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Ohio Christmas tree farm takes year-round attention

Dec. 07, 2012 @ 07:32 AM

PROCTORVILLE, Ohio — Owning a Christmas tree farm is more than just a seasonal business as far as Tom Pinkerman is concerned.

He has about 3,000 fir, pine and spruce trees on his 40-acre farm Pinkerman Christmas Tree Farm on Ohio 775 about a mile and a half north of Proctorville.

“I was in it years ago, but I was doing TV repair work full-time,” Pinkerman said earlier this week. “My dad started the business around 1960. I took it over in 1971 or 1972. I’m retired, but it keeps me busy. It gets me out of the house.”

He got back in the business when he started planting new evergreen trees in 2004, Pinkerman said. “It takes six to eight years for trees to grow to seven or eight feet, the size people like for Christmas.”

“I plant 300 every spring,” Pinkerman said. “It’s a long-term investment. You have to keep at it. Not all of them will survive. The deer get some of them. They like to get the tops of the young trees. The bucks will rub their antlers against the bigger ones. Groundhogs also will dig up the roots of some trees.”

“There’s a lot of work involved,” Pinkerman said. “You need to keep the pines trimmed up and keep them fertilized. If not, you’ll have trees that look like a Charlie Brown tree. You need to keep the weeds out and the grass mowed and you need to spray the trees in the summertime to keep the bugs off.”

Trees on the farm cost $30 and up, he said.

“This is a big time of year, but people come out in the spring, too,” Pinkerman said. The trees can be cut, but some people like to dig them up and plant them in their yard later, he said.

“The farm has been in my family since 1926,” Pinkerman said. “He was from Logan County, W.Va. He wanted to get away from the mine wars, so he moved up here.”

The farm is a family business, he said. His grandson and son help him, Pinkerman said. He can be reached at 304-633-0307.



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