The History of the Christmas Tree

Trees have been used for thousands of years as a form of decoration, typically to celebrate winter through many different cultures. Pagans used evergreen fir branches to decorate the inside of their home during winter to get them excited for spring to come. Romans used the trees to decorate their temples. Christians use it as a sign of everlasting life with God.

Though there are many stories about the first Christmas tree, the first person to bring a Christmas tree inside was likely Martin Luther in the 16th century. In Germany, the first Christmas trees were decorated with things like gingerbread and painted apples along with glass ornaments. Christmas trees did not make it over to Britain until the 1830’s but then became quickly popular with the help of Prince Albert. Today, two thirds of US households display an artificial tree where fewer than 1 in 5 display a real tree.

There are several different species of trees used as Christmas trees but these are the most popular:

  1. Balsam Fir
  2. Douglas Fir
  3. Frasier Fir
  4. Scotch Pine
  5. Colorado Blue Spruce

As for the Christmas lights, there are a few claims regarding who began this tradition. In 1880, Thomas Edison strung some of his new electric bulbs around the his office. Then, in 1882, Edward Johnson, a colleague of Edison’s, hand strung red, white, and blue bulbs together and put them on his tree in his apartment.

The holidays are a time of reflection, looking back at what you have accomplished and looking forward at what is to come. So we decided to study up on the history of the Christmas tree. As we reflect, we think about how our faith got us to where we are. Thank you for another year of business. We hope you enjoy the holiday season relaxing and enjoying with your loved ones. We are looking forward to a bright 2019.

How to Prepare Your Trees for Winter

It’s fall, and that means it’s time to get your trees ready for winter. Here are some tips to prep your trees for cold weather:

  1. Close-up of yellow birch trees in the fallFertilize – Winter can be tough on plants and trees. One of the best things you can do to protect trees in the winter is to fertilize them in the fall. Proper fertilization can improve your trees’ lifespan and protects them from insects and diseases.
  2. Rake – Not raking can create the perfect environment for fungi to thrive. Without removing the leaves, you increase the chances your trees will contract diseases during the spring when the weather warms and fungal spores are released.
  3. Water – Trees can suffer drought stress during winter just like summer. Make sure they stay hydrated by watering your trees’ root zone.
  4. Mulch – Mulching can help plants and trees stay warm and hydrated during fall and winter months. Just make sure to not pile it up directly against the trunk as this can lead to rot.
  5. Inspect – Make sure your trees and plants are free of disease and insects. Mites, beetles, lace bugs, and many other pests are very active during this time of year.
  6. Plant Winter is the perfect time to plant trees in Alabama. The cooler fall weather makes for the perfect condition to stimulate root growth among newly planted trees.

If your Alabama nursery is in need of autumn trees, contact us today at (800) 892-4326. We have the shade trees and ornamental trees that are perfect for your clients’ commercial and residential lawns!

Reds, Yellows, and Oranges: Top Trees For Best Fall Color

Close-up of red maple leaves on a branch

Looking to stock some beautiful trees for your Alabama nursery or landscape company? Then consider these 3 colorful Alabama fall trees:

  • Gingkos – The gorgeous gingko tree originates from China and sports unique fan-shaped leaves. These ancient trees are the sole survivors of tree varieties that grew over 200 million years ago! Their one-of-a-kind leaves turn a beautiful yellow during the fall.
  • Yellow Poplar – These are among the first trees to turn colors in the autumn, so they’re great to add a little color early in the season. As the name implies, their leaves turn a beautiful yellow color.
  • Maples – Truth be told, we could have filled this entire list with maples. Red Maples are the most popular choice in Alabama and also make wonderful shade trees. Japanese Maples are a smaller variety and produce red, purple, and bronze leaves in the fall and green and red leaves in the summer. When properly cared for, Sugar Maple leaves turn a stunning yellow or orange in the Fall. Silver Maples are another excellent choice for yellow fall leaves. Finally, consider Paperbark Maples to add bright red to an autumn yard.
  • Dogwoods – Another wonderful option is the Dogwood. Dogwoods are known for their amazing spring flowers, but this tree is equally beautiful during fall months when it sports a deep, rich red foliage.
  • Hickory – This long-lived deciduous tree is an excellent choice for open areas or very large landscapes. Tall and handsome, Hickories turn an outstanding deep yellow in the fall.

Looking for more information on ornamental Alabama trees? Then sign up to receive the free 3am Growers ornamental tree and shrub catalog today!

What’s With Red Leaves in Summer?

red leafWhen we think of healthy plants and shrubs, we think of vibrant green leaves. But have you ever noticed that some trees and shrubs have red leaves all year round? We’re used to seeing beautiful reds, oranges, and yellows in the fall as the leaves change, but certain foliage stays that way no matter what time of year. Here’s why

Why Leaves Are Usually Green

Have you ever wondered what makes trees, grass, and other plants green? At 3am Growers in Tallassee, Alabama, we thought we’d tell you. It’s all about chlorophyll. Chlorophyll is a green pigment that is used in conjunction with sunlight to create food in plants. It’s a vital part of photosynthesis and integral for plant life.

Reasons for Red Leaves

Some plants have red leaves all year round because they are parasitic. Certain weeds, vines, and other plants can’t produce their own chlorophyll so the take it from other plants and trees growing nearby.

Other trees and plants with red leaves produce chlorophyll, but they have other stuff going on as well. Chlorophyll actually absorbs and filters out red and blue light, leaving the vibrant greens we see in most plants. However, some plants, trees, and bushes have other pigments at work that shine through the filtration system of its chlorophyll.

Plants with red leaves that produce their own chlorophyll also produce high levels of anthocyanins. This is another pigment that has a high level of red and purple pigments.

Why Does This Variation Happen?

No one is 100 percent certain why some trees have a higher level of anthocyanins and hence a red-colored leaf. Some think it’s an adaptation to protect against sun intensity. One thing we do know, though, is that trees like Japanese Maples and other red leaved trees can be a beautiful part of your residential or commercial landscaping. Give us a call to find out more about your options at 3am Growers today!

Design Your Landscape with Curb Appeal!

curb appealFolks will call just about any yard with a little bit of grass and a plant or two “landscaped.” But at 3am Growers in Tallassee, Alabama, we know a thing or two about planting your property for maximum curb appeal. Creating a beautiful outdoor space can change the way you feel about your home and the way others look at your it. Luckily there is a science to it, though.

Work With Your House

A lot of landscapers will try to bring in all kinds of crazy plant combinations to make a yard look fancy. However, the most important part of a well-landscaped yard starts with the house. Every yard is different and at 3am Growers, we take the time to walk you through different species that will work great with the canvas that your house gives you instead of trying to force trendy designs into the wrong space.

Aim the Focus

If you are landscaping to maximize your curb appeal, you should focus on trying to center your design on the path from the drive to your front door. This area draws the eye and will be the most seen aspect of your landscaping. Making your walk beautiful is half the battle, so definitely don’t skimp here.


Once you have a solid plan for your front walk, you’ll want to start thinking about how to fill out the rest of your front yard. Evergreens like hollies are great fillers because they keep your yard looking vibrant all year long. Creating mulched flower beds around trees is another great option.

No matter what you’re working with, though, our pros at 3am Growers can help you find the perfect complement of plant species to make your curb appeal pop!

Breathe Easy With These 3 Air-Purifying Trees

green maple tree leavesThere are so many reasons to love trees, from their beauty to their many environmental benefits. In addition to providing wildlife with habitat space that is often lacking in modern neighborhoods, preventing erosion, and providing shade, they also serve another very important function: purifying the air!

If you’re considering adding trees to your yard, we’re here to help. Read on to learn how trees improve air quality, and which trees will make great additions to your landscape.

How do trees purify the air?

Just as humans breathe in oxygen and breathe out carbon monoxide as a waste product, trees “breathe” too! However, they take in carbon monoxide (as well as pollutants like nitrogen oxide, ammonia, ozone, etc.) and release oxygen as a waste product.

What type of trees should I plant?

  • Maple – This tree has a high capacity for absorbing CO2. Not to mention that it’s beautiful and grows a staggering 82 feet.
  • Oak – Oaks are a wonderful option. These majestic trees also eliminate large amounts of CO2 and other pollutants, and they can grow even larger than maples. Some species of Oak grow to well over 100 feet tall!
  • Ash – This deciduous tree grows quickly and can store large amounts of CO2 and other pollutants over the course of 30 years.

Are you ready to add value to your home, beautify your yard, and do your part to help reduce smog and CO2? Well then contact us by giving us a call today at (800) 892-4326! We’d love to help you choose the trees that are right for you.

Save Your Trees from the Summer Heat

It’s no surprise that it gets hot in the Alabama summer–at 3am Growers we’re already sweating! Your customers aren’t the only ones suffering, though! Trees also need protection from the soaring temperatures and scorching sun in these months. Customer education will go a long way towards creating and retaining a loyal customer base, so make sure you’re keeping yours up to date on how to care for their trees in the summer.

Moisture is one of the first things to go in the heat. Watering should be done during the early morning and late afternoon when temperatures are cooler and water is less likely to evaporate before it does any good. This will also help to conserve water, especially in drought situations. Make sure customers adjust their automatic sprinklers if applicable. Adjust watering schedules based on the weather–if it’s raining a lot, water less.

Proper mulching helps protect surface roots from sun damage and helps to keep moisture in the soil long enough to get used by trees, rather than sucked back up into the atmosphere. And remember not to encourage trimming, especially in a drought situation. Trimming encourages new growth, and that requires a lot more water.

With proper care and management, trees provide shade that helps keep cooling costs down in homes and businesses. They also provide much-needed sources of food and shelter for beneficial insects and animals, and they look so lovely! Help your customers take care of their trees during the hot summer months and everyone will benefit.

Spring’s Beautiful Blooms: Trees, Shrubs, Perennials, & More

spring flowersThe warm weather and blooming flowers are signs that spring is here and winter has passed. With this season, there is more color on lawns, across mountains, and in meadows than any other time of the year. There is a natural beauty about spring that is difficult to ignore.

Although flowers normally get most of the glory, they are not the only element of spring that causes jaws to drop. Take a look at several spring trees, shrubs, perennials, and bulb plants that can transform your lawn into a beautiful oasis:

Spring’s Shrubs & Trees

Most everything about nature’s spring season is pleasing to the eye. But, spring is not all about color; it’s about differing heights, too! With beautiful trees and shrubs layered throughout your lawn, they create a backdrop for the stunning spring flowers that bloom. Several trees and shrubs that bloom during spring include witch hazel, forsythia, and magnolia trees. Adding one or more of these trees and shrubs to your yard will enhance its aesthetically pleasing element and give you, the homeowner, a plethora of benefits.

Spring’s Perennials & Bulb Plants

Underneath the much-needed shrubs and trees are flowering perennials and bulb plants. Perennials are plants that grow every spring and summer but die off during autumn and winter. Perennials, such as a Lenten rose and Pasque flower, are a great purchase because they last for years to come. Bulb plants, such as daffodils and snowdrops, add astounding color to one’s lawn. Combining these plants can create a haven for gardeners and outdoor lovers, alike.

Before spring ends, come to 3am Growers in Tallassee, Alabama, for your greenery needs. Contact us today if you have any questions!

What Gardeners Need to Know for Spring

Spring is here! This is a busy time for nurseries, because it’s a busy time for gardeners. While you’re marketing and selling products this season, make sure that your customers are aware of what exactly they should be doing to prepare their gardens and landscapes this spring.

  • Tools should be seen to. Does anything need to be sharpened, repaired, or even replaced? Remind customers that the last thing they want is to be stuck halfway through a project without working tools. If your nursery doesn’t sell tools, consider partnering with a local business that does–both businesses can benefit from referrals.
  • Soil should be tested and appropriately treated to correct any imbalances. Lawns should be mowed, trimmed, and watered, and emerging weeds should be seen to. This is a good time for your customers to see to any insect problems as well. Make sure your customers also know to look out for lawn fungus and diseases.
  • And finally, plants should be cared for. Obviously, this is the time to plant many types of flowers, trees, and shrubs like the ones we stock at 3am Growers. Gardeners should also be trimming, mulching, feeding, watering, pruning, and checking on the health of their existing plants. Prepare your staff to answer many questions about how to care for plants–and not only the ones you sell.

Educating your customers will not only increase your business in the short-term; it will help to increase their satisfaction and long-term loyalty. If customers know they can trust you to give them good information, they’re more likely to come back and to recommend you to their friends!

Celebrate Trees for Arbor Day

April isn’t only National Lawn Care Month. It also includes Arbor Day on Friday, April 27th. 3am Growers is celebrating the same way we always do: by providing and caring for the trees that do so much to benefit us and our world.

You don’t have to look far from your front door to see the benefits of trees. They provide shade to our homes and lawns, give a degree of privacy to our lives, and insulate our homes against the noise of the outside world. They also improve quality of life in two very different ways, by providing a peaceful spot to rest under, or an exciting place for adventurous souls to climb!

Trees provide benefits for more than just humans, of course. Wildlife like birds, squirrels, and beneficial insects find homes, food, and building materials in their branches. Trees minimize runoff into water sources like streams and rivers, thus decreasing water pollution, and help prevent erosion if planted thoughtfully. Each tree can absorb thousands of gallons of stormwater, helping protect your home from flooding!

Perhaps their most well-known environmental benefit is the improvement of air quality. Not only do trees recycle carbon dioxide into oxygen, but they store carbon in their trunks and branches, decreasing the impact of global climate change. Trees also impact the temperature–they can reduce temperatures up to 7 degrees.

Celebrate Arbor Day and beyond by making sure your customers have access to a rich selection of beautiful, high-quality shade trees like those at 3am Growers.