December 3, 2012

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PLATTSBURGH — This year, Heather Smith and her family sought out a full, well-shaped Christmas tree for their Chazy home.

They settled on a blue spruce, which they cut down themselves at D & D’s Tree Farm in West Chazy.

Spruces are known for having very picky needles that tend to deter pets and children from messing with them, according to David Goslin, who owns the farm at 407 Beartown Road with his wife, Deborah.

“I thought that’d be good with the cat,” Heather said. “He tried to climb it (our Christmas tree) last year.”

In addition to spruces, balsam firs and Fraser firs also make up the Goslins’ 20 acres of land, which the public is invited to explore by foot in search of the perfect holiday tree to chop down and take home.

All sizes of trees grow on the property, including some reaching up to 23 feet tall.

“We have a lot of big, big trees,” Goslin said.

For those less than 9 feet in height, customers will pay $35 at D & D’s; trees 9 feet or taller cost $45.

The balsam firs, Goslin said, are by far the most popular type of Christmas tree he sells, as they are soft to the touch and fragrant.

“It’s that woodsy, very nice smell,” he said.

Frasers, however, are good for people who plan to decorate with heavy ornaments, Goslin noted, because they have sturdy branches.

“People with old-fashioned ornaments that are heavy seem to prefer them,” he said.

And though Fraser firs don’t put off a fragrant smell, they do hold their needles well, according to Waldo Potter, owner of Potter’s Tree Farm, which is now selling pre-cut Frasers and balsams in the lot next to Viking Ski Shop on Route 3 in Plattsburgh.

“The needles stay on so much longer,” he said of Frasers.

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