AUGUSTA COUNTY, Va. (WHSV) -- With the holidays approaching for many, it's time for many to pick out a Christmas tree.
There are many Christmas tree farms throughout Virginia and the weather can highly impact tree farms each year but a real tree can be beneficial to your home.
According to the Virginia Farm Bureau, Virginia Christmas tree growers sell 1-2 million Christmas trees each year. The Christmas trees obviously love the cool weather and with a higher elevation, the Valley is a great spot for Christmas trees.
Greg Tolbert is the owner of Bit-O-Honey Farms in Augusta County and although a Christmas tree farm is a lot of work, he started this farm for his kids.
Tolbert says, “The whole purpose of it was to teach my kids how to work, because I wanted my children to develop a work ethic."
However, the Valley's unique weather can provide its challenges.
Tolbert says, “These trees take ten years to come to market so you so their kind of at the mercy of the weather."
The rainy summer was good especially for new seedlings and young trees.
“Although you want rain, especially when these young shoots are beginning to break and shoot, you certainly want lots of rain during that time to help them," said Tolbert.
In the wintertime, the air can be extremely dry so just by having a real Christmas tree in your home, that can act as a natural humidifier.
Tolbert says, “This whole tree is acting like a transport system bringing water into your home."
But you have to replace that water.
Tolbert says if you buy a tree that's already been cut, trim the end of the trunk so it can absorb more water, and the tree can drink.
Tolbert says, “They can humidify your house very well but the key is to always keep them watered."
The fragrance a Christmas tree has is from the oils. Tolbert shares this tip: If you have a sudden increase in aroma, your tree is too dry and it likely needs more water.
When you are buying a local Virginia tree, not only are you getting a fresh one, but you are supporting the local economy and your neighbors.
To find a local Christmas tree farm just go to http://www.virginiachristmastrees.org
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