KDLT Home KDLT on Facebook KDLT on Twitter Get the KDLT iPhone App Get the KDLT Android App

Drought Impacts Christmas Tree Sales



Bookmark and Share

The extreme summer heat is now months behind us, but the painful effects of the drought still linger into the winter months.

With the holiday season now upon us, you may notice a few changes when you go to pick out this year’s Christmas Tree.      

Tannenbaum Tree Farm in Lennox is among the many tree farms impacted. After seeing fewer trees reach their full potential this year; its owner, Tim Wassom, is making the best of the situation.

“We’ve always made Christmas wreaths. I would say we’re probably focusing more on wreath making now than we have in the past. Before, we were focusing more on selling trees,” says Wassom.

When it comes to buying this year’s Christmas tree, you may find yourself paying a little more than you did last year; but according to Laura Kalfs at Cliff Avenue Greenhouse and Garden Center, that slight increase shouldn’t be enough to set back this year’s sales.

“We’ve noticed that the prices have gone up, but nothing real drastic; and some of that can just be contributed to another year,” says Kalfs.

In fact, that slight increase may actually be worth it. Although the drought may mean a smaller number of trees to sell, there may actually be a positive spin to this.

“What we’ve noticed actually ironically is that our trees are looking phenomenal,” says Kalfs.

Wassom says that’s also the case with this year’s Christmas wreaths.

“The material we use to make wreaths is actually a little thicker looking because it’s not as stretchy. It’s probably denser because of the drought since the growth was shorter,” says Wassom.

But beware, because looks can be deceiving. This year, the greenery comes with a warning. The trees and wreaths have a slightly drier texture. Therefore, the trees may actually be a greater fire danger and will likely require extra attention.

“Your trees are maybe going to be consuming a little more water than they normally do during the Christmas season, so just be sure you’re not letting those dry out in your homes, too,” says Kalfs.  

Whether you’re decorating your home with a  tree, a wreath, or both; keep these things in mind so the drought of 2012 doesn’t ruin your holiday season.

Experts say that because tree production takes place over a number of years, the full effects of this year’s drought may not be felt until years to come.
< Prev Story Back To Top Next Story >
     

Football Players Get A Toasty Welcome Back   story with video

They're back and they're ready for another season. But before the very first kick-off ...

Iowa Man Accused Of Selling Cocaine In Candy Store

A Dubuque man faces federal charges for allegedly selling ...

Firefighters Undergo Structure Collapse Training  story with video

It's not just about driving trucks, climbing ladders, or ...

Ag-Drones Show Off Skills At Dakotafest  story with video  Aug. 21

DUI Implied Consent Law Unconstitutional  story with video  Aug. 21

South Dakota Tops Another List  story with video  Aug. 21

Wildlife Officials Increase Limits On Lake Yankton  Aug. 21

Steamy Weather Prompts Schools To Dismiss Students  Aug. 21

Sutton Named New CEO, President At Pierre Hospital  Aug. 21

Police Arrest SF Kidnapping, Assault Suspect  Aug. 21

SD DUI Implied Consent Law Ruled Unconstitutional  Aug. 21

Judge Rules On Evidence In Pierre Teen's Trial  Aug. 21

Transportation Funding Panel To Meet In Pierre  Aug. 21

Restaurant Won't Pass Higher Wage To Workers  Aug. 21

Presentation Gets Shot At Regaining Accreditation  Aug. 21

Federal Jury Convicts Man In Large Drug Bust  Aug. 21

El Riad Shrine To Host Midwest Shrine Association  story with video  Aug. 21

Weiland Calls Rounds 'Senator' In Forum Gaffe  Aug. 20

U.S. Senate Debate Surrounds EB-5 Scandal   story with video  Aug. 20

Iowa Mother Charged After Girl Becomes Pregnant  Aug. 20

SD Gubernatorial Candidates Square Off   story with video  Aug. 20

South Dakota Hunger Report Released  story with video  Aug. 20

Students Issued Chromebooks For Year Ahead  Aug. 20

SD Groups Form Alliance Against Pipeline  Aug. 20

SD Man Sentenced Over Worker Lead Poisoning  Aug. 20

Suspect Tried To Push Woman Into Lake  Aug. 20

KDLT News Archive
     

Iowa Mother Charged After Girl Becomes Pregnant

Authorities say a central Iowa woman faces a child ...

Suspect Tried To Push Woman Into Lake

Sioux Falls Police are looking for a 19-year-old man ...

Neunaber's Father Died Of Natural Causes

(KTIV) The Plymouth County Sheriff released the ...

Restaurant Won't Pass Higher Wage To Workers  Aug. 21

U.S. Senate Debate Surrounds EB-5 Scandal   story with video  Aug. 20

Students Issued Chromebooks For Year Ahead  Aug. 20

Rapid City Teacher Faces Child Porn Charges  Aug. 20

South Dakota Hunger Report Released  story with video  Aug. 20

KDLT News Archive
     

Opportunity Knocks For Local Fighters At RFA 17  story with video

SIOUX FALLS, S. D.   --  In addition to giving South ...

Zenner "Freakishly" Good!  story with video

BROOKINGS, S. D.   --  South Dakota State opens their season next weekend at ...

Cougars Ready To Shock NSIC  story with video

SIOUX FALLS, S. D.   --  For the second straight year the University of Sioux Falls ...

Explorers quick start too much for Birds  story with video  Aug. 20

Scheels Plays of Week from August 11th-17th  story with video  Aug. 20

Bougher pitching well for Railcats  story with video  Aug. 20

Birds go extras behind Kirby-Jones HR's  story with video  Aug. 19

MMA Fights finally come to South Dakota  story with video  Aug. 19

KDLT Sports Stories
     
Back To Top