The extreme drought of 2012 has created record temperatures all across the Midwest with Missouri, Illinois, Indian, Kentucky and Colorado as the states most affected by drought. The drought has negatively affected many farmers, small business and consumers.
Another industry that has been affected are the local Christmas tree farms across the Midwest. Christmas tree supply companies have had much higher tree mortality rates than normal. Most of these losses are among the seedlings. However, full grown Christmas trees that would be ready for the coming holiday season have also been affected.
The good news is that most have survived. Tree companies are going to plant extra seed for the the coming season to make up for the losses. This is great news if you and your loved ones enjoy the holiday season.
The Christmas tree companies do expect to have a small hike in prices but nothing that should hinder most Christmas tree buyers.
Although the Christmas tree companies are going to make it through this drought with their product on the shelf profits will be hit. This is because the majority of the Christmas tree growers run the business because they love it not because of the profits. Even in good seasons the profits are small and most Christmas tree owners have day jobs.
ArborScape encourages you to recycle Christmas trees. This is why for the past couple holiday seasons we have done a non-profit Christmas tree recycling program. When trash services take your tree it is put into landfills.
But when we recycle your wreathe or Christmas tree it will become mulch. This is a non profit service that costs only $15; so order your Christmas Tree Recycling.
ArborScape’s Christmas tree recycling program is just one of the many transitions the company has made to become more sustainable and green. Some examples of our renewable initiatives are:
- Our fleet of Prius vehicles (We have 3 hybrid estimation vehicles)
- The use of vegetable oil based chainsaw lubricant ( we use 100 of gallons of chainsaw oil a season)
- Recycling of all tree parts turning them into mulch