Kitts Mountains, Ohio (WSAZ)-This is the time of the year when most families are ready to light up their homes for the holidays. This is a timeless tradition, take your family to choose a Christmas tree.
For 45 years, Keith Dickess and his family have been working to ensure that they have enough trees on their Kitts Hill farm.
Keith’s father founded the Decis Christmas Tree Farm in 1976.
“My father started planting the first trees in 1969, but we had to wait seven years for them to grow to a height suitable for the public,” Dickess said. “The Christmas tree is the heart of a family.”
Across the country, some farmers have stated that the supply of Christmas trees will decrease this year as the nationwide shortage related to the economic recession a decade ago continues.
Withstood the test of the ice storm, Dickess was worried that some trees would be lost, but his farm was prepared for the upcoming holiday.
“The shortage of Christmas trees has not affected us. I planted more than 3,000 trees a year. Over the years, this kind of rotation has allowed us to own a lot of trees,” Dikes said.
In order to meet the growing demand over the years, Dickess decided to plant a variety of trees. In the spring of 2022, he will plant another 1,000 trees.
Dickess even added multiple species, bringing back a species that is loved by allergy sufferers: Leyland Cypress.
Since the upcoming weekend is one of the busiest weekends, Dickess said it was great to see his family come back every year.
“The return of the family, year after year, sometimes the strength of three or four generations, see them smiling when they come back. We like to catch up after a year and see what they did,” Dickss said.
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