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Published November 28, 2009, 10:43 AM

Christmas trees in rough shape after tough spring

Now that Thanksgiving is over, the focus has shifted to Christmas. With this year's late March snowfall and spring flooding, don't be surprised if you see Christmas trees suffering.

By: Christine Boggy, WDAZ

Grand Forks, ND (WDAZ TV) - Finding a healthy tree is not always the easiest to do. So what should you look for before you spend money on a real tree? T and C Trees in Grand Forks opened for business Friday as did many others in the area.

This yard features five varieties including Frazier and Balsam firs, scotch and white pines and Black Hills spruce. The varieties differ on the basis of color and softness of the needles.

“The Frazier fir, it tends to hold the needles better, it's a nice tree, soft needles. It's one of the ones people like.”

One other trick to keeping your tree fresh, add a can of 7-up or sprite or aspirin to the water.

Now that Thanksgiving is over, the focus has shifted to Christmas. With this year's late March snowfall and spring flooding, don't be surprised if you see Christmas trees suffering.

Driving to a tree farm seeking that perfect tree has become a tradition for many families, but with late snow fall and spring flooding some trees are a little browner than usual.

“The problem is, is when the sun reflects on the snow reflects back up onto the tree, dehydrates the tree which gives you the brown effect, looks like it's been burnt.”

Considering a good living room size tree takes nearly 12 years to grow, one year of extremely dry weather, like the summer of 2006, can affect trees for years to come.

“It probably slowed the rate down a little.”

Aside from the late snow and spring flooding, conditions have been good up to this point and most of this years trees are looking reasonably healthy.

“With all the rain we've been getting in the last month, it's been very good for the trees for the winter.”

And if trudging through the farm and cutting your own tree doesn't sound appealing, there are other options.

“We do have cut trees, fresh trees that are at the Garden Center.”

But if you don't want to have the extra responsibility of watering your tree or cleaning up the possible mess of fallen needles, artificial is always available, but Kiel doesn't recommend it.

“I'd rather go real, it's just more Christmasy, artificial it just doesn't do much for me.”

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