HARTVILLE -- For many, picking out the family Christmas tree is a tradition that spans generations. But this year's wacky weather has thrown a curve at Christmas tree hunters.
Remember, think fastball -- adjust to the curve.
In this Outdoors with Big Daddy, WKYC Photojournalist Carl "Big Daddy" Bachtel heads to a local tree farm to check on this year's Christmas tree crop.
It's a sound that, for some, screams holiday tradition...the sound of a chain saw.
It's Christmas tree time!
Folks have been heading to tree farms like Moore's Tree Farm in Hartville to look for that just-right evergreen. It stirs memories of Christmas past.
This year's crop is very healthy and full, not showing the damage of this year's drought, but tree farmers aren't out of the woods yet.
Christmas trees grow about a foot a year, until they are 6 to 8 feet tall.
Tom Green, who works at the farm, says, "The trees we planted in the Spring, the new trees, suffered greatly because of the drought. We lost nearly 60 percent."
What that means is that, in 6 to 8 years, the length of time it takes for a blue spruce, white pine, or Fraser Fir to grow to harvest size, farmers will show tree shortages.
But Moore's customers won't be denied their fresh, fragrant Christmas tree.
The allure of a real tree proves there is no price too high to pay for memories made at Christmas.