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D & L CHRISTMAS TREE and WREATHS LaRue & DeAnn Hill 16140 NE Watts Rd, Fletcher, OK 73541 Phone: 580-549-6994


W6 PINES CHRISTMAS TREE FARM 15600 Kent Drive, Choctaw, OK 73020 Phone: 405-390-8635 Cell: 405-625-7663


JANDA BEND FARM 26426 E. McLemore Hollow Road, Stilwell, OK 74960 Phone: 918-458-0834 and 918-207-2404 www.jandabendchristmastrees.com


Care for Christmas and Beyond Scott Huff, assistant director of Oklahoma


PLEASANT VALLEY FARMS CHRISTMAS TREES and PUMPKINS 22350 W 71st St. South Sand Springs, OK 74063 Phone: 918-248-5647 pleasantvalleyfarms@eathlink.net


Forestry Services, says purchasing Oklahoma- grown Christmas trees not only helps the econ- omy, but it continues to help the environment as well. “Any time a tree is planted, it’s going to pro- vide benefi ts whether that be soil and erosion control or storing carbon,” Huff says. “Christmas tree growers will replant and con- tinue to benefi t our state throughout the year, not just in the holiday season.”


Below are some tips to care for trees during and after Christmas:


✓ Avoid allergies: For allergy suffers, TRY A TREE FARM


Most Oklahoma Christmas tree farms open the day after Thanksgiving and remain open through Christmas Eve. location.


Hours and days will vary by


To learn more about Oklahoma Christmas tree grow- ers, visit http://www.okchristmastrees.com/


growers recommend washing down trees, whether artifi cial or real. Owens often re- minds shoppers that artificial trees are likely stored in an attic, collecting dust. Before bringing a live tree into the house, spraying the tree down with water will help remove excess allergens.


✓ Drink up: As soon as the tree gets in-


side, Huff says it needs water. Trees will use more water in the fi rst week than later in the holiday season. A half-gallon to a gallon of water per day is a good estimate, but check the tree daily to ensure it remains healthy.


✓ Two are better than one: When plac- ing the tree in a stand, it’s a good idea to


have more than one person aiding in the process. The tree itself may not be straight, but Weaver says it can look straight—it’s just a matter of adjusting the screws.


✓ Location, location, location: Hill rec- ommends placing trees far away from any heat source, like a vent, that can dry the tree out and cause it to use more water. Huff also suggests to not overload the tree with hot lights to lower the risk of fire hazard.


✓ Long live the needles: Once the holi-


day season is over, there are options to get more benefi ts from having a live tree other than throwing it away. The easiest method according to Huff is to take the needles and use them as mulch in flowerbeds and around other trees. This will help keep soil temperature cooler.


Long after each needle has been swept up and all decorations have been put away, the mem- ories made as a family can last for years to come. While all growers assert there is no ideal tree, the experience of buying one from a local farmer can come pretty close to perfection. Oklahoma growers give a place for families to get together, go out into the woods and warm up a new holiday tradition.


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