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Christmas Trees: Growing and Selling Trees, Wreaths, and Greens

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Money does grow on trees, and Christmas Trees by Lewis Hill is the essential equipment for anyone who wishes to gain the pleasure and profit of growing and selling trees, wreaths, and greens.

Hill, an experienced and skilled tree grower himself, begins with the very basics, providing valuable insights on how to choose the best land and the best species of trees to grow on that land. Here you will learn how to

-- Plan for continuous, efficient growth, including interplanting, ...

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Overview


Money does grow on trees, and Christmas Trees by Lewis Hill is the essential equipment for anyone who wishes to gain the pleasure and profit of growing and selling trees, wreaths, and greens.

Hill, an experienced and skilled tree grower himself, begins with the very basics, providing valuable insights on how to choose the best land and the best species of trees to grow on that land. Here you will learn how to

-- Plan for continuous, efficient growth, including interplanting, natural seeding, and stump culture

-- Care for your crop throughout the growing cycle, from planting and pruning, right through harvesting

-- Propagate your own plants and collect wild seedlings

-- Select the proper equipment for the nature and scope of your planting

-- Handle problems dealt by weather, pests and diseases, and animals

-- Find wholesale and retail markets, maintain a steady supply, deal with tree buyers, advertise and price, and maintain records and plan for taxes

An attractive and lucrative side business to that of growing trees is selling greens, roping, and wreaths. Hill shares his experiences with planting and managing a greens orchard, processing greens for both wholesale and retail markets, and making wreaths, sprays, and centerpieces by hand as well as with the aid of wreath-making machines.

The complete, clear, up-to-date information is warmed by anecdotes drawn from the author's many years of Christmas tree growing and selling.


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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780882665665
  • Publisher: Storey Books
  • Publication date: 1/12/1989
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 456,818
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.44 (d)

Meet the Author

The late Lewis Hill, a beloved and best-selling Storey author, grew more than 20,000 trees on his farm in Greensboro, Vermont. He was also a member of the National Christmas Tree Association and the New Hampshire-Vermont Christmas Tree Association.

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Table of Contents


I GETTING STARTED WITH CHRISTMAS TREES

1 Money Can Grow on Trees

2 The Burgeoning Christmas Tree Industry

3 Selecting the Best Site

4 Your Investment in Time and Money

5 Which Tree Should You Grow?

6 Sources of Planting Stock

7 Choosing a Cultural Method

8 Preparing the Soil and Planting the Trees

9 Improving Wild, Native Trees

II GROWING PREMIUM TREES

10 Maintaining Soil Fertility

11 Shearing and Pruning

12 The Fine Art of Weed and Control

13 Things Can Go Wrong

14 Managing for Efficient Production

15 Making Money with Greens and Wreaths

III HARVESTING AND SELLING CHRISTMAS TREES, WREATHS, AND GREENS

16 Marketing Trees, Wreaths, and Greens

17 The Harvesting

18 A Checkbook with a Happy Ending

19 A Christmas Tree Grower's Calendar

APPENDIX

Christmas Tree Growers' Supplies

Seed and Nursery Companies

State and Regional Christmas Tree Associations

GLOSSARY

SUGGESTED FURTHER READING

INDEX

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