In western North Carolina, Fraser fir Christmas trees are produced in areas where tourism and retirement homes bring people to the area who have little prior contact with farming. Growers are often criticized for using too many pesticides, and citizens are concerned that these pesticides are adversely affecting the quality of streams in the area or their own health. However, Christmas tree production really requires far fewer pesticides than most of the commodities grown in the area such as pumpkins or apples. The following are some frequently asked questions and answers intended to help the non-farming public better understand the true impacts of the Christmas tree industry.
Recommendations for the use of agricultural chemicals are included in this publication as a convenience to the reader. The use of brand names and any mention or listing of commercial products or services in this publication does not imply endorsement by North Carolina Cooperative Extension nor discrimination against similar products or services not mentioned. Individuals who use agricultural chemicals are responsible for ensuring that the intended use complies with current regulations and conforms to the product label. Be sure to obtain current information about usage regulations and examine a current product label before applying any chemical. For assistance, contact your county Cooperative Extension agent.
Prepared by Jill Sidebottom, Ph.D.
Area Extension Forestry Specialist, Mountain Conifer IPM
NCSU College of Natural Resources
NC Cooperative Extension Service
Horticultural Crops Research & Extension Center
455 Research Drive
Mills River, NC 28759
Phone: 828.684.3562 ~ Fax: 828.684.8715
Web Crafter: Anne S. Napier and Jill R. Sidebottom
Updated October 1, 2010