Did a summer dry spell affect Christmas Trees?

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SCITUATE, R.I. (WPRI) — It’s about that time to shop for a Christmas tree if you haven’t already!

But with a lack of rain this year, Eyewitness News wanted to find out if farms are able to keep up with demand.

Wayne Gunderman, the owner of Shire Tree Farm, said some of the young trees were affected by the nearly 7-inch rainfall deficit.

But overall, trees have remained mostly unaffected.

“We had a prolonged dry spell in the spring, it was pretty dry from the end of April to about the middle of June,” said Gunderman.

Some of the young trees did not make it out of the summer dry spell.

But Gunderman said there is no need to worry.

“It will be you know six, seven, eight years before they would be ready for harvest anyway,” he said.

In the meantime, he plans to plant a few additional trees next year to make up for this year’s loss.

“We would plant anyway to replenish our stock, so we think over the course of time that it will work itself out,” he said.

He added that snow can actually be good for the trees.

“It seems the young trees fair better when they are covered in snow rather than when we have a cold, bitter drying wind,” said Gunderman.If you want to pick out a Christmas tree at Shire Tree Farm, they are open from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on weekdays and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on weekends.

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