Christmas Tree Shortages For Some Farmers on Delmarva - WBOC-TV 16, Delmarvas News Leader, FOX 21 -

Christmas Tree Shortages For Some Farmers on Delmarva

Posted: Updated:

DELMARVA- You may have a Christmas tree in your home for the holidays this year, but you may not realize the level of difficulty it took to get it there.

According to some local tree farmers, their Christmas tree numbers are slimmer than usual due to the heavy rainfall we saw earlier this year. Some farmers we spoke with in the area say their trees developed "root rot," which is a condition that comes from plants and trees not getting the proper drainage needed to survive. 

Not all farmers on Delmarva have been impacted, but Bruce Nichols, owner of Nichols Tree Farm said he lost a good majority of the six thousand trees he planted due to rainfall.

"We lost seventy-five percent. Those on the high hills, they did fine. But those on low areas, they could not survive, so they drowned," Nichols said. 

Donald Hallowell, who owns Don's Christmas Trees, said he also lost a couple hundred trees. 

"This year with the rain, we were pulling out trees that were well established, five, six, eight feet tall. So that's getting close to a sellable tree," he said.

But growing and maintaining tree health wasn't the only problem this year. Farmers also said there was a problem importing trees as well. Some trees like Frasier Firs grow really well in states like North Carolina and Pennsylvania. Due to heavy rainfall and even recent snow, it's made it tough to receive shipments. 

"It totally shut operations down in Pennsylvania for four full days, and all the trees that we were guaranteed out of North Carolina, we didn't get."

Reports also show there is a shortage of trees this year due to the economic recession of 2008--less trees were planted the, which means there are less available to buy now. 

Farmers predict this year's shortage won't present an ongoing problem in the long-run.

  • Most Popular VideosMost Popular VideosMore>>

  • Snow Hill Tenants Outraged After Apartment Managers Ban Pets

    Snow Hill Tenants Outraged After Apartment Managers Ban Pets

    Tenants at Pleasant Manor in Snow Hill are upset after new ownership at their apartment has recently banned all pets and raised rent. 

    WBOC was invited inside the building by tenants to see some of the issues they're facing, but property manager Tracey Holmes forced us off the property and called police. 

    More

    Tenants at Pleasant Manor in Snow Hill are upset after new ownership at their apartment has recently banned all pets and raised rent. 

    WBOC was invited inside the building by tenants to see some of the issues they're facing, but property manager Tracey Holmes forced us off the property and called police. 

    More
  • Police Conducting Death Investigation in Lincoln

    Police Conducting Death Investigation in Lincoln

    The Delaware State Police Homicide Unit is conducting a death investigation after a man was found shot at a home in Lincoln on Wednesday evening. 

    More

    The Delaware State Police Homicide Unit is conducting a death investigation after a man was found shot at a home in Lincoln on Wednesday evening. 

    More
  • Some Still Without Glasses As Accurate Optical Remains Closed

    Some Still Without Glasses As Accurate Optical Remains Closed

    Accurate Optical in Salisbury remains closed.

    Azar Filipov Real Estate Holdings says months of unpaid rent is to blame.

    And though Accurate Optical was evicted from the office space last week, many customers are left without answers.

    Some tell WBOC they ordered glasses just before the showdown and have yet to receive them, or be given clear vision on where to pick them up. 

    More

    Accurate Optical in Salisbury remains closed.

    Azar Filipov Real Estate Holdings says months of unpaid rent is to blame.

    And though Accurate Optical was evicted from the office space last week, many customers are left without answers.

    Some tell WBOC they ordered glasses just before the showdown and have yet to receive them, or be given clear vision on where to pick them up. 

    More
Powered by Frankly

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2019 WBOC. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices