According to the National Christmas Tree Association, it may be harder to buy Christmas trees this year which may drive up prices five to 10 percent.
The issue is bad timing. When the economy started tanking due to the great recession in 2008, Christmas tree sales dropped.
Growers didn’t cut down as many trees as they normally would as the demand is declining. That left less room in the groves to plant seedlings.
Since a Christmas tree takes about a decade to hit the size that families most prefer in their living rooms, growers now don’t have as many to cut and ship around the country as they have in the past.