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A Word From the President
Greetings from the Ohio Christmas Tree Association! For those who purchased a REAL tree this past holiday season, on behalf of the Ohio Christmas tree growers, I THANK YOU!
I want to take a moment to discuss with you some of the benefits of a real tree. First, the trees sequester carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, a good thing when it relates to global warming. Second, it produces oxygen by the way of photosynthesis and releases in into the atmosphere, which is one for our side. Third, it provides shelter (i.e.: nesting sites) for birds like robins and mourning doves. In the winter, rabbits love the trees for shelter (cover). Fourth, it provides cover to slow soil erosion on our lands. Finally, it provides income, here in the United States for the people that work in the industry; the Christmas tree industry is a billion dollar business. On average for every tree harvested, we plant two trees. Why two trees? Not all trees planted make it to harvest.
When people buy an artificial tree (sometimes referred to as an oversize toilet brush) we need to consider what is going on behind the scenes. First, it was manufactured overseas; there goes jobs. Second, it is plastic, so there is more crude oil consumption, which is in short supply. Third, no environmental benefits are derived.
Here it is early March the trees are on order, and we are waiting for things to thaw and dry up. In Ohio the month of April is tree planting season, sometimes it goes into early May. Also, this is when the trees are fertilized if they require fertilizer. You might wonder what a tree farmer does in January, February and early March. The answer is things like cutting or removing stumps, soil sampling, and finish shearing (pruning) the firs to mention a few. This winter has been tough because of the snow cover and low temperatures. It hasn’t been much fun working outside.
Ohio Christmas Tree Association
The New Face of the OCTA Online
Welcome to the new Ohio Christmas Tree Association website! We’re glad you stopped by. Whether you’re looking for a farm to make a part of your family Christmas tradition, or trying to learn about the various species of tree sold at nearby farms, or if you’re looking for the reliable information on how to care for your fresh Christmas tree, you’ve come to the right place.
Finding a Farm
Choosing and cutting your own Christmas tree Is a great family holiday tradition. If you’re looking for the nearest tree farm to start that tradition in your family, or you just need to check the hours and prices at your favorite farm, check out our Farm Finder page.
Are you a farm or business looking to purchase wholesale trees or other Christmas retail supplies? Find the information you need on our wholesalers page.
Choosing a Tree
If you want suggestions on selecting the best tree for your home this Christmas, check out our tips on choosing your perfect tree.
Find out more about the many tree species available at various farms in your region here. Be sure to call ahead to find out what tree varieties are available at the farm of your destination, as different farms have different offerings.
Proper Tree Care
If you need advice on how to care for that fresh-cut tree check out the tree care article on the best ways to keep your tree fresh.
More to Come
Check back soon for our “Friends of the OCTA” photo page to submit your Family’s Christmas tree photo. If you’re an Ohio Christmas Tree Association member, be sure to check out our OCTA Members section coming soon!
We, at the OCTA hope you and your family have a blessed and safe Holiday season.
Items for Sale
There are still a few items for sale from the Cackler auction. Items include: Dyno Digger, Stihl BT106 1 person auger, 2000 tree pots (4"x14" deep), 1000 tree cells with collars (2.5"x10" deep), and tree planter (1 seat, category 1 hitch). If interested contact Bill Cackler at 740-524-5311
A Merry Thank You!
To Bolt Construction
The Ohio Christmas Tree Association would like to its heart-felt gratitude to Bolt Construction whose $5000 donation to the Ohio Christmas Tree Association will help fund "Operation Evergreen" in sending Christmas trees and merry tidings to our troops over seas.
To Hudler Tree Farm
We would also like to extend a huge thank you to Hudler Treefarm in West Jefferson, North Carolina for their generous donation of a $1500 certificate, auctioned off at the OCTA Summer Meeting. Funds raised will also go to support "Operation Evergreen."
Thanks to both of these generous supporters. To learn how you can help the OCTA in supporting our troops contact us at 740-828-3331.
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