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Drought Impacts Christmas Tree Crop


The drought over the summer may still hit home this holiday season after Christmas trees start to feel the wrath.

Charlie's Christmas Tree Farm in Eaton Rapids has been growing and selling trees for 30 years. The owners say they've never seen this much damage to their stock, all thanks to the drought.

"It's the dry wind that really, really burned 'em," said owners Charlie and Cheryl Hetricks. "I probably lost, 400-500 trees."


The Hetricks say they spent about $8,000 replacing the mature trees that were damaged. But they say it's not about the cost, it's about the customers. Customers who come back to charlie's every year and make it a family tradition.

"I made a lot of friends and I see them every year, and I want them to have somewhere to go," said Hetricks.

Forestry experts say the drought shouldn't have hurt mature trees, only seedlings.

"The well-established trees typically weren't as affected. It's those who planted trees last year who will be affected," said Bert Cregg, MSU Forestry Professor.

But Charlie's Farm says they have enough trees to go around.

If you choose to get a real tree this christmas, make sure it gets plenty of water, at least three quarts during the first week. A dry tree can be a fire hazard.

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