Nationwide Christmas Tree Shortage: Experts Say Get Your Tree Early

Nationwide Christmas tree shortage impacts Kansas City

Tree Shortage: Dreaming Of A Green Christmas

The National Christmas Tree Association says prices are on the rise around 5 to 10 percent in many states.

Right now, we're seeing a nationwide Christmas tree shortage.

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"When folks start moving Christmas things around, taking things down out of the attic, start bringing things into the house... things that are hiding are now exposed and no longer hiding", says Harris, "So we do get several calls where people are seeing a little increased activity".

Brown said the number of farmers growing Christmas trees in the state has declined in recent years. Experts say prices could go down closer to the holiday with less demand.

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During the financial crisis nine years ago cash strapped Americans bought fewer trees.

To combat bugs and keep them from ruining tree trimming, trees should be shaken before taken into the home.

A Bluffton tree lot with Christmas Mountain Farms says they tackle bugs in the beginning.

Safer Brand says you shouldn't worry about the bugs though, as most are harmless and won't destroy your harm.

The National Christmas Tree Association says there should be enough trees for everyone who wants one to get one.

Growers are now planting more trees but it will take time for them to reach full height, which means next year prices could be higher again. They suggest getting one soon instead of waiting till the last minute.

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