Local Christmas trees unharmed by drought

POSTED: Wednesday, November 30, 2011 - 4:48pm
UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 9:54am

TEMPLE -- Sitting on an old dairy farm the owner and farmer for Silo Christmas Tree Farm assures us he's not worried.

"We know that we're in a drought. I don't worry too much about drought because they all get watered individually every tree and therefore that's how my trees, I've pulled them through," Owner of Silo Christmas Tree Farm Bob Garber said.

The key to a healthy Christmas tree? An underground irrigation system that delivers 2 gallons of water to each tree every other day. But some of the most popular Christmas trees, even with the watering, just can't survive here.

"Some species of trees cannot handle that kind of heat. that's why most of your Evergreens are grown either at a higher elevation or in the North," Garber said.

So the larger trees he can't grow, he gets from North Carolina. And people like the Laknahours come all the way from Austin to buy one.

"Good Christmas trees, the best your can find in Texas, I think," customer James Laknahour said.

When you're out searching for your perfect tree, regardless of the type, one of the most important things is that it's hydrated. And the best way to check for that is to see that the limbs are flexible and the needles don't fall off.

A real tree can cost you any where from 45 to 200 or more dollars depending on the type. They range in size from 5 feet to over 12.

If you're looking for a little Christmas cheer, Garber says a tree is the best way to start.

"Setting up the tree is the first sign in a home that Christmas season is here."

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