HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – There are several locations to buy a live Christmas tree in northeast Alabama, but some trees are feeling the effects of the drought.
Valley Christmas Tree Plantation opened for business this past weekend.
Owner George Brown said business has been good. He adds, when people come out to find a tree they will be a little smaller, because of the drought. "After the first shearing we only got 2 to 3 inches of growth instead of a foot, so we couldn't capture that foot, so every tree out here is 8 to 12 inches shorter," Brown said.
He said the best trees grow with a little moisture, but not too much. "The trees are better off if we get cyclical dry down, so the dry down kills off the grasses. So next time it rains all of the nutrients are available for the tree to take in," Brown explained. He's been growing Virginia Pines for 41 years, and said the droughts come with the territory.
Over at the Huntsville Young Life Christmas Tree lot they aren't having much problems. "We get the trees in North Carolina and they have not been effected." Huntsville Young Life Area Director Jeff Cole said.
He said they've sold 231 out of 700 trees, just this past weekend.
He went on to say they've been selling the trees for 30 years and it's one of the non-profits biggest fundraiser of the year. "The proceeds here go to benefit what we do with high school and middle school kids. everything from maintaining our offices to expenses hanging out with middle and high schoolers," Cole said.
Cole hopes people who come out the tree lot realize how much of a difference they're making in kids' lives around the city.
Huntsville Young Life Tree Lot is open Monday-Friday 11 a.m. - 8 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. - 8 p.m., Sunday 1 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Valley Christmas Tree Plantation is open seven days a week from 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. For more information click here.