As we have discovered in my previous blogs that the Christmas tree was established well before it is popularly thought that Prince Albert did, but he and Queen Victoria really took the tradition of Christmas to heart and are responsible for popularising it...
This month is all about getting the trees into the "right" shape and making sure the plantations are weed free. Hans and Paul have been out on the tractor cutting the weeds down and Kristien has been brush cutting in the plantation next to the retail area.
This is the month for "leader reduction". A special solution is rollered on to the very top part of the Christmas Trees to stop them becoming too long. Noone likes the star at the top of their tree to be miles away from the rest of the decorations!
April is a very busy month in the Christmas tree growing calendar. This is the month when the new trees are planted. Other jobs in April include fencing and preparation of new plantations and fertilising our established trees.