Friday, November 23

Christmas tree growers hit by Sandy

David Dishneau, AP
HAGERSTOWN, MD. - The World Bank, CIA and other customers of Washington area is not the huge Christmas trees always ordered a Maryland farm in more than 2 feet of snow buried them after Superstorm sandy and many of the 15-35-foot fir trees torn.

Gale-force winds drove up deep Christmas trees in Swanton, wet snow in the branches of FIR at Pinetum in the Appalachian mountains. The snow then froze and limbs from the orbital rim, pulled, said the owner, Marshall Stacy. More than 3,000 trees were damaged, resulting in approximately $40,000 losses.

"It was like dominoes – a tree came down and press the next," said Stacy. He has been reimbursed by almost 70 percent of its orders.

Customers must look elsewhere, but there are only a few companies that sell oversized trees. This is because it takes so long to grow, said Rick Dungey of the National Christmas tree Association. Other breeders in Garrett County Maryland said that the storm not so little damage to their smaller trees.

It said the Group of Brickman, Gaithersburg-based commercial landscape gardeners, another supplier for 15 trees that adorn a business Office Park in Virginia are found, but they are smaller than the 16-footers, which the company typically provides about 3 feet.

Stacy said the damaged trees for paper pulp not be sold because its makes them bushy branches - the result of the annual trim - too expensive to process. Some of the branches into wreaths will be made, he said.

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