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This comes after the Party Rock wildfires devastated a number of tree farms earlier this year.

The tree operation is entering its 27th year, and will be open seven days a week, 8:30 a.m.to 8:30 p.m. through the second weekend in December, so you have some time.

A national Christmas tree "shortage" could lead to fewer trees at higher prices, especially toward the end of the season.

"We didn't have any issue", Vanderpool said.

You must have a valid permit with you while cutting a tree. We spoke to many retailers who were already struggling to find quality suppliers to fulfill their orders. "We haven't increased our prices for the past five or six years even though our prices have increased".

If you're in the market for a fresh cut Christmas tree, it doesn't get any fresher than grown in the East.

However, one local tree farmer in Havana says their shortage is due to another problem. With regular watering, your tree can last 4-6 weeks or more.

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Sales tend to peak on weekends, with almost 90% of tree sales occurring by the second weekend in December.

"I don't want to send anyone home empty-handed", she said.

It's a result of the recession that began almost a decade ago, and it's affecting tree farms nationwide.

The official start of the tree season in Arnie's parking lot is the day after Thanksgiving, but they'll be there on Wednesday - if you just can't wait. I try to do a good crop rotation, as far as keeping the trees planted as I harvest.

"I want the one that's medium sized and it's filled with leaves", Lily Bouigeis said Monday on a trip to Midland Holiday Pines for Christmas photos. There are about 1,300 growers in North Carolina, according to the N.C. Christmas Tree Association. "We're trying to bring in trees to help that. but hopefully in the near future, we can grow enough to take care of it".

"We believe that GWD Forestry is in an excellent position this year to supply the southern states from our well-stocked farms, and the company is vigorously investing time and effort into expanding sales in the Miami area for 2017".

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