Zionsville Times Sentinel

September 5, 2012

Christmas tree farms weather summer drought

By Sarah Lang/For the Times Sentinel

— This extremely dry summer in Boone County is going to have long-lasting effects, ones that won’t even be seen for many until December 2019.

The extensive summer drought has affected not only corn and soybean fields in the area, but the county’s Christmas tree farms as well.

The financial impact at Watts Christmas Tree Farm and Sparkle Shop in Zionsville wasn’t what it was in previous years, said owner Deborah Watts. The farm lost roughly 600 trees.

“They just outright died,” she said. “It isn’t a real impact for us as far as costing us money, but the cost will come in removing the dead trees.”

See Wednesday’s Times Sentinel for the full story.