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.

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.