Work During the Year

We are lucky to have the ideal growing conditions in Co. Kildare. The farm is situated on the foothills of the Wicklow mountains. The ideal soils and climate in this area produce a slow growing bushy tree with a dark green colour.

In March when the soil has begun to dry, we prepare the ground for planting. We selects only the very best plants. The bareroot 3-year old seedlings are planted very carefully so that the trees get off to the best start . It will take another 8 years before the plant will be a 2-meter high Christmas tree.

Pruning is carried out throughout the growing season so that the Christmas trees will be a perfect shape and bushy. We prune each year except the year of harvest so that pruning cuts aren’t visible to our customers.

 

Planting

In March when the soil has begun to dry, Martin prepares the ground for planting. He selects only the very best plants. He is seen here examining a 3-year old Noble Fir plant prior to planting. It will take another 8 years before the plant will be a 2-meter high Christmas tree.

Pruning

Pruning trees is necessary to ensure that the tree you buy will fit neatly into the corner of your sitting room. this is a skilled operation. The trees that Martin is pruning here are about 6 feet in height and, when they  have put on their new foliage and new leader, will be ready to harvest next Christmas.

Plants at the seedling stage.
3yr old seedlings growing
Pruning to achieve the perfect shape.