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.

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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!

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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.

Gardening Tools – Where to Start?

Want to start gardening but not sure where to begin? With so many different types of gardening tools, how do you know which you absolutely need? Here are some of the essential gardening tools every gardener should have.

  • Scissors and Pruning Shears. Pruning shears are good for trees, shrubs, and bushes, and regular household scissors are great for deadheading flowers, harvesting small veggies, opening bags, and cutting string.
  • A Shovel and a Soil Knife. Whether digging, dividing, or weeding, these tools will help you do it. Shovels with shorter handles are usually easier to carry, maneuver, and store. gardening tools
  • Rakes. Remember, you need different rakes for different tasks. Shrub rakes are perfect for small spaces, a hard rake will be useful for turning soil over, and a fan rake is great for cleaning and tidying.
  • Water Hose. Proper watering is vital for the success of your garden, so make it easier on yourself. A hose with a shut-off valve will save you money on your water bill as well as a lot of time walking back and forth to the spigot.
  • Sun Tools. While you’re taking care of your garden, don’t forget to take care of yourself! Always apply sunscreen before you go out in the sun, and reapply after sweating a great deal. Don’t forget areas like the top of the ears and the back of the neck! A broad-brimmed hat will help protect these hard-to-reach places. And of course, gloves will protect your hands from thorns, shears, etc.

Just like with plants, the most important part of any tool is quality. When you’re looking for the best quality wholesale landscaping, look no further than 3am Growers in Tallassee, AL.

How to Deal with Surface Tree Roots

We love to have trees in our yards for their beauty, the shade they provide, and their benefits to the environment, but it’s not all fun and games. Trees need a lot of space, and they aren’t shy about taking it up. What do you do when the roots of a beloved tree have crept up into the surface of your lawn, sidewalk, or even driveway?

Tree roots break the surface for many reasons. Often the soil in urban or suburban areas is not conducive to deep growth of tree roots. In order to better access oxygen and moisture, most tree roots grow within the first foot of soil. It only takes a little bit of growth or erosion for roots to break the surface. tree roots

Now, how to deal with this problem. First of all, don’t cut surface tree roots! It may be tempting, but doing this will damage your tree and can lead to disease, pest infestations, or even the death of your tree. When you want to cover surface roots, your best bet is simple: use mulch to level the surface, and then plant a filler grass.

Ultimately, though, bear in mind that any solution short of removing the tree entirely is only temporary. If your tree is posing danger to your home or other structures and you find you need to replace it, 3AM Growers can help you select a new one and find the best location for it in your outdoor space.

At 3AM Growers in Tallassee, AL, we can help with your tree questions. Contact us today and let’s see what we can do!

Help Your Plants Beat the Heat

It’s no secret that humans and pets can suffer in the heat, but did you know that plants can as well? When summer temperatures soar, plants can really feel the heat stress, especially if the weather is also dry. 3AM Growers is in Tallassee, Alabama, and trust us–we know from hot weather! Here are some simple ways to protect plants against heat stress this summer.

  • Water Carefully. The hotter it gets, the more moisture evaporates from the soil. Watering your plants in the morning, before it gets hottest outside, is a great way to make sure the roots can absorb the water they need. Some plants may also need to be watered more frequently or with more volume in the summer. hot summer sun
  • Plant Deeper. You can plant your seeds a little deeper if you know you’ve got a late start this year, if you’re expecting a really hot summer, or if you live in an area that sees warm temperatures all year round. This will help protect seeds and fledgling root systems from scorching before they have a chance to get established.
  • Keep the Sun at Bay. Even plants that need a lot of sunlight can be damaged by it. When it’s hottest outside, consider adjusting your plants so they are protected from the most direct sunlight. Sometimes this is as simple as just moving potted plants during the brightest part of the day, usually between 10:00 am and 4:00 pm. You can protect plants in the ground by making or purchasing shade cloths. Make sure there is plenty of room for airflow between them and your plants.

With these tips, you can help ensure your plants will thrive no matter how hot it gets this summer. If you need additional help, though, don’t hesitate to contact us at 3AM Growers!