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Dry conditions taking a toll on Oregon Christmas trees

The drought conditions Oregon is experiencing right now could impact the Christmas tree selection this winter.

Posted: Aug. 9, 2018 10:32 AM

PLEASANT HILL, Ore. -- The dry conditions Oregon has been experiencing over the summer could have an impact on Christmas tree selection this winter.

Work crews at Hladky's Tree Farm in Pleasant Hill said the trees are dry and the lack of water is really taking a toll on the saplings. Water helps the saplings survive and grow through the dry and hot summer months.

"This year we didn't get much new growth on the trees," said Bob Hladky, who owns the tree farm. "Some years we will get two to three feet. This year it's much more restricted, and the trees have suffered from a lack of water."

The dry conditions are also keeping crews from doing their work. This time of year they are usually trimming and shaping the trees, but they haven't used the machinery for fear it could spark a fire. 

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