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Christmas tree seller sees busier Black Friday than usual - KOAM TV 7

Christmas tree seller sees busier Black Friday than usual

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Many customers spent Black Friday shopping for a big item - a Christmas tree.

Bowen Tree Farm in Pittsburg opened, as they always do, the day after Thanksgiving.  The Bowen's have been selling trees for more than 30 years and say they usually don't have a lot of people on Black Friday, but say they've had a steady stream this year, possibly due to the early Grey Thursday sales.

The Bowen's say over the past few years a lack of rain has been cause for concern but it's not stopping people from coming out and picking up a fresh tree.

"The last three or four years we've had a drought and so our trees did not grow as much and as you can see they are not quite as tall as they should be because of that," says Karen Bowen, co-owner of Bowen Christmas Tree Farm.

The Bowen's say that on average trees grow about a foot each year. This year's heavy rains caused the trees to grow even more than that.

The Bowen's say the most important safety tip is to make sure you keep your tree hydrated.

"Cut about a half inch off of the butt and have a pan of hot water or a stand with hot water in it out of the tap and put the tree in that because the tree will seal over and if the water gets down below the butt it will seal the tree and it won't take anymore water," says James D. Bowen, co-owner of Bowen Christmas Tree Farm.

To prevent tree fires, Bowen also says to keep your tree away from any heating sources in your home like fireplaces or wood stoves.
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