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Money does grow on trees, and Christmas Trees
by Lewis Hill is the essential equipment for anyone who wishes to gain the pleasure and profit of growing and selling trees, wreaths, and greens.
Hill, an experienced and skilled tree grower himself, begins with the very basics, providing valuable insights on how to choose the best land and the best species of trees to grow on that land. Here you will learn how to
-- Plan for continuous, efficient growth, including interplanting, natural seeding, and stump culture
-- Care for your crop throughout the growing cycle, from planting and pruning, right through harvesting
-- Propagate your own plants and collect wild seedlings
-- Select the proper equipment for the nature and scope of your planting
-- Handle problems dealt by weather, pests and diseases, and animals
-- Find wholesale and retail markets, maintain a steady supply, deal with tree buyers, advertise and price, and maintain records and plan for taxes
An attractive and lucrative side business to that of growing trees is selling greens, roping, and wreaths. Hill shares his experiences with planting and managing a greens orchard, processing greens for both wholesale and retail markets, and making wreaths, sprays, and centerpieces by hand as well as with the aid of wreath-making machines.
The complete, clear, up-to-date information is warmed by anecdotes drawn from the author's many years of Christmas tree growing and selling.
Hill covers it all: selecting and preparing a site, cultivating and maintaining, managing production and harvest, and finding wholesale and retail markets, plus he includes a grower's calendar and list of associations.
Best-selling author Lewis Hill shares his decades of experience in this comprehensive guide to growing and selling Christmas trees, wreaths, and holiday greens. You'll discover everything you need to know to make your business thrive!
About the Author
The late Lewis Hill was a nurseryman for more than 55 years. He was the author or co-author of 15 books that total more than 600,000 copies in print. Lewis's Secrets of Plant Propagation was selected by the American Horticultural Society as one of their "75 Great Garden Books."
Table of Contents
I GETTING STARTED WITH CHRISTMAS TREES
1 Money Can Grow on Trees
2 The Burgeoning Christmas Tree Industry
3 Selecting the Best Site
4 Your Investment in Time and Money
5 Which Tree Should You Grow?
6 Sources of Planting Stock
7 Choosing a Cultural Method
8 Preparing the Soil and Planting the Trees
9 Improving Wild, Native Trees
II GROWING PREMIUM TREES
10 Maintaining Soil Fertility
11 Shearing and Pruning
12 The Fine Art of Weed and Control
13 Things Can Go Wrong
14 Managing for Efficient Production
15 Making Money with Greens and Wreaths
III HARVESTING AND SELLING CHRISTMAS TREES, WREATHS, AND GREENS
16 Marketing Trees, Wreaths, and Greens
17 The Harvesting
18 A Checkbook with a Happy Ending
19 A Christmas Tree Grower's Calendar
Christmas Tree Growers' Supplies
Seed and Nursery Companies
State and Regional Christmas Tree Associations
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