The cost of a Xmas tree

akinom 19 December 2010 14

When I lived in the country I used to lop a branch off a pine tree out the back and there was my Xmas tree.

Since moving into town I’d get my tree at Dickson from the scouts. Last year it cost around $30. But THIS year there were no scout trees at Dickson . Where have they gone?

I headed to a nursery off the Barton Hwy at Gold Creek and paid $50. Why have trees got so expensive??


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blowers blowers 3:07 pm 20 Dec 10

Had to giggle last weekend when the Scouts were trying to sell the last two trees at $30. Straggly limpy looking specimens. Obviously the trees are expensive due to the drought but the Government could have made a few bucks for charity by selling off the small trees over in Deek’s forest instead of bulldozing them.

S4anta S4anta 10:12 am 20 Dec 10

I headed to a nursery off the Barton Hwy at Gold Creek and paid $50. Why have trees got so expensive??

Dude, for $50 you could have bought a tree and a pot and had it all year round looking flash. We got ourselves Wollemi Pine for our Christmas tree it looks sh*t hot.

georgesgenitals georgesgenitals 9:05 am 20 Dec 10

This year I transplanted a small pine tree that had to be moved in our back yard into a large pot and brought it inside. The plan (if the tree survives the potting) is to allow it to grow in the pot for the next few years, and to leave it outside the rest of the year.

akinom akinom 7:28 am 20 Dec 10

Interesting responses.

Another one I heard was that because of this year’s wet spring, there was more growth and thus more labour involved in trimming the tree, hence the higher cost.

yoyo 23 – I could get a living tree in a pot, but I’m lousy with watering pots. And I don’t want to buy plastic, because I want to save the planet. In any case I mulch my old tree as much as possible into the garden, near the camelias and blueberry, which like the acidity.

Churl – I did notice the free trim looking trees near the arboretum on the lake, but it was too late – id already bought my tree. Sigh.

akinom akinom 7:28 am 20 Dec 10

Interesting responses.

Another one I heard was that because of this year’s wet spring, there was more growth and thus more labour involved in trimming the tree, hence the higher cost.

yoyo 23 – I could get a living tree in a pot, but I’m lousy with watering pots. And I don’t want to buy plastic, because I want to save the planet. In any case I mulch my old tree as much as possible into the garden, near the camelias and blueberry, which like the acidity.

Churl – I did notice the free trim looking trees near the arboretum on the lake, but it was too late – id already bought my tree. Sigh.

cleo cleo 1:43 am 20 Dec 10

About 5km’s down Captains Flat Road there is a sign for trees for $20.

Buy a imitation one!

dvaey dvaey 12:01 am 20 Dec 10

I saw them at Woolies over the weekend for $20, cant remember if it was Erindale or Tuggeranong.

2620watcher 2620watcher 11:16 pm 19 Dec 10

About 5km’s down Captains Flat Road there is a sign for trees for $20.

yoyo23 yoyo23 7:55 pm 19 Dec 10

$50 for a five year old isn’t bad is it? 5 years of crappy weather means it will take at least another 3 years before good trees are available (by legal means), assuming good growth every year. I though they grew faster than that but apparently not.

Save the planet, don’t have one 😛

bubzie bubzie 3:31 pm 19 Dec 10

the scout christmas trees moved to tuggers bunnings. Still there. Still 30 bucks.

All is well.

churl churl 1:52 pm 19 Dec 10

Still plenty of wilding pines in the natureparks through Canberra.
Just get out and do some green weeding!

Deref Deref 12:05 pm 19 Dec 10

Got one from the car park at Bunnings yesterday for $30. They’re all pretty crappy, no doubt because of the rain, they’ve grown fast and sparse.

DermottBanana DermottBanana 11:57 am 19 Dec 10

The bit where you said there were no scout trees in Dickson gives you a clue.
Google ‘supply and demand’.
Happy reading.

threepaws threepaws 11:04 am 19 Dec 10

Drought. Fewer to go around.

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