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Published November 28, 2009, 04:51 PM

Healthy Christmas Trees?

Now that Thanksgiving is over, the focus has shifted to Christmas.

By: Christine Boggy, WDAZ

Now that Thanksgiving is over...the focus has shifted to Christmas.

With this years late March snow fall and spring flooding, don't be surprised if you see Christmas trees suffering.

Driving to a tree farm seeking that perfect tree has become a tradition for many families but with late snow fall and spring flooding, some trees are a little browner than usual.

Scott Kiel/All Seasons: "The Problem is, is when the sun reflects on the snow reflects back up onto the tree, dehydrates the tree which gives you the brown effect, looks like it's been burnt."

Considering a good living room size tree takes nearly 12 years to grow, one year of extremely dry weather, like the summer of 2006, can affect trees for years to come.

Kiel: "It probably slowed the rate down a little."

Aside from the late snow and spring flooding, conditions have been good up to this point and most of this years trees are looking healthy.

Kiel: "With all the rain we've been getting in the last month, it's been very good for the trees for the winter."

And if trudging through the farm and cutting your own tree doesn't sound appealing, there are other options.

Kiel: "We do have cut trees, fresh trees that are at the garden center."

But if you don't want to have the extra responsibility of watering your tree or cleaning up the possible mess of fallen needles, artificial is always available, but Kiel doesn't recommend it.

Kiel: "I'd rather go real, it's just more christmassy, you know, artificial it just doesn't do much for me."

All season's has two tree farms that will be open next weekend December 5th and 6th, then again the following weekend of December 12th and 13th.

You can find a map to the farms at the All Season's store in Grand Forks.