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A widespread Christmas tree shortage is afflicting the United States, particularly in the Pacific Northwest, where tree growers are short about 1.5 million trees this year and unable to meet demand.

"The concolor actually has a better shape and once you decorate them it's hard to tell which is which", said Martinez, who has plenty of trees at the main location of the seven in Miami run by his family at 10901 Coral Way.

"The goal of that was, when people put trees up directly after Thanksgiving and they don't take care of them, by the time Christmas comes, it's been a month and the trees are very unsafe if they're not taken care of properly", Sedlacek said.

But the farm developed a following and now sells thousands of trees each season, growing around one thousand trees on site and importing specialty trees as well. The fire and smoke billowed out of the room and in a matter of moments, the rest of the furniture, rugs, and walls were also ablaze.

"It went very, very fast", Sedlacek said. Be sure to get as much ribbon, tinsel and other non-organic material off of the tree as possible. And once Christmas passes, that tree can be placed outside for birds and other wildlife to enjoy during those cold winter days. In Oregon, which grows 30 percent of the nation's trees, some farmers have converted to a more profitable crop - cannabis.

If your community has a Christmas tree collection or recycling program, follow instructions for pickup.

The average price of a tree was $74.70 in 2016 and is up to $82 this year compared to the $98.70 average price for an artificial tree.

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Firefighters want to remind you how easily a fire can start in your own home. We'll leave you to do the exact math, but basically this means you should top off the water in your tree stand daily.

If you had difficulty finding a Christmas tree this year, or had to pay through the nose in order to obtain one, you're not alone. It will take a lot of water within the first week.

Keep the tree well hydrated.

"Back in 2008 and 2009, when farmers should have been planting trees for harvest this year, they scaled back on production because of the Great Recession", Mary Jeanne Packer, an executive director of the Christmas Tree Farmers Association of New York, an industry association representing more than 400 tree farmers in New York State, told Observer.

"Normally, we have all our family in the for the holidays and that's when we have a large danger in our house if it's not cared for properly". "We received all the trees that we had ordered".

Ever since Thanksgiving weekend, not a day goes by when I don't see several vehicles with a Christmas tree carefully secured to it. Consequently, a lack of supply that began in 2015 has hit home in 2017 and is expected to linger for two or three more years.

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