By: Catherine Royka
The countdown is on, my friends. The holiday season is upon us, and I could not be more thrilled! I enjoy celebrating the Christmas season as early as October… yes, before Halloween (I watched White Christmas in October and people were not pleased with my choice), but I promise you, I don’t pass over Halloween and Thanksgiving. Many of you might disagree with my holiday habits, celebrating too early before it is “acceptable,” but, I’m excited to take this quest with you to find the perfect place to cut down your very own Christmas tree this year.
Before we dive into where you should go, you may be wondering what goes into this year-round job. Yes, this is not just seasonal work! Justin Diel, owner of Christmas Tree Adventures explained the year-round process with us. It takes about seven years to grow an average size Christmas tree, but some may not survive to be a full-size tree. Many factors can affect how a tree will grow with weather and soil conditions.
• Late winter – small seedlings are planted.
• Spring – weed control methods are used, such as mulching and mowing.
• Early summer – trimming and shaping the trees, with the possibility of irrigation.
• Late summer – second round of shearing takes place on bigger trees that will be sold.
• Fall – this time brings lots of work, getting ready for the harvest season, this includes cleaning up the fields, sharpening saws, preparing balers, ordering supplies, scheduling workers and marketing efforts.
“It’s very busy for a few weeks as we provide a Christmas tradition for many families. Once we sell out of trees, we pack everything up and do it all over again next year,” says Justin.
Tip: Most of these farms only operate on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, so plan accordingly! Be sure to bring a blanket if you want to stay warm and cozy and definitely wear closed toed, comfortable shoes for walking around the farms.
Christmas Tree Adventures
1124 Kendall Farms Drive, Hendersonville | christmastreeadventures.com
What started as a hobby in 1999 for outdoor enthusiasts, Justin and Lyn Diel, has now turned into a family business. They opened their eleven-acre Hendersonville farm in 2007, selling their trees and wreaths, serving customers in Tennessee and Kentucky. Along with cut-your-own trees, you can pick out a fresh wreath or greenery to decorate your mantel. And for the kiddos, they can be enticed to go with the free hot cocoa and coloring books! If you are looking to stay a while, they have a gift shop you can peruse or sit by the fire to warm up.
Rhonda & Chris’ TreeLand
2054 Beechlog Road, Watertown | treelandtn.com
The drive could not be more scenic on your way to Rhonda & Chris’ TreeLand. On your way to the ninety-acre farm nestled in the valley of Wilson County, you’ll pass streams and have some picturesque views of the countryside. Their first tree was planted in 1997, and they have since grown to planting thousands since then on fourteen acres. Trees available this year are Virginia Pine, White Pine and Leyland Cypress. On a cold visit, a campfire will be burning for you to stay cozy and roast marshmallows. Hot spiced cider, hot chocolate and cookies are all available to you for free, too!
Country Cove Christmas Tree Farm
1189 Cut Off Road, Murfreesboro
Country Cove is a family operated Christmas tree farm, ornament and wreath shop located on thirty-five acres in Murfreesboro. They supply the saw, and you are free to roam the farm to find your tree. Choose from White Pine and Leyland Cypress (great for allergy sufferers they say). They will help shake, bale, load and securely fasten your tree of choice to your vehicle. Once you’ve selected your tree, you can enjoy complimentary hot cocoa and spiced cider, take a leisurely hayride around the tree farm (don’t forget a blanket) or sit by the outdoor fire pit to warm up.
Wildwood Christmas Tree Farm
286 La Paloma Road, Woodbury wildwoodchristmastreefarm.com/index.html
If you plan to head to Wildwood, make sure to carve out extra time to enjoy their farm, as they have an array of activities. Walk leisurely through the trees, take in the scenic hillside view from a rocking chair on the front porch, paint ornaments, take a hayride around the farm and the kiddos can enjoy the Treehouse Play Area. This is their eighth year growing and they are offering White Pine, Canadian Hemlock and Norway Spruce Christmas trees, along with pre-cut Frasier Fir trees.
Lazy Spread Christmas Tree Farm
3682 Dailey Road, Clarksville | lazyspread.com
Lazy Spread definitely has the family mentality. The Lazy Spread dream began back in 1970 when Frank Trice purchased ten acres on Dailey Road and began planting pine trees and fencing his land. Since then, family members have been moving back to the area and building homes on the property to stay close to the business. They primarily grow White Pine Christmas trees, Leyland Cypress, Carolina Sapphire, Blue Ice and Norway Spruce. Frasier Fir trees are pre-cut and available for purchase as well. Pick up a wreath while you are there, with three different options – Frasier Fir, Pine or a Cedar mix, all with pinecones and a hand-tied bow.
If I haven’t convinced you with the above, consider the environmental impact of cutting down a real tree, as opposed to putting up an artificial tree. It takes energy to produce artificial trees and they do not decompose well in landfills. They prevent erosion, provide habitat for wildlife and oxygen. Also, you can’t beat the activity or the memories you’ll experience from cutting down your own tree with family or friends. Maybe you’ll be making a new tradition!