Local tree farms have good crops for the picking


QUAD CITIES, Iowa/Ill. (KWQC) –  Many families are gearing up to get their holiday decorations out this week. For some, that means a trip to pick out a Christmas tree. Many local tree farms open up this weekend and owners say it’s been a good year for their crops.

A lot of rain in the spring and summer helped them grow quite a bit. KWQC visited Wyffels Tree Farm in Moline and the Voltz Tree Farm near Geneseo where there are all shapes and sizes. Owners say that’s good because every family has a different idea of the perfect tree.

“They go out, pick their tree, cut it down themselves, and drag it up,” said Sue Voltz, of Voltz Tree Farm. “We shake it. It’s kind of like the trees dancing. And we bail it for them.”

“We had such good rain in May, June, July, that our trees this year just took off. Probably one of the best years for growth we’ve had,” said Rick Wyffels of Wyffels Tree Farm.

Owners say to be leery of the mass-produced, pre-cut trees as those are often cut months in advance. With the warmth we’ve had it could have an impact on the quality. They add that the key to keeping a real tree in good condition once it’s home is fresh water on a daily basis.

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