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!

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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!

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!