The Christmas Tree Forum Blog

Growing Insights

Interested in learning more about keeping those pests and unwanted insects away? Wondering how to improve the fertility of your lots? Read and learn from industry specialists on how to grow and maintain spiffy trees.

Nutrient Management Concepts for Spring Fertilizer Planning

Soil sampling is one of the best investments you can make on your farm and is the only way to gain an in-depth understanding of nutrient cycling in your lot. Soil sampling will help you make informed decisions about what the best fertilizers are for your lot, when and where you should be applying them, and at what rates.

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Business Tips & Planning

You probably know all about growing trees, but what about the ins-and-outs of maintaining your business? Hear from marketers, lawyers, and accountants on the importance of keeping your business fresh.

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‘Bee’ the Change Your Customers Want to See

Christmas tree growers can benefit from having land set aside for pollinators. It makes for great advertising with consumers wanting an environmentally friendly choice, but more importantly, the flowering plants that provide habitat for pollinators also support natural predators of common Christmas tree pests.

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Encouraging Biodiversity in the Christmas Tree Lot

When establishing a new tree lot, selectively leaving hardwoods that offer habitat will drastically improve the biodiversity of the tree lot. Other ecosystem features that may be present in a Christmas tree lot and should be protected include caves, dens, valleys,  wetlands, open areas, and wintering sites, ponds, springs, and floodplains.  Topographic features provide specialty habitats for wildlife and foster lot resiliency.

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Planting Balsam Seedlings

What can we do to boost seedling root growth and over all health of the seedling to support it for its most critical first year in the field? In researching this request we had to talk with nursery specialists though out the province.

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Nutrient Management Concepts for Spring Fertilizer Planning

Soil sampling is one of the best investments you can make on your farm and is the only way to gain an in-depth understanding of nutrient cycling in your lot. Soil sampling will help you make informed decisions about what the best fertilizers are for your lot, when and where you should be applying them, and at what rates.

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