Pennsylvania – If you’re planning on getting a real Christmas tree this year, expect to pay just as much as what you did last year.

Over the past few years, prices for a real tree have shot up because of a national shortage.

That’s because it takes about a decade to grow a nice tree, and fewer farmers planted evergreens during the recession in 2008.

Although prices have been going up nationwide, Pennsylvania is one of the states most severely affected.

A ChamberofCommerce.org study says on average in Pennsylvania you can expect to pay $73.

Only three states are more expensive than Pennsylvania: New York, California, and Colorado. People in North Dakota will pay the least this year for their trees, with an average of $33.

However, for a lot of people the price is worth it if it means that they get to keep their holiday tradition.

Listen to these people talk about how they get a real evergreen tree each year.

If you are going to have a real tree for Christmas, follow some simple safety tips:

Always keep your tree away from heat sources like fireplaces, radiators, candles, space heaters, heating vents, or lights.

Keep the tree base filled with water to keep it from drying out.

Once the needles turn dry and lose their green color, it’s time to say goodbye to the tree. You can set it out for trash collection, or to be more eco-friendly you can either turn it into mulch yourself, or check with your township, waste company, or local hardware/feed store to see if they are offering a recycling program.

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The map from the ChamberofCommerce.org Christmas tree study:

Christmass Trees Map 2018

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