Prices for live Christmas trees has increased this year

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He sells trees at the Arby's in New Kensington and near the Value City Furniture Store in Monroeville.

He said that since costs keep rising on fuel and other business expenses, and they aren't able to increase prices some years, it makes sense to when the market allows.

K&K recently announced on its Facebook page that the family business was closing after 40 years because of Tropical Storm Harvey and last year's Sabine River flooding. "The capillaries in the tree will start to absorb water immediately", says Pruess.

"Real Christmas trees are more environmentally friendly, carbon neutral and everyone who buys an Irish tree is contributing to providing jobs in rural Ireland". "This is all really exciting and a lot bigger and better than what any of us were expecting".

"Once you hear what the Christmas trees do, why wouldn't you want to be a part of that?" Check out ways to recycle your Christmas tree from the NCTA here !

"It's just so hard to operate under tore up conditions", McCullough said. "We have customers for as long as I've been here - 30 plus years - that come in and get the same tree". The professionalism and quality of the Irish Christmas tree sector is epitomised by farmers like Christy Kavanagh and Irish consumers can be assured that they are buying the best when buying from an Irish farm.

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"No one's ever upset about coming to the Christmas tree lot".

All the trees are Grade "A" North Carolina firs.

"On the weekends, it's pretty crowded", he said.

"I'm here to benefit the charity and help, maybe, a little less fortunate families", Spix said. That meant they couldn't re-plant in those spaces, diminishing future supplies. While they might not have a living room to display a tree, they are making do.

He said that despite the good harvest, growers are still anxious about trees being imported from other countries, when there is an abundance here. She explained that when consumers see the word "shortage" they panic, even though they really shouldn't. The release said buying an artificial tree manufactured in another country - it mentioned China - "is never the solution". "The children look forward to it as much as they look forward to the Christmas parade, so it's a tradition for us now". "It's about that smell of green filling your house". This year's grand celebration is brought to you by Five Star Bank.

"Come out and get the tree, get a picture, take a hayride, have a hot chocolate; it's a whole experience", said daughter Logan Bodnaruk. Some owners offer hay rides, petting zoos, arts and crafts, warm seasonal food or drink and plenty of festive fanfare for families, he said.

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