Welcome to the Heart of the Great Northwest!
Our growing and harvesting process is achieved through coppicing. This is an environmentally-friendly method, consisting of cutting back a tree near the base, keeping the roots intact, thereby allowing new shoots to sprout to form another tree. Its original pyramidal form is reached through light hand pruning.
We offer three densities of trees; natural density (virgin branches - most open), medium density (lightly pruned) and full density (heavily pruned). Everyone has their idea of the "perfect tree" and we strive to accommodate each client's needs. When we find the perfect tree for you we will tag it and wait until we are ready to ship before cutting, baling and shrink-wrapping it to preserve ultimate freshness - quite the opposite of what you may likely find in a tree lot.
Mark Helland, owner and principal overseer of this entire process, has been in involved with horticulture for over 40 years, growing up with tree farms surrounding him and working inside the national forestry in the Mt St Helen area of Washington state. In 1997 he brought the business to a new level via cyberspace.
The coolest thing about this whole operation is that when clients order our trees, they come back year after year; this speaks for itself.
Speaking of clients, we had the fortune to receive photos, documenting the process of what happens after UPS delivers our packages. We'd like to share them with you so you know what to expect!
If you're not going to put your tree up shortly after arrival it's best to remove the shrinkwrap to allow it to breathe. Place it in a bucket of water and keep in a cool place, away from direct sunlight.
When you are ready to put it up, you might cut a small piece off the base (sometimes sap hardens on the trunk base (though it may not really matter so much due to the freshness of the tree - personal preference). Place it in its stand with the baling twine still intact. Now's the time to look at the height and decide if you need to cut anything (more) off the base.
When you are satisfied, cut the twine and let the boughs do their thing! It might take a little time for them to completely fluff out; you will be amazed at how sturdy these fir trees are.
A warm thanks to Mike and Kathy for sharing these photos.
What a gorgeous tree - and a lovely house!
By the way, this is a Nordmann Fir.