How Long Did it Take
to Grow That Tree?
Each spring the Becks can be found preparing the fields for spring planting. In addition to other crops, several thousand seedlings are planted each year. Most trees are about 14 inches tall, and are already 3 or 4 years old when they arrive from the nursery.
Once planted, the trees are fertilized and watered as necessary depending on weather conditions, just like in your garden at home. Weed free rows are also established, with a cover crop between rows to control erosion.
Mowing the grass between the rows of trees so that they have room to grow is everybody's favorite job in early summer. We have a fleet of mowers, one for every type of condition and size of tree. There are fungus and insect pests to contend with, as well as deer. Surrounding the tree fields, you'll see the large electric fences designed to ward off deer.
During late summer each year, every single tree on the farm has to be trimmed to make it look its best for you. This enormous undertaking fills up a lot of weekends and evenings, but results in a much fuller, conically shaped tree.
In the fall we are usually still trying to finish up the trimming, keeping the tree rows free of weeds, and continuing to mow the grass. More fertilizer is applied to give the trees a beautiful deep green color, as well as help with needle retention once you take them home.
November and December are incredibly busy as we prepare and sell trees. It gets even more interesting when there is snow to plow in the fields.
January and February might be the only time to catch our breath. By March, the ground begins to thaw and we can begin stump removal. Nutrient content, PH levels, and drainage, are adjusted in the fields being prepared for the next crop of trees. Then suddenly we are planting trees once again!
The average Christmas tree sold at BeckTreeFarms has been growing in our fields for 9 years. That's 9 years of filtering carbon dioxide and other pollutants to produce fresh, clean, oxygen rich air. One acre of young evergreens produces enough oxygen for 18 people!
For every tree sold, several more are planted as our business continues to grow, thanks to you.