Christmas is just a couple weeks away, and that means tree lots are competing for business.
According to a couple business owners in Kearney, tree sales have been really good this year.
They say the key to booming sales is the quality of trees, the weather patterns, and Thanksgiving arriving late.
"This year I think people have been really anxious and excited to get things decorated, get ready for the season," said Steinbrinks Landscaping and Greenhouse production manager Heather Madison. "I think because it was a short holiday season, that has kind of helped."
Madison said she started with 100 trees and had about 12 left Sunday afternoon.
Pete's Trees owner Dan Peterson calls this a banner year, saying he anticipates running out of trees by the end of the week. He said buying a real tree is worth it.
"I think it makes a big difference in the families' lives," said Peterson. "They really experience Christmas more than just looking at an artificial tree, getting the smell and the odor in their house and being able to decorate it and stuff."
Tree lot owners say they've also sold a lot of wreaths, sprays, and other holiday decorations as well.