CHRISTMAS bells are ringing already in Coramba, as Wayne Duver puts the final preparation into his Christmas trees.
“The trees are ready to be harvested, just a few final touches and they will be looking great,” said Wayne, who is about to harvest the first 'crop' of his specially tended three and a half-year-old pine trees.
“Growing the trees was harder than I thought it would be,” said the former strawberry and raspberry grower.
“It's not as simple as just putting a tree in the ground and waiting a few years.
“I prune each tree around once a month to build their shape.
“The last few years have been especially hard with the extreme weather conditions we have been having. It could be 30 degrees one day and raining the next.”
During November and December Wayne will be opening the farm gates on Eastbank Road and inviting people to come and choose a tree before Christmas.
“You will be able to pick the tree you want from around 800 trees, and reserve it before the Christmas rush,” he said.
He said live, locally grown trees were more environmentally friendly than imported, Chinese-manufactured plastic trees and also gave the added pleasure of their fresh pine smell.
Prices start from $26 for a 1.3m tree and delivery can be arranged.
For more information call 6654 4282 or 0427 660 282.