Prepping Christmas Trees In Summer

"The heat this time of year just makes things miserable for us”

With the summer heat in full swing, it’s something that doesn’t cross our minds.

Christmas is officially 5 months away.

For one tree farmer that means his days are spent out in the sun turning bushy trees into the perfect Christmas trees.

“The best part is seeing the kids, and even the moms and dads, excited about finding the perfect tree,” says Todd Gannon, the owner of Riverview Christmas Tree Farm.

But we’re not there yet.

“These are some of the older trees that we have to trim the tops of, some of these other ones that are growing up, we’ll tip them so they fill out more,” explains Gannon as he’s prepping the trees. “We’re trimming back the growth so it’s not quite so wild and bushy.”

Gannon says there is a fine line though.

“If you gouge them too bad, it becomes a discount Christmas tree,” he laughs.

Gannon and his crew at the Riverview Christmas Tree Farm in Canton are working hard this summer to make sure people are happy this winter.

“The heat this time of year just makes things miserable for us,” he says.

But the trees aren’t minding it.

“The trees have largely gone dormant,” adds Gannon. He says as long as there’s moisture, the trees can handle the heat.

“This spring was good for our trees; we had a pretty low death loss because of the moisture.”

So how long does it take to grow the perfect Christmas tree? Gannon says 8 to 10 years.

“There’s a lot more work than a lot of people realize, but we have 15,000 trees here,” he explains. “We plant 2,000 to 3,000 a year.”

While the farm has trees of various sizes, some coming up to your ankles, hips or above your head, come the end of November, people will be able to pick through 2,000 trees to find that perfectly-shaped Christmas tree.

And like Gannon said, he can’t wait for that time to come.

“My friends tease me and call me Clark Griswold,” says Gannon.

This is the first year Todd Gannon is running the Riverview Christmas Tree Farm.

He worked at the farm when he was in high school, but took over for Bill and Darlene Kaiser on April first.

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