Local Christmas tree lot says trees going quickly due to shortage

Local Christmas tree lot says trees going quickly due to shortage

YAKIMA, Wash. - Many locals are out on the hunt to find the perfect Christmas tree, but they will have to act fast if they want a tree at all for the holidays.

Roots Nursery and Landscape Manager Robert Mitchell said he is noticing fewer and fewer trees.

"There's really a Christmas tree shortage and we're going to be in it for another two to three years," Mitchell said.

Mitchell said last year the nursery felt the shortage when they ran out of trees ten days before Christmas, and those who waited didn't get one at all.

But why are there not as many Christmas trees available as there used to be?

Christmas tree growers are blaming it on the recession.

Mitchell said it takes a Christmas tree 10 years to grow and they are trying to catch up to demand.

"About 12 years back, Christmas tree farms were not making any money, so they stopped planting," he said. "Once they realized the market is changing they started planting, well they still have those 10 years."

Roots Nursery said this year they have a good supply of trees for a shortage and expect to sell over 1200.

They said they are getting customers who can't find their trees anywhere else in town, driving up orders and are worried they will sell out fast.

"We're selling trees earlier but also we're picking up a lot of new customers," Mitchell said.

So if you are one of those who has to have a real tree for the holidays, don't ruin your Christmas by waiting.

Roots Nursery said they are getting 400 more trees in Wednesday, but don't wait because they will go fast.

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