Decorative Shrubs for Summer

With its long days, abundant rainfall, and warm, muggy nights, summer in the Southeast is a great time to plant and grow decorative shrubs. Shrubs thrive in this climate, and can add a lot of beauty, privacy, and comfort to your home landscaping. Turn your back or front yard into a beautiful oasis and enjoy the summer weather!

The right type of shrubs, when properly cared for, can act as beautiful privacy screens to create a special outdoor space for your family and guests. In addition to being pretty, decorative shrubs will reduce noise pollution in your yard, help circulate the air to keep it fresher, and trap dirt and dust from nearby construction, neighbors, sports fields, or just the wind. Some shrubs also attract birds and butterflies. Decorative shrubs are a great choice if you want to make your space truly feel like home. privacy fence with wooden door

3am Growers is about more than just landscaping. We are also professional landscape architects and designers with decades of experience in design, architecture, and horticulture. Together with our partner company Hood Architects LLC, creating attractive outdoor spaces with your comfort, privacy, and happiness in mind is one of our favorite things! With our expertise and your preferences, we can design a landscape that will make your back, front, or side yard into your family’s favorite place to congregate.

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Watering Trees in the Summer

At 3AM Growers in Tallassee, AL, we know there’s a big difference in the summer watering needed for young trees and mature trees. But how much should you be watering during the summer months? Are you watering your trees enough?

Young trees, in their first two years of life, have shallower roots and are growing rapidly, just like young children. They need more watering than older trees, especially in in the summer, because their roots are closer to the surface, where soil is more susceptible to evaporation. Without being able to dig deep, young trees will depend on outside watering. Of course you’ll want to water a tree as soon as it’s planted. After that, the key is to encourage deep root growth by keeping the soil moist all the way down past the roots. Proper mulching will help to cut down on evaporation and keep the soil moist.

Mature trees need less water. In the hottest months you’ll want to water anywhere from once per month to a few times a month based on rainfall conditions and the size of your tree.

Remember, don’t over-water. Soil around your trees should be moist, but not soggy or overly wet, and should dry briefly during the day so oxygen can permeate the soil. A good way to see if it’s time to water is to check the soil about 2” down by creating a small trench with a trowel or spade. If the soil is moist to the touch, you can wait before watering again.

Contact 3AM Growers with questions or concerns. We can help you help your trees last for years!

Spice Up Your Garden for Summer!

With summer in full swing, we at 3AM Growers are enjoying the long summer evenings with our friends and family in central Alabama, and we hope you are too! You’re probably spending more time outside in your garden. You wouldn’t wear the same winter clothes to a summer party, so why not try some new plants or shrubs to spice up your summer garden?

  • Citronella. Most people have used citronella candles to keep mosquitoes away, but did you know that the citronella plant works just as well? Not only that, but it smells much better! Where citronella candles can smell like harsh chemicals, the citronella plant smells fresh and clean to humans, even if mosquitoes hate it. If citronella isn’t your preference, there are plenty of other plants that will do the trick.
  • Daylilies. These perennials are beautiful, versatile, and so easy to grow, even for novice gardeners. Since they aren’t fussy or difficult, they are a great addition to your garden. They can add a pop of seasonal color to your garden, and because they’re so easy they will bloom year after year. Shade tree
  • A new shrub. Shrubs are not only beautiful, they also do important work for the environment. Shrubs can help scrub the air, reduce noise pollution, and cycle carbon dioxide into oxygen. We offer many different varieties of shrub that will thrive in the Southeastern US; why not switch out your existing shrubs for something different, or add new ones to the mix?

At 3AM Growers we have everything you need to give your garden that extra special something for the summer. Contact us today and let’s get started!

Top Landscaping Myths

As with any subject, there is all kinds of information about landscaping floating around. It can be difficult to tell what’s fact and what’s fiction. Here’s the truth about some of the top landscaping myths:

    • More water is better. Believe it or not, not every plant needs much water. Especially if you live in an area with a lot of natural rainfall, like most of our service areas, many plants can actually drown or rot if given too much additional watering.a green frog looks confused
    • Anything that grows wild must be native. It’s become popular to select plants that are native to an area for planting. Some people assume any plant that’s growing wild in their backyard must be native to that area, but this isn’t necessarily true. Many invasive plants, such as kudzu, grow better than native plants, and can quickly take over and choke native plants. If you want to cultivate native plants, don’t assume you can select anything growing wild.
    • Everything needs to be planted in the spring. While spring is traditionally thought of as a time for planting, different plants have different growing seasons. Many can be planted in the fall, or even the winter! Just because you missed the spring planting season doesn’t mean you’re doomed to wait a whole year before being able to start your landscaping project. 
    • I’ll never figure this out! You will! Landscaping can seem overwhelming, but just like any skill, it can be learned.

If you’re not sure whether the landscaping information you have is good or not, contact us. 3am Growers in Alabama has over 24 years experience in the landscaping business!

Visit 3am Growers on Social Media!

Almost everyone is on social media these days. Even the Pope has a Twitter account! Did you know 3am Growers is also on many popular social media platforms? By following us, you can easily keep up with our sales, specials, and blog posts. We’ll let you know when it’s time to start planting what in the Southeast (did you know you should be planting tomatoes now? If you followed us on social media, you would). Sometimes we post tips and recommendations, and share other relevant, informational news about landscaping and gardening.

You can connect and keep in touch with 3am Growers through any of these platforms, or all of them. Let us know which one is your favorite!

Have you had a great experience with 3am Growers? Whichever platforms you prefer to use, we always appreciate getting reviews on Yelp, Facebook, or Google+. Why are reviews so important? Recommendations from our loyal, satisfied customers is one of the most important tools available to help new customers find our wholesale nursery services in Alabama, and are a great way to help peopleLet us know which one is your favorite! make decisions about whether to use our services. Think how many times you’ve checked the reviews of a movie or service before you’ve purchased it. If we’ve helped your business be successful, let other businesses know. Word of mouth is the most important marketing tool any business has! feedback icons

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