Winter Lawn Care Checklist

Spring may seem like it’s still a long way away, but from a lawn care standpoint, it’s right around the corner. February is a great time to start preparing your yard – and maybe even taking a look at some of the new trends in landscaping. Check out the 3AM Growers Lawn Care Checklist to see if you’re on track for a healthy spring lawn!

    • Get it Tidy! First things first: is there junk on your lawn? Leaves, debris, pine straw, residual snow or ice – all these things will contribute to mold, mildew, and lawn disease if left for too long. Regular raking will clean all this up so your yard looks and feels healthier. It will also help to keep your grass from getting trampled.
    • Check Your Soil. Most lawns need to be fed in the early spring, so have your lawn checked for nutrients and pH balance. The earlier you know what the issues are, the better chance you have of correcting them before spring.
    • Stay Sharp. Did you know your lawn mower blades need to be sharpened every year? If it’s been a while, now is the time to get on that. While you’re at it, take a look at all your gardening tools and see if any need repair or replacement.
    • Fight the Weeds. Pre-emergent herbicides are obviously best applied before the weeds appear. If the weather is nice enough, a little old-fashioned weeding is also a great excuse to spend some time outside.

With a little work now, your lawn will give you plenty of enjoyment and pride in the spring and beyond. Contact 3AM Growers with questions!

Planting Trees and Shrubs: A Guide

Now that February is here, it’s time to get busy planting! This is a great time to plant almost everything, so at 3AM Growers we’ve put together a guide to planting trees and shrubs.

A Guide to Planting Trees and Shrubsblossoming tree against blue sky

First of all, make sure you select the right tree for your lawn. This decision is crucial, so don’t neglect proper research! You’ll want to take soil conditions, space, climate, and underground conditions into consideration. A tree or shrub with a wide root system shouldn’t be planted near your septic system, for instance, unless you want to deal with costly and time-consuming repairs down the line. Similarly, tall trees shouldn’t be planted under the electrical wires. The experts at 3AM Growers can help you pick the tree or trees that will best suit your needs.

Once you’ve planted your tree or shrub, your job isn’t quite done. New plantings need extra care, especially watering. Drought shock is common in new trees, even in precipitation-heavy climates. That being said, overwatering is also a problem. If in doubt, dig down to the roots with a trowel and see if the soil is damp before watering. You’ll also need to protect new plantings from deer, weeds, and even grass. It’s best to keep a few feet of vegetation-free space around new trees so that established plants don’t steal all the water and nutrients.

Speaking of research, remember that all types of plants and shrubs are slightly different and will need their own specialized care. When in doubt, contact 3AM Growers and benefit from our experience and know-how!

Don’t Murder Your Myrtles!

If you have crape myrtles in your yard, you’re not alone–these beautiful trees are very popular in the American Southeast, and whether you spell it “crape myrtle” or “crepe myrtle”, it’s easy to see why so many people love them. They have beautiful flowers, lovely fall colors, and even attractive bark. Crape myrtles are best pruned in the winter because those beautiful blossoms only come from new growth. Before you pick up the pruning shears, though, check out these tips from 3AM Growers for how to prune your crape myrtles.

First of all, know that you don’t have to prune your crape myrtles so far they look like nothing but stumps. “Crape murder” isn’t necessary, and it can actually be detrimental to your trees, both aesthetically and physically. If your myrtle is getting too big, make sure you have the right plant in the right place–most myrtles grow to about 30 feet. Maybe it’s time to think about transplanting a problematic tree.

Crepe Myrtle Pruning Tips:

  • Start small. Remember, you can always go back and prune more, but you can’t put limbs back!
  • Aim for well-spaced branches that a bird could fly between.
  • Cut suckers (new growth) coming from the base of the tree first, and all side branches up to about four feet off the ground.

At 3AM Growers we stock many varieties of crepe myrtle trees to make a beautiful and useful addition to your home or business landscaping, blocking the view of roads, industrial spaces, and more! Contact us and let’s create beauty and privacy in your yard.

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!