Christmas Trees for Pleasure and Profit

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Rutgers University Press, Oct 22, 2008 - Business & Economics - 160 pages
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Christmas Trees for Pleasure and Profit is for anyone who enjoys being and working outdoors and is seeking a profitable hobby or small business venture. Robert Wray has updated this fourth edition to include the latest techniques and tools for harvesting trees, new methods of transport, the most recent data on herbicides, and advice on how to run a Christmas-tree business today.

A perennial bestseller, this illustrated guide covers selecting land, choosing species, planting, harvesting, and managing a plantation. Wray provides guidance for choosing species suitable for the grower's situation, where and how to get planting stock, and how to care for it. The planting process is described in detail, including both hand and machine methods. The book presents useful techniques for protecting the growing trees from weeds, animals, fire, insects, and disease, and offers a full description of shearing or shaping trees to improve their form and densityłkeys to a successful crop.

As the grower's job is not done until the trees are sold, issues of grading, harvesting, advertising, and marketing are examined. A chapter on finances deals with costs, profits, and taxes. From novice to experienced grower, there is something in this book for everyone.

 

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Contents

A Growing Business
1
Selecting Land
7
Species to Grow
13
Where to Get Trees
28
Choosing the Planting Stock
33
Preparing the Ground
41
When to Plant Trees
48
Care and Handling of Planting Stock
53
Shearing
105
Protecting the Plantation
113
Grading Christmas Trees
142
Harvesting
147
Going to Market
157
Other Products of the Plantation
167
Profitsand Taxes
171
A Parting Word
176

Planning and Managing the Plantation
60
Spacing of Trees
68
The Planting Job
75
Keeping Plantations Clean
93
Suggested Literature
181
Index
183
About the Author
187
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About the author (2008)

ROBERT D. WRAY is retired from the U.S. Forest Service's North Central Forest Experiment Station in St. Paul, Minnesota. He has written for various conservation and professional publications and continues to do contract editing for the Forest Service.

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