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Christmas in April on tree farm

by Danielle Wagner

FAIRBANK (KWWL) Christmas tree farmers work all year long to make sure trees are ready for December.

About a dozen high school students helped plant nearly 4,000 trees today at Wapsie Pines Tree Farm in Fairbank.

Owner Bob Moulds said between pests, weather and other factors, you have to plant two trees to get one in the end.

Moulds marked where he wanted the trees to go with flags, and the high school students used a tree planting auger to dig the holes.

"We put a fertilizer pellet in. It's a slow release fertilizer, it takes two years to use it up. Then we also dip the top of the trees in anti-transpirant so don't dry out. We dip the roots in a root dip which helps attract moisture to the root," said Bob Moulds.

The seedling trees are from a nursery in Michigan. It takes about eight years for the trees planted today to become a Christmas tree.

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