Piper Mountain Christmas trees are getting ready for the holiday season
NEWBURGH, Maine (WABI) – For most people, October is about picking the perfect pumpkin, but for Piper Mountain Christmas Trees, it’s Christmas all year round.
“Lots of planning ahead and thinking when looking at my trees, they look great this year, but what will they look like next year if they don’t get sold,” said owner Mac McCullen.
McCullen and his team spend all year mowing, pruning and preparing approximately 30,000 balsam fir trees.
After the trees have gone dormant in July, each one is hand clipped with a wedding cake knife and pruning shears to help them take their shape.
“The trees grow about 12 to 18 inches per year. The new growth is really taking off and the trees look pretty shaggy just like us, but the trees get a nice haircut every year, ”said McCullen.
McCullen says trees typically grow for seven to ten years before making the cut for someone’s living room.
Currently, it monitors soil acidity and total precipitation before the season.
“It is very important for the color and vitality of the trees. It also makes the grass grow, so there’s a lot more mowing in a year when we have a lot of rain, so we mowed a lot this year, ”said McMullen.
McCullen says the whole operation wouldn’t be possible without the help he receives from his neighbors and community.
He says it’s worth it to see the same families coming back every year during the holidays.
“That’s good. Most organizations that run business, their clients come because they have to. Ours come because they want to. They want a Christmas tree, they want to share this family experience.” , McCullen said.
This year, Piper Mountain Christmas Trees will open the weekend before Thanksgiving until Christmas Eve.
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