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Xmas tree farms become more popular

November 29, 2002

Lee County- Shirley Spencer and her husband Willie are searching for the perfect Christmas tree.

"I don't want one too big," says Spencer looking over tree selection.

The couple always get a live tree and this is their second year coming Busy Elves Christmas Tree Farm. "I've got a little nephew; this is his first Christmas. He hasn't seen Christmas lights yet," laughs Spencer.

And the Spencers aren't the only ones going with real trees this year, owners say more and more South Georgians are stopping by his choose and cut tree farm.

"I've increased every year probably about 10 to 15 percent. My sales have increased, so that tells you that people still like the real tree," says owner Joedy Putnal.

Putnal says a five to seven foot tree takes about five years to grow. But it doesn't take that long to choose an evergreen to take home...in fact the Spencers found their Leyland Cypress in about 15 minutes.

After the tree is shaken and baled the Spencers are ready for the most important step....taking it home and decorating it.

Joedy Putnal says live Christmas trees can stay green for up to three months if they are properly watered. He says to reduce risk of fire and keep them green, the water level in all tree stands should be checked daily.

Posted at 4:10 PM by elaine.armstrong@walb.com