User uShare Login | Register
Login
Register

Along with posting photos, videos, and stories, your uShare account lets you post Classified Ads, recipes on What's For Dinner, and Announcements.


44° View Weather Current Conditions Sioux Falls Change Location
Set Weather Options

RADAR LOCATION

TEMPERATURE LOCATION

News

[0] My Saved Articles
Back to all news

Business

Find local businesses
on the KELO Pages!

 

Warning About Christmas Trees Hit By Drought

November 28, 2012, 5:40 AM by Kellee Azar
Updated: November 28, 2012, 7:20 AM

Warning About Christmas Trees Hit By Drought
SIOUX FALLS, SD -

While the intended Christmas trees planted this year won't be ready for decorations for years to come, many of those arriving in lots this year have been noticeably affected by this summer's extreme heat and dry conditions.

Every year, Jerry Baumgartner delivers evergreen trees all around town. But before they can make it to your living room, they need to make it to his lot.

"I bought them in Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Michigan and North Carolina. I got a variety," Baumgartner said.

But this year, because of the drought, he wasn't sure whether his customers would have as many options.

"Yes, I was, I was very worried. If North Carolina would have been hit, I think I probably would have spread out hoping that one of them would have been better than the other. But I was very fortunate," Baumgartner said.

He's fortunate because although all the trees on his lot are from the same state, customers still have plenty of selection.

"Now I am getting the same variety from North Carolina so really, I got the best you could find," Baumgartner said.

While his lot dodged a bullet when it comes to drought-damaged trees, many in KELOLAND did not. So you will want to be careful when you pick out a tree.

"They probably wouldn't look real bad, although they could. If you get a tree from out of the drought areas, it's already starving for moisture and you cut them then you are going to have a lot dryer tree," Baumgartner said.

Baumgartner says drought-affected trees will need more water and even more care than usual but it shouldn't stop you from enjoying the season. Now, going forward, he's hoping for rain.

"Well yes, I am always concerned.  Anytime we get a drought, I think everybody is concerned, everybody that has trees and crops in general," Baumgartner said.

Baumgartner's is open daily and located just off of Madison Street.

Previous Story

Next Story


Comments





Sponsored
Find Local Businesses on KELO Pages!

View business

You may also like

Baby Books Rental Car, Family Denied Refund

3/31/2015 11:28 AM

A Minnesota family can’t believe how a well-known company reacted after their baby made a costly computer mistake.

Full Story | Watch
Plans Released For Pump Park in Brookings

3/27/2015 4:51 PM

The same company that designs BMX bike tracks for the Olympics is coming to South Dakota to create Brookings' newest park.

Full Story
RibFest Announces Concert Headliners

3/30/2015 8:40 AM

Montgomery Gentry, Cheap Trick, Uncle Kracker and Warrant are scheduled to perform at the annual event from May 28 to May 31. 

Full Story
How Much Do You Take Home In Pay?

3/30/2015 9:45 AM

How much does making $50,000 a year differ from one state to another, once you figure in taxes and cost of living?

Full Story
80 MPH Interstate Speed Limit Starts This Week

3/30/2015 2:18 PM

One of the most talked-about-bills during this year's South Dakota legislative session is set to take effect on Wednesday.

Full Story


Events