Creating Privacy with Landscaping

A privacy hedge can be a wise choice for businesses or homeowners. Living privacy screens suppress noise pollution, provide privacy from neighbors and passersby, improve energy efficiency by blocking wind and creating shade, and nurture the environment by filtering toxins from the air and replacing them with oxygen. How can you plant a privacy screen for your home or business?

How to Plant a Privacy Screen

  1. privacy fence with wooden doorChoose your plant. A variety of trees and shrubs make good privacy screens. Hedges create a tighter weave, but don’t grow as tall as trees. Trees provide a wider range of options, but may not provide cover year round. The best trees for privacy screens are evergreens, although ornamental trees can also be used.
  2. Analyze your space. You’ll want to plant your trees or shrubs far enough apart that they’ll have room to grow, but close enough together that the canopies will weave together. Plant evergreen shrubs 3-4 feet apart, double the distance for evergreen trees, and space deciduous trees according to variety.
  3. Arrange your plants. To ensure they grow in a straight line, tie string around wooden spikes and border the area where you want your privacy screen.
  4. Plant your trees or shrubs. Follow planting recommendations, and keep your new privacy screen well watered as the roots establish.
  5. Train your privacy hedges. Train shrubs to grow into a privacy fence by pruning and shaping them as they grow. Prune the top more than the base to allow sunlight to filter through. If you’re using trees for a privacy screen, allow them to grow naturally. Prune as you would any other deciduous or ornamental tree in the landscape.

To purchase wholesale trees and shrubs for a privacy screen, call 3am Growers in Tallassee, AL.

A Focus on Phenology

First things first: what is phenology? It’s the study of the incredible landscaping calendar God built into the natural world. The word “phenology” means “the science of appearances.” Phenology makes a science of studying the correlation between different aspects of nature. Instead of simply saying, “Don’t apply pre-emergents after March 1st” it anchors landscaping advice into tangible natural events, like when birds migrate to their breeding grounds.

What factors affect phenology? Changes in the natural world relies on three things:

  • Sunlight
  • Temperature
  • Precipitation

Plants and animals instinctively recognize these signs and adjust their life patterns accordingly. For example, if birds begin migrating earlier in the year, it’s a good indicator that landscapers should adjust their spring timelines. The best part about phenology is that landscapers don’t need to consider climate. The bees and trees have that covered.

Natural Signs for Landscapers

Is nature telling you to adjust your timetable? Look for these common spring gardening signs:

  • Blossoming apple treePlant radishes, parsnips, and spinach when crocus blooms
  • When the daffodils bloom bright in the landscape, it’s time to plant carrots, beets, and chard
  • Plant peas, lettuce, and onion when forsythia is in bloom
  • Want to plant potatoes? Make sure the dandelions are in bloom
  • Plant bush beans when apple trees bloom
  • Wait for apple blossoms to fall before planting pole beans and cucumbers
  • When maple trees sprout leaves, it’s a sign to plant spring perennials
  • Have your maple leaves reached full size? It’s time to plant morning glory seeds
  • Plant tender annual flowers when lilacs are in full bloom

Want to learn more about planting trees and shrubs? Call 3am Growers in Tallassee, AL.

Spring Is Officially in Bloom!

Today marks the first day of spring. Landscaping is officially back in season! Landscapers, homeowners, and amateur gardeners have been anticipating the start of spring for months. But is the spring equinox really any different than any other day? Here’s what you need to know about the first day of spring.

What Is the Spring Equinox?

  • The spring equinox, which is the official first day of spring, happens on March 20th, 2017 (6:29am EDT, if you want to get specific)
  • We use the equinoxes to mark the passage of the seasons
  • Unlike annual events like the new year, the spring equinox occurs at the same time worldwide, even in different timezones
  • There are two equinoxes each year, one in September (fall equinox) and one in March (spring equinox)
  • Equinoxes mark the two days each year when day and night are roughly equal

Signs of Spring

Spring is in the air! The beginning of spring means a fresher and more vibrant world. What are some signs that it’s officially spring?

  • plant shoot growing in soil pileBirds start singing in the early mornings
  • Keep any eye to the sky—birds migrate along the path of the sun
  • Worms pop up from underground
  • Nature starts giving clues that it’s time to start planting
  • Weather is warming up, and we’re spending more time enjoying the beautiful trees and shrubs around the 3am Growers nursery
  • It’s time to wrap up winter landscape maintenance and enjoy the beauty of spring buds and blooms

Ready to plant? Call 3am Growers to buy wholesale ornamental trees and shrubs in Alabama.

5 Simple Steps to a Beautiful Spring Landscape

Is all this beautiful weather putting a spring in your step? Don’t put the cart before the horse. Before dig into planting trees and shrubs, you’ll need to design your spring landscape.

How to Plan a Perfect Spring Landscape

Whether you’re starting from scratch or updating a landscape you love, we have a few tips for perfect spring planting.

  1. Know your space. Do you have problems with certain pests? Do you need to invest in plants for erosion control? Does your landscape get more sun or shade? Before choosing new plants for spring, consider how well they’ll grow in the space you have.
  2. lilac and white picket fenceKnow yourself. Do you love the challenge of tending temperamental trees, or do you prefer the ease of stress-free shrubs? Decide how much time you’d like to spend in the garden once the planting is finished.
  3. Know your neighbors. This may mean getting inspired by the beautiful crape myrtles in your neighbor’s yard. It may also mean realizing that the crotchety guy next door won’t appreciate your ornamental trees growing over his fence line a few years from now.
  4. Make a calendar. Most spring and summer blooming trees should be planted by early spring. This gives the plants time to establish. And beware the Ides of March. If you plan to apply preemergent herbicides, March 15th is the absolute last date you should do so, or you’ll risk ruining your landscape.
  5. Make room. That tree may seem tiny now, but you’ll be amazed at how big it grows. Research the trees and shrubs you want to plant and leave plenty of room for growth.

Call 3am Growers to buy wholesale trees and shrubs in Tallassee.

The Southern Belle of Summer

Do you adore crape myrtles? There’s a good chance you live below the Mason Dixon line. There’s something quintessentially Southern about these ornamental beauties. It’s hard to drive through a neighborhood in Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee, or the Carolinas during the summertime without being dazzled by these elegant ornamental trees. What makes the Crape Myrtle a true Southern belle?

The Belle of the (Root) Ball

  1. crape myrtle flowersThey’re pretty as a peach. With their slender, graceful branches, brilliant clusters of flowers, and sweet, ruffled petals, there’s no denying that crape myrtles have all the elegance of a true Southern beauty.
  2. They’ve got plenty of grit. They may look delicate, but give ‘em poor growing conditions, and you’ll quickly see that they have just as much grit as anyone in the South. Crape myrtles prefer slightly acidic soils, because you can’t have a Southern sweetheart without a little sass! To make your trees pleased as punch, keep the soil at a pH between 5 and 6.5.
  3. They can take the heat. Just like the folks in Tallassee, crape myrtles aren’t phased by the irrepressible heat of Southern summers. Too much humidity, though? It sucks the life right out of them, causing them to sprout mildew. We can relate! Give your Southern gals a tall glass of iced tea, don’t overwater your crape myrtles, and we’ll all be fit as fiddles.
  4. They love showing off their colors. Whether you were born and bred in the South, or you’re a happy transplant from somewhere else, you know the value of showing off your colors. While you’re preparing your wardrobe for college football season, your crape myrtles are displaying vibrant hues of their own, with bright blooms resplendent in pink, white, or red. Want to show off a little Crimson Tide spirit? Give the Red Rocket crape myrtle a prime place in your landscape lineup.

Our Favorite Fast-Growing Maple Trees

tapped maple treeWould you like to transform your landscape quickly? There’s no cutting corners when it comes to nature, but you can beautify the landscape without waiting 20 years for an oak to mature from an acorn. Transform the landscape with one of our fast-growing maple tree varieties.

Why do people like planting maple trees? Well, if you like pancakes . . . Alright, you’re probably not making homemade maple syrup in your backyard. But there are plenty of reasons to appreciate maple trees. They add color and elegance to the landscape, clean the air and produce oxygen, reduce noise pollution, and improve quality of life.

The Beauty of the Freeman Maple Tree

We love all varieties of maple trees, but one holds a special place in our hearts. Freeman Maples are a vibrant shade tree that provides plenty color for the fall. They can liven up any residential lawn, neighborhood landscape, or business property. Why are Freeman Maples some of 3am Growers’ favorite maple trees?

  • It’s a hybrid. The Freeman Maple is a hybrid tree variety that comes from a cross between the Red Maple and the Silver Maple. It’s the best of both worlds. They grow quickly, have fine soil adaptability, and display vivid color.
  • There are plenty to choose from. The Freeman Maple has a number of different varieties, such as the Autumn Blaze. It’s a fast-growing tree that has radiant, red-orange foliage in the fall.

Summers in Alabama are scorching. A good shade tree can provide cool protection from the sun and a touch of beauty to the landscape. Call 3am Growers to buy wholesale shade trees in Alabama.

Our Favorite Stress-Free Shrubs

colorful shrub - fall foliageYou know about the importance of curb appeal, but let’s face it, you don’t have a lot of extra time to spend on extravagant, needy plants. What to do? Here are some easy-does-it shrubs that will perk up your landscape in no time.

  1. Sweet Pepperbush. This shrub was crowned Wildflower of the Year in 2015. It grows to a height of 3 to 9 feet tall and, like most things considered ‘wildflowers’, it really doesn’t take much care. This shrub likes moist soil conditions, but will learn to adapt to several types of soil. It takes full sun or partial shade. It also has the added bonus of attracting butterflies and hummingbirds with its fragrant blossoms.
  2. Flameleaf Sumac. Go ahead and ignore it. That’s okay, this 20-30 foot shrub needs very little care and will even thrive in neglected places. As a reward, you get some gorgeous foliage in the fall.
  3. Burning Bush. If a pop of color is your thing, then this is your shrub. These shrubs grow lush and full in the spring and summer, but their show-stopping season is really autumn. That’s when their leaves turn a brilliant red and burgundy. The dwarf varieties stay under 5 feet tall while other varieties can top out at 15 feet. If you want to keep them a bit more subdued size wise, then they do well with pruning.

In addition to curb appeal, shrubs can help filter pollution from the air, renew the oxygen supply, create privacy screening, limit soil erosion, and can even help to improve your mood. So think about which shrubs work best for your landscape, then give 3am Growers a call!

How to Become a Preferred Contractor

woman planting flowersLooking to grow your landscaping business? 3am Growers can help. By becoming a 3am Growers Preferred Contractor, you will have access to a wide variety of invaluable benefits to help maintain and grow your business with a sustainable foundation. As a preferred contractor with 3am Growers, you can enjoy advantageous extras including:

  • Listing on the 3am Growers website
  • Sales Leads
  • Access to our Preferred Contractors Only website for exclusive marketing collaterals
  • Access to specialized and specifically focused professional online marketing services

Your business listing on 3am Growers website will include everything customers will need to contact you, including a valuable backlink to your company’s website. Customers who contact 3am Growers are generated as sales leads for retail customers in your area looking for Preferred Contractors.

Our company is dedicated to the never-ending search for new and improved ways to serve our customers and other professionals in the landscaping business. Marketing your landscaping services to apartment developers and home builders? Wish you could increase marketing and sales to realtors and help increase curb appeal for maximum return on investments? Looking to increase your business sales to residential clients who want to renovate their existing landscaping for enjoyment and enhanced curb appeal?

3am Growers can help with our Preferred Growers Program. We can utilize your information and help you to increase your sales and future success. Contact 3am Growers today and see how being a 3am Growers Preferred Contractor can set you on the path to growing success with your landscaping business.

Why Southerners Love Crape Myrtles

What is it about Crape Myrtles that make them so special? The answer is clear. They are every inch a stately, graceful, gorgeous ornamental tree. Summers in Alabama suddenly become vibrant whenever crape myrtles burst into bloom. The crape myrtle is a lush, lovely, adaptable ornamental tree that has its own Southern charm and vitality.

giant crape myrtleThere isn’t another tree that can match the myrtle in many Southerners’ minds. Crape myrtles offer a unique combination of summer flowers that are spectacular. They grow well in good soil, but can adapt to a variety of poor soils without wilting or dying. Their colorful autumn foliage matches their summer flowers for beauty, and their sculptural trunks cut a handsome figure whether ornamented or bare for the winter.

What do you need to grow a healthy crape myrtle (or ten)? The first step is to choose your favorite type. Consider what the growing conditions will be in the space you have available. Choose which color of lush blooms or bright foliage you’d like brightening up your summer and autumn landscape. Decide whether you’d like a single tree drawing every eye, or a pretty row of Southern belles beautifying the landscape. Crape myrtles aren’t all alike. These are just a few of the choice varieties of crape myrtle trees we carefully cultivate at 3am Growers.

  • Muskogee Crape Myrtles
  • Sioux Crape Myrtles
  • Red Rocket Crape Myrtles
  • Natchez Crape Myrtles

Are you in the market for crape myrtle trees for your home or business? Buy them wholesale from 3am Growers in Tallassee.

4 Landscaping Trends to Watch Out for in 2017

The rich, timeless beauty of the landscape captivates us whether we’re gazing out on an untouched forest or admiring an artfully designed landscape. Some people prefer to adapt to new gardening trends, while others prefer a wilder looking landscape. Luckily, the top landscaping trends for 2017 feature principles we can all get behind, regardless of our preferred landscaping style.

4 Landscaping Trends in 2017

  1. 2017 landscape design trendsNatural materials. Landscaping trends have shifted toward natural beauty, both in plants and in the items accentuating them. Hardscaping elements like natural wood, stone, and glass give gardeners a feeling of realism that many fine-tuned, clean-lined modern gardens lack.
  2. Hyperlocalism. With the shifting focus on conservation, more and more landscapers are finding fresh ways to protect and enrich their environment. Planting native plants has become popular over the last several years because of its benefits for wildlife, bees, and the soil. Now gardeners have begun searching for endemic plants—plants that only grow in specific regions—to take this trend to the next level.
  3. The new lawn. Sprawling, verdant lawns may soon become a thing of the past. More and more landscape designers prefer more practical, sustainable lawns to the showpiece grass of the past. Instead, they’re mixing smaller lawns with trees, shrubs, flowerbeds, and hardscape elements that require less upkeep than a traditional lawn.
  4. Practicality. What’s a cornerstone of 2017 landscaping design trends? Practicality. Plants are chosen for their sustainability and ease of upkeep, while garden blueprints make room for active family play.

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