By: Lorrie Jackson | Category: Lawn & Garden | Issue: October 2007
Hundreds of trees are available for customers.
With the holidays just around the corner, many Owasso residents may have already marked their calendars to visit Owasso Tree and Berry Farm around Thanksgiving. After all, most locals already know about the farm’s unrivaled selection of high-quality Christmas trees. However, those who are planning on adding trees to their landscape will want to visit sooner. Owasso Tree and Berry Farm’s huge selection of landscape trees will enhance your property for decades to come.
When driving by, most people notice a few long rows of landscape trees on the end of Owasso Tree and Berry Farm’s property. Brent Jacobs, the son of owners Bill and Paula Jacobs, operates the landscape portion of the farm. He says that most people have no idea that this is just a fraction of the trees available. “There are more than just a few trees here,” says Jacobs. “We grow our trees in the hundreds.”
For guests who cannot find their perfect tree among the 180 displayed in the front, Jacobs or another employee will personally take them in a comfortable utility vehicle to tour over 700 ready-for-planting trees in the back. From large shade trees to flowering, ornamental trees, more than 30 different types are grown at Owasso Tree and Berry Farm. Several include multiple varieties of red maple, Japanese maple, flowering trees, weeping trees, shade trees and evergreens. A complete list of prices is available on the Owasso Tree and Berry Farm website at www.owassolandscapetrees.com.
All trees available at Owasso Tree and Berry Farm are grown right in Owasso not shipped in from larger tree farms. According to Jacobs, since the trees are already acclimated to Oklahoma’s heat and moisture levels, the survival of the plants is much greater.
Brent Jacobs manages all landscaping at Owasso Tree and Berry Farm.
All Owasso Tree and Berry Farm trees are grown inside 15-gallon, plastic containers in “grow bags.” Buyers get the entire root system with every tree. This method of growing has been more successful than the in-ground method, which caused 80 to 85 percent of the roots to be cut off and left in the ground.
Weather permitting, the landscape trees at Owasso Tree and Berry Farm go on sale the first weekend in October. “I have it worked out so that each new crop of trees becomes available in the fall,” Jacobs says. “Fall is the best time to plant new trees.” This fact is surprising to many, as people come down with “planting fever” in the spring when new growth is abundant all around us.
“If you want to give your tree its best chance of survival, plant it in October or November when the leaves are falling or have completely fallen off the tree,” Jacobs adds. He mentions that cooling temperatures cause the trees to send nutrients back to the root system as the plant prepares to be dormant for the winter. The sugars and starches that allow a tree to grow, typically known as sap, have been providing nutrition for the leaves in the top half of the tree. When the sap drops for winter, all of the energy moves to the bottom of the tree. This allows roots to grow through the winter. Also, when leaves fall from a tree, it becomes lighter. The wind blows through the branches rather than against them, eliminating the rocking movement that inhibits a tree from establishing itself.
During the fall, dehydration slows in trees. Roots no longer pump water to the branches and leaves at such a high rate. Therefore, trees do not need to be watered as much during the fall. According to Jacobs, even in a dry winter, trees should only be watered once a month. Trees tend to develop better in the fall rather than in the spring or summer when they have to endure the hot weather. “Evergreens are also best planted in the fall,” Jacobs adds. “Even though they do not lose their foliage, they go dormant like their deciduous cousins.”
Owasso Tree and Berry Farm offers free tree delivery to the Owasso and Collinsville area. Planting services are also available for a small fee. For those who choose to plant their trees themselves, Jacobs will give instruction on proper planting and how to keep trees healthy. The farm is open Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sundays from noon to 5 p.m., and by appointment on weekdays.