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Family business unaffected by Christmas tree shortage

KITTS HILL, Ohio (WSAZ) – This is the time of year most families get ready to light up their homes for the holidays. It’s a timeless tradition, taking your family to pick out a Christmas tree.

For 45 years, Keith Dickess and his family have worked to make sure there are plenty of trees available on their Kitts Hill farm.

Keith’s father founded Dickess Christmas Tree Farm in 1976.

“My dad started in 1969 by planting the first trees, but we had to wait seven years for them to reach the right height for the public,” Dickess said. “The Christmas tree is the centerpiece of a family’s home.

Nationally, some farmers have said Christmas trees will be rarer this year as a nationwide shortage linked to the recession of a decade ago continues.

Resisting the ice storm, Dickess feared losing some trees, but his farm stocked up and prepared for the holiday season ahead.

“The shortage of Christmas trees is not affecting us. I planted over three thousand trees a year. For many years that rotation kept us with a lot of trees, ”Dickess said.

To meet the growing demand over the years, Dickess decided to plant several species of trees. In the spring of 2022, he will plant 1,000 additional trees.

Dickess even added several species, bringing back a popular favorite for allergy sufferers: Leyland cypress.

With the coming weekend being one of the busiest, Dickess says it’s great to see families coming back every year.

“The return of families, year after year, sometimes three or four generations strong, seeing them with a smile on their return. We like to catch up after the year and see what they’ve done, ”Dickess said.

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