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How to Prevent, Control, & Remove Aphids & Other Insects

Posted by Garrett Cleverly on 3/22/2017

Tips from our nursery pros for an aphid and insects free yard

How to Prevent, Control & Remove

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The spring season is officially here and while you're out on your neighborhood walk enjoying the nice weather, the blooming flowers, the smell of citrus, and birds chirping you may notice the spring bugs on a neighbors landscape or even worse your landscape!

There is no need to stress as bugs are everywhere this time of year and there are ways to prevent, control and remove them. In this blog, we'll be taking a look at the Aphid, which is a sap-sucking insect that are small and can be found in almost any climate, and other insects that are enjoying a free lunch every day on your landscape. 

How To Prevent Aphids & Insects

There are a few ways to prevent aphids and other insects and please remember that every landscape is different. Some practices may not work on your landscape or on the aphids you are trying to prevent. 

Ladybug.pngOne option is to attract ladybugs to your landscape. They will eat the aphids and insects that may cause damage to your landscape. Keep in mind that ladybugs are just like humans. They will go to where the food is. You may have some ladybugs one day next day and then the next day aphids and insects show up. There are a few plants that attract ladybugs like the Marigold, Alyssum, and Geranium to name a few. All of these are available at Moon Valley Nurseries locations.

Another way to prevent aphids and insects is companion planting. A few plants to consider at strong smelling herbs (basil, oregano, rosemary etc.) that can deter them and other plants like mustard and nasturtium, which aphids are especially attracted to. Remember, that each and every landscape is different. Some prevention methods may work and some may not work. Always best to do a trial-and-error and to record your results. 

How To Control & Remove Aphids & Insects

Let's pretend that you were gone for the weekend and aphids and insects have literally overtaken your landscape. What do you do? Well there are a few options our nursery professionals recommend.

Fertilome.pngSystemic insecticides
Systemic insecticides are tools usually used when a homeowner has a difficult time removing the aphids and insects from a particular tree or shrub. When applied, the plant will soak up the systemic insecticides in the soil and then it will be transported through the plant. Insects that feed on the plant will then digest the systemic insecticides. We wouldn't recommend using this on garden veggies or fruit and citrus trees. Download your  Insecticide Coupon  today!

 

Remove Ants Colonies
Ants are amazing insects and one of the amazing things they do is that they farm aphids. And no, were are not kidding. Some species of ants will carry the aphids into your trees. If you see this happening, a way to control the aphids is to remove the any colony. 

Physical Removal
If buys don't totally creep you out, just reach your hand into the problem area and remove the aphids and insects. Best to always be safe, so wear a pair of gardening gloves. 

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This is pretty straight forward. Take the garden hose and spray the aphids and insects off. Now, we do not recommend you do this to young or tender shrubs and trees. This method can be quite effective.

Soap & Water
Put a few tablespoons of dish soap and hot water into a spray bottle. Simply just spray the mixture on the aphids. IT IS IMPORTANT to know that this removal will also harm and possibly kill beneficial insects. We recommend using caution when doing this as you do not want to take out the ladybugs in your landscape. 

Moon Valley Nurseries is your one stop shop for all your landscape needs. Our experts have decades worth of experience and they will be able to assist you with any and all projects you may have. Click here to map a nursery near you.

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Guide To A Weed Free Yard

Posted by Garrett Cleverly on 3/16/2017

Tips from our nursery pros for a weed free yard this spring and Summer

How to remove, how to prevent, and additional tips

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The spring season is here and if you're a regular reader of our blog  you were then well prepared for what is perhaps the biggest weed and allergy season we have ever had due to all the rain. Now, if your landscape is looking like something a rainforest, there is no need to panic. The experts at Moon Valley Nurseries are here to help you turn that jungle into the perfect landscape that will turn heads in the neighborhood this spring and into the summer. We even have a coupon here to get your started click --->    Herbicide Coupon

Step #1: Remove The Weeds 

This is as straightforward as it gets, and yes we know. Pulling weeds isn't how you want to spend a weekend morning. However, you need to get this done and the sooner you do it the better. Each passing day allows the weeds roots to grow deeper and the flowers more time to pollinate spreading more weeds around the yard.

One option is the old-fashioned way. Go out there with some gloves, you hands, and some muscle and yank the weeds out. Remember to get the entire weed. A hoe or shovel can do the trick.

If you have a weed infestation (the jungle we were talking about) it's a good idea to pick up a herbicide from Moon Valley Nurseries, as we stock all things needed to remove those pesky weeds.

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Weed Free Zone (for grass)
This controls more than 80 of the toughest-to-control weeds in your yard. This can also be used to control grass that is getting out of control as well in your landscape.

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Weed Out With Q
This proven solution is great for that crabgrass that can just be unbearable on you landscape. This works by penetrating the weed leaves and then traveling throughout the entire plant 

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Killzall
This works quickly to eliminate systemically broadleaf or grassy weeds, clear turf for lawn renovation, prevent stump regrowth, and clean areas near fences, paths, patios, driveways, and buildings.

Step #2: Pre-Emergent Herbicides 

Now that you have removed all the weeds from your yard it is time to use pre-emergent herbicides as the weeds from someone else's home can travel to your yard.  Moon Valley Nurseries again has you covered.

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AMAZE Grass & Weed Preventer
 We recommend AMAZE as our choice for granular grass & weed prevention. It's easy to apply and extremely effective against the common unwanted weeds and grasses in Arizona gardens. Easy to follow instructions are on the bag.
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Weed Impede RTU
This RTU (Ready-to-use) herbicide is a pre-mixed concentrate that can be applied straight from the bottle through the attached nozzle. Weed Impede is our top choice for liquid herbicides, as they work great against common Arizona weeds and grasses
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Weed Impede Concentrate
This is the concentrated form of the Weed Impede RTU - this contains a full strength concentrate, so while it's not ready to use out of the bottle, you usually get more bang for your buck than RTU's
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Unlike other pre-emergents, this also kills weeds and prevents new ones from forming for up to six months. This means you can apply this product before having to pull out the weeds yourself, and is by far the easiest solution to weed control.

Applying a pre-emergent herbicide is an easy way to reduce the amount of time you have to spend working in your yard and increases the amount of time you can actually spend enjoying your yard right away.  Keeping your weeds in control not only ensures an attractive landscape, but creates a much healthier environment for the rest of your plants and gardens. It’s a lot easier to visit any Moon Valley Nursery and pick out the right pre-emergent herbicide than it is to pick out weeds in your yard all spring!

Step #3: Additional Options To Keep Weeds Away

mulch.pngIn addition to the pre-emergent herbicides, there are a few other things you can do to keep those weeds away. Mulch is a fantastic option. Weeds like every other plant needs sunlight to survive. The mulch acts as a barrier to keep the weeds seeds away.

Another option is to check where your watering and for how long. Check to make sure there are no broken lines and check to make sure one area isn't getting overwatered. If you need more information on proper watering, be sure to download our Watering 101 Guide right here

Moon Valley Nurseries is your one stop shop for all your landscape needs. Our experts have decades worth of experience and they will be able to assist you with any and all projects you may have. Click here to map a nursery near you.

Topics: landscape tips

Monthly Landscape & Garden Tips (March)

Posted by Garrett Cleverly on 3/8/2017

Tips from our nursery pros for a perfect March landscape

Purple Lead Plum, Tipu, Majestic Ash, and more

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Just like that, the spring season is here. Birds that are chirping, the pollinating insects that are working hard, and our flowering trees are blooming in vibrant displays of red, yellow, purple, pink, and white. 

Now, if you're still on the fence about adding the shade tree for summer or planting a fruit or citrus tree for homegrown food this year, DO NOT WAIT ANY LONGER. We seriously cannot stress this enough. All the recent rain has made right now one the best times in decades to plant.  Do not wait until we're hitting triple digit weather. Plant now so your trees and shrubs will have amble time to establish a root system before it's too hot. As we do every month, our nursery professionals have listed a few tips and chores for your landscape and they have also listed the top trees and shrubs to plant this month!

  • Control Your Weeds: Weeds are everywhere and if weeds haven't started to sprout on your yard consider yourself one of the lucky ones! It's best to control your weeds now until it gets too hot and your weeds are uncontrollable. No one wants to pull weeds in triple digits. Moon Valley Nursery stocks all of the things you will need for your weed prevention plan at our locations.
  • Fertilizers: It's the prime growing season right now, and you can give everything on your landscape a boost with a custom blended fertilizer from Moon Valley Nurseries. All of our fertilizers have been specifically crated for our native soils. We have fertilizers for everything on your landscape. From palms, to fruit and citrus, to flowering trees. In addition, we also have fertilizers that can assist in material on your landscape that is still recovering from the winter or any stress. These can be purchased at all Moon Valley Nursery locations or online
  • Watering: It's starting to heat up and you're going to want to keep a close eye on the temperature and how everything is doing in your landscape. Always remember to deep water. Small and short applications do not assist in the development of a strong root structure. For more information on deep watering practices download our water guide help you get a better idea on how to just take care of your landscape.
  • Mulch: The temperature isn't hot now, but it will be and it's always a good idea to prepare your landscape with some mulch. Adding a few inches of mulch can help keep your soil cool during the warmer summer months and warm during the cooler days. Mulch is available at any Moon Valley Nurseries location

Below are a few trees our experts recommend planting for this month

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If you're looking for both shade and color, the Tipuana tipu, along with the Museum Palo Verde, are the best two on this list. The Tipu tree is one of the most popular trees we offer at Moon Valley Nursery, and it is everywhere in our city. We guarantee you passed one on the way to work today. They are very fast growing trees that have an upright growth pattern creating and providing a large area with shade. These trees are also drought tolerant once established and they can handle even the hottest summer days. It produces a unique show of golden blooms from late spring and into early summer that contrasts beautifully with its feathery green foliage. If you are looking for shade and color, this is your tree.

majestic-ash-1.pngMajestic Ash
The Majestic Ash, Fraxinus uhdei 'Majestic', is a grafted cultivar that is grown specially by Moon Valley Nurseries for decades. Because we own all of our farms where we grow our trees and shrubs, our arborists have been able to develop a premium specimen that produces no seeds and is super easy to grow. When it comes to shade, this is the best trees for our region. If you're expecting and hoping for a large canopy of shade to provide a play area for your children or for a way to escape the afternoon sun you will not be disappointed in the Majestic Ash. It has a formal upright growth rate that allows it to be planted as a focal point or in a row if your seeking additional privacy as well. The classic, larger-leaved unique green foliage compliments the canopy as well with its dense growth. Minimal light will pass through this tree, which allows many of our homeowners to plant colorful partial-sun shrubs underneath the tree that will be protected from the sun.

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Instant shade 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 Ficus: 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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This is perhaps the most unique tree of our list and that is due to its purple foliage. Quickly becoming a must-have for many homeowners, the Purple Leaf Plum produces magnificent blooms of puffy pink flowers in the early spring that give way to a deep-purple foliage that lasts for the majority of the year. Many homeowners plant these trees in groups or in accent locations to really make the purple color pop. It's cold and heat tolerant and as an ornamental tree, the Purple Leaf Plum produces no fruit.

 

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Yes, Orchid trees grow in our climate and they are absolutely amazing trees. Large hand-sized flowers and rounded light green two-lobed leaves gives this tree such a unique look in any landscape. Originating from Asia, the Orchid produces massive blooms of flowers in the spring and in mature trees in the fall. These trees can also be planted to shade use and they perform great all-year long. We offer two varieties of orchid trees at Moon Valley Nurseries. The Hong Kong Orchid (Bauhinia blakeana) and the Purple Orchid (Bauhinia purpurea).

 

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These trees can be found almost anywhere in our region for a reason. Their showy, blue-purple flowers in large-thick clusters is what makes this tree a popular flowering tree for just about any landscape. The Jacaranda loves the full sun and it can handle the cold as well. it's growth pattern is upright, as if it was trying to reach for the stars and the tips of its branches are where the clusters of flowers bloom. The Jacaranda has more of an open canopy creating shade to a large area where shade is desired. We offer single and multi-trunk varieties at Moon Valley Nurseries and this tree is one of the most eye-catching curb appeal trees you cab plant.

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We always like to think that the #1 benefit to living in our climate is the fact that we can all grow our own food almost all-year long and we're not talking about the vegetable garden. We're talking bigger, and Moon Valley Nurseries has the biggest selection of fruit and citrus trees. seriously, there is no need to run to the grocery store to buy lemons, oranges, grapefruit, apples, peaches, avocados (only in CA), limes, tangerines, tangelos, kumquats, nectarines, apricots,. plums, and figs. Because we offer all of these fruit and citrus trees. They are all super easy to grow and many of our varieties are already producing. No need to buy a small tree and wait 5 years. Purchase one of ours and your tree is already producing!

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Also called a Pineapple Palm due to a similar look it has to a pineapple when the palm is younger, the Canary Island Date palm is a must have if you're looking to create a 'wow' factor at the entrance to your home.  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 landscapes 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.

 

Moon Valley Nurseries is your one stop shop for all your landscape needs. Our experts have decades worth of experience and they will be able to assist you with any and all projects you may have. Click here to map a nursery near you

Top Trees For Yellow Flowers In Spring And Summer

Posted by Garrett Cleverly on 3/2/2017

PLANT NOW FOR BEAUTIFUL Yellow FLOWERS THIS SPRING AND SUMMER

Tipu, Museum Palo Verde, Thevetia, and more

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Flowering trees are one of the best signs that the spring season is here. Fortunately for us, our climate allows us to plant a wide range of flowering trees from all over the United States and the world that produce purple, white, yellow, red, and pink flowers not just in the spring but in the summer as well.

Be sure to check out our other blog posts on the best.....

Click Here To See The Best Trees For White Flowers

Click Here To See The Best Trees For Purple Flowers 

Click Here To See The Best Trees For Red Flowers


As part of an ongoing series, our nursery professionals will be identifying the best flowering trees for a specific color. This week we are looking at the best flowering trees that produce beautiful white blooms. Check back next week for flowering trees with red blooms!

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All of the trees below produce great yellow flowers. So if you want that you're covered on this blog post. If you're looking for both shade and color, the Tipuana tipu, along with the Museum Palo Verde, are the best two on this list. The Tipu tree is one of the most popular trees we offer at Moon Valley Nursery, and it is everywhere in our city. We guarantee you passed one on the way to work today. They are very fast growing trees that have an upright growth pattern creating and providing a large area with shade. These trees are also drought tolerant once established and they can handle even the hottest summer days. It produces a unique show of golden blooms from late spring and into early summer that contrasts beautifully with its feathery green foliage. If you are looking for shade and color, this is your tree.

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The other great shade tree on this list is the Museum Palo Verde (Cercidium-parkinsonia hybrid). This beautiful tree is a hybrid of different older Palo Verde species that brings our the best qualities in each. This unique combination results in a tree with fuller foliage, large and prolific yellow flowers, and a thornless trunk that has an eye-catching blue-green color that provides a start contrast to just about any landscape. The shade is layered, which at various times throughout the day, the sunlight will penetrate through. This provides two great benefits, as the tree looks light in your yard while providing sunlight to any shrubs you'd like to plant below the massive umbrella shaped canopy. This tree is a fast grower and requires minimal water once established. The bottom line is this: you will love this tree and it will turn heads in the neighborhood.

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Now we may sound crazy, but there are indeed flowering trees that are low maintenance and one of the best for our region is the Thevetia (Thevetia peruviana). This small to medium evergreen is right at home in our climate. It loves the heat. Yes, you read that correctly. The Thevetia loves the heat and it will bloom all year long even in warmer winters. It produces yellow tubular flowers and many of our customers have taken advantage of its ability to be used as a hedge screen. As a bonus, this tree attracts humming birds.

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You're going to love the unique powder puff yellow flowers on the Sweet Acacia (Acacia small), which is one of the earliest flower producing trees on this list. Native to the Sonoran Desert, its dark green foliage and dark colored trunks makes this tree stand out in any landscape. Another great benefit of this tree is its upright growth pattern which has allowed many of our customers the opportunity to plant them in areas where space has been limited. This tree is drought-tolerant and can handle the full summer sun.



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This fast growing, large evergreen adds a touch of beauty to any home. The African Tulip Tree (Spathodea campanulata) produces large tulip-shaped flowers in a circular pattern that looks like a large sunflower. Birds, butterflies, and pollinators are attracted to the bloom, creating a natural habitat teeming with small wildlife. African Tulip Trees tend to perform better in areas where is doesn't get as hot in the summer. This tree is commonly seen throughout the coastal and inland areas from San Diego, Orange County, and up to Hollywood. If you love the tropics, this is the perfect tree for your yard. We offer a variety of sizes at Moon Valley Nurseries and a larger African Tulip tree will provide a good amount of shade to add some relief during those hot spring and summer months.

Now that you know the best red flowering trees for our region, be sure to check back next week to see the best trees for pink flowers. If you have any questions on any of the trees, submit a comment below or be sure to speak to any of our nursery pros at any of our locations, which you can map right here! Hope to see you soon.

Topics: Flowering Trees

Majestic Ash: The Best Shade Tree For Your Home

Posted by Garrett Cleverly on 2/23/2017

Majestic Ash Is A Fantastic Shade Tree

The Amazing Benefits Of The Majestic Ash

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Shade trees have so many beneficial qualities that it's hard to keep track of them all. They can clean the air, mark seasonal changes, lower electric bills, increase your property value, add stunning beauty to a dull spot. The list could go on! As we enter a new season, many of our customers at Moon Valley Nurseries are already planning ahead for ways to escape from warmer days and we always direct them to our beautiful Majestic Ash.

Majestic.pngThe Majestic Ash, Fraxinus uhdei 'Majestic', is a grafted cultivar that is grown specially by Moon Valley Nurseries for decades. Because we own all of our farms where we grow our trees and shrubs, our arborists have been able to develop a premium specimen that produces no seeds and is super easy to grow.

When it comes to shade, this is the ideal tree for our region. If you're expecting and hoping for a large canopy of shade to provide a play area for your children or for a way to escape the afternoon sun you will not be disappointed in the Majestic Ash. It has a formal upright growth rate that allows it to be planted as a focal point or in a row if your seeking additional privacy as well. The classic, larger-leaved unique green foliage compliments the canopy as well with its dense growth. Minimal light will pass through this tree, which allows many of our homeowners to plant colorful partial-sun shrubs underneath the tree that will be protected from the sun.

Majestic-Ash-Close-Up.pngYou're probably thinking, 'Isn't the foliage green. How could that be unique?" What makes the Majestic Ash unique, is that its foliage is a bright and shiny. That combination with the larger leaves and soft appearance provides a dynamic pop in any landscape that really stands out against other green trees and shrubs. This tree will not blend into the landscape which in turn has made it such a popular choice for our customers who are looking to add additional trees to their landscapes.

Another amazing benefit of this tree is its ability to thrive in our region, where Ash trees from other nurseries have struggled. The Moon Valley Nurseries Majestic Ash can handle full sun, is tolerant of our difficult soil, hardy to both cold and heat, and more importantly, once established these amazing trees can become a water wise tree. That's great news for those looking to cut back on their environmental footprint.

If we still haven't convinced you of the Majestic Ash's amazing benefits above, consider this. Many of our customers at Moon Valley Nurseries have seen a increase in their property value and a decrease in their utility costs when they plant a giant shade tree on their property. What makes the Majestic Ash an ideal shade tree for this combination is its minimal maintenance and ability to keep its foliage throughout the year. No need to constantly be pruning and caring for this tree. 

Because we are the growers, we are grantee that we have an ideal and perfectly sized Majestic Ash for your home. In addition, we have been custom growing premium specimen trees for decades all across Southern California throughout the Desert Southwest and have perfected the proper growing technique to assure the customer is always getting a top quality tree for the best value. The Moon Valley Nurseries Majestic Ash is a grafted cultivar that is grown specially by our nursery pro for decades. What makes these trees even more spectacular is they do not produce a seed thanks to the expert growing process.

Moon Valley Nurseries is your one stop shop for all your landscape needs. Our experts have decades worth of experience and they will be able to assist you with any and all projects you may have. Click here to map a nursery near you

Topics: Monthly Tips

Ficus

Posted by Paul Popoff on 2/17/2017

Ficus

All About the Ficus

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Dark green leaves and thick canopy’s, contrasting with beautifully colored white trunks. These are a just a few of the characteristics that make the ficus such a beautiful and versatile shade tree to plant in any landscape style. Native to India, Malaysia and most of Southeast Asia, the ficus has found its home from Southern California into the Desert Southwest of Arizona and into Florida. This extremely popular tree grows in many forms and offers many uses for the homeowners and business owners alike.

Ficus Styles

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Nothing makes a backyard feel like a resort than to create a private escape from the outside world. The Ficus are the best choice to help you accomplish this if building a 20 foot wall of concrete does not sound appealing. These trees grow full from ground to top and can be planted in rows together to create a thick, lush privacy screen separating your backyard from those nosey neighbors, loud streets or other unwanted views. The Hollywood Hedge as owner Les Blake has coined these, has become a favorite for everyone from Hollywood’s elite, major business and homeowners looking to be able to enjoy their backyards without worrying about the outside world.

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Blocking unwanted views aside the standard Ficus tree does it all as well. These are your typical tree style showing off their beautiful silver-white trunks and thick crowns. These are evergreen trees meaning they are green year round and are one of the cleanest trees you can plant and easiest to care for! Fics are a medium to large shade tree depending on how you trim or keep them, they can be kept fairly small and compact or allowed to grow and cast great shade and privacy. Planting these trees in your yard and in the proper location will not only add grace and beauty but can also decrease energy cost as well as increase home resale values. According to the Arbor Day Foundation’s research “83 percent of realtors® believe that mature trees have a ‘strong or moderate impact’ on the salability of homes listed for under $150,000; on homes over $250,000, this perception increases to 98 percent.”

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Like the other Ficus listed this tree gives you all the benefits of privacy, shade, and increased home value while decreasing energy cost. This tree is unique in its appearance however. Growing with multiple trunks out of the ground this is a more stylistic tree making a great focal point anywhere in your landscape or business. Many customers will choose to use up-lighting on these specimens to showcase these magnificent trees at night as well.

 

 

Ficus Facts

  • Medium to Large Shade
  •  Evergreen
  •  Easy to Grow & Establish
  • Drought Tolerant Once Established
  • Perfect For Hedges & Privacy
  •  For Best Results Fertilize Monthly with Moon Dust

Moon Valley Nurseries is your one stop shop for all your landscape needs. Our experts have decades worth of experience and they will be able to assist you with any and all projects you may have. Click here to map a nursery near you

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Top Trees For Red Flowers in Spring And Summer

Posted by Garrett Cleverly on 2/14/2017

PLANT NOW FOR BEAUTIFUL Red FLOWERS THIS SPRING AND SUMMER

Lemon Bottlebrush, Crape Myrtle, Oleander, and more

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Flowering trees are one of the best signs that the spring season is here. Fortunately for us, our climate allows us to plant a wide range of flowering trees from all over the United States and the world that produce purple, white, yellow, red, and pink flowers not just in the spring but in the summer as well.

Be sure to check out our other blog posts on the best.....

Click Here To See The Best Trees For White Flowers

Click Here To See The Best Trees For Purple Flowers 

Click Here To See The Best Yellow Trees For White Flowers

As part of an ongoing series, our nursery professionals will be identifying the best flowering trees for a specific color. This week we are looking at the best flowering trees that produce beautiful red blooms. Check back next week for flowering trees with yellow blooms!

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The
Crape Myrtle (Lagerstroemia) is our favorite and it is the #1 selling flowering tree at Moon Valley Nurseries due to its ability to offer something for every season. The spring season is when this tree really shines with its large clusters of flowers (think football size) that cover the entire tree. The blooms are long and can last until late summer. At Moon Valley Nurseries, we offer this tree as a single-trunk or multi-trunk. In addition, the Crape Myrtle trees grown at Moon Valley Nurseries are superior thanks to mildew resistance, which you will not find anywhere else. Back to the "something for every season", the Crape Myrtle can also be used as a shade tree in the summer and in the fall the foliage turns a showy bright orange. When it comes to a 'wow' factor in your landscape, this is the tree for you. 

Bottlebrush-4.pngLemon Bottlebrush Tree
Named for its bright crimson bottlebrush shaped flowers, the Bottlebrush tree (Callistemon citrinus) is a perfect fit for our region. There are two aspects that make the Bottlebrush a fantastic choice.  It's ability to crate a massive amount of year-round shade, because its an evergreen, and its red flowers that have a lemony scent to them. Pollinators, especially butterflies and hummingbirds love this tree. Now, don't let the graceful appearance of this tree throw you off. The Bottlebrush is one of the hardiest trees around. It is drought tolerant and it can handle both cold and heat. At Moon Valley Nurseries, we offer this tree in tree form or as a shrub for a colorful privacy wall. 

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These trees just love the hot summer months, which makes them an ideal flowering tree for your landscape. The Oleander, Nerium oleander) 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. We offer tree and shrubs versions of the Oleander at Moon Valley Nurseries.

African-Tulip.pngAfrican Tulip Tree (California only)
This fast growing, large evergreen adds a touch of beauty to any home. The African Tulip Tree (Spathodea campanulata) produces large tulip shaped flowers in a circular pattern that looks like a large sunflower. Birds, butterflies and pollinators are attracted to the bloom, creating a natural habitat teeming with small wildlife. African Tulip Trees tend to perform better in areas where is doesn't get as hot in the summer. This tree is commonly seen throughout the coastal and inland areas from San Diego, Orange County, and up to Hollywood. If you love the tropics, this is the perfect tree for your yard. We offer a variety of sizes at Moon Valley Nurseries and  a larger African Tulip tree will provide a good amount of shade to add some relief during those hot spring and summer months.

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The New Zealand Christmas Tree, Metrosideros excelsa, is a beautiful medium to large tree that can bring vibrant color and shade to any landscape. Homeowners looking to add color to their landscape will love the beautiful, showy dark red flowers that bloom in late spring. When in bloom, this New Zealand Christmas Tree will feature vibrant dark red flower clusters that create a dramatic and beautiful contrast with the dark green foliage. The strikingly beautiful, bottlebrush-like, wiry flowers attract a variety of pollinators into your garden. The New Zealand Christmas Tree is both heat and cold tolerant.

Now that you know the best red flowering trees for our region, be sure to check back next week to see the best trees for yellow flowers. If you have any questions on any of the trees, submit a comment below or be sure to speak to any of our nursery pros at any of our locations, which you can map right here! Hope to see you soon.

Topics: Flowering Trees

Monthly Landscape & Garden Tips (February)

Posted by Garrett Cleverly on 2/8/2017

Tips from our nursery pros for a perfect FebruAry landscape

Ficus, California Pepper, Carolina Cherry, and more

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Trees are starting the flower out, stone fruit blooms are on full display, the aroma of citrus is starting to fill the air, and our friendly pollinators are all over our landscapes. Yes, the spring season is here! If you have been thinking about planting in your landscape, we cannot say how right now is the absolute best time to plant everything.

Love flowers? Click Here To See The Best Trees For Purple Flowers  Click Here To See The Best Trees For White Flowers

It's crucial that you plant before the hot summer days set in. Do you want shade? Plant it now. Do you want flowers? Plant it now. Don't wait too long or you will have to wait until next year to have that dream landscape. As we do every month, our nursery professionals have listed a few tips and chores for your landscape and they have also listed the top trees and shrubs to plant this month!

  • Control Your Weeds: Weeds are young and tender right now and it is a smart idea to remove them before they become established with pre-emergent. No one wants to pull weeds in the summer once it's hot outside. Using pre-emergent now will keep your yard weed free. Moon Valley Nursery stocks all of the things you will need for your weed prevention plan at our locations.
  • Fertilizers: Everything in our landscapes is in growing season mode and you can help give them a boost with an all-purpose fertilizer from Moon Valley Nurseries. We're talking palms, shade trees, evergreen trees, flowering trees, and fruit and citrus trees. We have solutions for everything in your landscape, plus fertilizers that promote vigorous growth, plus fertilizers that can help anything on your landscape recover from any winter related stress. We recommend using our custom blended fertilizers for your landscape needs as they are specifically formatted for our soil and weather conditions. These can be purchased at all Moon Valley Nursery locations or online
  • Watering: With the thermometer starting to side, it is now a good time to adjust your watering schedule. In spring, you will want to slightly increase  frequency of watering. However, make sure you are always deep watering and allowing time for the soil to dry-out between waterings. You can download our  Winter Watering Guide to help you get a better idea on how to just take care of your landscape.
  • Mulch: The temperature isn't hot now, but it will be and it's always a good idea to prepare your landscape with some mulch. Adding a few inches of mulch can help keep your soil cool during the warmer summer months and warm during the cooler days. 
  • Vegetable Gardens: Right now is a great time to plant in the garden. Great options for this time of year include peppers, jalapenos tomatoes, potatoes, artichokes, cilantro, broccoli, and lettuce. 

Below are a few trees our experts recommend planting for this month


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The Shamel Ash, also known as the ‘Evergreen Ash’, (Fraxinus Udhei) is a great solution for just about any landscape that needs a large, fast-growing shade tree. The classic, larger-leaved, green foliage is attractive and compliments just about any landscape. Shamel Ash is generally grown in parks, commercial areas, and large landscapes. The Shamel Ash is simple to grow and always results in a perfect, park style shape with minimal pruning and maintenance.



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Our customers are always looking for two things. Year-round shade and minimal maintenance. Seems like you'd never find this perfect combination, but it exists and it is called the Indian Laurel, also known as the Ficus nitida. Our #1 selling tree tree can block out the sun or unwanted views in no time. It is a very fast growing tree with a growth pattern is tall and wide, creating a massive umbrella-shaped canopy of shade. They handle the heat very well and can be pruned to any shape. We offer three different variations of Ficus: Single-trunk, multi-trunk, and column. Because these trees are so clean, you can plant them anywhere. Even next to a pool! If you're looking for shade, this is the tree for you.

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Finding a tree that has both year-round shade and color can be tough, but at Moon Valley Nurseries we have the Brazilian Pepper, Schinus terebinthefolius, for those seeking a little something different. Tough with the ability to adapt to many environments, the Brazilian Pepper is an eye-catching evergreen that is known for its thick foliage and shiny red berries. In the spring, it produces showy clusters of white flowers which are followed by small red peppercorns throughout the fall.

 

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The California Pepper is a fantastic accent tree that is a favorite for the massive shade it produces, weeping graceful appearance and exfoliating trunk. The California Pepper is an evergreen with an open spreading canopy that can handle the hot and cold months. One of the best aspects of this tree is that once it becomes established, it has very minimal water requirements. The trunk is gray when the tree is younger but as it gets older the trunk will peel exposing the red-inner wood.

 

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No, this isn't a giant carrot! The name comes from the similar appearance the Carrotwood (Cupaniopsis anacardioides) has to those tasty root vegetables we all love so much! The Carrotwood is a fantastic evergreen that features an attractive looking smooth-like multi-trunk or single-trunk. It is extremely hardy and it provides year-round shade and it tolerates heat, drought, and poor soil. Its growth pattern is upright and formal looking. A fantastic tree for any landscape.

 


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If you have been searching for year-round color, we search has finally come to an end. The Flowering pear, Pyrus Calleryana, is a tree for every season, starting in early spring when snow-white blooms cover this entire tree. And when we say cover, we mean it! After the spring bloom, attractive oval shaped leaves provide excellent shade relief in the summer and in the fall, the leaves go from a glossy dark green to a rich, purple/red color in the fall. This tree displays every season and it is a wonderful addition to any landscape. It's a moderate to fast grower and it is easy to take care of.

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The Carolina Cherry, prunus caroliniana 'Compacta', we offer at Moon Valley Nurseries is far superior to what you will find at other nurseries. The variety we offer is denser allowing homeowners to plant these for a privacy wall. Our Carolina Cherry's are less woody and they are non-invasive. It loves the heat and as an evergreen, they require minimal maintenance clean up. It is both drought and heat tolerant.

 

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This is perhaps the most unique tree of our list and that is due to its purple foliage. Quickly becoming a must-have for many homeowners, the Purple Leaf Plum produces magnificent blooms of puffy pink flowers in the early spring that give way to a deep-purple foliage that lasts for the majority of the year. Many homeowners plant these trees in groups or in accent locations to really make the purple color pop. It's cold and heat tolerant and as an ornamental tree, the Purple Leaf Plum produces no fruit.

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This drought tolerant flowering shrub blooms abundantly from the fall through the spring and is agreat addition to any desert landscape seeking beautiful colors of bright orange trumpet-shaped blooms. The Orange Cape Honeysuckle, Tecoma capensis, can be trimmed as a medium to large bushes or hedges, and are frequently used as vines to cover posts or fences.

 



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Indian Hawthorn, Raphiolepis indica) are dark green shrubs that produce large clusters of small pink flowers in mid spring. Naturally, a mounding shrub whose width and height are proportionate. They can be trimmed formally or grown naturally. Flowers lead to purple berries in fall and winter. Prune right after blooming to prevent berries.

 


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We offer two varieties of Rosemary at Moon Valley Nurseries. Trailing Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis 'Prostratus') and Upright Rosemary (Rosmarinus officianalus). Both of these are wonderful options for our region and when they bloom in early spring they explode with blooms attracting many of our pollinating friends. As an evergreen, it will keep its foliage all year long and it can handle full sun.

 

 

Moon Valley Nurseries is your one stop shop for all your landscape needs. Our experts have decades worth of experience and they will be able to assist you with any and all projects you may have. Click here to map a nursery near you

Topics: Monthly Tips

Top Trees For White Flowers In Spring And Summer

Posted by Garrett Cleverly on 2/2/2017

Plant Now For Beautiful White Flowers This Spring and summer

Magnolia, Crape Myrtle, Japanese Privet, and more

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Flowering trees are one of the best signs that the spring season is here. Fortunately for us, our climate allows us to plant a wide range of flowering trees from all over the United States and the world that produce purple, white, yellow, red, and pink flowers not just in the spring but in the summer as well.

Be sure to check out our other blog posts on the best.....

Click Here To See The Best Trees For Purple Flowers 

Click Here To See The Best Yellow Trees For White Flowers

Click Here To See The Best Trees For Red Flowers
As part of an ongoing series, our nursery professionals will be identifying the best flowering trees for a specific color. This week we are looking at the best flowering trees that produce beautiful white blooms. Check back next week for flowering trees with red blooms!

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The Flowering Pear (Purus calleryana) is a wonderful tree that does a great job showcasing each season. At the beginning of the year, the flowering pear produces a massive display of snow-white flowers that cover the entire tree. After it blooms out, it produces oval-shaped leaves that go from a glossy dark green in the summer to a rich, purple-red color in the fall. The flowering pear is a moderate to fast grower that can tolerate full sun. An ornamental tree, Flowering Pears produces a thick, umbrella-shaped canopy that not only has a fantastic color but also provides an abundance of shade.

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Magnolia's (Magnolia Little Gem | Magnolia 'D.D. Blanchard' | Southern Magnolia | Teddy Bear Magnolia | Greenback Southern Magnolia | Samuel Sommer Magnolia) are a popular choice our customers at Moon Valley Nurseries. Many are drawn to the magnolia's softball-sized and fragrant white flowers, which are truly breathtaking. The flowers bloom throughout the summer and fall and they attract many of our pollinating friends. Now, the flowers aren't the only thing that makes the Magnolia a popular tree for our region. Many of our customers love the attractive glossy leaves and the Magnolia's ability to produce a thick canopy for summer shade relief. Magnolia are are super easy to grow and they can handle even the hottest of summer days.

Crape-Myrtle-8.pngCrape Myrtle
The Crape Myrtle (Lagerstroemia) is our favorite and it is the #1 selling flowering tree at Moon Valley Nurseries due to its ability to offer something for every season. The spring season is when this tree really shines with its large clusters of flowers (think football size) that cover this entire tree. The blooms are long and can last until late summer. At Moon Valley Nurseries, we offer this tree as a single-trunk or multi-trunk. In addition, the Crape Myrtle trees grown at Moon Valley Nurseries are superior thanks to mildew resistance, which you will not find anywhere else. Back to the "something for every season", the Crape Myrtle can also be used as a shade tree in the summer and in the fall the foliage turns a showy bright orange.

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Many of our customers look for trees that require minimal maintenance and our nursery pros always show every customer the beautiful Japanese Privet (Ligustrum japonicum). This fast growing evergreen provides both year-round shade and big seasonal color. In the late spring, fragrant white flowers bloom in large clusters, creating an attractive scene. If you love hummingbirds, you will love this tree. You will see hummingbirds and other pollinators attracted to the beautiful flowers of the Japanese Privet. The Japanese Privet is a great choice for those looking for year-round shade as well.

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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 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 Oleadner's ability to keep a thick coat of dark green leaves throughout the year.

 

Oranges, Lemons, Grapefruits, Lime, And Apple Trees
Our climate is ideal for growing your own homegrown food and oranges , lemons, grapefruits, limes, and apple trees are some of the best and easiest to grow. In early spring, beautiful white flowers emerge producing a lovely citrus fragrance that will fill the springtime air. Moon Valley Nurseries has been growing all of our own citruses for decades and have developed custom root stock that is guaranteed to produce excellent tasting fruit and plentiful harvest. Rootstock for citrus trees is extremely important as they can be grafted with nearly anything and many growers will use inferior rootstocks so the trees will grow faster. Moon Valley Nurseries takes no short cuts! We only grow trees from our most premium specimens so you are always guaranteed to get the best-tasting fruit.

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Now that you know the best white flowering trees for our region, be sure to check back next week to see the best trees for red flowers. If you have any questions on any of the trees, submit a comment below or be sure to speak to any of our nursery pros at any of our locations, which you can map right here! Hope to see you soon.

Topics: Flowering Trees

Top 5 Stone & Soft Fruit Trees To Plant Right Now

Posted by Garrett Cleverly on 1/27/2017

Plant Now for a Fruitful Harvest this Season

Stone Fruit, Soft Fruit, Nuts Trees and More!

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There are few moments better than being able to walk outside your home to pluck a juicy stone or soft fruit straight from your tree at peak ripeness. The juiciness, the sweetness, and the color are far superior from what you will find at your local grocery store.

If you want this, then DO NOT miss out on the absolute best time of the year to plant these stone and soft fruits. It's the perfect time of year as the stone and soft fruits have not flowered out yet. Get them planted before they flower out and you'll be enjoying some homegrown food this year. Do not miss out on this opportunity. The next time will be next year. Don't wait another 12 months to have your own homegrown food. Act now before it's too late. 

We cannot stress the importance of planting these stone and soft fruits right now if you are wanting and hoping to have your own homegrown fruit this year. Still on the fence? Check out our varieties and the beautiful flowers they produce. 

All varieties are available in your state unless noted. Click on the name for more info. 


Peach

Varieties we offer: Desert Gold, Florida Prince, and May Pride (Babcock - California only)
Plums
Varieties we offer: Santa Rosa
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Apricots
Varieties we offer: Gold Kist, Katy, and Royal
Nectarines
Varieties we offer: Desert Delight, Double Delight
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Apples
Varieties we offer:  Anna, Dorsett, Fuji, and Beverly Hills
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On top of the juicy fruit that is feet from your home, check out the other benefits below!

Stunning flowers with a sweet smell
When stone and soft fruit trees flower out they are breathtaking...and we're not just talking a few flowers here and there. The entire tree flowers out producing eye-catching flowers that are sure to turn heads. The flowers also produce a sweet aroma that is intoxicating and lovely to be around.

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No pesticides
Unless you're asking questions, chances are that you have no idea what chemicals were used on the store bought fruit you have brought home for a snack. By growing your own homegrown food, you will be able to be in control of what your feed and fertilize your tree with. 

Don't have to leave the house
We like to think being 10 feet from your stone or soft fruit tree is a million times better than driving to the store in traffic for, let’s say, a single peach.

Custom root stock
Stone and soft fruit have been cultivated for centuries. Take the peach for example. Native to Northern China, it has been cultivated for more than 2,000 years! Because of this, there are many peach and other stone and soft fruit varieties all over the world. Unfortunately, not all of these perform well in our climate. At Moon Valley Nurseries, owner Les Blake and his grandfather began growing custom stone and soft fruit trees more than 50 years ago. Over the years, Les and his grandfather have developed custom root stock that is guaranteed to produce excellent tasting fruit and a plentiful harvest. Moon Valley Nurseries has taken the guesswork out and we only carry the best varieties for our area. 

Right now is the best time to plant these stone and fruit trees. If you have been wanting, and hoping, and longing for your own homegrown food. Do not delay. Come visit one of our nursery locations and talk to the Moon Valley Nurseries pros about our stone and soft fruit varieties below. 

If you have any questions on any of the stone or soft fruit trees, submit a comment below or be sure to speak to any of our nursery pros at any of our locations, which you can map right here! Hope to see you soon.

Topics: Homegrown Fruit and Citrus Trees