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How to Keep Grass Green All Winter Long

Posted by Garrett Cleverly on 12/8/2016

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Lawn tips from the pros for winter lawn

It’s easy to take for granted just how wonderful it is to be living in the Phoenix and Las Vegas area. Sure, it can get pretty cold by our standards, but at least it’s not snowy with freezing temperatures.

One thing that we do take for granted is our beautiful landscapes during the fall and winter months. The majority of our trees keep their foliage, you can still have a vegetable garden, there might be some late seasonal flowers, and our lawns can stay green even in the coldest of Phoenix temperatures.

Our customers are always asking our nursery professionals how they can keep their lawn looking green and below are three of the most important aspects our nursery pros recommend to keeping your lawn looking green all winter long.

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Water is a crucial aspect of keeping your lawn looking green. When you first overseed you will want to keep your soil moist by watering it at least three times per day for very short periods of time. Once your seeds have begun to germinate and have grown to around 1-½ high you can cut back on the watering to just once per day. In time your lawn will become established and when that happens you can cut back to every other day.

You also want to water in the morning before the sunrise, This will make your water the most effective. Pro Tip: On nights when there is a chance of freeze, water right before the sun comes up. This will help create a microclimate that will reduce the chance of your trees and plants freezing in your landscape.

As we begin to hit early spring, it is important to remember to make the proper adjustment to your lawn, landscape and garden so they will continue to thrive into the growing season. Click on the blue button to subscribe for tips on proper garden and landscaping for the spring.

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Mowing.pngProper Mowing
You need to wait at least 10 days before you give your lawn the first mowing after planting your winter grass. Keep in mind that you do not want to remove more than 30% of the leaf during mowing. Removing more than 30% may prevent the grass from its ability to photosynthesize and you may pull out the new seedlings. Once your ryegrass is established it’s up to you to determine when you want to mow your lawn. If you like thick grass, let it grow. If you like shortener grass mow more frequently. Just remember that you can not mow more than 30% of the leaf at a time.

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Our native soils can be tough at times, which prevents vital nutrients from being absorbed by our lawns. Whether you’re having an issue or not, it’s always a good practice to fertilize your lawn with a starter fertilizer to encourage growth. These are the main reasons why we created our Moon Royale Professional Turf Fertilizer. It includes a 19% (Nitrogen), 6% (Phosphorus), and 13% (Potassium) mix along with sulfur to heap breakdown tough soils and to fight the salts to keep your lawn looking green all winter long (click here to purchase today). Our Moon Royale is super easy to use either as a drop or broadcast type fertilizer spreader. Read the bag for complete instructions and application rates.

Now that you know all the crucial elements to keeping your lawn looking green all winter long you too can grow like a pro. If you have any questions be sure to visit any of our nursery locations. Our professionals will be able to assist you with anything you need.  

Topics: Monthly Tips

Tips For Buying & Caring For Your Fresh Cut Christmas Tree

Posted by Filipe Benavides on 12/1/2016

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There’s nothing quite like a freshly-cut Christmas tree to trigger the senses of the most wonderful time of the year. A fresh-cut tree fills the home with the sublime aroma that defines the Holiday Season. Of course, most of this is lost on old, wilted trees that are often found on many of the big box tree lots. This is because many big box tree lots sell trees that were cut weeks before.

Click here to download you $6 OFF coupon for our Christmas Trees

Here’s the good news - Moon Valley Nurseries express-ships premium quality, real Christmas trees from our sustainable farms within 48 hours of cutting! In fact, our environmentally friendly trees are fresh-shipped on a daily basis, from sustainably grown Christmas tree plantations in the Pacific Northwest.  We take pride in supporting USA grown, local tree farmers and sustainable plantations that support local agriculture.

At our Moon Valley Nurseries Christmas tree lots, you’ll find premium, fresh-cut trees such as our Noble Firs, Grand Firs, and Dougas Firs. Our freshly-cut Christmas trees are kept in water, so you’re guaranteed to get healthy, upright trees with perky needles and an aroma that is sure to please the household.

Tips for Buying Fresh Cut Trees

  • Buy from a reputable tree lot - Moon Valley Nurseries tree lots have express-shipped trees delivered from our farms to our lots within 48 hours of cutting.
  • Support local, USA grown tree farmers – freshly-cut Christmas trees are farmed specifically for their purpose and support local agriculture.
  • When buying, trees should feel heavy, so compare the weight of the trees (you don’t have to completely lift the tree)
  • Let your nose be your guide – fresh cut trees have an unmistakable, pleasing aroma.
  • If there are lots of needles on the ground around the trees, go someplace else.
  • To check a tree’s freshness, pull your hand towards you along the branch. When you do this, the needles should not fall off.

Tips for Caring for the Fresh Cut Tree at Home

  • Water is the vital element to caring for the Christmas tree in your home.
  • Fill the tree stand with water and keep it filled. A freshly-cut tree can consume a gallon of water in 24 hours.
  • Never let the water level go below the tree’s base.
  • Keep the tree away from heater vents or other heat sources. The lower the temperature, the better the tree will do.
  • Place the tree in a dark, shady spot in the home.
  • Use professional tree preservatives, do not use sugar or soda pop.

Visit one of our Christmas Tree lots for the freshest trees at the lowest prices – guaranteed! Our super fresh trees are express shipped within 48 hours of cutting, so you know you are getting the absolute freshest trees available. Our Christmas trees and lots have been a family tradition for thousands of families for over 20 years. We are sure to have the perfect Christmas Tree for you and your family waiting in our lots! We carry all of the major varieties like Noble Firs, Douglas Firs, Grand Firs, Fraser Firs and more, in sizes that range from 3 to 15 feet!

Topics: Christmas Trees

Top Trees To Plant In The Winter

Posted by Garrett Cleverly on 12/1/2016

The winter season is a fantastic season to plant in

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The winter season has finally arrived. It's time to dust off the Christmas lights, prepare your home for holiday visitors, and plant in your landscape..and yes, we're serious! Our region is unlike the majority of the country who face freezing temperatures which preventing planting. Because our soil does not freeze over we are still able to plant in ideal conditions. This is because the soil will retain warmth while the outside temperature plunges. With a warmer soil newly planted trees will spend the winter months establishing their root system before spring growth and especially those hot summer days. 

Take advantage of this ideal season to plant. Trees planted now will look fantastic in the spring and below are our top picks to plant during the winter months. 

Brazilian-Pepper-4.pngBrazilian Pepper
This evergreen tree may be native to Brazil, but it is right at home in our climate. This tree is one of the best water wise trees we carry at Moon Valley Nurseries and it just absolutely thrives in our sun and heat. It's lush and thick umbrella shaped canopy is supported by its dense branches that criss-cross and spread out from the main trunk. It produces white flowers in late spring and in the fall and winter it produces pinkish colored fruits in clusters. Many homeowners use these berries during the holidays for crafty displays. 

 

Cali-Pepper.pngCalifornia Pepper
Even though this tree has the name "pepper" in it, it is vastly different when compared to the Brazilian Pepper. The California Pepper is originally from South America, but it has found a home in our region. It is an evergreen tree that displays a weeping appearance that is graceful looking. It thrives in our sun and it produces a broad canopy of layered shade. It grows more upright than it does wide and it is supported by its strong trunk and branches. The California Pepper also produces red-colored berries in small and rounded clusters. It requires minimal water once established.


privet-japanese.pngJapanese Privet

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.

 

 

Cypress-1.pngItalian Cypress
Sentinel of the Mediterranean, the Italian Cypress has announced formal entrances, borders and backdrops for the grandest properties in the most picturesque cities on Earth. Unmistakable with their lush green foliage and tall, narrow upright form, these long lived specimens of grandeur are well suited to modern living. Their natural ability to thrive in sunny climates on a minimal amount of water makes them a popular choice for just about any 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 projects or questions you may have. Remember to change your watering schedule as we enter the winter and be sure to map a Moon Valley Nurseries locations right here

CLICK FOR IMPORTANT INFO  Winter Watering Guide

Topics: Monthly Tips, Winter Landscape Tips, Winter Planting

November Landscape and Garden Tips

Posted by Paul Popoff on 11/15/2016

Winter Watering, Fertilizing, What Trees to Plant Now and More

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In this months issue of November Landscape and Garden Tips, we have a wealth of information that is going to help you and your yard this season. This is the time of year when things finally begin to change around town. Some trees are changing color as they adjust to the cooler winter temperatures and others are pushing out spurts of new growth. One of the most overlooked practices this time of year by homeowners is watering and fertilizing. A big misconception is that because everything is pushing out new growth and seems to be growing well, that they are getting the right amount of water and fertilizer, unfortunately more often than not, this isn't the case.

To Do List:

  •  Winter Watering: During the cooler months it is important that we back off the watering frequency. This allows trees, plants and even grass a chance to develop strong deep roots that will encourage more growth come the following spring. This also creates a landscape that is less susceptible to disease and insect infestation. It is important to continue to water deeply each time you water, and different plants will have different frequency requirements. You can download our watering guide here  Winter Watering Guide  to help you get a better idea on just how to take care of your landscape. 
  • Fertilization: Fertilizing everything and hardening them up as we say in the industry is a great way to give your landscape one last push through the winter months. Fertilizing your palms, shade trees, evergreen trees, flowering trees, and even your dormant trees now gives them the best chance of pulling though the winter and taking off come spring time. We recommend using our custom blended fertilizers for your landscape needs as they are specifically formatted for our soil and weather conditions. These cane be purchased at all Moon Valley Nursery locations or online here
  • Vegetable Gardens: Fall and winter is a great time to be planting your winter veggies! Our cold weather vegetables are going to be things like cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, kale, lettuce, peas, spinach and everyones favorite tomatoes and jalapenos! These should all be started now and fertilized once a month while they are growing. These need to be watered regularly and given a chance to dry out in between each watering cycle. This helps them to develop good strong roots through post production. 

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

Chinese-Elm-3.pngChinese Elm 'True Green'
One of the best shade trees or those sun drenched homes, the Chinese Elm is an attractive tree that can be planted as the focal point in any landscape. It absolutely loves the sun and the variety we carry at Moon Valley Nurseries does not weep. Ours is a fast growing tree that grow upright and round for maximum shade and curb appeal. It's leaves are small and elliptic in shape and the bark sheds in a puzzle fashion. It's a fantastic option for any landscape seeking instant shade. 

 

Tipu-11.pngTipu
This fast growing tree is an excellent option for those water conscious homeowners looking to add shade and color at the same time. The Tipu is one of the fastest growing varieties we offer at Moon Valley Nurseries . In time, it's upright and open umbrella shaped canopy will provide shade where desired. When it comes to color, it's flowers are a golden yellow color and are abundant in late spring to early summer. It can become drought tolerant once established and it thrives in cold and heat. 

 

Museum-Palo-Verde.pngMuseum Palo Verde
This eye-catching desert tree is a must have for every home. It is a hybrid of different Palo Verde species that brings out the best qualities of each. It creates a massive and wide reaching canopy of layered shade that provides sun to any shrubs plants underneath the canopy. It blooms massive amounts of yellow flowers throughout the spring and can bloom again in the fall. The tree is supported by an attractive twisting blue-green trunk that provides a stark contrast to any landscape. Once established it rarely needs any water and is a fantastic desert tree for those looking for curb appeal. 

Brazilian-pepper-3.pngBrazilian Pepper
This evergreen tree may be native to Brazil, but it is right at home in our climate. This tree is one of the best water wise trees we carry at Moon Valley Nurseries and it just absolutely thrives in our sun and heat. It's lush and thick umbrella shaped canopy is supported by its dense branches that criss-cross and spread out from the main trunk. It produces white flowers in late spring and in the fall and winter it produces pinkish colored fruits in clusters. Many homeowners use these berries during the holidays for crafty displays. 

 

California-Pepper-1.pngCalifornia Pepper
Even though this tree has the name "pepper" in it, it is vastly different when compared to the Brazilian Pepper. The California Pepper is originally from South America, but it has found a home in our region. It is an evergreen tree that displays a weeping appearance that is graceful looking. It thrives in our sun and it produces a broad canopy of layered shade. It grows more upright than it does wide and it is supported by its strong trunk and branches. The California Pepper also produces red-colored berries in small and rounded clusters. It requires minimal water once established.

Lemon-2.pngFruit & Citrus - Lemon tree in photo
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!

Jacaranda-6.pngJacaranda
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.

Magnolia-2.pngMagnolia
The Southern United States does not have a monopoly on this tree, and they can be found throughout our region. Magnolia's are amazing trees. For starters, their cream-white flowers not only are impressive to look at, they also give off a pleasing aroma.  It's large waxy-like leaves have helped the Magnolia have a thick canopy, giving much-needed shade. At Moon Valley Nurseries, a few of our Magnolia varieties have the green and brown backs adding yet another layer of color. Over time, the Magnolia will create a wide range of shade and it absolutely thrives in our sun and heat.

Japanese-Blueberry-1.pngJapanese 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 regions most planted hedge variety and is an excellent choice for just about any landscape.

 

 

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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. 

 


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 projects or questions you may have. Remember to change your watering schedule as we enter the winter and be sure to map a Moon Valley Nurseries locations right here

CLICK FOR IMPORTANT INFO -  Winter Watering Guide

Topics: Insider, Monthly Tips, Expert, Industry Expert

How To Create Instant Privacy With Trees & Hedges

Posted by Garrett Cleverly on 10/20/2016

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Unwanted views, nosy neighbors, sound from a road, or even a bright street light are a few reasons why people like to create privacy for their landscape. One of the easiest ways to create privacy is with fully grown hedge specimens that can instantly block out a view. 

landmark2.jpgThe top photo is from a recent job we completed. A new wedding venue was looking for a way to block the unwanted view of the street. We suggested our Hollywood Style (maximum privacy!) Ficus Nitida Columns. The photo to the right is what the view used to look like.

Each landscape is different from the next and at Moon Valley Nurseries we have hedge specimens for those tight spaces and larger hedge specimens for the backyard with space! We have a solution for every landscape and below are our top recommendations for region. Come see them for yourself. Map any of our Moon Valley Nurseries locations!

Ficus-2.jpgFicus Nitida
The Ficus Nitida is the #1 choice for our region when it comes to instant privacy. These trees perform well in every landscape and come with the unique combination of a fast growing tree that requires minimal maintenance, minimal water once established, and dense foliage. They handle the heat extremely well and can be pruned into just about any shape. These trees grow extremely fast and can block out any view in no time. These trees can also be planted box-to-box allowing for maximum privacy. *not available in Las Vegas

 

carolina-cherry.jpgCarolina Cherry
Native to North Carolina and Texas, the Carolina Cherry has become a popular ornamental tree for many homeowners across our region. The Carolina Cherry has a natural upright conical shape and its adaptability to pruning makes it a great foliage plant that can be pruned into other shapes as well. It is drought and heat tolerant, and requires minimal watering once established. Its foliage is dark green and it blooms small, creamy white flowers in the spring. 

 

Cypress-1.jpgItalian Cypress
Sentinel of the Mediterranean, the Italian Cypress has announced formal entrances, borders and backdrops for the grandest properties in the most picturesque cities on Earth. Unmistakable with their lush green foliage and tall, narrow upright form, these long lived specimens of grandeur are well suited to modern living. Their natural ability to thrive in sunny climates on a minimal amount of water makes them a popular choice for just about any landscape.

 

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If you're looking to block out a view from a second story, look no further than the Japanese Blueberry. This visually appealing evergreen is a fast grower with dense and lush dark-green foliage. It requires minimal maintenance and its narrow forms allows it to fit in those tight spaces. It thrives in the full sun and it handles the cold quite well. It can be sheared into any shape and it produces small white flowers in the spring. 

 

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This fern pine is prized for its low maintenance, clean evergreen look, and massive size. Homeowners can get creative with the shape of this evergreen or they can leave it alone to reach heights to block out any views. One of the thickest trees we offer at Moon Valley Nurseries, the Podocarpus thrives in full sun to partial shade and can fit into tight spaces and it a great option for any landscape. Many homeowners have used this evergreen as a barrier hedge.

 

Top Reasons To Plant In The Fall Season

Posted by Garrett Cleverly on 10/13/2016

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The fall season is finally here and with it comes the most ideal planting season for our region. If you've been thinking about adding that shade tree or shrub do not wait until the spring. Take advantage of the fall season's cool nights and warm soil.  It’s never too early to start planning for the fall planting season and our nursery experts have listed the top reasons to plant today and top trees to plant this fall.

Planting-1.pngGet a jump start for explosive spring growth 
Not only are we lucky enough to wear shorts in the fall our ground usually never freezes, which allows us to take advantage of planting in the fall. The newly planted tree or shrub will face cold weather above ground thus becoming dormant. However, below the ground the warmer soil allows the roots of the tree or shrub to grow for several months. When the spring season arrives, the tree or shrub will already have an established root system and can instead focus on explosive top growth. Compare to the spring where a tree or shrub will experience top growth and will also be trying to establish a root system at the same time. And remember, this is all just weeks away from the summer heat. As an added bonus, trees with established root systems can handle drought much better. Plus, we are offering FREE PLANTING on all box size trees. Learn more about our professional delivery and planting services

moon-juice-2.pngFertilize, fertilize, fertilize 
The best and most ideal time to fertilize your landscape is in the fall because trees and shrubs are still growing underneath the soil. Colder temperatures are a signal to trees that they should stop top growth and focus on root development. Fertilizing with Moon Valley Nurseries’ Super Charged Moon Juice and Moon Dust Organic Blend allows organic enzymes and amino acids to stimulate new root hair growth and stronger cell development while helping the tree grow faster and recover quicker from stressful events. These essential nutrients will be absorbed by the root system of your tree. Your tree will then use these nutrients to grow its root system and ward off any disease in the fall. Excess nutrients are then stored in the roots and will be available for vigorous top growth once spring arrives.

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While the rest of the country is dreading the dark winter days, residents in our region are spending more time outside adding instant color to their landscape. Fall annuals are a fantastic and easy way to add striking color to accent areas, garden beds, and hanging gardens. For more abundant bloom cycles this fall, pick up a bag of our Moon Dust Organic Blend which creates fantastic results because it was developed especially for our tough, compact, and alkaline soils. Be sure to call ahead to check on the availability at the Moon Valley Nursery location where you plan on purchasing some annuals

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We carry thousands of fast growing shade trees. If the summer sun was too much for an area on your landscape or even your home, do not wait until the spring. Planting now will allow the shade tree to grow a canopy of shade for that much needed area. 

 

 

 

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

 

Magnolia-1.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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If you want to turn heads on your landscape, the Purple Leaf Plum is an excellent pick. This deciduous tree features magnificent deep-purple foliage and breathtaking blooms of puffy pink flowers in early spring. Though it can be planted alone, the Purple Leaf Plum really stands out in accent locations and against green backdrops, allowing its purple foliage to really stand out. It's cold and heat tolerant and as an ornamental tree, the Purple Leaf Plum produces no fruit and practically no litter. An excellent addition to any space where strong color is desired.

 

Brazilian-Pepper-2-1.pngBrazilian Pepper
Finding a tree that has both shade and color can be tough, but at Moon Valley Nurseries we have the Brazilian Pepper for those seeking a little something different. Tough with an 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.

 

 

tipu-1.jpgTipu
Looking to create a massive canopy of shade? Look no further than the Tipu tree. This water-wise, semi-evergreen has become a popular choice in the Western U.S. for its rapid growth and eye-catching apricot yellow flowers during the summer. 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. This tree requires little maintenance and it performs well in many soil and drought-like conditions.

 

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The best part about our olive trees is that they are fruitless. The unique, silver appearance of Fruitless Olive trees make them an interesting focal point in nearly all landscape styles. In addition, the natural, multiple trunks always create an artistic look, while bringing strength and flexibility to the tree. Olive trees keep their leaves all year which makes them great for creating privacy or blocking unwanted views. Fruitless Olives are very durable to heat, cold and require minimal water once established.

 

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Instant shade, privacy, and curb appeal is what makes the Ficus our #1 selling tree. These trees perform well in any landscape and as an evergreen, the Ficus will keep its dark, dense and lush foliage all year long. 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, which are a great choice as a barrier for blocking sun, noise, wind, and those pesky neighbors. (Ficus not available in Las Vegas)

 

queen-palm-3.pngQueen Palm
Queen palms are the height of tropical beauty and appeal in just about any landscape. Moon Valley Nurseries' 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. 

October Landscape & Garden Tips

Posted by Garrett Cleverly on 10/6/2016
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The fall season has finally arrived and as always it's the best time to plant. The combination of cool days and even cooler evenings allows the soil to hold the warmth from summer without the blistering sun pushing temperatures well over 100 degrees. This ideal balance encourages root growth all season long! 

Now that we have transitioned to fall, our experts have compiled a few tips and tasks for your landscape this month.
 
To Do List:
  • Watering: Now that we are in the fall season, it is imperative that you adjust adjust your watering schedule. The cooler nights and cooler days are going to translate into the ground retaining moisture longer thus permitting us to use less water going forward. The amount of water should not be cut back, however, the frequency at which you water your lawn will be reduced. Be sure to read up on our Watering Guide schedule.
  • Plant Annuals: Add instant color to your landscape with fall annuals like the Pansy, Geranium, Snapdragon, and mums. Available at any Moon Valley Nursery location. 
  • Weeds: Don't let those weeds settle! Remove them ASAP. We stock all the things you need for your weed prevention at any of our Moon Valley Nursery locations. Also, consider adding mulch to areas to reduce the number of sprouting weeds. 
  • Fertilizing: We cannot stress the importance of fertilizing everything on your landscape. And we mean everything. All of your trees, flowers, vegetables, and lawns. It may not seem like it, but this is still the growing season and this is when your trees and plants are going to be utilizing the most nutrients. Once the temperature drops, the material on our landscapes will stop top growth and focus on root growth. This is the main focus of trees and plants during the cooler months. Fertilizing now and throughout the winter will allow the plant to soak up the nutrients and store them for explosive spring top growth. Everything should be feed with the proper fertilizer to ensure optimal growth during this crucial time. Moon Juice is a staple that should be used on all your trees, plants, flowers, vegetables and more all year round. This makes your watering more effective as well as making the nutrients more readily available for the plants and trees to uptake. The entire brand of Moon Valley Nursery fertilizers can be used now on everything from turf, palms, desert trees, shade trees, palms and more. Click here to see all of our fertilizers
  • Tree Care: Since everything is now starting to grow again we have to think ahead about proper care and trimming. Making sure you have your landscapes well cared for is a vital part in making sure you protect your investment. This time of year we can trim off any dead or sun damaged that may have occurred over the summer, cut back any excessive branches or some that may have been damaged by summer storms and also clean all of our citrus and fruit trees of unwanted suckers.

Below are a few trees our experts recommend planting for this month:
 
Ficus-8.pngFicus
The Ficus nitida is the most popular tree through our region for their instant shade, minimal maintenance, and versatility for just about 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.

ArZ-Ash.pngArizona Ash
The Arizona Ash is well suited to handle all extreme temperature changes. In the fall, this deciduous tree’s foliage turns into a vibrant golden color. The Arizona Ash is seedless and only requires one clean up once the leaves drop. The tree grows its leaves back quickly in the spring, which provides maximum shade in the summer months. Its canopy of shade covers a large amount of territory and its flowers form in small clusters in the spring. 
 
 
 
 
Brazilian-Pepper-2.pngBrazilian Pepper
Hardy and adaptable to many environments, the Brazilian Pepper is an attractive evergreen that is known for its compound leaves and shiny red berries. It provides year-round shade and privacy with its thick foliage and spreading canopy of crisscrossing branches that support its finely toothed and dark green elliptic leaves. The Brazilian Pepper blooms showy clusters of white flowers in the spring which are followed by eye-catching small red peppercorns throughout the fall. Its dark-green foliage, white flowers, and red color make it an extremely popular tree to plant in any landscape seeking instant color.
 
Chinese-elm-1.pngChinese Elm
Widely used throughout the Southern U.S. for more than 100 years, the Chinese 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. The massive canopy of shade can come from rather quickly with these trees. The Chinese Elm thrives in hot and sunny environments and in very mild winters, they can retain their leaves.

 
 
Tipu-10.pngTipu
It’s massive shade, ridiculous growth rate, low water usage, and bright yellow pea shaped flowers has made the Tipuana tipu a popular tree for homeowners across the Southwest. When it comes to shade the Tipu is the perfect choice. This semi-evergreen grows extremely fast and spreads with age producing a layered umbrella-like canopy. Its growth habit and massive canopy of shade makes it an ideal tree to cool your home, shade your patio, or as a way to protect other plants in your yard from the summer sun.

 
Palo-Vrede.pngMuseum 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.
 
 
camphor-1.pngCamphor
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. Camphor trees are also known for attract small wildlife, which can add a great natural effect to your landscape. This tree is much faster growing than live oaks but provides the same benefits, making it a popular choice for those tired of the same old oak tree look.

 
Raywood-Ash-4.pngRaywood Ash
A popular choice for landscapes across the southwest, the Raywood Ash is known for its breathtaking display of rich red to deep burgundy foliage in the fall that gives any landscape a unique touch for the season. Its leaves drop off quickly after the fall season, allowing for an easy one time clean up. During the warmer months, the Raywood Ash is an ideal shade tree that grows more upright than it does wide. Its dark green foliage provides a sharp contrast to any landscape and looks great as a stand-alone or specimen shade tree
 
 
 
Shamel-1.pngShamel 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!
 
 
 
 
Jacaranda-5.pngJacaranda
For a tree that puts on a truly spectacular floral show, consider a Jacaranda. These trees often grow with multiple trunks, making them an interesting addition to your landscape. In the spring and summer, the Jacaranda tree produces purple trumpet-like flowers. This tree grows very fast and provides a soft, filtered shade with incredible blooms.
 
 
 
 
 
 

Top 5 Trees For Fall Flowers

Posted by Garrett Cleverly on 9/15/2016

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Beautiful blooms of vibrant eye-catching flowers aren't just limited to the spring and summer seasons. We fortunately live in an excellent region that allows us to grow a wide range of trees. Even ones that will bloom into the fall. If you're looking to add a splash of color, or are looking for a "wow" factor, or even concerned about a flowering tree that can produce great shade, our nursery experts have picked out five of our best flowering trees.
 
pALO-vERDE-2.pngMuseum Palo Verde
If you're looking for long lasting color, curb appeal, and great shade no look further than the Museum Palo Verde. Quickly becoming a popular choice for our region, the Museum Palo Verde is supported by a striking  blue-green, sculpture like trunk that provide a stark contrast to just about any landscape. Blooms of vibrant yellow flowers emerge in the spring and cover the entire tree. Thoughout the year, the Museum Palo Verde will also bloom in the summer and fall. This tree prodices a wide canopy of layered shade that makes the tree look light in your yard while providing very cooling shade for your home.
 
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Tipu Tree
Favored for its almost ridiculous growth rate, the Tipu tree is a popular choice for many landscapes in our region. One of the best water wise trees, this semi-evergreen tree produces showy apricot yellow flowers during the summer that bloom into the fall. It produces a quick canopy 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.
 
 
oLEANDER.pngOleander Tree
These trees love our region and thrive even in the hottest of summer months, which makes them an ideal flowering tree for your landscape. The Oleadner produces star shaped flowers in red, white and pink from spring to fall. The trees look fantastic when planted in groups or in 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. 
 
 
 
Vitex-3.pngVitex Tree
This multi-trunk tree is known for its breathtaking displays of purple blooms on long spikes that jet out at every growth tip during the late spring into early fall. 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 while its blooms attract many pollinating insects and hummingbirds.
 
 
crape-new.pngCrape Myrtle
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 early fall and are the perfect 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.
 
Planting right now with cooler days and nights will give your new flowering trees an excellent opportunity to hit the ground running with beautiful blooms. Plus, the upcoming fall season is always the ideal time to plant. If you have any questions regarding proper care of any of these beautiful trees, be sure to contact one of our nursery pros at any of our Moon Valley Nursery locations.

 

September Landscape & Garden Tips

Posted by Paul Popoff on 9/8/2016

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Planting season is finally here! The cooler evenings paired with warm fall days is the perfect sign that the fall planting season has arrived!  Trees and plants establish extremely well this time of year and annuals and perennials are beginning to bud and bloom, ready to put on a spectacular show of color.

Now that we are transitioning out of the hotter summer months there are a few things we need to do to make sure we have our landscape and gardens in check so everything has its best chance of growing.

To Do List:

  • Watering: With the cooler evenings and cooler days, we are going to have to start thinking about watering less on our plants, trees, and lawns. All of our new trees are going to need water 1-3x per week depending on tree and plant type as well as temperature. Once our daytime temps reach 85-100 degrees is typically the time we back down from our summer watering schedule. Remember different types of plants as well as planting location plays a big factor in how much water your plants need. If you need more help please contact one of our nursery pros at your nearest Moon Valley Nursery location. During the fall months, we can also save water by reducing the amount that we give to our lawns. The cooler nights and cooler days are going to translate into the ground retaining moisture longer thus permitting us to use less water going forward. The amount of water should not be cut back, however, the frequency at which you water your lawn will be reduced. This is also the time of year that you should be considering whether or not you are going to be over-seeding your winter lawn.
  • Fertilize: Now is the best time to be fertilizing all of your plants, trees, flowers, vegetables and lawns. This is the growing season and this is when your trees and plants are going to be utilizing the most nutrients. Everything should be feed with the proper fertilizer to ensure optimal growth during this crucial time. Moon Juice is a staple that should be used on all your trees, plants, flowers, vegetables and more all year round. This makes your watering more effective as well as making the nutrients more readily available for the plants and trees to uptake. The entire brand of Moon Valley fertilizers can be used now on everything from turf, palms, desert trees, shade trees, palms and more. click here to see all of our fertilizers (INSERT LINK))
  • Tree Care: Since everything is now starting to grow again we have to think ahead about proper care and trimming. Making sure you have your landscapes well cared for is a vital part in making sure you protect your investment. This time of year we can trim off any dead or sun damaged that may have occurred over the summer, cut back any excessive branches or some that may have been damaged by summer storms and also clean all of our citrus and fruit trees of unwanted suckers.
  • 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

What to plant:

Ficus-7.pngFicus
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! 

Shamel-Ash-3.pngShamel 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!

tipu.jpgTipu
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. 

Chinese-elm-1.pngChinese Elm
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. 

Carolina-Cherry.pngCarolina Cherry
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. 

Piru-Queen-Palm-2.pngQueen Palm
Specially grown at our 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. Our Queen Palms can handle hot summers, cold winters, and windy days. The 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. 

Pygmy-Date-palm.pngPygmy Date Palm
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. Big Tex Tree Pygmy Date Palms have been custom grown at our farms to ensure that the palm generates thicker trunks, fuller crowns, and more robust roots.

 

 

Trees Of Fall

Posted by Paul Popoff on 8/31/2016

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Where has the year gone by? Just like that, school is back in session, football games are being played again, and yes, the temperature is slowly dropping, which means the fall season is right around the corner. Imagine fall colors. What did you think of? A picturesque farm or even a big city somewhere in the northern states or on the east coast? Our region experiences the fall season too and the easiest way to see it is with our own fall colors! If you're looking to add that fall season feel to your yard, with great shade in the summer too, be sure to consider one of these five trees below!

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Arizona-Ash.pngArizona Ash

One of the best suited trees for the Southwest region the Arizona Ash is well suited to handle all extreme temperature changes. In the fall, this deciduous tree’s foliage turns into a vibrant golden color. The Arizona Ash is seedless and only requires one clean up once the leaves drop. The tree grows its leaves back quickly in the spring, which provides maximum shade in the summer months. Its canopy of shade covers a large amount of territory and its flowers form in small clusters in the spring.


Raywood-Ash-2.pngRaywood Ash

A popular choice for landscapes across the southwest, the Raywood Ash is known for its breathtaking display of rich red to deep burgundy foliage in the fall that gives any landscape a unique touch for the season. Its leaves drop off quickly after the fall season, allowing for an easy one time clean up. During the warmer months, the Raywood Ash is an ideal shade tree that grows more upright than it does wide. Its dark green foliage provides a sharp contrast to any landscape and looks great as a stand-alone or specimen shade tree


Chinese-Pistache.pngChinese Pistache

A fast growing tree that provides piercing beauty to any landscape, the Chinese Pistache is known for its bright red and orange leaves in the fall which makes it a reliable favorite for fall color every year. The tree produces a large canopy of shade while displaying showy and attractive dark green leaves during the summer. The Chinese Pistache is drought and cold tolerant and can grow in the full sun. Due to the Chinese Pistache's size, the tree is ideal when planted in an area where shade is needed.


Flowering-Pear-3.pngFlowering Pear

Known and desired for its fiery-red fall color, the Flowering Pear is an ornamental tree that performs will in many landscape applications. In the spring season, the Flowering Pear produces deep green foliage with snow-white flower coverage that gives the tree incredible depth for long periods of time. Several varieties are available including Aristocrat, Bradford, and Chanticleer.


Crape-Myrtle-5.pngCrape Myrtle

One of the best choices for beautiful bursts of color in your landscape is the Crape Myrtle. These 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 early spring all in the way into the fall.

 

 

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