Thursday, March 17, 2011


Many people only see a Christmas tree farm (or for that matter even think about one) during the holiday season when they are buying a tree. Well, that's harvest season. And right now, it's planting season. You might have heard or read somewhere that an estimated 40 million new conifers are planted each year on Christmas tree farms in North America. Well that process starts as early as January in southern areas and goes right through May in some of the colder climes. At some farms, planting is done by hand with a common tool called a dibble.

At some farms, they use mechanized equipment such as these planters pulled behind a tractor.

Here's a great news clip from Northern Virginia about a tree farm doing their planting. Remember, trees are a renewable resource, and those planted this year will be a great Christmas tree for some family in typically 6 to 8 years.