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December 2, 2012

Holiday hunting abounds at local tree farms

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Niagara Gazette — "The smell is terrific," said Richard Dorr, the secretary-treasurer of Niagara Produce. The Transit Road business has sold trees from the Carolinas and other big tree producers for more than 50 years, the last 20 inside the shop. "This is a great time of the year, people are happier, more friendly."

Dorr said he had trees being purchased before Thanksgiving, a far cry from years past when the busiest times where right before Christmas Eve.

"We did fake trees for a while," said Castricone, who was glad to have the real thing at his Medina home. "The smell in the house, it brings the Christmas spirit." 

CTFANY Top Ten Tips for Tree Care 1 Keep tree in a cool, shady place like the garage until ready to bring indoors. 2 Saw 1/4 inch off bottom of trunk prior to placing the tree in stand. 3 Make a cut perpendicular to the axis of the stem, not at angles or a v-shaped cut. 4 Make sure to place tree in water-holding stand immediately after making cut. 5 Stand must be able to hold enough water for the size of the tree. 6 Use warm water for the first fill of the stand. 7 Maintain an adequate water level always. Check water level every day. 8 Check water levels twice per day in the first few days. A tree will absorb the most water after it is recently cut and placed in water. 9 Make sure tree is displayed away from heat sources. Always check electrical devices like lights and other decorations before placing on the tree. 10 Avoid spraying preservatives or fire retardants on tree. Some of these products actually increase moisture loss. The most fire-retardant tree is one that is properly watered.

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