How to Deal with Surface Tree Roots

We love to have trees in our yards for their beauty, the shade they provide, and their benefits to the environment, but it’s not all fun and games. Trees need a lot of space, and they aren’t shy about taking it up. What do you do when the roots of a beloved tree have crept up into the surface of your lawn, sidewalk, or even driveway?

Tree roots break the surface for many reasons. Often the soil in urban or suburban areas is not conducive to deep growth of tree roots. In order to better access oxygen and moisture, most tree roots grow within the first foot of soil. It only takes a little bit of growth or erosion for roots to break the surface. tree roots

Now, how to deal with this problem. First of all, don’t cut surface tree roots! It may be tempting, but doing this will damage your tree and can lead to disease, pest infestations, or even the death of your tree. When you want to cover surface roots, your best bet is simple: use mulch to level the surface, and then plant a filler grass.

Ultimately, though, bear in mind that any solution short of removing the tree entirely is only temporary. If your tree is posing danger to your home or other structures and you find you need to replace it, 3AM Growers can help you select a new one and find the best location for it in your outdoor space.

At 3AM Growers in Tallassee, AL, we can help with your tree questions. Contact us today and let’s see what we can do!

Help Your Plants Beat the Heat

It’s no secret that humans and pets can suffer in the heat, but did you know that plants can as well? When summer temperatures soar, plants can really feel the heat stress, especially if the weather is also dry. 3AM Growers is in Tallassee, Alabama, and trust us–we know from hot weather! Here are some simple ways to protect plants against heat stress this summer.

  • Water Carefully. The hotter it gets, the more moisture evaporates from the soil. Watering your plants in the morning, before it gets hottest outside, is a great way to make sure the roots can absorb the water they need. Some plants may also need to be watered more frequently or with more volume in the summer. hot summer sun
  • Plant Deeper. You can plant your seeds a little deeper if you know you’ve got a late start this year, if you’re expecting a really hot summer, or if you live in an area that sees warm temperatures all year round. This will help protect seeds and fledgling root systems from scorching before they have a chance to get established.
  • Keep the Sun at Bay. Even plants that need a lot of sunlight can be damaged by it. When it’s hottest outside, consider adjusting your plants so they are protected from the most direct sunlight. Sometimes this is as simple as just moving potted plants during the brightest part of the day, usually between 10:00 am and 4:00 pm. You can protect plants in the ground by making or purchasing shade cloths. Make sure there is plenty of room for airflow between them and your plants.

With these tips, you can help ensure your plants will thrive no matter how hot it gets this summer. If you need additional help, though, don’t hesitate to contact us at 3AM Growers!

Conifers 101

Whether you want to add a dramatic centerpiece, some privacy, or just an interesting contrast, conifers are an attractive, hardy, and versatile addition to an outdoor space. With so many options to choose from, how can you select the best tree for your needs? 3AM Growers offers many varieties of conifer, as well as the knowledge and know-how to pick the best one for your needs. Here are some things to consider when you’re adding conifers to your yard.

  • Purpose. What, specifically, are you hoping to get out of your plants? The best conifers for a privacy screen may be different from the best conifers to act as charming adornments to the rest of your yard. conifer trees
  • Size and Space. Conifers come in all shapes and sizes, from shrubs all the way up to towering trees. They grow quickly and can live for centuries. When you’re selecting conifers, make sure you stay aware of size and space considerations so you don’t run into problems or damage down the line.
  • Aesthetics. Do you want your new conifers to blend with existing ones, or contrast with them? Are you dying for a specific look, scent, or color? Are there zoning laws of HOA regulations you need to take into account? All these factors should play into your decision.
  • Environmental Factors. The soil composition, rainfall, sunlight exposure, climate, etc. of your outdoor space all need to be considered when selecting any new plants.

All this may seem like a lot, but don’t panic! 3AM Growers in Tallassee, AL has all the necessary tools and in-house experts to help you make the right decision. Contact us today and let’s get started!

Shade Trees 101

There’s nothing quite like sitting outside under the cool shade of a tree. Shade trees lend elegance, beauty, and utility to your outdoor space, as well as providing environmental benefits. But how do you select the best kind of shade tree for your yard? The most popular shade trees are oaks, maples, and elms. Here’s some information to help you decide which is best for your needs!

Oak trees are very large–they needs lot of space! They are perhaps best known for this, as well as their beautiful color, especially in the fall. Hardy and long-lived, oaks can live for over 200 years and spread quite a bit, so before planting make sure you take into account how much space they will need in the future, both horizontally and vertically.  oak tree

Maples trees are very versatile, but are probably best-known for their sap, which becomes the maple syrup we all know and love. They also make great shade trees, and have truly stunning fall colors. Make sure you keep an eye out for pests, who love the sweet sap as much as humans, and water these trees carefully.

Elm trees have only recently come back from a devastating epidemic of Dutch Elm Disease, which wiped them out in many parts of the country. They are hardy trees despite this, and many varieties have since been cultivated to be resistant to Dutch Elm. These trees aren’t picky–they thrive in all kinds of soil, under many different conditions, grow quickly, and live for centuries!

At 3AM Growers in Tallassee, AL, we take pride in our knowledge of shade trees. Give us a call and let our on-staff Architects help you select the right trees for your needs!  

Magnolia Care

With their beautiful flowers and strong branches–as good for climbing as they are dramatic and lovely–magnolia trees are synonymous with Southern landscaping. It’s no wonder the Southern Magnolia is the state flower of Mississippi and Louisiana. 3am Growers in Alabama has a selection of magnolia trees to suit any landscaping need. Here are some tips for proper magnolia tree caremagnolia trees

Magnolias tolerate hot summers, resist many pests, and require very little care compared to many trees, making them an excellent choice for Southern yards. They need plenty of space and slightly acidic soil which is moist, loose, and well-drained. If your soil is heavier, supplement it with peat moss and compost to help your magnolias thrive. After they’ve had a few years to get established, magnolias will tolerate moderate drought, but when they are young make sure to keep magnolias well-irrigated. Give them one inch of water a week. Also remember that new magnolias are top-heavy, so stake them for stability until they can support their own weight. 

When you mow grass near a magnolia tree, make sure to point the mower so that debris doesn’t fly towards your tree. Magnolia bark is fragile and takes a long time to heal. Wounds from lawn debris or string trimmers can be an entry point for disease or bugs. Keep pruning to a minimum for the same reason. 

3am Growers in Alabama has the knowledge, products, and support to help you grow beautiful magnolia trees. Contact us for more information or to get started with your own magnolias!

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.

Follow us on Facebook for more tips, and to check out reviews from our many satisfied customers. We also post information about specials and other landscaping techniques!

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!

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