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August Landscape & Garden Tips

Posted by Garrett Cleverly on 8/11/2016

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The month of August already gets a bad rap. The month of August always get a bad rap. Maybe it's because school is back in session or  maybe it's because we've gone though two summer months and we've finally have had enough! 

We're all looking forward to those cooler days, but before we get there we still need to keep a close eye on our landscape. Our nursery pros have compiled a few tips, tasks, and what to plant for your landscape this month. 

To Do List:

  • Watering: Our region is big and the climate can change in minutes depending on where you are. Regardless, due to the higher temperatures you will want to apply more water to the material on your landscape. Common questions like "how much water do I use" and "how often do I water" are all answered here in our Best Watering Practices
  • Protect The Trunk Of Your Trees: Getting a sunburn is one of the worst parts of the summer. Fortunately for us, we can recover with aloe vera and by staying indoors. Unfortunately for our young trees, especially citrus, they just can't pick up their roots and move. To provide them with protection you can prevent sunburn with Protective Tree Wrap, which is available at any Moon Valley Nursery location. To further protect your tree, young or old, you can stake them. This provides stability when high winds come in. Moon Valley Nursery also offers staking services as well. Click here to map a location near you.
  • Fertilize: August is a tough month for the material our your landscape. With higher temperatures, trees and shrubs may show heat stress. Use Moon Juice to help heat stressed trees and plants. This will prime roots for fall feeding as temperatures drop.  You can also give your lawn a boost with specialized fertilizers like our  fast acting Moon Royale Professional Turf Fertilizer. In most cases, you will see results in just four days, and it gets stronger as it goes to work greening up your lawn. If your palms are showing stress, apply our Super Palm Juice. Will turn palms green and keep them green
  • Prevention: Check plants for pests and disease paying special attention to new growth. If there is doubt bring photos into our nursery for treatment recommendation. Moon Valley Nursery stocks all of the things you will need for your weed prevention plan at our locations.
  • Mulch: With temperatures increasing , mulching is going to be extremely important for the next few months. Mulch any area where the sun is shining directly on the dirt. The mulch allows the roots to keep cool and moist. Moon Valley Nurseries has a great selection of mulch to choose from

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Our customers are always looking for ways to add splashes of color to their landscape. With so many options and varieties, it can be a difficult choice. One of the best choices for beautiful bursts of color throughout your yard is the Crape Myrtle or Lagerstroemia. These awesome trees bloom from late spring through the summer and are the perfect summer addition to any front or back yard. 
These small trees produce exquisite colors in purple, pink, red, and white and look aesthetically pleasing to the eyes when they are planted in clusters on side views or accent locations on your yard. Due to the hard and diligent work of plant breeders in our industry, there are now many cultivars being sold that are mildew and disease resistant. At Moon Valley Nurseries we only offer hybrids that are resistant to these diseases so our customers will not have to treat with harsh chemicals.

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A common and recurring question that our experts receive are ways that homeowners can limit their water usage in their landscape. Or more specifically, what is a good choice for a low-water using shade tree that will still offer that ‘WOW’ factor.  One of the best choices to emerge during this period of drought, and one tree we recommend, is the very colorful Museum Palo Verde. This desert beauty is rapidly becoming one of the most popular drought-tolerant trees for our customers and professional landscapers. It’s spreading open canopy of shade, is supported by blue-green, sculpture like trunks that provide a stark contrast to just about any landscape. In the spring, breathtaking yellow flowers emerge and cover the entire tree. The Museum Palo Verde’s layered shade makes the tree look light in your yard while providing very cooling shade for your home.

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The Ficus Nitida, or Indian Laurel, is a beautiful dense shade tree that looks amazing and has many landscape uses. This tried and true tree has shown its ability to thrive in the harsh conditions in our region. Because of its durability, beauty and mass amounts of shade it provides the Ficus Nitida has become the top selling tree we grow...and the most asked about.Ficus Nitida trees can be used in many different ways which contributes to its vast popularity. For basic shade, there is no better tree.  The dense, thick foliage of the Ficus Nitida provides the absolute coolest shade available in our area.  Ficus columns, when planted in rows, make great hedges that are commonly used as a privacy screen to block unwanted views, nosy neighbors  and even flying objects, like golf balls from your friendly weekend golfer! 

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Although the Vitex is known by many names it is best known for its beautiful spikes of purple blooms is has in the summer months.  The Vitex is prized for not only these unique desert blooms, but also for its natural ability to attract butterflies to one’s landscape. One of the plant's common names, monk's pepper, references the use of its seeds as a pepper substitute in monasteries, where it was prized for its intrinsic effects on virility.  The small stature and low maintenance requirements of the Vitex allow its unique properties to be brought into just about any landscape. The turning, twisting trunks contrast well with the larger, more uniform trees commonly seen in Sonoran landscapes. Vitex trees establish quickly and are well suited for full sun exposure.

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Looking to add classic beauty and tons of variety to your landscape this spring? Look no further than the always popular Magnolia. A symbol of the South, the Magnolia is an eye-catching tree with its striking foliage, spreading and large canopy, creamy white fragrant blooms, and elegant evergreen appearance. The Magnolia is a moderate growing tree that is large enough to provide shade as well as a beautiful focal point. They tend to look more pyramidal in shape when they are young, and don’t be fooled by this appearance. For all the great variety the Magnolia has, it is more known and famous for its very showy white blossoms and the beautiful fragrant smell that comes with them. The flowers are large, cup-shaped, and dot the tree in the spring and early summer months.

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The Japanese Blueberry is a visually appealing evergreen due to its dense, lush foliage and striking leaf color throughout the year which provides a fantastic backdrop for contrasting flowers and shrubs. It thrives in full sun and handle the cold extremely well. It has become one of regions most planted hedge variety and is an excellent choice for just about any landscape.

 

 

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The Tipu is a great tree in any landscape for quickly creating massive canopies of shade to cool your home, shade a patio or protect the other plants in your yard.It also requires little maintenance as it does extremely well in many soil and drought-like conditions. Because of its toughness it has quickly become a favorite street-lining tree in many areas and as the shade producer in many of our home landscapes. This is also one of the best water wise trees around. 

 

 

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Named for its resemblance to Willows, this drought tolerant water-wise tree performs well in any landscape in our region. This hardy tree handles extreme temperature ranges and produces exotic-looking blooms from May to September. This fast grower requires little maintenance and does best with just enough water to keep it green and blooming throughout the warm summer months. Also of note, the Desert Willow comes in a variety of cultivars with remarkable differences in flower color, leaf form, and branching characteristics.

 

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Moon Valley Nursery offers three beautiful olive trees from our farm  that has been growing olive trees for more than 50+ years. Fruitless olive trees are available in Arizona and Las Vegas and "fruiting" olive trees like the Mission and Manzanilla are available in California. Click on the variety below for more info. Fruitless | Mission |Manzanilla 

 

 

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A fast growing, dense, shade-producing tree that grows to a moderate height, the Camphor Tree looks great in any landscape design where a lush appeal is desired..  This uniquely shaped tree grows well in any soil type and requires very little maintenance.  A solid performer for our region,  this tree is hardy and heat tolerant. Along with its beautiful green bark and fragrant foliage, the Camphor never loses its leaves, which makes this a great choice for the inexperienced or over-worked landscaper. 

 

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Named for its resemblance to a pineapple when the palm is younger, the Pineapple Palm produces wide fronds and requires space when planted around a pool. It grows slowly, eventually forming a wide trunk and its fronds begin to rise from the ground, creating a classic palm tree shape. The Pineapple Palm can handle the cold and loves the sun. It’s a popular choice for tropical landscape and is commonly seen around resorts.

 

 

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Specially grown at Moon Valley Nursery farms, the Piru Queen Palm is unlike other Queen Palms. Our Piru Queen Palms feature thicker and harder trunks, denser and greener fronds, and produce fuller crowns than other Queen Palms. Moon Valley Nurseries Piru Queen Palms can handle hot summers, cold winters, and windy days. The Piru Queen Palm is supported by a narrow trunk which makes it ideal in tight spaces around your pool, but it does require overhead space as the palm grows to statuesque heights.


Top 5 Selling Trees

Posted by Garrett Cleverly on 8/10/2016

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We’re still knee-deep in the middle of the summer season, and it seems literally impossible to think that cooler days are approaching...even if that is a slow approach. The heat is a pain, however escaping the heat and humidity is actually pretty easy. Just run into your house, store, work, or any place that is pumping AC.

But what if you’re outside? This is why great shade trees can make a massive difference. Our customers are always asking us what the most popular trees to plant during the summer to escape the heat and our nursery pros always recommend these trees below. Not only are they great at providing shade, but some provide fantastic blooms during the summer with amazing fall colors.

Crape-1.pngCrape Myrtle
For adding stunning, vibrant colors to your landscape, Crape Myrtles are one of the absolute best choices to grow in this area. With blooms that can last from late spring, through the entire summer and with a wide variety of colors available, Crape Myrtles have been a long time favorite in many landscape styles. Crape Myrtles, also known as Southern Lilacs, are considered to be one of the most beautiful trees in the West and for many good reasons. They constantly bloom throughout the summer months and have changed a bright, showy orange in the fall. 

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The Ficus nitida are among the most beautiful and versatile trees for any landscape. Don’t let the amazingly green appearance fool you as they are one of the most durable trees around. Lush, dense foliage provides dense canopies of shade from strong softwood branches. Many of our customers plant these along property lines as barriers for blocking sun, noise, wind, and views; as well as letting the exceptional beauty stand out on any property.  The foliage of the Ficus are very hardy and can be trimmed into topiary like shapes while handling the summer heat. The foliage is thick and it can provide some excellent privacy.


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The ultimate summer tree, the Tipu can literally handle and thrive in almost any climate (maybe except for Antartica!) These trees are incredibly tough, they grow very quickly providing a massive shade canopy, and bloom beautiful golf ball sized flowers in the summer. Its unique umbrella canopy provides immense amounts of shade that will allow you and your family to enjoy your back yard on most summer days. It has a gorgeous Apricot colored bloom throughout spring and summer and provides an incredibly unique leaf structure.

 

MuseumPalo-1.pngPalo Verde
If you're looking for the "WOW" factor look no further than the Museum Palo Verde. It’s spreading, open canopy of shade is supported by blue-green, sculpture like trunks that provide a stark contrast to just about any landscape. In the spring, breathtaking yellow flowers emerge and cover the entire tree. The Museum Palo Verde’s layered shade makes the tree look light in your yard while providing very cooling shade for your home.

 

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One of the most stunning trees on display, the Live Oak is a great choice for area plating because of its adaptability, performance in the hot summer months and its ability to grow in tough soil conditions. Its name is derived from its ability to “live” throughout the winter when other oaks are dormant or leafless. It has a wide canopy of dark green leaves and when planted in rows it can give your landscape a privacy wall or shade barrier that provides immense protection and beauty.

Top Flowering Trees & Shrubs to Attract Hummingbirds & Butterflies

Posted by Garrett Cleverly on 7/21/2016

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When you walk around any of our Moon Valley Nursery locations you can’t help but notice all of the ‘activity’ surrounding all of our flowering trees and plants. Our nurseries are a haven for our pollinating friends, especially the hummingbird and butterfly, which is always a special sight to see. Your landscape can be filled with hummingbirds and butterflies too, and below are eight flowering shrubs that they both love.

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Vitex-1.pngVitex
This multi-trunk tree is known for its eye catching displays of purple blooms on long spikes that jet out at every growth tip during the late spring and into summer. The Vitex’s twisting trunks under the bright flowering canopy gives this tree a unique, grand appearance. Its canopy is large and layered, which allows sunlight to penetrate the ground below. The Vitex requires minimal water and little maintenance. Vitex trees establish quickly and are exceptionally strong in full sun locations.

 

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Hummingbirds and Butterflies love this flowering shrub. It blooms beautiful blue flowers on its eye catching bright green stems that can grow to knee high. It performs best when planted in partial sun. Agapanthus like slightly acidic soil so deep water and regular applications of Moon Dust will help them look and bloom their best. Water deeply and keep soil slightly moist in warm weather.

 

 

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Named only for its resemblance to willows, the Desert Willow produces
 magnificent blooms of exotic trumpet shaped purple flowers that look fantastic when planted in accent locations. The Desert Willow has an airy canopy and is visually appealing in many landscape styles.

 

 

 

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Ocotillo are native to the southwestern United States and are among the easiest to grow and one of most recognized desert trees. These unique specimens require little water and almost no maintenance. Several green-leafed stems emerge from a common base that give it a distinctly different look in any landscape. At the tips of the branches, the Ocotillo produces eye catching red spike-shaped flowers that are very showy in the summer months after rainfall. They can be used in focal and accent points or even as a living wall. A must have for any desert landscape.

 

Desert-Bird.pngDesert Bird of Paradise
This open-canopied plant produces some of the most unique blooms around. It blooms yellow flowers with red filaments on terminal spikes in the spring and fall. It's feathery type of foliage is what makes this Desert Bird of Paradise such a great choice to soften hard desert landscapes or in transition areas between green and desert landscaped areas.  It can grow in full sun and requires little maintenance. 

 

 

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These medium to large growing shrubs bloom large bright tropical flowers with dark green foliage. They thrive in pots but need well-prepared garden soil that drains well for maximum potential. They grow great in partial sun and will acclimate to full sun easily. Fertilize monthly from March through September to encourage the best growth and a prolific blooming season.

 

 

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Commonly called Yellow Bells, this shrub can grow 8 feet tall and wide. Yellow Bells display many yellow, trumpet-shaped flower clusters starting mid-spring all the way to winter. This shrub is drought-tolerant and is very fast growing. Yellow Bells are great for focal points, fence or borderlines, and color accents in desert and tropical landscapes. To maximize blooming cycles, be sure to prune off dead blooms occasionally. 

 

 

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One of the most visible plants around because of its showy, bright red bushy flowers, the Bottlebrush is drought-tolerant and just loves the western climate. It blooms in the spring through the fall and is a great way to add extra privacy to your home due to its dense foliage. Moon Valley Nurseries has the Bottlebrush in tree and shrub variations. 

 

 

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One of the most versatile plants for any landscape, the Orange Cape Honeysuckle has bursts of bright orange, trumpet-shaped blooms. This shrub trims into a medium to large bush or hedge and is frequently used as a vine to cover posts or fences. Plant in well prepared soil with good drainage and water moderately. Fertilize with Moon Dust mid-spring through early fall to keep them looking their best.

 

 

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This shrub loves the sun and blooms all summer and fall. It is drought-tolerant once established and has large clusters of orange trumpet-shaped blooms. The Orange Jubilee is fast growing and can reach 10 to 12 feet high and needs an area where it will receive at least a half day of sun. 

 

 

 

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This drought-tolerant shrub exudes a variety of colors and is the perfect plant to include in your landscape and garden. The Lantana thrives during the hot summer months and grows quickly requiring little to no maintenance. They bloom from spring through the fall and are very easy to grow in any situation. Depending on the Lantana, it can bloom purple, white, pale yellow, red, gold, or pink colors.

 

 

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Red Yucca is the standard in any desert landscape requiring color. The long slender leaves form a fountain like rosette and provide a nice structure to an area that needs a sculptural accent. Exceedingly tough and tolerant of heat and cold, red yucca require little if any care or maintenance. Irrigate once every two weeks when mature to maintain appearance. Red to coral blooms form on tall stalks late spring through early fall. Plant in groups for mass effect or mix in with cactus or succulents for a beautiful addition of color.

When you are at one of our nurseries, be sure to talk to our experts about ways in which you can get your flowering shrubs to bloom to the max with any of our beneficial fertilizers. While you’re at it, simply follow our flying friends to their favorites and get the planted in your yard today.

July Landscape & Garden Tips

Posted by Garrett Cleverly on 7/12/2016

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When did July get here? It seems like just last week we were tending to our nurseries in perfect spring weather. Whether or not we want to accept the reality that we're smack dab in the middle of the summer, we do need to accept the fact that as the temperature increases so does the maintenance we need to perform on our yards.  

This includes proper water, what to plan, pruning, fertilizing, and more. Our nursery pros put together this list to help your landscape prepare and thrive in our summer this year. 

To Do List:

  • Fertilize: As we mentioned above, June is a tough month for the material on your landscape as it transitions to the warmer days. Give the material on your landscape and your lawn a boost with specialized fertilizers like our  fast acting Moon Royale Professional Turf Fertilizer. In most cases, you will see results in just four days, and it gets stronger as it goes to work greening up your lawn. Our Super Charged Moon Juice and Super Palm Juice which are designed to trigger growth responses and supplement the essential micro and macro nutrients that plants need to thrive in our climate.
  • Protect The Trunk Of Your Trees: Trees, just like us, can also get sunburn. However, the bottle of sunscreen isn't going to be enough. Young trees, especially citrus, need protection from the sun when temperatures increase. You can protect the trunk of a new tree from sunburn with Protective Tree Wrap. Available at any Moon Valley Nursery location. To further protect your tree, young or old, you can stake them. This provides stability when high winds come in. Moon Valley Nursery also offers staking services as well. Click here to map a location near you.

ficus-1.jpgFicus
Ficus are our #1 selling tree and a favorite to use as a formal landscape hedge. Many of our customers plant these along property lines as barriers for blocking sun, noise, wind, and views; as well as letting the exceptional beauty stand out on any property.  The foliage of the Ficus are very hardy and can be trimmed into topiary like shapes while handling the summer heat. The foliage is thick and it can provide some excellent privacy. *not available in Las Vegas. 

 

 

paolo.jpgMuseum Palo Verde
If you're looking for the "WOW" factor look no further than the Museum Palo Verde. It’s spreading, open canopy of shade is supported by blue-green, sculpture like trunks that provide a stark contrast to just about any landscape. In the spring, breathtaking yellow flowers emerge and cover the entire tree. The Museum Palo Verde’s layered shade makes the tree look light in your yard while providing very cooling shade for your home.

 

 

Magnolia.jpgMagnolia
Looking to add classic beauty with tons of variety to your landscape this spring? Look no further than the always popular Magnolia. A symbol of the South, the Magnolia is an eye-catching tree with its striking foliage, spreading and large canopy, creamy white fragrant blooms, and elegant evergreen appearance. The Magnolia is mostly known for its showy white blossoms and beautiful fragrant smell that comes with them. Magnolias are easy to grow and they thrive in our long summers. 

 

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The Tipu is the perfect summer shade tree. It is a water wise variety that has become popular among landscape professionals and homeowners for its rapid growth and showy apricot yellow flowers during the summer. This semi-evergreen grows extremely fast and is great at  quickly creating massive canopies of shade to cool your home, shade a patio or protect the other plants in your yard. It also requires little maintenance as it does extremely well in many soil and drought-like conditions.

 

shamel-ash.jpgShamel Ash
A classic looking "Legacy Type" tree, the Shamel Ash, also known as the ‘Evergreen Ash’, is a great solution for just about any landscape that needs a large, fast-growing shade tree. Capable of reaching great heights, the classic, larger-leaved, green foliage is attractive and compliments just about any landscape. It creates a massive canopy of shade and is a great climbing tree or even one to hang a swing off of!

 

 

crape-1.jpgCrape Mrytle
The Crape Myrtle has something to offer for every season but stands out in late spring to summer when it begins producing stunning blooms of purple, pink, red, and white flowers that are pleasing to the eye when planted in clusters or accent locations. The Crape Myrtle is known for its long and constant bloom cycle and works well in just about any landscape. In the fall, the Crape Myrtle’s foliage turn to a showy bright orange.  

 

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Widely used throughout the Southern U.S. for more than 100 years, the Tru-Green Elm is a beautiful tree and one that has become a very popular choice for our customers-Green Elm is a beautiful tree and one that has become a very popular choice for our customers due to its dark green foliage on its umbrella shaped canopy. A great canopy of shade can come form rather quickly with these trees. The True-Green Elm thrives in hot and sunny environments and in very mild winters, they can retain their leaves.

orange-1.jpgFruit and Citrus
Our climate is ideal for planting fruit and citrus trees and some of the best and easiest to grow are orange, lemon, grapefruit, peach, nectarine, and apple. All of the citrus and fruit trees we sell have been adapted to our climate. There are a lot of benefits to growing your own homegrown food. The fruit and citrus taste better, no pesticides, scented citrus blossoms, shade, and you don’t have to leave your house for fruit or citrus.

 

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classic resort style palm tree, the Mexican Fan Palm features a single trunk and is desired for its ease of growth. It can handle cold weather and thrives in the sun. Our cigar-cut Mexican Fan Palms give a smooth texture around the trunk that highlights the deep green and unique colors of this palm tree. Mexican Fan Palms are a stately addition to any landscape, and mix well with both large and pygmy sized palm trees. We carry all sizes from the small starter palms to the giant, instant resort palms for any desired landscape appearance.

 

piru-queen-palm.jpgPiru Queen Palm 
Queen palms are the height of tropical beauty and appeal in just about any landscape. Big Tex Tree's’ Piru Queen Palm variety is custom grown to be the benchmark for both durability and appearance for tougher growing climates. Grown from specific Argentine seedlings with superior genetic traits, Piru Queen Palms feature wider trunks, thicker crowns, and greener fronds then other queen palms. Our Piru Queen Palms are exposed to hot summers, cold winters, and dry climates to promote drought tolerance and water retention. The result of these growing conditions produces a palm that is better conditioned to extreme weather cycles, frost periods, and drought situations. 

 

 

Top 10 Trees & Shrubs For A Privacy Hedge

Posted by Garrett Cleverly on 6/16/2016

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A common question at our nurseries are our customers seeking privacy,  and with so many tree and shrub vanities to choose from it may seem like a daunting task to pick out the ideal hedge material for your yard. At Moon Valley Nurseries, we simplified the process by offering Hollywood Style Hedges, which are the thickest and biggest hedges in our area.

These Hollywood Style Hedges are not just great at creating privacy, but they can block unwanted views, a natural sound barrier, or even a border. Plus, we have hedge varieties that bloom big beautiful colors. Below is our fantastic selection of Hollywood Style Hedges. 

 

Ficus.jpgFicus Nitida
Ficus are our #1 selling tree and a favorite to use as a formal landscape hedge. Many of our customers plant these along property lines as barriers for blocking sun, noise, wind, and views; as well as letting the exceptional beauty stand out on any property.  The foliage of the Ficus are very hardy and can be trimmed into topiary like shapes while handling the summer heat. The foliage is thick and it can provide some excellent privacy. *not available in Las Vegas. 

 

 

blue.jpgJapanese Blueberry
The Japanese Blueberry is a visually appealing evergreen due to its dense, lush foliage and striking leaf color throughout the year which provides a fantastic backdrop for contrasting flowers and shrubs. It thrives in full sun and handle the cold extremely well. It has become one of Houston’s most planted hedge variety and is an excellent choice for just about any landscape. 

 

 

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The Japanese Privet is an ideal solution for those who want an evergreen, low maintenance tree for a small to medium sized area. The Japanese Privet, while commonly seen in large shrub or hedge applications, can also be grown easily as a small to medium tree as shown. Ideal for courtyards in smaller patio homes, Privet trees are even clean enough to plant near pools.  Plant in rows or groups for privacy at upper level of the tree with shade below.

 

 

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This dense and rounded evergreen is named after its thick and waxy leaves that are smooth to the touch. The Wax Leaf Privet has many landscape applications; it can be used as a hedge, tall screen, grouped with underplantings, topiaries, and inside containers. It blooms long panicles of strongly scented white flowers throughout the spring. 

 

 

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Native to the Southeastern United States, the Carolina Cherry has become a popular choice for its minimal maintenance, natural upright conical shape, and ability to tolerate heat, drought, and wind. The Carolina Cherry is a small to medium-sized evergreen with dark green, lustrous wavy-edged foliage on brown thornless stems. They can be easily sheared into a tall screen or sound barrier which make them a near-perfect option for many homes. 

 

 

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Used for formal entrances, borders, and backdrops, the Italian Cypress is unmistakable with its lush green foliage and tall narrow upright form. Italian Cypress thrive in sunny climates a with minimal water making them a popular choice for just about any landscape.

 

 

 

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Timber Bamboo can adapt to almost all types of environments, they grow outdoors, indoors, and can even grow potted. The Timber Bamboo grows dense, very fast and does an outstanding job working as a privacy hedge. This plant also generates a lot of shade and helps relieve high sun exposed areas making it perfect to plant around in an outside terrace or courtyard.

 

 

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These trees just love the hot summer months, which makes them an ideal flowering tree for your landscape. The Oleander tree displays a long lasting bloom that comes in clumps of red, white, and pink. The blooms are vibrant may extend into the wilder winter months. Ideally planted in groups or rows, the Oleander is a great tree for our customers who are seeking privacy hedges, area screens, and property border because of the trees ability to keep a thick coat of dark green leaves throughout the year.

 

cape.jpgCape Honeysuckle
One of the most versatile plants for any landscape, the Orange Cape Honeysuckle has bursts of bright orange, trumpet-shaped blooms. This shrub trims into a medium to large bush or hedge and is frequently used as a vine to cover posts or fences.

 

 

 

Yellowbell.jpgArizona Yellowbells
Commonly called Yellow Bells, this shrub can grow 8 feet tall and wide. Yellow Bells display many yellow, trumpet-shaped flower clusters starting mid-spring all the way to winter. This shrub is drought-tolerant and is very fast growing. Yellow Bells are great for focal points, fence or borderlines, and color accents in desert and tropical landscapes. To maximize blooming cycles, be sure to prune off dead blooms occasionally.

 

Top 5 Palm Trees To Plant This Summer

Posted by Garrett Cleverly on 6/2/2016

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With temperatures approaching near triple digits this weekend in some areas our region, common thought is that the planting season is officially over and this couldn't be more far from the truth. Fortunately for us, palm trees just absolutely love being planted in the warm weather. As the grower of all the trees we sell, our palms have been acclimated to our climate from the day they were planted. 

Below are are top five palms to plant this summer!

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Pineapple-Palm-2.pngPineapple Palm
The Pineapple Palm is another extremely cold and heat hardy palm that offers a very unique and elegant look from young palm to mature specimen. They are named after the Pineapple because as they grow and are trimmed they develop a pineapple looking top. These are slower growing drought tolerant palms that have wide arching fronds and not only make a great focal point but can also be used for shade. Plant this where you will have plenty of room to let it grow as they can get wide.

 

Queen-Palm-2.pngQueen Palm
This is an exclusive cultivar of queen palm grown only by Moon Valley Nursery. They are noticeably different from other species of Queen Palm as they have thicker crowns, fuller heads, and a wider, hardier trunk. These palms where grown with our climate in mind and they grown right here at all of our nurseries. The Piru Queen Palm withstands high, hot winds and also withstands the cold much better. These can be planted in clusters in very tight spaces to provide a lush tropical feel, add privacy to your yard, and to also shade your landscape paradise.

 

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This statuesque palm features many trunks of varying height or it can be grown with just a single trunk. Great for small spaces and accent locations near your pool, the Pygmy Date Palm is a slow grower and adapts well to sun and shade. Moon Valley Nurseries Pygmy Date Palms have been custom grown at our farms to ensure that the palm generates thicker trunks, fuller crowns, and more robust roots.

 

 

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Extremely cold hardy palm that thrives in nearly any condition. This drought tolerant palm handles extreme heat as well and can be planted in nearly any location. They work great planted in odd number groups with alternating heights to add curb appeal and also to add shade and privacy. These palms present a classic desert look while adding a tropical appeal at the same time.

 

 

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The ultimate palm for your pool, the Date Palms are usually found at most resorts and shopping centers. Around pools the Date Palm provides excellent shade due to its wide fronds and it has practically no litter. The Date Palm looks great when planted in clusters of 3 to 5 palms and is hardy to cold, heat and drought tolerant.

 

 

 

June Landscape & Garden Tips

Posted by Garrett Cleverly on 6/2/2016

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Our region is a big one and throughout June different areas will see different types of weather and temperatures. This is why June is such a critical month when it comes to proper care for our landscape and gardens. Preparation and better care now will ensure a healthy and full landscape throughout the summer and heading into the fall. Our nursery pros have compiled a few tips and tasks for your landscape this month.

To Do List:

  • Fertilize: As we mentioned above, June is a tough month for the material on your landscape as it transitions to the warmer days. Give the material on your landscape and your lawn a boost with specialized fertilizers like our  fast acting Moon Royale Professional Turf Fertilizer. In most cases, you will see results in just four days, and it gets stronger as it goes to work greening up your lawn. Our Super Charged Moon Juice and Super Palm Juice which are designed to trigger growth responses and supplement the essential micro and macro nutrients that plants need to thrive in our climate.
  • Protect The Trunk Of Your Trees: Trees, just like us, can also get sunburn. However, the bottle of sunscreen isn't going to be enough. Young trees, especially citrus, need protection from the sun when temperatures increase. You can protect the trunk of a new tree from sunburn with Protective Tree Wrap. Available at any Moon Valley Nursery location. To further protect your tree, young or old, you can stake them. This provides stability when high winds come in. Moon Valley Nursery also offers staking services as well. Click here to map a location near you.

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Moon Valley Nursery offers three beautiful olive trees from our farm  that has been growing olive trees for more than 50+ years. Fruitless olive trees are available in Arizona and Las Vegas and "fruiting" olive trees like the Mission and Manzanilla are available in California. Click on the variety below for more info. Fruitless | Mission | Manzanilla 

 

 

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Palm trees love being planted during the summer and as an accompaniment to our June Landscape & Garden Tips we list our Top 5 Palms To Plant This Summer right here

 

 

 

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One of the most popular trees for our customers who want to decrease their water usage while adding color is the Museum Palo Verde. It is a low maintenance tree that is easy to grow that thrives in full sun. When in bloom, the tree displays a vibrant yellow flower display that is complimented well by its brighter green thornless trunk.

 

 

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The Tipu is the perfect summer shade tree. It is a water wise variety that has become popular among landscape professionals and homeowners for its rapid growth and showy apricot yellow flowers during the summer. This semi-evergreen grows extremely fast and is great at  quickly creating massive canopies of shade to cool your home, shade a patio or protect the other plants in your yard. It also requires little maintenance as it does extremely well in many soil and drought-like conditions.

 

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A top performing shade tree in our region, the Chinese Elm is a widely popular for good reasons. It is very tolerant to poor soil, poor weather, and can still provide the large, wide shade that it's known for. It loves growing in the full sun and provides a massive canopy of shade at an early age. The Chinese Elm is also known as the “Evergreen Elm”. In very mild winters, Chinese Elms can retain their leaves throughout the season. In warmer months, the Chinese Elm boasts dark green foliage on an umbrella-shaped shade canopy. 

 

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The Sissoo tree is one of the fastest growing trees on this list and is extremely well adapted to our hot summers. Native to the the hotter areas of India, the Sissoo tree looks like a classic midwestern shade tree but is very durable and uses very little water. The Sissoo has quickly become a favorite for landscapers and homeowners because of their extremely fast growth rate and huge amounts of shade. 

 

 

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Although the Vitex is known by many names it is best known for its beautiful spikes of purple blooms is has in the summer months.  The Vitex is prized for not only these unique desert blooms, but also for its natural ability to attract butterflies to one’s landscape. One of the plant's common names, monk's pepper, references the use of its seeds as a pepper substitute in monasteries, where it was prized for its intrinsic effects on virility.  

 

 

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Indian Laurel, commonly referred to as the Ficus nitida, are among the most beautiful and versatile trees for any landscape. Lush, dense foliage provides dense canopies of shade from strong softwood branches. Ficus are easily pruned into any shape and size from patio trees and hedges to substantial storybook shade trees with unique looking powerful branches and trunks as they mature.

 

 

Crape.pngCrape Myrtle
One of the best choices for beautiful bursts of color in your landscape if the Crape Myrtle. These small trees produce exquisite colors in purple, pink, red, and white and look aesthetically pleasing to the eyes when they are planted in cluster on side views or accent location on your yard. These trees bloom from late spring and through the summer and perform best when they receive at least a half day of sun.

 

 

Recipe Of The Week: Memorial Day Special!

Posted by Garrett Cleverly on 5/26/2016

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Memorial Day Weekend is here and before we break out the grill we would like to take a moment to honor those who paid the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.

Many of us will be enjoying the beautiful weather this weekend with family and friends and if you're looking to make a splash at the annual BBQ, and we don't mean a cannonball in the pool, consider using the homegrown fruit and citrus in your backyard. Homegrown fruit and citrus taste way better than store-bought plus no pesticides. 

Below are a few recipes using homegrown lemons that will sure to impress your family and friends. Also, don't forget to include the vegetable garden as well if you have one! 

Sasuage.pngRoasted Garlic & Feta Lemon Chicken Sausage 

Ingredients: Garlic, lemon, olive oil, chicken thighs, feta cheese, shallots, oregano, salt, black pepper, red win vinegar

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Greek-Salas.pngGreek Salad with Lemon

Ingredients: Romaine lettuce, radicchio, endive, olive oil, salt, pepper, lemon, olives, tomatoes, feta cheese, red onion

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Ingredients: Flour, sugar, salt, lemons, butter, eggs, lemon zest, sugar

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Trees of Summer: Shade, Flowering, Palm, & More!

Posted by Garrett Cleverly on 5/26/2016

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Summer is right around the corner whether we want to believe it or not.  Now, the summer heat may at times be unbearable for us, but for certain trees and palms, the summer heat is just what mother nature ordered. 

Many trees and palms thrive in our summer climate providing shade relief, summer color, and a tropical feel with palms. Below are a few of our favorite trees for the summer! 

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3435597_orig.pngFicus Nitida
Instant shade, privacy, and curb appeal is what makes the Ficus our #1 selling tree. These evergreen trees perform well in any landscape. They create a very dense canopy of thick, rounded green leaves all year that create a very thick shade that can keep your cooling costs down in the summer. They handle the heat very well and can be pruned to any shape. When it comes to clean-up and maintenance, you can go ahead and put your rake away, because Ficus are just about the cleanest tree you’ll ever purchase. We offer three different variations of Laurel: Single-trunk, multi-trunk, and column, which are a great choice as a barrier for blocking sun, noise, wind, and those pesky neighbors. 

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The Crape Myrtle has something to offer for every season but stands out in late spring to summer when it begins producing stunning blooms of purple, pink, red, and white flowers that are pleasing to the eye when planted in clusters or accent locations. The Crape Myrtle is known for its long and constant bloom cycle and works well in just about any landscape. In the fall, the Crape Myrtle’s foliage turn to a showy bright orange.  

 

 

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Looking to add classic beauty with tons of variety to your landscape this spring? Look no further than the always popular Magnolia. A symbol of the South, the Magnolia is an eye-catching tree with its striking foliage, spreading and large canopy, creamy white fragrant blooms, and elegant evergreen appearance. The Magnolia is mostly known for its showy white blossoms and beautiful fragrant smell that comes with them. Magnolias are easy to grow and they thrive in our long summers. 

 

 

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Widely used throughout the Southern U.S. for more than 100 years, the Tru-Green Elm is a beautiful tree and one that has become a very popular choice for our customers-Green Elm is a beautiful tree and one that has become a very popular choice for our customers due to its dark green foliage on its umbrella shaped canopy. A great canopy of shade can come form rather quickly with these trees. The True-Green Elm thrives in hot and sunny environments and in very mild winters, they can retain their leaves.

 

 

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Looking to create a massive canopy of shade? Look no further than the Tipu tree. This semi-evergreen has become a popular choice for its rapid growth and eye-catching apricot yellow flowers during the summer. Tipu Trees require modest amounts of water for optimal performance, so they react well to droughts and landscapes desiring less water usage. Landscapers find many uses for the Tipu not just because they’re fast growers, but also for their golden blooms during the spring. In just a few years, the Tipu can reach heights of 25 feet quickly creating massive canopies of shade for your home, patio, home playground, or to protect the other plants in your yard from the summer sun. ​​

 

 

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Compact size with an ability to thrive in the
 hot summer months and survive the cool winters has made the Mediterranean Fan Palm a popular choice for an outdoor oasis. Commonly used as a stand-alone focal point around pools, the Mediterranean Fan Palm sprouts multiple trunks and is slow growing. Aside from their wonderful looks, Mediterranean Fan Palms are some of the more durable palm trees grown in the Western United States. They thrive in hot locations and require minimal amounts of water compared to most palm trees. They’re also able to survive the typical frost season with little or no freeze damage. 

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classic resort style palm tree, the Mexican Fan Palm features a single trunk and is desired for its ease of growth. It can handle cold weather and thrives in the sun. Our cigar-cut Mexican Fan Palms give a smooth texture around the trunk that highlights the deep green and unique colors of this palm treeMexican Fan Palms are a stately addition to any landscape, and mix well with both large and pygmy sized palm trees. We carry all sizes from the small starter palms to the giant, instant resort palms for any desired landscape appearance.

 

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Queen palms are the height of tropical beauty and appeal in just about any landscape. Big Tex Tree's’ Piru Queen Palm 
variety is custom grown to be the benchmark for both durability and appearance for tougher growing climates. Grown from specific Argentine seedlings with superior genetic traits, Piru Queen Palms feature wider trunks, thicker crowns, and greener fronds then other queen palms. Our Piru Queen Palms are exposed to hot summers, cold winters, and dry climates to promote drought tolerance and water retention. The result of these growing conditions produces a palm that is better conditioned to extreme weather cycles, frost periods, and drought situations. 

 

If you have any questions regarding proper maintenance or how one of these beautiful trees or palms would fit into your yard, be sure to contact one of our nursery pros at any of our nursery locations.

Top 10 Drink Recipes Using Homegrown Fruit & Citrus

Posted by Garrett Cleverly on 5/19/2016

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Summer is here and with the kids out of school you'll be looking for daily activities to keep them busy all summer long. One activity that is super easy to do and one that keeps you at home is picking your homegrown fruit and citrus and making fruit and citrus drinks. 

We are lucky to be living in our region. We can grow a huge variety of fruit and citrus trees. Lemon, orange, grapefruit, fig, lime, peach, and more! Growing these not only gives you superior taste compared to the grocery store, but it can be a great teaching lesson to the younger generation on how to properly care and prepare your fruit and citrus. 

Below are 10 fantastic recipes using homegrown fruit and citrus. First five are non-alcoholic and the bottom five are for the adults!

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Click here for a full list of our citrus and fruit trees or
click on the links below to see the varieties we offer for each fruit and citrus. 

Peach.jpgRaspberry Peach Lemonade

Ingredients: Peaches, lemons, sugar, water, ice, raspberries, agave nectar

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Pomegranate Cranberry Smoothie

Ingredients: Pomegranate, fresh cranberries, skim milk, Greek yogurt 

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Lime-1.jpgCitrus Strawberry Mocktail

Ingredients: Lime, lemon-lime soda, strawberries, sugar

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orange.jpgNon-Alcoholic Sangria 

Ingredients: Orange, peach, lime, blueberry, banana, grape juice, orange juice

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Lime-2.jpgNon-Alcoholic Mojito

Ingredients: Pomegranate, mint leaves, lime, club soda, lemonade, simple syrup

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Apple-1.jpgBourbon Cider Sours

Ingredients: Apple, sugar, apple cider, orange, ice, bourbon

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Apricot.jpgApricot Lime Mojito

Ingredients: Apricot, mint leaves, lime, white rum, club soda, water, sugar, salt

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lemon.jpgSparkling Citrus Sangria

Ingredients: Lemon, lime, orange, pineapple juice, ginger ale, gin, Moscato wine

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Blood-orange.jpgBlood Orange Negroni from Bottega

Ingredients: Blood orange, orange slice, sweet vermouth, campari, gin

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kumquat.jpgKumquat Margarita

Ingredients: kumquats, agave tequila, Cointreau, agave nectar, salt 

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Enjoy all these tasty cocktails and remember to drink responsibly and obey all drinking laws. All the recipes listed above make for great non-alcoholic drinks too. Just substitute your favorite seltzer water or flavored water. If your landscape is lacking citrus trees, stop by one of our Moon Valley Nursery locationsOur experts can help you pick out the best citrus trees for your landscape.