LACEYS SPRING Ala. (WZDX) - Buying a Christmas tree may be the furthest thing from many people's mind in July. But not for Pat and Roger Schwerman, the owners of Schwerman Christmas Tree Plantation.
They work all year long to ensure their customers have the perfect tree in time for Christmas. In fact, the trees they planted this year won't be ready to find homes for at least four years.
"If its birthday is February 2013, when they harvest it will be December 2018, and if it is a White Pine, the White Pines we planted this year will not be ready until 2023," Roger Shwerman said.
Schwerman Christmas Tree Plantation is the home to 10 different species of Christmas Trees. The Tree Farm is the oldest in Alabama. The Schwerman's have been it's owners for 11 years. Each week they spend more than 20 hours working on the plantation to have it ready for Christmas.
"One of the other things we do during the year is look at clearing the weeds and stuff around them," Shwerman said.
Doing that for 15,000 trees keeps them busy all year long. It is actually around Christmas time that their work finally calms down.
"That is the time of year we get to relax a little, cause we don't have to mow. The place is all trim and neat and looking good, and the cows and stuff are all settled down for the Winter."
That is the time they get to focus on what they enjoy most, matching their customers with the perfect tree.
"You can't beat Christmas. You have happy people, you have Santa Clause. Its really, what I call, the pinnacle of the year," Schwerman said.
Schwerman Christmas Tree Plantation opens to the public the day after Thanksgiving.