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!

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.

Magnolia Care

With their beautiful flowers and strong branches–as good for climbing as they are dramatic and lovely–magnolia trees are synonymous with Southern landscaping. It’s no wonder the Southern Magnolia is the state flower of Mississippi and Louisiana. 3am Growers in Alabama has a selection of magnolia trees to suit any landscaping need. Here are some tips for proper magnolia tree caremagnolia trees

Magnolias tolerate hot summers, resist many pests, and require very little care compared to many trees, making them an excellent choice for Southern yards. They need plenty of space and slightly acidic soil which is moist, loose, and well-drained. If your soil is heavier, supplement it with peat moss and compost to help your magnolias thrive. After they’ve had a few years to get established, magnolias will tolerate moderate drought, but when they are young make sure to keep magnolias well-irrigated. Give them one inch of water a week. Also remember that new magnolias are top-heavy, so stake them for stability until they can support their own weight. 

When you mow grass near a magnolia tree, make sure to point the mower so that debris doesn’t fly towards your tree. Magnolia bark is fragile and takes a long time to heal. Wounds from lawn debris or string trimmers can be an entry point for disease or bugs. Keep pruning to a minimum for the same reason. 

3am Growers in Alabama has the knowledge, products, and support to help you grow beautiful magnolia trees. Contact us for more information or to get started with your own magnolias!

Watering Trees in the Summer

At 3AM Growers in Tallassee, AL, we know there’s a big difference in the summer watering needed for young trees and mature trees. But how much should you be watering during the summer months? Are you watering your trees enough?

Young trees, in their first two years of life, have shallower roots and are growing rapidly, just like young children. They need more watering than older trees, especially in in the summer, because their roots are closer to the surface, where soil is more susceptible to evaporation. Without being able to dig deep, young trees will depend on outside watering. Of course you’ll want to water a tree as soon as it’s planted. After that, the key is to encourage deep root growth by keeping the soil moist all the way down past the roots. Proper mulching will help to cut down on evaporation and keep the soil moist.

Mature trees need less water. In the hottest months you’ll want to water anywhere from once per month to a few times a month based on rainfall conditions and the size of your tree.

Remember, don’t over-water. Soil around your trees should be moist, but not soggy or overly wet, and should dry briefly during the day so oxygen can permeate the soil. A good way to see if it’s time to water is to check the soil about 2” down by creating a small trench with a trowel or spade. If the soil is moist to the touch, you can wait before watering again.

Contact 3AM Growers with questions or concerns. We can help you help your trees last for years!

Spice Up Your Garden for Summer!

With summer in full swing, we at 3AM Growers are enjoying the long summer evenings with our friends and family in central Alabama, and we hope you are too! You’re probably spending more time outside in your garden. You wouldn’t wear the same winter clothes to a summer party, so why not try some new plants or shrubs to spice up your summer garden?

  • Citronella. Most people have used citronella candles to keep mosquitoes away, but did you know that the citronella plant works just as well? Not only that, but it smells much better! Where citronella candles can smell like harsh chemicals, the citronella plant smells fresh and clean to humans, even if mosquitoes hate it. If citronella isn’t your preference, there are plenty of other plants that will do the trick.
  • Daylilies. These perennials are beautiful, versatile, and so easy to grow, even for novice gardeners. Since they aren’t fussy or difficult, they are a great addition to your garden. They can add a pop of seasonal color to your garden, and because they’re so easy they will bloom year after year. Shade tree
  • A new shrub. Shrubs are not only beautiful, they also do important work for the environment. Shrubs can help scrub the air, reduce noise pollution, and cycle carbon dioxide into oxygen. We offer many different varieties of shrub that will thrive in the Southeastern US; why not switch out your existing shrubs for something different, or add new ones to the mix?

At 3AM Growers we have everything you need to give your garden that extra special something for the summer. Contact us today and let’s get started!

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.