.

"Our members that stepped up to sponsor the tree are disappointed but we are excited to take on the challenge to reach out to our community and East Valley friends to raise funds to purchase a new tree as soon as possible".

"With the wet tree, we nearly had difficulty getting it to light off because it was wet, it was taken care of", Sedlacek said.

On the other side with the properly watered tree, lots of time passed before flames were spotted. It's quick, easy and hardly any cost goes into it. "It's very important to look at those things when you're doing those decorations, and make sure you're taking proper safety precautions", Evans said. Living trees can be held in the yard until it's time to bring them inside. The trees will take up water, which helps them remain fresher through the holiday season. "Those pine needles, they don't last long, under 30 seconds and that tree was gone", he said.

"Prices fell off the roof and growers were losing money, so they didn't have the incentive - and in some cases they didn't have the equity - to invest in planting seedlings."
Though Carolyn Price prefers a real tree, "We have a super tacky, fake white sparkly one for backup".

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