Ripe conditions for the perfect live Christmas tree - KSWO 7News | Breaking News, Weather and Sports

Ripe conditions for the perfect live Christmas tree

Lawton_A live Christmas tree is almost a thing of the past.  But a couple in Jackson County wants to keep the tradition alive.  Thanks to the drought of the last ten years it's been hard for Albert and Sylvia Sasse to keep the tradition alive at Sandy Hills Christmas Tree Farm.  But, since we've had some wet weather the Sasses are giving it another shot this year.

The couple is dedicated to this tradition and run the only Christmas tree farm west of I-35.  Once upon a time, Sylvia Sasse's tree farm was the home of 17,000 trees.  That was twenty years ago and now they're down to 2,000 thanks to almost a dozen years of drought.  Sasse had two wells put in to bring in more water to keep the trees healthy.  But, those wells have gone dry so keeping the trees firm and beautiful takes a lot of TLC.

"No machinery," she says.  "We have to go around and deal with them one by one."  Each one is manicured individually by hand.  It's that special touch that Sasse hopes families will come to the farm for; the individual quality that families will enjoy when they choose their own unique tree and cut it down together.

Sasse says it will take about ten good years of moisture to make up for the loss from the drought - something that's not in the forecast.  So, just like any farmer they will have to take it as it comes.  "Don't know what the future will be," she says.

The good news is in this year's crop.  Sasse says since it's been wetter the trees are taller than they've been in recent years past.  She says she has a nice healthy crop compared to last year - their worst year for growth.

If you're in the market for a live Christmas tree this year, head on over to Sandy Hills Christmas Tree Farm 6 miles north of the Altus Wal-Mart on Highway 283 - 3 1/3 miles east and 1/3 mile south.  Follow the link for directions or give them a call at 580-563-2017.

  • Local NewsNewsMore>>

  • Zuckerberg's Holocaust comment puts Facebook on the spot

    Zuckerberg's Holocaust comment puts Facebook on the spot

    Wednesday, July 18 2018 6:08 PM EDT2018-07-18 22:08:46 GMT
    Friday, July 20 2018 10:27 AM EDT2018-07-20 14:27:02 GMT
    Mark Zuckerberg says he doesn't believe Holocaust denial content should be banned from Facebook. (Source: CNN)Mark Zuckerberg says he doesn't believe Holocaust denial content should be banned from Facebook. (Source: CNN)

    Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg says that while he finds Holocaust denial "deeply offensive," he doesn't believe that such content should be banned from Facebook.

    Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg says that while he finds Holocaust denial "deeply offensive," he doesn't believe that such content should be banned from Facebook.

  • Divers hunt for 4 after Missouri duck boat sinks, killing 13

    Divers hunt for 4 after Missouri duck boat sinks, killing 13

    Friday, July 20 2018 7:26 AM EDT2018-07-20 11:26:30 GMT
    Friday, July 20 2018 10:17 AM EDT2018-07-20 14:17:30 GMT
    (Nathan Papes/The Springfield News-Leader via AP). Emergency responders work at Table Rock Lake after a deadly boat accident in Branson, Mo., Thursday, July 19, 2018. A sheriff in Missouri said a tourist boat has apparently capsized on the lake, leavin...(Nathan Papes/The Springfield News-Leader via AP). Emergency responders work at Table Rock Lake after a deadly boat accident in Branson, Mo., Thursday, July 19, 2018. A sheriff in Missouri said a tourist boat has apparently capsized on the lake, leavin...
    Dive teams will resume searching for five people still missing after a tourist boat capsized and sank in a southwestern Missouri lake.
    Dive teams will resume searching for five people still missing after a tourist boat capsized and sank in a southwestern Missouri lake.
  • Trump-Putin II: Planning fall event in aftermath of Helsinki

    Trump-Putin II: Planning fall event in aftermath of Helsinki

    Friday, July 20 2018 12:37 AM EDT2018-07-20 04:37:04 GMT
    Friday, July 20 2018 10:18 AM EDT2018-07-20 14:18:28 GMT
    (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais). In this July 16, 20198, photo, U.S. President Donald Trump, left, and Russian President Vladimir Putin arrive for a news conference at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki, Finland. Trump has asked national security ...(AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais). In this July 16, 20198, photo, U.S. President Donald Trump, left, and Russian President Vladimir Putin arrive for a news conference at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki, Finland. Trump has asked national security ...

    President Donald Trump is inviting Vladimir Putin to the White House, even as the cleanup from their summit this week continues.

    President Donald Trump is inviting Vladimir Putin to the White House, even as the cleanup from their summit this week continues.

Powered by Frankly