Casey & Company Newsletter Nov/Dec 2014
Picking the Perfect Tree

It is that time of year when people begin to think about a Christmas tree. There are so many options in making a purchasing decision, so many different outlets to buy from, and several different kinds of trees to choose from. Read on so you make a better informed decision about picking that perfect Christmas tree.


The most purchased tree is the live cut tree. It is sold at grocery stores, big box stores, local farmer's markets, grower's tree lots, independent retail lots, roadside produce stands, and choose-and-cut farms.


Visit a choose-and-cut farm to get the freshest tree possible. These farms are located in all regions of the state and provide high quality trees at a reasonable price. There may be a bit of a drive to get the type of tree you want, but it can make for a wonderful family outing and often times it becomes an annual tradition. These farms have staff available to actually cut the tree you want, and most have a baler on site to "package up" your tree for the ride home. See our website for links to choose and cut farms.


In recent years it has become  popular to buy a "live" or balled and burlap tree and plant it after  Christmas. This is a great way to add a planting to your landscape. It should be noted that Fraser Fir, White Pine, Norway Spruce, Red Spruce, and Douglas Fir will not thrive below 1000' in elevation. They may live for several years, but their life expectancy will be short. In certain locations the Eastern Hemlock will make it for many years, but those locations are limited to north facing slopes that have well drained soils and filtered sunlight.

Some species that work well at lower elevations include the Eastern Red Cedar, Virginia Pine, Leyland Cypress, Nellie Stevens Holly, and Foster Holly. Be sure to pick a location in the landscape that fits the species growth habit for the long term, and understand that the current Christmas tree or pyramidal shape will begin to disappear over time if the tree is not annually pruned. 


While the live tree is in the house, it is advisable to place a barrier underneath the rootball to protect your floors so that you are able to keep the rootball moist, not wet, by periodically watering in small amounts. Be sure the rootball is firm and tight and do not handle or move the tree by the stem, or this can cause the root system to dislodge from the soil. A small handtruck is a great way to move the tree around. 


When you are ready to plant your tree, prepare a planting site by digging up and tilling an area 4'x4', and prepare a hole that will allow the rootball to be 2"-3" above the existing ground. Be sure to undo and pull back the burlap prior to backfilling and tamping. The newly planted tree will need to be mulched to help conserve moisture and discourage weed growth, as well as periodic watering, even during the winter months.


For those that choose a cut tree, try to dispose of the tree at a recycling center, where it is ground up for mulch, or is used as fish cover at local local lakes and reservoirs. And remember, North Carolina Christmas trees makes scents!!

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Happy Holidays!
We want to thank all our customers for your business and friendship throughout the years. We hope you have a blessed Holiday, and we send you our best wishes for a joyous New Year. 

Casey & Company Forestry, PLLC
Casey & Company Realty, LLC

301 E. Main Street 
PO Box 955
Wilkesboro, NC 28659

phone: 336/838-5766
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Visit any of these area sites to learn more about the Christmas tree farms in the area:


NC Christmas Trees


Watauga Christmas Trees


Alleghany Christmas Tree Assoc.


Ashe County Christmas Trees


Avery County Christmas Trees



Casey & Company Forestry, PLLC 
Casey & Company Realty, LLC

301 E. Main Street 
PO Box 955
Wilkesboro, NC 28659
phone: (336) 838-5766
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