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- Suggestion A: In order to get the right species of tree(s) for your
soil and climate you should first seek the advice of your County Extension Service and/or
Forestry Service/Dept. of Environmental Management (or whatever they call it in your
state). A soil test, which the Extension Service can also help with, is a MUST. Otherwise
you can end up spending much time and money getting the wrong tree(s) started and having
them not survive.
- Suggestion B: There are a number of Christmas tree farms near me. The
one on 40 acres is beautifully maintained, and the owner's harvest was impressively
orchestrated (and was all over by Thanksgiving). He complains about the marginal nature of
the business, though, even though he and his wife provide all the labor, which keeps their
expenses down. The much larger tree farm near me used helicopters to carry bundles of
trees out to the road. Since the land's not too hilly, they must have figured that the
trees could be planted where the roads would normally have gone would pay for the expense
of hiring the helicopter. Christmas tree farms are a lot more labor-intensive than they
look, and the short harvest season and the need to have transportation lined up in advance
make organization incredibly important. But it can be done.
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