Live Christmas trees may not be as full this year

MADISON COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) - It's a Christmas tradition for many families -- picking out your own Christmas tree.

Did you know the weather of past years affect what you have to choose from this year?

"We planted 2000 trees last year and lost nearly all of them," said Margarey Baldwin, with Baldwin Farms.

It takes most trees 6-8 years to mature to the levels that you see in homes during Christmas, so drought conditions from years past have a direct impact on your selection for this season.

"I know many trees that were used last year didn't hold the needles very well. They lost their needles early due to the stress of the dryness and heat," says Baldwin.

On the flip side, trees planted this year got off to a great start with above-normal precipitation during the summer months. This has been one of the best years because of all the rain. The trees look beautiful.

Baldwin says going with a traditional tree is also friendly for the environment as many cities will pick up your old trees and turn them into mulch. If you are worried about cutting them down, don't worry. They plant one right back in it's place. Those newly-planted trees will hopefully end up in your home in a few years.

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