A Guide to Selling Christmas Trees
Shared From MOTHER EARTH NEWS Written By: Jack Hope
Buying and Planting Christmas Tree Seedlings
There are evergreen growers who use herbicides to kill competing grass, who even fertilize. Of course, this may cause pollution and can even harm relatively delicate species. But I’ve usually stuck with rugged species, native to my region, and have planted them in both wet and dry soils, in open fields, among rocks, in brush, even under the shadow of mature hardwoods. Yes, my unfertilized, shaded trees grow far, far slower than those out in open sunlight; but who, except advocates of the assembly line, wants all the trees to grow at precisely the same pace?
Selling Your Trees
There are four ways to sell. You can sell to a broker who will then resell them at retail. You are spared all marketing worries and have cash in hand. But the cash you have in hand will only be about one-third of the trees’ full value.
And I love it. First, because I get the chance to wander our 25 acres and visit the trees I’ve planted over the years, including some, I’m proud to say, that are now lovely, stately creatures—60 feet tall with trunks 18 inches thick. Furthermore, when I arrive in the lobby of our apartment building with my load of wonderful, fine-smelling trees—wearing my tattered logger’s shirt, bucksaw in hand and a stubble of beard on my face, my hands a mass of lacerations—I create a sensation. People ask where I got the trees. They ask if I have any leftovers and if they can buy one next year. And they wonder—I like to believe—if this is the same mild-mannered fellow who, the rest of the year, merely pecks away at a typewriter. I am Woodsman-For-A-Day.