Tree farms: Summer's drought hurts future harvests

If you want a real Christmas tree that will reach your ceiling, this is your year. Don’t wait.

Local tree farmers said this summer’s drought has cost them thousands of dollars in lost trees and will cause their trees to be shorter in the next few years.

Tree farmers usually plant seedlings in the spring; but with the drought, some local farmers lost trees they planted this year.

At local tree farms, the lack of water caused stress on the trees, which made them stop growing, drop excess needles sooner than usual and become more susceptible to insects and diseases, said Steve DeHart, who owns a tree farm south of Franklin.

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