Christmas trees could be in jeopardy
The Nation Wide drought has found it's latest victim. As YNN's Maria Valvanis tells us, this dry weather, is putting the future of one holiday tradition, in jeopardy.
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ALTAMONT, N.Y. -- Earl MacIntosh, owner of the Weathered Willow Tree Farm, said, "Trees, like grass, like you and I, need water in order to survive."
But that's exactly what the nation, and local farms, are lacking, suffering from the largest recorded drought in years. Making christmas trees, the latest in a string of victims, holding on for dear life.
"I planted about 1500 hundred trees this year, I'd say if 1000 of them survived it'd be a lot," said MacIntosh.
MacIntosh said trees need 8-10 years of proper watering in order to grow to the desired size. Meaning, come Christmas 2020, the crops he lost from this years planting, may leave his Weathered Willow Tree Farm, without enough supplies to satisfy the demand.
"The smaller ones die first, never develop roots sufficient to provide water in order to grow," said MacIntosh.
And MacIntosh said, you can tell from looking at how dry these roots are, they clearly haven't gotten water in weeks.
The larger trees have roots that go deeper into the ground, and get to where the water is. If the drought is long enough, even large trees could go," said MacIntosh.
MacIntosh said he hasn't seen any cases of that just yet, but he's keeping his fingers crossed for rain, and trying to stay positive for future years.
"It's just a loss, I'm just going to grin and bear it, and try it again next year."