Mooresville farmer provides tips to keep your Christmas tree healthy and safe

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MOORESVILLE, Ind. (Nov. 28, 2014) -- Now that Thanksgiving is done, many Hoosiers are switching gears and getting ready for Christmas.

Christmas tree farms all over Central Indiana are busy with people who are in search of the perfect tree and area farmers are enjoying the business. The trees that are being cut down this year are doing very well, according to one farmer. Prices are also in line with where they have been.

"We've had a lot of good rain this summer and this spring and our seedlings that we planted last year most of them have survived, so they look real good," said David Jay, owner of Jay's Tree Farm in Mooresville.

Jay says he loves this time of year.

"It's all about the people, it's all about the customers. We have a great set of customers who keep coming back year after year," Jay said.

Customers like the Wagner family of Greenwood who didn't have to spend much time finding the perfect tree.

"It's the soft needles, but strong limbs so that you can hang a bunch of ornaments on them for the kids and the lights and it's got to be straight and tall," said Caleb Wagner.

Once it's home, proper tree watering is important.

"Once a day will be fine. I mean, a typical tree that's seven or eight foot tall, it should drink a good quart to two quarts once it's first cut. It will kind of level off over a period of time," Jay said.

Anything less than that can be a problem.

"Once it dries out over a period of time, it can ignite," Jay said.

Tree prices have risen in some parts of the country this year, but at Jays farm, prices have stayed the same. He says they range in price from $40 to $60 depending on the species and size. That's right in the Wagner's budget to make this a fun time of year for them.

"It's fun to actually go out there and cut it down and it's something fun for the kids to do instead of just rushing through Christmas. You actually get to spend the time and enjoy it," Wagner said.

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