Montrose Christmas trees survive summer heat

MONTROSE, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT)-- There may be a Christmas tree shortage after the recession and drought around the U.S. this year, and on the Western Slope, this summer, things just got too hot.

But, over at Covered Bridge Ranch in Montrose, they say supply is still stocked.

Owner Gary Riessen says they aren't worried about having enough product to go around, but the high heat from this summer shook things up.

"The drought maybe wasn't as much of a factor as the heat was. We've had extreme heat this summer. And with that, we are always concerned about using more moisture. So, keeping up with our irrigation and everything was the biggest project but it worked out well," Riessen said.

He said the heat doesn't make his trees brittle or shorter, but reports from across the country show taller trees are harder to come by and more expensive than previous years.

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