Landscape and Garden Trends in 2018

Landscaping is timeless in a lot of ways. After all, moving trees around isn’t easy, so it makes sense that most yards would resist being overly trendy! That being said, there’s plenty of room for seasonal and yearly variation in landscaping–and yes, even for following trends. Check out the top landscaping and gardening trends for 2018!

  • Smaller Gardens. If space is at a premium in your yard, don’t panic. Designing a small garden takes a little bit of thought, but the results are totally worth it! Think container gardens, creative use of space, and multi-purpose plant selections, like herbs for beauty and bug-repellant.
  • Craftsmanship. We live in a disposable, mass-produced world. In 2018, we’re focusing on the handmade and the finely crafted. Seeking out local artisans not only nets you better quality work, but also supports small business and improves your local economy.
  • Think of the Environment. Butterflies and bees have been in the news a lot lately, but they’re not the only beneficial critters suffering habitat loss. Creating your landscaping with birds, frogs, turtles, bees, and butterflies in mind will help the environment and keep your yard and garden healthy.
  • See for Yourself! Looking at pictures for landscaping ideas is all well and good, but why not go check out these places in person? Treat yourself to a tour of famous gardens and get some inspiration for yours.

And of course, don’t forget your best source for wholesale trees and shrubs: 3am Growers in Tallassee, AL. Call us for your wholesale needs!

Have a “Holly,” Jolly Christmas with 3am Growers!

holly and berriesChristmas is our favorite time here at 3am Growers in Tallassee, Alabama. And with holiday spirit in the air, we love seeing everyone’s Christmas decorations this time of year. A lot of decorations are put out for simple beauty, but some carry special symbolism that represents the holy renewal of love and light during the Christmas season. One of our favorites here at 3am Growers is the holly bush.

In a time when other plants and trees have gone bare, holly’s vibrant green leaves and stunning red berries shine through the winter gloom like a beacon of life and a reminder of the beauty in our world.

If you’re like us, you might be wondering where you can find some holly for your own home during the holidays. Luckily, we have a great selection here in our nursery! As a hearty winter plant, holly can add a touch of green and a little extra Christmas spirit to any landscape.

Holly has a long tradition of being a symbol of life during long, cold winters. During ancient solstice festivals, holly was prized for its shiny leaves and berried when all other plants were dormant for the winter. Because of its pointy leaves, it is also a symbol of Jesus’ thorny crown. Whatever holly means to you, though, there is no denying its beauty and vibrancy during a time when everything else can seem dark.

3am Growers is here throughout the Christmas season to help you add some beauty and symbolism to your yard. We also want to wish all of our customers a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! We hope to see you at our nursery to help us celebrate the season. If you have questions about holly or our other winter plants, give us a call or stop by today!

Transplanting Your Trees in Late Fall Equals Success!

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Are you thinking about moving some of your trees or shrubs around in your yard? Or maybe it’s time to add some new greenery but you’re worried that it’s too cold out to do any gardening now that the weather has turned? Luckily, now is the perfect time for transplanting trees in Alabama and 3am Growers is here to help! When the weather gets cold, trees and shrubs go into dormancy. And that’s exactly when you should break out the shovels to move or plant a new tree in your yard.

How To Transplant A Tree

Transplanting a tree when the weather is warm can add a lot of stress to your plant. In the warmer months, trees are spending a lot of energy producing leaves, fruit, and new growth. Uprooting it during this time can place a lot of stress on the tree. Once we’ve gotten a good freeze, the tree will go dormant and you should be able to safely dig it up to move it.

Here’s how to transplant a tree:

Dig a wide hole to make sure you don’t sever mature root growth. Once you have your tree dug out, pick the location you want to relocate it to. Make a rough estimate of the root ball and dig a new hole about twice as wide. The new hole should also be an equal depth of the root ball. Digging a hole that’s too shallow exposes the roots and digging a hole that’s too deep will make it hard for the tree to get the water and food it needs.

Place your tree in the new hole and fill dirt around the roots but don’t pack it in too tightly. The roots will need some breathing room. Make sure to water the tree as soon as it’s been transplanted and let it be. Check the soil for moisture regularly for the next couple weeks, only adding water when the soil around the trunk is completely dry.

If you have any questions or need a little more advice, give the 3am Growers pros a call.

Avoid These Three Fall Landscaping Mistakes

As fall deepens and we start getting ready for winter, you’re probably thinking about how best to take care of your home and family during the colder months. Don’t forget about your outdoor spaces! While you’re preparing for winter, don’t make these 3 fall landscaping mistakesBeautiful Shade Trees

  1. Overwatering in the fall is a huge mistake. Since it gets colder at night, the grass never truly dries out, which can cause Brown Patch Fungus much more quickly than in other seasons. Water less during the fall, especially in places with lots of shade, and water in the morning so grass has a chance to dry out. Remember that if it’s raining regularly, you probably don’t need to water at all.
  2. Does your landscaping have spots where the drainage is questionable or even non-existent? Don’t ignore them, especially close to your home or business! Talk to the landscaping experts at 3AM Growers and let’s discuss the most attractive, cost-effective options to correct this issue before it escalates into serious flood damage.
  3. And finally, don’t forget to fertilize your lawn. With proper encouragement, your grass can continue to grow and establish its root system until late in the fall. Fertilizing with fall-specific fertilizer right now will mean a happier, healthier, more beautiful lawn in the spring!

Of course, also remember the more commonly-known fall landscaping habits: remove leaves promptly, don’t mow too short too quickly, and don’t forget to aerate if you haven’t already. Check out these other tips from 3AM Growers to care for your trees and shrubs this season.  

How to Treat Your Trees & Shrubs During the Fall Season

tree careSummer is long gone, and winter is right around the corner. People are crossing their fingers, hoping that their summer lawn care was enough to last through winter.

But is it really luck? Or are there ways to ensure beautiful, blossoming trees and shrubs come spring? The team at 3am Growers knows that with a little tender love and care, your trees and shrubs will look beautiful in spring 2018!

Check out a few ways to treat your trees and shrubs during the fall season to help them recover from the summer heat and prepare for winter.

Apply Mulch to Young Trees & Plants

Mulch does more than just add to the aesthetics of nature. It actually acts as a guard against weeds! Too many weeds can choke out a young plant, so high-quality mulch is imperative. Additionally, mulch preserves certain nutrients and moisture found in soil. Without mulch, your soil is at the mercy of the hot sun, which means it may not make it to spring.

Water & Fertilize Your Trees

Your trees need water all year long, not just during the hot summer months. Make sure the trees you plant receive enough water every week. You can water them yourself by hand or set up a watering program. If the soil around your trees lacks nutrition, you may want to fertilize the area with nutrient-high fertilizer for an extra boost. Just don’t fertilize too late in the season, or you put your plants at risk for winter diseases.

Inspect Your Trees Weekly

Unfortunately, dehydration and intense heat aren’t the only two elements that can take down a tree. Insects and diseases may cause your trees long-term damage. Make sure you inspect your trees on a weekly basis and take immediate action if you see harmful insects or discoloration on your trees.

Fall is the perfect time to plant trees and shrubs. Stock up on the most popular trees and shrubs for a busy season of planting! Shop today.

Why You Shouldn’t Prune Trees During the Fall

pruneLeaves are changing color and falling to the ground. But, before you get your pruning shears out, it’s important to know tips and tricks to ensure that you’re not damaging your trees. The team at 3am Growers put together our best tips to help you know how to prune!

Contact us today if you have any questions. We would love to help!

Trees and plants bring so many benefits to your home and property. So, it’s your due diligence to make sure you prune them correctly. Check out a few tips concerning when and how to prune.

Wait Until the New Year

When you prune your trees, it triggers the growth factor in plants. However, with winter right around the corner, the cold temperatures will stunt the growth causing your plant to be severely weakened. It’s best to prune just before spring when trees are fully dormant.

Prune While Dry

Don’t prune right after rainfall. When you cut damp branches, you are actually contributing to the spread of diseases. Bacteria and mold grow and spread in wet places. So, when you cut a branch, you’re leaving a vulnerable opening to possible diseases.

Clean Your Tools

If you’ve pruned a tree that you know has a disease, make sure you clean your equipment. Hot soapy water will do the trick, but make sure to dry it completely before you continue to prune. If you don’t clean your tools, you could accidentally spread a disease to other trees.

Knowing how to prune is vital to grow healthy, strong trees. By waiting until springtime, pruning when it’s dry out, and cleaning your tools after cutting on a diseased tree, your trees will thank you!

4 Autumn Maple Trees to Add Color and Shade

Research has proven that trees contribute to our overall health and mood. And there’s no better time to enjoy shade trees than fall! Beautiful Shade TreesShade trees have a wide canopy that drastically helps reduce the temperature of the air around it. It also enhances the beauty of the area. Their height and spread are jaw-dropping in autumn. 3am Growers has plenty of shade trees available just for you. Take a look at four of our favorites.

October Glory

While the name suggests that this maple tree is most beautiful in October, we beg to differ. Even in early spring when nature has yet to blossom, the October Glory produces beautiful red flower clusters on its branches. During summer, this maple will grow several feet due to its incredible tolerance of soil and ability to be exposed to the sun. This maple tree can reach upwards of 50 feet and boast a spread of 35 feet. And of course, its autumnal arrangement is stunning.

Autumn Blaze

Thirty-five years ago, this maple tree was born from combining the red and silver maple with hopes that a tree with more color consistency would be produced. That was definitely accomplished. This tree is known for its gorgeous, long-lasting color and impressive height. The Autumn Blaze can grow up to 60 feet tall and spread its canopy 40-60 feet wide.

Brandywine Maple

This maple tree is as rich in color as its name. And, fortunately, its color lasts for most of autumn. If this is in your lawn, you will see the leaves turn a deep red and transform into a stunning purple-red. Its grey bark adds to the unique look of this tree. At its mature height and spread, it can stand tall at 25 feet and boast a spread of 12 feet.

Autumn Flame

This large shade tree loves the sun and having room to grow! With a trunk that can grow three to five feet in diameter, the Autumn Flame is great for shade and perfect as an ornamental tree. It can reach up to 60 feet in both its height and spread.

Invest in shade trees for your next landscaping project. Contact 3am Growers today!

Picking the Right Place for the Right Tree

Trees are a great choice for your yard, but before you plant, make sure you’re in the right spot. Here are some things to keep in mind when making your choice.magnolia trees

  • Soil and Climate. The last thing you want to do is plant a tree that won’t thrive in your yard because of the soil, lack of rainfall, or the general climate where you live. While it’s possible to correct for a lot of these things, it’s also expensive and time-consuming! Selecting trees that are best suited for your location will save time, money, and stress.
  • Size. No one wants to fall in love with a beautiful tree, only to discover years down the line that it’s growing into their bedroom! Check how much space your tree will need to grow tall as well as to grow out. Avoid planting under utility lines–this can lead to deformed trees and dangerous situations. Also, remember to consider root spread–your tree’s roots need plenty of space to grow so that your tree will thrive.
  • What’s Underground? Not only do you need to consider the height and canopy spread of your desired trees, but also what’s going on underground. Know the location of subterranean pipes, wires, septic tanks, basements/foundations, etc. and compare them to the expected root spread of your choice of tree. Select a location in your yard where the roots won’t damage any utility lines or building foundations.

The landscaping experts at 3am Growers in Tallassee, AL have the knowledge to help you select the right tree for your yard. Contact us today and let’s get started!

Oak Trees for a Colorful Autumn

Summer is coming to a close, which means beautiful fall leaves are just around the corner. Oak trees will give you astonishing color changes in the fall, as well as shade year-round. Let’s take a look at some of the types of shady oak trees available at 3AM Growers!

  • Bur Oaks are the tallest trees on our list, reaching anywhere from 70-80 feet tall at maturity. They grow slowly, less than 12 inches per year. They don’t have foliage as dramatic as some of the other trees on our list, but they do provide acorns that are a favorite of wood ducks, rabbits, and wild turkeys.
  • Shumard Oaks turn very dramatic in the fall! Their leaves will change to brilliant red or red-orange. Their canopy also provide excellent shade. They will reach about 40-60 feet in both height and spread, and grow anywhere from 13-24” per year.
  • Southern Live Oaks are iconic to the Southeast, and the state tree of Georgia. You’ve probably seen them draped with Spanish moss. These distinctive, beautiful trees grow in a rounded shape, reaching a height of about 40-80 feet and a spread of anywhere from 60-100 feet. They grow anywhere from 13-24” per year, more quickly when young. These trees are almost evergreen, replacing their leaves year-round. oak tree
  • White Oaks have been called the king of all oak trees. In the fall, their leaves will turn showy shades of red or burgundy, and they will feed a wide variety of wildlife year-round, including many species of birds. They grow about 50-80 feet tall and have a spread of the same range. White oak wood was used in ships as recently as World War II, and is still a favored wood for casks at wineries and distilleries.
  • Nuttall Oaks are less well known, but are gaining in popularity. In the fall, their leaves turn bright red and orange, and hang on until later in the season before falling. They grow to about 40-60 feet tall, with plenty of head space beneath them.

3AM Growers in Tallassee, AL has a huge variety of oaks available, as well as the knowledge and skill necessary to help you select the right ones for your yard. Contact us today to get started picking yours!

For Home Landscaping, Think Trees

When you think about an ideal landscape for your home, you may focus mostly on grass and flowers. Don’t neglect trees. The right trees will add beauty and value to your home that you can enjoy for years to come. There are many benefits of planting trees on your home property: trees behind a home

  • Shade. Perhaps most obviously, trees will provide shade. Whether you’re interested in reducing cooling costs by shading your home, or creating a beautiful oasis in your yard, trees are a great way to do it. 3am Growers has a wide selection of shade trees, and can help you pick the best varieties for your climate, soil type, etc.
  • Privacy and Quiet. Better than almost any other plant, trees make will your property truly your own by blocking noise and prying eyes. Create a beautiful perimeter or just add trees outside of windows depending on your budget and individual desires.
  • Curb Appeal. Great landscaping adds so much to your home’s value when you want to sell it. Just think how a potential buyer will feel when they imagine their kids climbing on the trees in your yard, or relaxing in a hammock underneath them.  
  • Natural Benefits. Trees aren’t just great for humans–wildlife love them too. Pick the right trees and you might even get fresh fruit out of the deal!

When you’re ready to add beauty and value to your home property by adding trees, contact 3am Growers in Tallassee, AL. We have the selection and know-how to get you the trees you need.