Extension offers crash course on buying, caring for Christmas trees


Selecting a fresh cut Christmas tree has become the highlight of the holiday season for many families. Spending the day at a cut- your-own Christmas tree farm or shopping for a natural tree creates memories for families that last a lifetime.

Do you want to know how to select the perfect tree? Have the thoughts of space, type and care of fresh cut natural Christmas trees left you bewildered?

The Ohio State University Extension Wood County is offering a Christmas tree class.

This program will educate participants on how to purchase trees based on overall appearance, color, needle length, branch characteristics, needle retention and fragrance. The class will also discuss how to care for a tree so that it will last through the holiday season.

The Christmas tree class is scheduled for Dec. 3 from 10 a.m.-noon at Rick and Carl’s Christmas Trees, 20354 N. Dixie Hwy. There is no charge for the class; reservations are requested. For registration or more information contact: The Ohio State University Wood County Extension office at 419-819-3071.

Rick and Carl’s Christmas Trees opened during the recession of the 1980s. Rick, a carpenter by trade, was laid off during the Christmas season. With some assistance from his family, he purchased 100 Scotch Pines Christmas Trees from a company in Michigan. He sold the trees during the Christmas season in 1982. Fast forward to 2000, Rick and his father Carl purchased their current location in Bowling Green. Besides Christmas trees, they are known for pumpkins, fresh asparagus, sweet corn and firewood.

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