If you are someone who enjoys the beauty and smell of a real Christmas tree, get ready to get some more bills out of your pocket this holiday season.

Olivia Gaudio, 3, crosses Christmas trees to sell at Secor Farms in Mahwah. Gaudio and his parents, Lauren and Nick de Ramsey, were buying a tree for their home on the farm on Sunday, November 26. 2017. (Photo: Amy Newman /

Families may need to start asking Santa for a good deal on Christmas trees, since a shortage is likely to generate higher prices, experts predicted. North Jersey. [19659007] The shortage of trees has its roots in the Great Recession of 2008. A difficult economic time led to a lower sale of Christmas trees and, therefore, fewer plantations. in 2008 I would have been ready for this year's Christmas season.

Denny Wiggers, co-owner of MaggDens Landscaper Outlet in Ridgewood, said they usually sell 150 to 200 trees per year for the holidays. Although he expects the number to remain the same this year, Wiggers said the prices will not be for any vendor.

"Overall, the Christmas tree industry has been declining by up to 10 percent a year," said Wiggers, who has worked in the industry for around 30 years. "The value of sales has gone down and the price of trees has gone up, if you want a live tree, you will be paying more money."

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Last year, 27.4 million Christmas trees were sold, with noble fir trees and Fraser as the most popular, according to the National Christmas Tree Association. Consumers surveyed last year reported spending an average of $ 74.70 for a tree.

Rocco Malanga, owner of Cedar Grove Christmas Trees and the third generation in his family to do so, predicted a similar result for local buyers. Malanga estimated that the main retailers could raise their prices from 10 to 15 percent, with the smaller companies following their example.

"There is no doubt that prices will be the first affected," he said. "We're already seeing it, just to get their supply, the retailers are basically bidding for the trees, I would expect it to almost pbad to the consumer, maybe not in the first year, but I think by the end of the second year the full effects will be they will feel in the retail market. "

Finding a larger tree could be more difficult since suppliers can also decide that a small tree is better than no tree, Malanga said.

"You can not turn on and off quickly to grow these trees," Wiggers added. "It takes eight to nine years."

Cedar Grove Christmas Trees provides around 50,000 trees per year for much of the east coast, Malanga said. Most of the trees come from Canada, although others come from North Carolina and a small percentage from Pennsylvania. Wiggers said that most of the MaggDens trees come from North Carolina.

US UU They are home to nearly 15,000 farms that grow Christmas trees, according to the National Christmas Tree Association. The states that produce the most are Oregon, North Carolina, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Washington.

Wiggers said he noticed a lower demand for trees even before the shortage. MaggDens used to sell 800 per year, he said.

"Years ago everyone had a tree," said Wiggers. "Today many people do not even bother with trees or become artificial, demand is going down and supply is very low."

Scarcity is also affecting the availability of crowns, added Malanga, which are made from Christmas trees.

"The supply of crown this year is absolutely brutal," he said.

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