Hawarden, Iowa — This past weekend is typically the busiest for tree farms across Iowa, as families shift their focus from Thanksgiving to Christmas. Robin Miller works at the T-and-S Christmas Tree Farm in rural Hawarden, which offers cut-your-own pines, firs and spruces. Miller says real, not artificial, trees make a beautiful centerpiece for your home during the holidays.
Miller offers some advice to Iowans who might be selecting a tree to cut down for the first time.
Jerod and Heather Vedral drove some 25 miles from Sioux City with their family to cut down a tree at the Hawarden farm. They say it’s a 20-year tradition.
Heather Vedral admits they’ve had to learn from their mistakes.
The T-and-S Christmas Tree Farm sells about 11-hundred trees each year, while planting two-thousand trees each spring. Miller says it takes six to seven years for a tree to grow to the desired height. Iowa has about 190 Christmas tree farms.