Many Christmas tree farms are located across the country in states such as Oregon, Washington, California, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania. Shipping real trees is a difficult task, with many carriers saying no all together. With capacity so tight, it’s important to have a company like FreightCenter on your side to find you the right equipment for the job and for an affordable rate. When it comes to Christmas tree shipping, here are a few best practices:
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Back in 2008 when the Great Recession was at its peak, people opted out of buying Christmas trees—thinking of them as more of a luxury rather than necessity. This meant fewer trees were chopped down, fewer new seedlings were planted, and fewer trees were shipped to Christmas tree lots around the country. Fast forward 9 years—the average time it takes for a Christmas tree to grow the preferred height of 7-8 feet—and we’re still feeling the effects of the Great Recession. Christmas tree prices have risen 5-10% partially due to the shortage, but also because of higher diesel fuel prices. Smaller harvests can also be contributed to the decreased number of growers, as many tree growers went out of business during the recession.
According to the National Christmas Tree Association (NCTA), here are some quick tree facts:
Among the large variety of Christmas trees on the market, only a few have earned high rankings on the list of most popular Christmas tree types. Factors such as needle retention and scent are among the most important when it comes to selecting the perfect tree.
The NCTA is encouraging Christmas tree lovers to keep it real this year (and every year for that matter). At first thought it might seem that cutting down a tree is not a green decision, but doing so is actually beneficial for the environment. Most artificial trees are manufactured in China, which takes an abundance of resources to transport here. Additionally, the materials are not biodegradable, meaning once the tree is in a landfill, it will stay there for hundreds of years. Meanwhile, real Christmas trees serve a dual purpose once the holidays are over. Many towns and cities participate in programs where your tree can be disposed of properly, and will then be chipped and used as compost that feeds soil for years.
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