Ultimate Guide to Christmas Lights Displays Around Oklahoma

Ultimate Guide to Christmas Lights Displays Around Oklahoma

Mother holding a child under a Christmas lights display at night.

The ABCs of an Oklahoma Christmas

What’s the best way to have a holiday to remember? By getting off the beaten path and taking a fresh approach to your treasured traditions. At TurfWorks, we like to get just as creative with our seasonal celebrations as we do with our spectacular landscaping and design, so we’ve put together 26 unique ideas for a Yuletide you won’t forget. From El Reno to Idabel, Guthrie to Ardmore, and everywhere in between, TurfWorks has your Oklahoma Christmas experience covered from A to Z.

 

  • The Ardmore Festival of Lights at Ardmore Regional Park is one of the largest holiday light displays in Southern Oklahoma, boasting more than 125 animated displays along a 1.5-mile driving route.
  • Head to Bartlesville and the Woolaroc Wonderland of Lights at the Woolaroc Museum & Wildlife Preserve. See the historic ranch transformed with more than 750,000 lights decorating the grounds and buildings. Enjoy wagon rides and a unique view of the property from across Clyde Lake.
  • The nationally recognized Chickasha Festival of Lights was created 31 years ago to inspire the idea of “Christmas through the eyes of a child.” Every year, the 43 acres of Shannon Springs Park come alive with holiday sparkle, from the 4 miles of lighted walkways—including a lit pedestrian bridge over the park’s lake—to the 172-ft Christmas tree. As a bonus, stop by World Largest Leg Lamp, a 50-ft homage to Chickasha-native Noland James’ influence on the 1983 movie, A Christmas Story.
  • Go Downtown in December and discover all the best Oklahoma City has to offer during the Christmas season. Water taxi rides through Bricktown are free in December, giving visitors a chance to see the river in its holiday finest, while can’t-miss light displays adorn nearly all the districts, including Automobile Alley and the Lights on Broadway as well as the Midtown Christmas Tree and Holiday Pop-Up Shops.
  • Elk City’s Christmas in the Park features millions of lights and hundreds of displays, all of which you can experience from onboard a double-decker bus, miniature train, or horse-drawn wagon! You can also take a spin on the Centennial Carousel.
  • The Fort Reno Christmas Guns in El Reno are an old-fashioned flashback to a historic holiday tradition started by German immigrants, who discharged firearms like cannons and gums with the belief that it would dispel evil spirits before the upcoming holiday.
  • Gaze upon the Garden of Lights in Muskogee, which takes Honor Heights Park—famous for its spring azaleas—into winter in style. The park’s 130 acres of trees and water areas are brilliantly decorated with over one million dynamic lights and displays, including rose and azalea bushes illuminated in lights imitating the plants’ natural state during blooming.
  • Have fun at the Holiday River Parade, sponsored by Braum’s. Held at Riversport in the Boathouse District, you’ll be treated to water-skiing elves and holiday-themed boats taking over the Oklahoma River, with an evening presentation of fireworks and a laser light show.
  • Idabel is home to The City of Lights Parade, one of the most beautiful and well-attended parades in the region. Held the first Saturday in December, the parade kicks off the holiday season in McCurtain County, drawing approximately 25,000 visitors and over 100 entries, including bands from local and area schools, pageant winners from the Miss City of Lights Pageant, and decorated floats. Santa also makes his first official visit to Idabel during the parade in a fire truck provided by Idabel Fire Department.
  • Jenks’ historic downtown becomes a winter wonderland during LightsOn!, an annual event that helps usher in the holiday season with food trucks, a parade, live entertainment, carriage rides, and a visit from Santa. While you’re in town, head out to Kringle’s Christmas Land, a Christmas Light Fight-winning display delivered every year by Ben Summer, who’s also won a national Christmas competition. Kringle’s Christmas Land is a vintage family Christmas come to life, featuring a voice-narrated holiday story with life-size animated displays from the 1940s and 1950s, hand painted human animations, special effects, and realistic snow blizzard
  • In Ketchum—the “Gateway to the Grand Lake Christmas Parade”—you can explore the Winter Wonderland Christmas Light Tour at the Pine Lodge Resort. With free admission, visitors are welcome to drive through the property along the shores of Grand Lake as many times as they like to explore log cabins, woodland animals, and historic cars decked out in over 500,000 Christmas lights.
  • See one of the largest fresh-cut Christmas trees in the world in Enid, Oklahoma. Standing 140 feet tall, this evergreen, dubbed “The Christ Tree” and covered with 20,000 multi-colored lights and 10,000 ornaments, serves as the centerpiece of a 40-day Christmas extravaganza known as “The One.” A bonus L attraction: the holiday Laser Light Show at Turner Falls in Davis, a one-night-only Christmas laser light and fire dancing show held at Oklahoma’s largest waterfall.
  • Midwest City hosts one of the state’s largest drive-through light displays at the Holiday Lights Spectacular in Joe B. Barnes Park. You’ll see more than 1 million lights and 100 animated light displays along the 1.5 mile route, including a dancing forest display choreographed to traditional Christmas songs. Make sure to catch a carriage ride and get up close and personal to the 118-ft Christmas tree.  
  • North Pole Adventure in Oklahoma City is a one-of-a-kind interactive Christmas attraction and theme park. This 25,000 sq. ft. replica of the North Pole recreates the magic of Santa’s world, including Mrs. Claus’s Kitchen, Elf University, the Elf Clubhouse and Bedroom, and the reindeer barn. Visitors will also get a chance to see Santa’s Post Office, Toy Workshop, and House.
  • Outdoor ice rinks across the metro and the state offer plenty of opportunities to enjoy Oklahoma’s mild winters. Check out Devon Ice Rink in downtown Oklahoma City and Crest on Ice in Norman, as well as the ice rinks of Yukon’s Christmas in the Park and Chickasha’s Festival of Lights.
  • The Poinsettia tree inside the Crystal Bridge Conservatory in OKC is the perfect way to end a stroll through the Myriad Botanical Garden’s 15 acres of festive lighting. Featuring 16 feet of carefully stacked poinsettias, the tree is an annual tradition that can’t be missed. Psst…also be on the lookout for a special Meet Santa Blair event in the Lobby of the Crystal Bridge Conservatory.
  • The Quapaw Nation Children’s Christmas Committee hosts an annual Children’s Christmas party at the historic Coleman Theater in Miami, which is open to all Quapaw Nation tribal members, and you’ll find craft vendors, holiday candies and baked goods, and a hot meal—chili, a cinnamon roll, and drink for $10—at the Winterlicious Market held at the Quapaw Farmer’s Market in Quapaw and benefitting the All Tribes Education Consortium (ATEC).
  • Rhema Bible Church in Broken Arrow has been amazing visitors for over 40 years with the Rhema Christmas Lights, a synchronized musical display of trees and dancing snowflakes that covers 110 acres. This renowned event attracts over 500,000 people with the stunning Rhema Park Bridge, carriage rides, and a 50-figure nativity scene.
  • Sapulpa’s got the Christmas spirit, and they want to share it, with their Route 66 Christmas Chute. Three blocks of Dewey Ave. on historic Route 66 are closed off in downtown and canopied by nearly 800 feet of Christmas lights and décor in 10 different themes, adding a fun and festive atmosphere to the area’s retailers, shops, restaurants, and pop-up shops. Pro tip: check out the scavenger hunt and see what hidden Christmas treasures may be surrounding you!
  • The Territorial Christmas Celebration in Guthrie is an annual tradition held in the home of the largest Historic Preservation District in the country. For more than 35 years, locals and visitors alike have been dressing in old-fashioned Victorian-era attire and meandering around historic downtown to revel in 1900s-decorated store windows, carolers, candlelit trolleys, and a living nativity event. Watch as the new territorial governor is announced following the Christmas parade, take a Distinctive Homes tour, or enjoy a leisurely Victorian Walk Evening.
  • Utica Square, Tulsa’s upscale outdoor shopping center, has kicked off the start of holiday season for the last 50 years with their own lighting ceremony tradition, including 700,000 lights and Christmas carols by local Tulsa musicians, hosted by local journalist and meteorologist Julie Chin. Take photos with Santa and sit in his sleigh, wander glittering gardens, and explore Amber Marie & Company, the first and only all-Christmas store in Tulsa.
  • Visit Vinita for a charming small-town celebration that includes a Christmas Parade of Lights, breakfast with Santa, a tree lighting, and plenty of caroling, hot chocolate, and children’s activities.
  • Woodword’s Crystal Christmas in northwest Oklahoma is proud to be hosted “by the community, for the community.” The town sets Crystal Beach Park aglow with over two million Christmas lights, while the Opening Night Celebration features live music, train rides, ax throwing, and more.
  • The Polar Express, hosted by the Oklahoma Railway Museum, brings to life the magic of the popular movie and children’s book with a 1-hour round-trip journey complete with pajamas, hot cocoa, cookies, caroling, and sleigh bells.
  • Yukon’s Christmas in the Park is chock full of holiday delights. Over 100 acres spanning 3 interconnecting parks, this Oklahoma staple features Santa Express Train Rides, an ice rink in Chisholm Trail Park, photo ops with your favorite Christmas characters—like the Grinch, Rudolph, Elf on the Shelf, and Frosty the Snowman—and a 3-mile drive-through display boasting 5 million lights and over 500 unique installations.  
  • The OKC Zoo’s annual Safari Lights provides a unique holiday experience, giving visitors the opportunity to drive through the zoo and view more than 59 wildlife-themed light sculptures. The event also offers a walking tour through the Children’s Zoo and Dino Safari, where you’ll find animated light displays, festive treats, kids’ activities, and weekend visits with Santa.

 

Make a Christmas to Remember with TurfWorks

TurfWorks is a locally-owned professional landscaping company providing comprehensive lawn care services to homes and businesses throughout the Oklahoma City metro area, including seasonal services like Christmas light installation. Contact us today for a free quote and consultation, and see how we can help make your Oklahoma Christmas truly magical.

3 Tips for Amazing Christmas Lights Display

3 Tips for Making an Amazing Christmas Lights Display

This is it. This year is the year you’re finally going to get serious about your Christmas lights display. The problem is…you don’t know where to start.

 

The experienced technicians at TurfWorks have a few suggestions for creating a great scene that’s sure to get people talking. TurfWorks is a fully licensed and insured professional lawn care and landscaping company, and after decades of helping homes and businesses in and around the Oklahoma City metro area get into the holiday spirit, we’ve learned what it takes to make your property shine for the season.

 

Creativity. Get those creative juices flowing early. You can watch old Christmas movies for inspiration, or choose a theme, such as a specific aspect of the season, but the pros at TurfWorks recommend picking something unique that you can get excited about, even if it’s outside the traditional tableau.

 

Here are 7 “outside the box” ideas for your Oklahoma Christmas light display:

  1. Show your favorite logo some love. OSU? OU? OKC Thunder? Whoever you root for, make sure everyone knows it with a perfectly lighted profile of your favorite team’s logo.
  2. Keep it classy with colors. Instead of a logo, stick to your favorite team’s colors for a simple, streamlined, yet stunning display of dedication. OU’s crimson and cream are perfect for this time of year, while OSU’s orange or the Thunder’s blue add a festive touch from Halloween through the New Year.
  3. Embrace the Oklahoma pioneer in you and instead of Santa’s sleigh, attach lighted yard reindeer to a replica Conestoga wagon and create a Land Run on your very own lawn.
  4. Get musical and plan a light show coordinated with your favorite team’s fight song or the theme song to “Oklahoma.”
  5. Recreate Oklahoma City’s iconic scissortail flycatcher sculpture…in your yard.
  6. Your boat isn’t going to the lake anytime soon, so put it to work. Attach lights and place Santa in the driver’s seat or fishing off the side. While you’re at it, you might as well dress up the camper sitting in your driveway, too, and add an animated display of your favorite holiday character waving from the window.
  7. When in doubt, or if you can’t decide, you can’t go wrong with a holiday montage mashup. Sometimes a favorite holiday panorama is one that includes everything you love about the Christmas season.

 

Planning. Once you’ve settled on an idea, you’ll need to make a blueprint to map out your display. Be sure to include measurements so you know how many strings of lights to get. Pro tip: plan for extras. If you need 150 lights, buy 200 just in case, to make replacements easy and quick and ensure there’s no downtime for your dazzling display

 

Now is another good time to bring in the experts at TurfWorks. Because they’re already well-versed in making your home or business look beautiful, the team at TurfWorks can look at your property from an aesthetic standpoint and help you determine the best way to achieve your dazzling dreams, from what types of lights to use where and how to make your seasonal scene stand out.

 

Proper installation. Hanging Christmas lights is a common trope in holiday movies and books for a reason—it’s a serious hassle. Whether you’ve waited until the last minute and find yourself trying to set up your display in the middle of an Oklahoma ice storm, or you can’t get your strings to withstand the Oklahoma winter wind, installing Christmas lights yourself can be a trying task for even the most intrepid of holiday spirits.

 

So don’t. The typical homeowner only hangs Christmas lights one time, one year, but the TurfWork technicians decorate hundreds of houses every season, safely, securely, and efficiently, well before the holiday hustle and in half the time. We use only high-quality, commercial grade, durable LED lights, and we know all the tried and trusted tricks of the trade for helping your strings stay put without damaging your property. We can even install timers and sensors to make operating your optical sensation a breeze.

 

Professional Christmas Light Installation in Oklahoma City

If this is the year you’re going all out on your Christmas lights, don’t take the chance of a less-than-perfect display. Make sure your holiday panorama packs a punch and call the experts at TurfWorks. We can complete most residential or commercial installations within a few hours, and we can work with any budget and schedule. Our comprehensive, professional Christmas light installation services for homes and businesses include the purchase, installation, removal, and storage of commercial grade heavy-duty LED lights, and we have all the auxiliary equipment needed to hang them easily, safely, and securely, including quality clips, heavy-duty extension cords, three-way connectors, and dual-outlet lighting sensing timers.

Why stress when you can simply celebrate? Create a Christmas display to delight in while skipping the hassle of hanging lights yourself and contact TurfWorks today!

Enhance Your Outdoor Paradise

Enhance Your Oklahoma Outdoor Paradise

Although Oklahoma’s weather can get a little wild from time to time, it also offers plenty of opportunities to enjoy it. Whether it’s warm summer evenings and mild winter afternoons or blue skies and gorgeous sunsets, there’s no better way to enjoy Oklahoma’s finest days than from the comfort of your own outdoor paradise. 

No matter what your backyard or front lawn looks like–or if you even have much of one–there are endless possibilities for making it the perfect place to sit back and relax any time of year. With the right changes, your outdoor area can be just as functional and easy to maintain as it is beautiful, all while increasing your home’s living space as well as its value and curb appeal.

Oklahoma Landscaping: Hardscapes and Softscapes for Year-Round Enjoyment

An expanse of open, rolling green lawn in your backyard may be beautiful, but it doesn’t offer much usability during inclement or less-than-pleasant weather. For more functionality, consider adding some hardscapes that can help you enjoy your outdoor area year-round. Covered patios are a great way to get you and your family outside while staying comfortable and provide the perfect place for things like fire pits, outdoor kitchens, heaters, and seating. Additions like lighting, and ceiling fans, as well as strategically placed walls or foliage to block the wind and create privacy, can make a dramatic improvement in your comfort and keep your outdoor area usable no matter what the Oklahoma weather throws your way.

If problems with your soil, drainage, or elevation currently prevent you from adding hardscapes, some smart landscaping can help correct your outdoor area and prepare it for improvements. Retaining walls, for example, not only beautify your space, but they also manage the grade of your yard, reducing ponding and erosion during heavy rains. Fixing uneven areas or adding strategic flower beds can extend the life of your outdoor area, while things like sidewalks, paver pathways, and accent lights can keep it accessible and easier to navigate even when it’s muddy or snowy.

Lawn Beauty: Flowers and Lawn Care for a Vibrant Outdoor Oasis in Oklahoma

Visual aesthetics are crucial when creating a perfect outdoor oasis, and nothing adds more beauty to an outdoor area than healthy, vibrant foliage. Irrigation and proper lawn planning can help ensure you have a lush lawn that stays green as long as possible and stays healthy and well-kept during winter dormancy. Thoughtful seasonal planting and flower bed rotations can keep your outdoor area colorful even during Oklahoma winters while potted plants can be used to define spaces on a patio and camouflage outdoor electrical equipment.  Don’t have the space for dedicated flower beds? Consider hanging baskets, climbing vines, or vertical gardens that affix to a wall.

Your outdoor area is essentially its own ecosystem, and you can enhance it by working with the environment you have instead of trying to create one where your grass and plants will struggle to thrive. Native plants and grasses require little maintenance but can pack a big punch. Not only can they survive well in Oklahoma’s fluctuating temperatures, but many serve to attract pollinators, birds, and wildlife, while others can be effective in repelling pests. Similarly, when choosing turf varieties, consider factors like foot traffic, soil conditions, water availability, and dramatic seasonal swings.

Effective Weed and Pest Control for Your Oklahoma Lawn

Unfortunately, the great outdoors also comes with a great many pests and pesky weeds, and Oklahoma certainly has its fair share. All it takes is stepping on an infamous goat head sticker or an early clover bloom for your outdoor paradise to become a plethora of problems.    

Tackling weeds early prevents them from spreading, siphoning important nutrients from your grass and turning your lush lawn into a homely hodgepodge of invasive grasses. However, successful weed control requires more than just the occasional spraying. To keep your outdoor area looking its best, you need a comprehensive weed control plan that includes soil testing, fertilization, and both pre-emergent and post-emergent treatment.

You also want to keep your outdoor paradise from becoming plagued by pests. Correcting poor drainage problems can help reduce your mosquito population, while keeping trees and plants properly trimmed back can prevent ticks from invading. Keeping pests in check can also limit their destructive impact on your lawn, buildings, trees, and flowering plants.

As with weed control, you need precise, consistent, and proactive treatments to reduce or even eliminate problematic pests, and treatment needs to address the problem at its source. The pests invading your outdoor paradise are choosing it for a reason, such as standing water or overgrown areas. A customized pest control plan can help get rid of the pests you have and keep them from coming back.

Seasonal Decorations and Care: Enhancing Outdoor Aesthetics in Oklahoma

As the holiday season rolls around, you can take your outdoor paradise to a whole new level with professional Christmas light and décor installation. And, in Oklahoma, you can even sit outside and enjoy it for much of the winter, thanks to mild temperatures and infrequent snow events, so consider going beyond the traditional red and green to extend that sparkling spirit. Tree wrapping and light-sensing timers add a sense of elegance and extravagance, while heavy-duty extension cords, professional-grade light bulbs, and high-quality hanging clips ensure your decorations will be able to withstand Oklahoma winds.

TurfWorks: Your Partner in Creating the Perfect Outdoor Paradise in Oklahoma

With just a little bit of creativity, you can turn your yard or patio into a true retreat you can enjoy any time of year. At TurfWorks, we have the experts, experience, and resources to spruce up every inch of outdoor space, from hardscape design and installation to lush lawns and landscaping. We can even make your winters brighter with Christmas lights and holiday decor installation. 

If you can dream it, the experts at TurfWorks can do it, and we can help you take care of it after completion, with services like:

The team of licensed and insured professionals at TurfWorks is ready to work with any budget and any schedule, with affordable pricing and reliable service. We guarantee your satisfaction, and we never require a monthly contract, so you can get the lawn care services you need only when you need them. Whether you need help deciding what to do or already have a vision to share, let TurfWorks show you what’s possible for an outdoor paradise you’ll love. Contact us today for a free quote and to find out more about our comprehensive and affordable lawn care services.

Preserve The Beauty Of Your Lawn With Pre-emergent Weed Control

Preserve The Beauty Of Your Lawn With Pre-emergent Weed Control

Application of weed control methods is one of the most essential elements of contemporary lawn maintenance practices. Weed removal is a popular practice and both home and commercial property owners prefer this service to keep their lawns beautiful. This method help you maintain a lush green as well as healthy looking lawn.

When it comes to the problem of weed killing in your lawn and therefore keeping its aesthetics intact, pre emergent weed control application seems to be a top priority. Below are top things to keep in mind when getting weed control for your lawn.

Timely application is important for great results

Before you spread weed control solution all over all your lawn you must keep in mind that timely application is important is terms of ensuring the success of the weed control process and giving rich benefits to the lawn of your home or office. It is essential that you begin applying pre-emergent weed control solution in your garden before the weeds begin growing.

Types are methods of applying these products

Pre-emergent products are applied by pre emergent weed control Oklahoma services in both liquid as well as solid form. Both liquid and granules are effective and give you great results. When it comes to applying these solutions, it is better that you hire best professionals in Oklahoma and let experts do what they are best at.

An effective option for your lawn

Weed control in Oklahoma City is known as safe option for your lawn. There are a number of solutions and products available in the market and deciding which one is best for your lawn and plants can daunting, so better you outsource services of professionals.

The TurfWorks Difference

The TurfWorks Difference

We try very hard to be a different type of lawn care provider.  As you consider who will best meet your needs please consider a few of the ways we are unique:

Major Difference #1
Our guarantee to you…
Our Personal 100% Iron-Clad, Risk Free, “Double” Money-Back Guarantee to You!
We want you to be totally thrilled with our service… so absolutely delighted you will recommend us to your friends and neighbors.  Frankly, we want to care for your lawn forever.  You are the judge, if our work is not excellent; we will re-do the item in question for FREEIf you are still not happy, you will not owe us one red cent.
There’s more … if the item in question is not fixed to your total satisfaction we will pay another company of your choice to fix the issue.  Nothing is more important to us than your complete satisfaction.

Major Difference #2
We hire English speaking staff.  We train and we train and we train.  Our staff is licensed.  That’s really important!  We get in our trucks and go out in the field and check the work.  Also important!  We close gates.  We show up on time. We take pride in our communication with customers.  We come on the promised day… We return calls.

Major Difference #3
We don’t just insure our equipment and trucks; we protect your family and home with a multi-million dollar liability policy.  If your property was damaged or a worker was injured at your home… if your lawn company could not pay… who would? You or your homeowners insurance.  That’s not good enough!  That’s not fair!  We protect you!

Major Difference #4
Our fertilization and weed control program includes a service no one else offers, and we provide it at no additional charge. Our licensed spray technicians eliminate the grass that grows around the A/C unit, wires, cables, pipes, play equipment and drain spouts.  We also eliminate trouble grass that pops up in the cracks of the concrete, gaps in the fence, around fence posts and in retaining walls.  These are the areas that most companies ignore when they service the property– or in an attempt to deal with them, they cause damage.  If ignored, these areas are the eyesores that ruin the presentation of a beautifully manicured lawn.

Also, we built a system to optimize the treatment day around your watering and mow day. Such a system could not be bought… so we created it.  It’s important.  If the lawn is mowed too soon before or after a treatment you might as well throw that money out the window.  Mow too soon and the weed hasn’t had time to absorb the treatment before it is mowed.  Treat too early after mowing and there won’t be any weed visible to treat. That is how weeds get missed!  If you use another company to treat your lawn you might consider the advantages of using TurfWorks.

Major Difference #5
We communicateWe adviseWe are easily accessible.  We have invested significantly to make sure that when you speak with someone at our office they know what they are talking about.  Almost everyone in the office has, at one time, worked in the field or still does periodically.  How else can you expect good advice?

Monthly, we send some very important information.We send you our recommended optimal irrigation system settings for that month and a reminder of any services that might need to be performed around your home.For instance, we will remind you when it is time to prune Crape Myrtles, trim back perennials, prune roses, fertilize flowers, etc. We will also send you special discounts for recommended services.

Mentioning five major differences barely scratches the surface of the benefits we work hard to offer you.   As you consider your many options for lawn care service please consider the peace of mind that comes from using a service that knows what they are doing, will not waste your time, will give accurate advice, will not waste your money and will always show up on time.

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TurfWorks & Greenstock Nurseries: Native Plants Zone 7

TurfWorks & Greenstock Nurseries: Native Plants Zone 7

Hi, this is Matt with TurfWorks and I’m here with Jacob again and from Greenstock Nurseries and we’re here today to talk a little bit about the native perennial plants that you might want to incorporate into your landscape.  So what are some of the benefits to planting native plants for this area?  That’s a good question, there’s a lot of benefits native perennials native plants that are well suited for Oklahoma weather and our changing seasons. They benefit a lot of native wildlife including birds with their seeds and bugs as pollinators.  So I would also imagine that these plants are going to be a little bit less maintenance prone then let’s say something that might not be native, they might be more apt to not get diseases, and not require as much irrigation?  They are better suited for drought conditions typically and better suited for heat and also our cold winters.  So, let’s talk about each one of these plants and specifically where you might incorporate it into the landscape and its watering and maintenance requirements and what it’s going to do.  Ok, all of these perennials we have in front of us are going to be full sun, heat tolerant bloomers.  To my left we have Guara.  Guara is a native that will grow in most of Oklahoma, you can find it in pastures, bar ditches, even your backyard.  It’ll bloom in the summer, it’s a very heat resistant and drought resistant plant.  Right below it is our state wildflower Gaillardia or blanket flower and it’s just summer bloomer, it doesn’t stop, and it will take a lot of heat.  Verbena or Homestead Verbena is really close to the native one that grows around here and it will definitely grow in full sun and with just a little bit of deadheading and you can get this thing to bloom all summer.  Golden Rod, so if you see fields of yellow or at least bar ditches of yellow it’s probably Goldenrod in the summer or late spring.  Not Canola!  Goldenrod, full Sun it’s a really pretty showy bloomer for at least a month in late spring early summer and a few varieties we have, Fireworks.  And we talked a little bit about this beforehand, this cultivar is an upright cultivar that’s going to stay pretty compact and bushy as opposed to laying down everywhere.  Yes.  Spiderwort right now and May and June, Spiderwort is blooming it’s Tradescantia and you’ll see them blanketing pastures in fuchsia, violet and lot of really pretty blues and purples.  And you said this is primarily a spring bloomer.  Yes, so throughout the summer and the fall it’s pretty much a clumpy grass.  Coreopsis or tickseed, full sun, heavy bloomers in the spring and they can even bloom afterwards if you do a steady deadheading throughout the summer.  Coneflower or Echinacea is extremely tough, birds really love the seeds, so you can benefit your neighborhood by planting some helping the birds out!  They’re summer bloomers, they can take a lot of sun and they don’t they don’t quit blooming when it gets too hot.  So, I see this and I say well it looks a little bit like a Gerber.  Little bit they’ll get a lot taller and they’ll definitely put up with the heat.  As opposed to stopping blooming and looking a bit weedy.  This is a neat one pretty unique Leatrice and you can find this pretty much in and a lot of pastures even ones you would think would be an inhospitable to plants, they’re pretty tough.  Leatrice is a purple bloomer and it blooms pretty much one time in the summer and it’s worth the planting this could be really showy.  So we talk about a lot of these native plants what are the fertilization requirements for them?  Are they going to bloom without fertilizer?  Are they going to bloom if they’re a bit neglected?  Are they still going to look great if you’re not a hardcore gardener out there fertilizing and deadheading every day and doing all those things?  Natives are a little bit easier to care for, they don’t take as much fertilizer, they can actually look kind of leggy or weedy if you over fertilize and also over water they can be a lot more efficient as far as that their water consumption.  So as far as plants for Oklahoma these are the set it and forget it of the landscape.  They can be, if there is such a thing.  They can be a lot easier to care for, for sure, they’ll continue to bloom for you, continue to grow and even with a little bit of neglect.  Well I appreciate you sharing all these plants with us today and I hope you’re able to get a little bit better idea of all these different species and where you might incorporate them into your landscape to add some color really because they all look awesome!  Well thanks for joining us today like I said before we’re here at Greenstock, that’s where we get all of our plant material from their located at 4000 North Boulevard in Edmond is retail location and come see Jacob he’ll be more than happy to show you around and find one of these to fit into your landscape!

Turfworks The Oklahoma City Metro’s Landscape Maintenance Expert.

Choosing and caring for Roses in your landscape.

Choosing and Caring for Roses in Your Landscape.

Hello, this is Matt from TurfWorks, and joining me today is Jacob of Greenstock Nurseries, our trusted provider of landscape materials, with a retail outlet located at 4000 North Boulevard in Edmond. We’re excited to discuss the selection of roses on special this week, along with their care instructions, including watering, fertilizing, and pruning practices, to ensure successful planting.

Jacob, could you brief us on the specifics of these roses?

We’re featuring three varieties: Julia Child, Double Knockout, and the hybrid tea Oklahoma Rose.

What are their watering needs?

Roses are fairly straightforward. Initially, frequent watering is key to establishment, especially when planted in spring. During the summer heat, supplemental watering is crucial.

And the ideal fertilizer?

There’s a variety to choose from. Look for fertilizers that boost blooming and promote lush, green growth, like Miracle-Gro Rose Food or Bonide’s Super Bloom. Apply in spring and continue as they bloom into early summer, but avoid fertilizing in the fall.

Can you explain the pruning requirements for each type?

Certainly. Hybrid teas produce a single bloom per stem, so once the bloom withers, prune it to encourage new growth. Floribundas have multiple blooms on one stem; removing spent blooms allows for fresh ones to thrive. The Double Knockout typically self-prunes but may require trimming to manage size and shape.

When and how should we prune Double Knockouts?

The best time for pruning any rose is early spring—often indicated by when the forsythia blooms. Knockouts are less fussy and can be pruned in the summer to remove old or dead growth.

Thank you, Jacob, for these insights. We hope these tips will guide our listeners in choosing and caring for their roses. For those interested in adding roses to their landscape, visit Jacob at Greenstock for expert advice and a wide selection. They’ll ensure you find the perfect rose for your garden.

April: TurfWorks Top Tips

April: TurfWorks Top Tips

Lawns:

It’s time to start cutting warm-season turf such as Bermuda. Be careful not to scalp your lawn, even if your lawn has not been cut yet, you want to remove much of the dormant turf, but not the crown of the turf.   Adjust the blade height so that the turf looks cut when finished, but you can’t see spots of soil. A good rule of thumb for spring cutting is to not remove more than one third of the height of the plant. During periods of fast growth in the coming months, it is best to cut the lawn once per week to avoid damage to the turf and keep the lawn looking its best.

Weed Control and Fertilization:

If you’ve been following a typical schedule, it’s probably about time to have another round of pre-emergent applied to the turf to guard against weeds. To feed the turf so that it has the nutrients it needs for optimal growth, applying a fertilizer with ammonium sulfate, such as 21-0-0 would be appropriate.

Pest Control:

For pest control; Cutworm, Grub, and Pillbug pests may become an issue and can be treated as they arise.

Mulch:

Now that winter is gone, remove and replace mulch around such plants as azaleas and roses to lessen the chances or harboring disease causing spores or insects. If you think disease or insects are not a problem, just freshen your mulch to a depth of 2-3” for the best weed suppression and moisture control. Make sure not to bury the root crown of any trees you may mulch around as it can cause many issues including decay of the trunk, insect damage, rodent damage, root girdling, and failure to develop a normal root flare.

Irrigation Systems:

Now that the threat of frost is gone it is safe to turn your irrigation system back on. It is a good idea to run through the system and check for any broken heads, heads or nozzles that need adjustment, leaks, or broken or stuck valves. If you had previously programmed a watering schedule, check it make sure that it is appropriate for this time of year. We would recommend approximately 15 minutes every other day for warm season turf and approximately 20 minutes every other day for shade turf. Do not water past the point of runoff. If you notice a significant amount of water on any hard surfaces you may want to check to make sure that you do not have an issue with hydrophobic soil or have a broken or misaligned sprinkler head. Oklahoma Mesonet, a local weather provider, does provide approximate soil moisture levels and turf rainfall needs. You can view their site here: http://sip.mesonet.org/

We hope these tips will help you with your lawn maintenance needs and as always, if you have any questions or need any help, call us at 405-494-6020.

Sincerely,

-The TurfWorks Team

How to Trim a Crape Myrtle

How to Trim a Crape Myrtle

Hi, this is Matt with TurfWorks and we’re out today at one of the HOA’s that we service to look at some Crepe Myrtles and how to correctly trim them. This is Martin’ Flores one of our commercial crew leaders and he is going to show us how to properly trim a Crepe Myrtle. Without trimming the incorrect way, which is to cut the plant off at the base, I know a lot of people do that and you may see them around town. It is definitely not the ideal way to trim a Crepe Myrtle. It really does no good for the plant and overall a bad idea. For really healthy good looking multi-trunked Crepe Myrtles you want to avoid that practice as much as possible. What we want to do is come up to the canopy you want to remove a lot of the canopy but leave some. Martin’ can you tell us a little bit about how you go about deciding which branches to trim off of the canopy and which branches you want to leave. You want to cut the ones pointing down and you want to cut them six inches from the base of the canopy as well as remove all of the little dead branches. You want to try and shape the tree in the way you might want it to grow in the future. You want to cut the branches that are pointing down that are in later years not going to provide the shape you desire. We’re going to go ahead and let Martin’ and the crew trim this Crepe Myrtle and we’ll come back at the end and show you what it looks like. This is the Crepe Myrtle after it has been trimmed, as you can see all of the trunks are still intact, we’ve left about six inches on the canopy, trimmed all of the small branches and removed any dead branches. We now have a Crepe Myrtle that will look awesome this summer. Remember it is totally unnecessary and not a good practice to trim the plant at the base. If you have any questions or need any help with Crepe Myrtles please feel free to give us a call at 405-494-6020.

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