Drought impacting tree farms in Valley, but customers can still find deals

Drought impacting tree farms in Valley but customers can still find deals

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - The recent rainfall early Tuesday morning was a big help, but the prolonged drought across the Southeast has still affected those shopping for live Christmas trees in the Valley.

Some local vendors have had to spend more money to have pine trees delivered into Columbus because the warmer temperatures impacted pine tree growth over the last two years.

The city of Columbus has allowed workers at Dave's Tree Farm on Veterans Parkway to water their crop using a meter each night since Thanksgiving.

Owner Dave Bone says customers are still coming in to find the best looking trees before it's too late.

"The first weekend of December is always your big weekend. It used to be your second weekend was your second best in December but now with Black Friday going to like Wednesday and Thursday nights instead of actually Black Friday, and with Cyber Monday now Black Friday weekend's usually your second best weekend," Bone said.

Bone says Christmas tree prices have gone up about $10 from last year, but says he's willing to work with customers to make sure they get a fair price.

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