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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5 Garden-Inspired Gifts for Mother’s Day

Are you searching for a unique Mother’s Day gift? A bouquet may bring a smile to Mom’s face, but it won’t last long. Brighten her day with these long term floral arrangements instead.

Garden Inspired Mother’s Day Gifts

  1. woman smelling flowersPrep the flowerbeds. Does your mother dream of a flowerbed blooming with her favorite perennials, shrubs, and ornamental trees? Help her get started by building a raised bed so her landscaping dreams can become a reality.
  2. Give her an all-inclusive kit. We love tending lush, sprawling landscapes, but sometimes you need to take it down a notch. Give Mom a simple, easy gardening project by packing a cute garden container with soil, seeds, and a gardening trowel. A DIY herb garden is a great gift, and so is a window box with colorful perennials.
  3. Do the yard work. It doesn’t matter what your mom likes most, she’ll thank you for knocking out her spring and summer landscaping tasks. Trust us on this.
  4. Gardening gear. Rubber boots, thick gardening gloves, and a wide-brimmed hat are essentials on every gardener’s list. Does your Mom need new gear? Treat her to high quality gardening accessories this Mother’s Day.
  5. Life to celebrate her life. Your mother has spent your whole life nurturing you. What better way to say “thank you” than with a gift that’s full of life? Plant a tree or shrub in your mother’s honor. Every time she sees roses spilling from her trellis, cherry blossoms dancing on the wind, or maple leaves changing colors, she’ll remember how much you appreciate her.

Are you ready to make Mom’s day? Call 3am Growers to purchase wholesale ornamental trees and shrubs in Alabama. Ask about our specials by the truckload!

Can Your Yard Have It All?

Trees and shrubs add shade, visual interest, and depth to the landscape, creating a lush, eye-catching yard with vibrant curb appeal. But for many Americans, there’s no beating the pristine look of a well-tended lawn. Private ornamental lawns originated among wealthy French and English landowners during the late Renaissance, and today turfgrass is the largest crop produced in the U.S. But can homeowners have a thriving lawn and a diverse landscape?

Can Trees and Grass Grow in Harmony?

The short answer: yes. The long answer: with a whole lotta TLC. Turfgrass and trees compete for many of the same resources, including water, nutrients, and sunlight. And many landscapers neglect one in favor of maintaining the other. But with a little planning, trees and turf can live together in harmony. Here are our best tips for how to grow grass beneath a tree:

  • green lawn with treesChoose a turfgrass variety that’s adapted to shade (such as fescue)
  • Plant healthy sod and keep it well-watered
  • Water more deeply and less frequently
  • Fertilize the lawn at a slightly higher rate than typically required (this will fertilize the trees as well)
  • Prune low tree branches to allow sunlight to filter through the canopy (but take care not to over prune)
  • Make sure the soil has adequate drainage
  • Cut grass under tree canopies higher than grass in full sunlight
  • Be vigilant about weed control, since weeds provide more competition for nutrients
  • Consider other types of groundcover instead of turfgrass (native plants are a good choice)

For more tips on how to cultivate a healthy landscape, call 3am Growers.

Celebrate Arbor Day!

Arbor Day is coming up! Are you ready to do your part? Arbor Day has been around for centuries. The first celebration occurred in 1872 as a special opportunity to plant trees of all kinds. Since that first observance, the holiday has spread through all 50 states. It’s an opportunity to plant trees, share knowledge, and encourage the conservation of our world.

Wholesale Trees at 3am Growers

3am Growers does our part to help sustain the environment. That includes celebrating Arbor Day! National Arbor Day always occurs on the last Friday in April, but Alabama has its own time to celebrate trees. Get serious about planting on both holidays. 3am Growers helps you plant trees by providing a variety of wholesale Alabama trees for purchase.

  • maple treeShade trees: Shade trees may beautify the landscape, but they’re chosen primarily for practicality. Shade trees reduce the amount of energy needed to cool homes and commercial buildings. They can also help regulate ground temperature, direct air circulation, and provide a cool place to rest in the lawn. We sell popular shade tree varieties like oak, elm, and maple, as well as other varieties.
  • Conifers: An excellent choice for screening, conifers are evergreen trees that add beauty and texture to the landscape. We sell cypress, juniper, and cedar conifers, among other varieties.
  • Ornamental trees: Ornamental trees are chosen for their beauty. Ornamentals add color, texture, and flowers to the landscape, which work together to create artistry, tranquility, and individuality in residential and commercial properties. Popular ornamentals in the South include magnolias, birch trees, cherry trees, and crape myrtles.

To learn more about how to celebrate Arbor Day, call 3am Growers in Tallassee.

4 Ways Anyone Can Get Involved in Earth Day

We live in an incredible world, full of the things we need to both survive and thrive. But we also have a mandate to protect and sustain Creation. Are you doing your part to care for the world? Get involved in Earth Day on April 22nd.

Earth Day Activities

  1. Hands planting a treePlant. What’s the easiest way to contribute to a healthy environment? Plant! Planting isn’t just a way to create a beautiful landscape. Trees and shrubs produce oxygen, filter toxins from the air, help reduce runoff, minimize energy use by shading buildings, and much more. Learn about the benefits of planting trees and shrubs, then get down to business!
  2. Compost. Composting is a great way to fertilize the landscape, get rid of food waste, and help out the eco-system. It’s the process of breaking down biodegradable food and plant waste to use as fertilizer in the garden, and it’s an easy project, whether you own a garden center or you want to go green at home.
  3. Buy a tree certificate. You don’t have to plant a tree to help the environment. You can buy a Stand for Trees certificate to protect trees that are in danger of deforestation.
  4. Protect pollinators. Have you heard of the “save the bees” campaign? Honeybees are fundamental to the pollination of many common foods and plants. You can help protect pollinators by planting a pollinator garden, reducing the use of pesticides in the landscape, and teaching others about the importance of animal pollinators.

Ready to dig in? 3am Growers sells wholesale trees and shrubs in Alabama. Plant a tree, plant a forest, or plant a community garden. Just get out there and plant!

Banish Pesky Garden Pests

Flowers aren’t the only thing blooming on your ornamentals this spring. Spring pests are breaking out of their shells to nibble on the landscape, leading to drooping and diseased plants. What are the most common garden pests to watch for this spring?

4 Common Pests for Trees and Shrubs

  1. Aphids. Bringers of mold fungus, stunted shoots, and plant toxins, aphids are a blight on spring landscaping. To fight an aphid infestation, remove heavily infested leaves. Limit overwatering and overfertilization, which attracts aphids. Encourage beneficial bugs like ladybugs. Apply horticultural oils in early spring or late fall to destroy eggs.
  2. Slugs. Slimy, dumpy, and lovers of cool hiding places, slugs feast on leaves at sunset, leaving your plants pocked and unhealthy. Place boards between rows of shrubs or vegetables. During the heat of the day, the slugs will seek shelter in the cool space underneath. Near the end of the day, remove the board and scoop away the slugs.
  3. Southern red mites. Nearly invisible, these pests suck sap from the underside of leaves of azaleas, camellias, and other woody ornamentals. Luckily high humidity often drives them off—something we have in abundance here in Alabama. As summer reaches its peak, this problem should take care of itself.
  4. japanese beetlesBeetles. The largest group of animals known to science (1 in every 4 organisms, in fact), there are almost endless varieties of beetles waiting to make a meal of your landscape. From Japanese Beetles to Asian Ambrosia Beetles, these insects are a landscaper’s nightmare. Treat beetle infestations with insecticide, and remove any living beetles that you can find. They’ll only attract friends.

Plant healthy, vital ornamentals this spring. Call 3am Growers to buy wholesale trees and shrubs in Tallassee.

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.