I grew up harvesting my Christmas tree on family land, and we walked miles and chopped down several before we found the “right one.” One of my favorite trees growing up was a “one-sided beauty.” That year we positioned the tree in a corner so that no one would realize that it was only one-sided. Today, with commercially grown trees, there are lots of “right ones” to choose.
Christmas tree farms are also part of one of the fastest growing segments in tourism-agritourism.These tree farms provide added income to the farmer and offer fun activities for families. Many of our area farms are also open to school groups.
Today 98% of Christmas trees are grown on Christmas tree farms. Christmas tree farms add oxygen to the atmosphere and create a habitat for wildlife. Once harvested new trees can be planted and the harvested trees can be used to mulch or be placed in ponds for fish habitats.
Christmas tree farms generally open the day after Thanksgiving and continue to sell trees until Christmas Eve. Select a farm that offers trees and entertainment for the family. Recently, I visited Curry Farms in Rayville, LA. They offer a wide selection of trees and have entertainment for the children while they bag your tree for the ride home. They have a cow train, duck races, and a horse ride for children to enjoy. They can be contacted at (318) 728-6203 or online at http://www.curryfarms.net/
Louisiana has lots of Christmas tree farms and most of them are listed on one or both of these websites: http://www.southernchristmastrees.org/ and http://pickyourownchristmastree.org/. In addition to helping you locate a tree, these websites offer helpful information in how to select and care for your tree.
Live trees can last for weeks if properly cared for. Here are some suggestions: