Christmas trees

U-cut Christmas Trees Available Despite Floods

ABERDEEN, Wash. – Despite last week’s devastating floods, Christmas tree growers in southwest Washington have plenty of Christmas trees for those interested in choosing and cutting their own, according to Don Tapio, Washington State University Grays Harbor Extension educator. “The tree farmers are concerned that the news coverage of the flooding and road closures may […]

Christmas Trees, Sudden Oak Death, Cattle, Happy Holiday

It’s a Fact California, Oregon, Michigan, Washington, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and North Carolina are the top Christmas tree producing states in the country. The best selling trees are Scotch pine, Douglas fir, Noble fir, Fraser fir, Virginia pine, Balsam fir and white pine. Containing Sudden Oak Death Elected officials joined leaders of the state’s forest products, […]

Ag in Washington, Mt. Vernon, Christmas Tree, Raisins

It’s a Fact Washington’s agriculture and food industry employs 173,000 people, making it the state’s largest employer. Over 230 different crops are grown in Washington which, combined, contribute more than $5 billion per year to the state’s economy. On Solid Ground is a weekly, electronic newsletter for the friends and stakeholders of the Washington State […]

A Better Christmas Tree and Tree Safety Tips

PUYALLUP, Wash. — What makes an ideal Christmas tree? Most of us look for things like shape, fullness and good color, but Washington State University plant pathologist Gary Chastagner has some additional criteria. “For me, the ideal Christmas tree is one that’s relatively easy to grow in this region, has natural resistance to disease and […]