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Thursday, June 10, 2010

Evergreen News

Dutchman Christmas Tree Farm

What do Christmas tree farmers do during the rest of the year when it's not Christmas?

This question was posed on Yahoo! Answers. I am not going to tell you everything done during the entire year, but will shed some light on what we currently are doing here at Dutchman Tree Farms to get your Christmas tree ready for the big day.

From June to August the Christmas tree fields start buzzing with workers around 7:15 am. Up and down the rows they go, pruning and cleaning each Christmas tree. Each row has 75 to 100 Christmas Trees and by the end of the day each worker has cleaned and pruned between 1,200 to 1,500 trees.

Pruning and cleaning the Christmas trees is a three step process:

  1. The leader (the part of the tree where you would traditionally put the star or the angel) needs to be measured and cut. Some trees have more than one leader, so the extra leaders are removed.
  2. All birds' nests are carefully relocated and every pine cone is removed.
  3. The workers then proceed cut any stray branches to give each Christmas tree shape.

Following the pruning process we then tag the Christmas trees for the fall harvest.

As you can see it is quite a busy time. We take pride in our work and every individual tree gets individual attention to make you receive the best Christmas tree possible.

Watch our videos to get a better understanding of life on the farm and our Christmas fundraiser