This year’s Christmas tree shortage has caused many to worry they’ll end up with a tree like Charlie Brown’s.
Drive down business 29, however, and a full assortment of beautiful green Frasier Fir trees come into view.
The premium firs, sold by Gearing Landscape, sit in front of CFC Farm and Home Services, creating a holiday wonderland for passersby.
The Christmas trees have been sold by Jim and Robert Gearing for eight years, a natural fit for Robert’s landscaping business.
Jim, a local realtor with Re/Max, said it was a dream come true for the brothers.
“It was just something we always wanted to do,” Jim said.
The business has grown substantially over the years, and this year moved to in front of CFC from its former spot in front of K&M Lawn and Garden.
Jim said the quality of the trees keep people coming back year after year.
“We go down (to North Carolina) and hand pick our trees,” he said.
Through the landscaping business, they have a deal with specialty growers and they are able to go and watch the trees grow.
While many large businesses have fresh cut trees as early as October, the trees at Gearing Landscape are cut right before Thanksgiving and the stock is replenished through Dec. 24.
Visitors this year will receive a special gift with their tree, as each tree comes with a $5 gift certificate to CFC.
The trees run from $25 to $89 and are anywhere from five feet to 10 feet tall. They also accept special orders, with Jim noting customers often ask them to tag a specific tree.
They also participate with local charities, working with LifePoint Church to give away trees and they also worked with the Red & Blue Santa program, with a number of the families participating receiving a certificate for a free tree as well. They’ve also donated trees to the Hospice of the Piedmont, Piedmont ARea Soap Box Derby and other non-profits.
“It’s extremely important to us, all of our money stays locally,” Jim said.
They also adopt families through Re/Max and donate trees to them as well.
“We also have customers who who will purchase more than one tree, and then just take one for them,” Jim said.
They plan to be open until Dec. 24 or until they run out, which is a possibility due to the Christmas tree shortage.
Jim explained that due to the recession in 2005, growers planted less trees and now they are feeling the crunch.
“They didn’t replant and now we’re short in supply, probably for at least another year,” he said.
He said the Fraser Firs that come from North Carolina are so popular due to their aroma, branch structure, density and longevity of the tree.
For more information to find the perfect tree, call 540-229-4134.