About Our Farm
Our family purchased Mistletoe Acres in December, 2012. The tree farm, formerly known as Riverbank East Trees, had been previously owned and operated by the Wilson family. Since our purchase of the property, we have expanded the farm by 50% its original size. We have even planted our own evergreen nursery, bringing our tree total to approximately 7,000. We plan to continue expanding the farm for years to come.
We put a lot of time, energy, and LOVE into growing our trees.
Our customers often ask the question: "How long does it take to grow a tree?"
On average, a healthy tree grows about a foot every year. A seven-foot-tall tree takes roughly seven years to grow. In those seven years, a lot of maintenance and expense goes into growing that tree.
Each tree on our farm must be manually inspected and treated as needed for pests and disease, regularly watered, fertilized and pruned. In addition, we must manage weeds and continually test our soils to ensure our trees are receiving the proper nutrients.
Planting trees also requires a lot of hard labor! If not done using the proper methods, a seedling will not survive past its first few years. We must first remove old tree stumps to make room for new trees, and we are only able to plant if weather conditions are favorable.
We begin by planting saplings in large, 10 gallon pots in our nursery. We allow our young trees to mature for three years in the nursery under the protection of mulch beds and sprinklers. During the spring and fall months, we will hand transplant nursery trees into our larger fields.