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Behind the scenes and lessons at Jones Family Farms in Shelton, CT

The Life Of Your Christmas Tree

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We currently feature a photo display in our main yard depicting the life of a typical tree here at Jones Family Farms. I thought it would be worth sharing with you all here in cyberland too. I hope you enjoy!

IN THE NURSERY
Seeds and saplings are planted in our nurseries to start their journey towards becoming a part of your Christmas holiday.
[pictured: Farmer John L]

 

 

 

 

 

LEAVING THE NURSERY
After about 4 years, the trees are around 18” tall and strong enough to leave the nursery and head out to the fields.
[pictured: Farmer Bill]

 

 

 

 

PREPPING THE FIELDS
Crews mark the fields with lime to designate spots for trees and planting holes are drilled into the soil.
[pictured: Farmer Justin]

 

 

 

 

 

PLANTING IN THE FIELDS
Every baby tree is planted by hand into its new home in the Christmas tree blocks.
[pictured: Farmer John L]

 

 

 

 

 

KEEPING A CLEAR PATH
To keep grass from overrunning the trees in the fields, constant mowing and the planting of special fescue grass is needed.
[pictured: Farmer Terry Jones]

 

 

 

 

 

SHAPING THE FUTURE
Trees need to be shaped to have that classic Christmas tree look. All trees in the 200 acres get pruned by hand every year.
[pictured: Farmer Justin]

 

 

 

 

 

HELPING TREES GROW-UP STRONG
The trees need our help to stay healthy. Multiple times a year each tree in the 200 acres receives a healthy helping of fertilizer.
[pictured: Farmer Brian]

 

 

 

 

 

BRINGING IN THE HARVEST
The harvest crew works hard thru Nov and Dec to find and harvest great trees to bring into the yard for those guests who prefer a pre-cut tree.

 

 

 

 

 

FINDING A NEW HOME
Finally the trees are chosen by a family, bailed and secured for their trip to your home, where they hopefully become a part of your traditions.
[pictured: Farmer Hank & Farmer Rob]

 

 

 

 

 

A DECADE OF LOVE
After their 4 years in the nursery, trees grow about 1 foot per year out in the fields. So, that 6-8 foot tree you’re bringing home has been tended to by Jones farmers for the past decade.
[pictured: Farmer Terry Jones]

See you soon!
-Farmer Keith

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