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Create Instant Shade For Kids & Pets

Posted by Garrett Cleverly on 8/18/2017

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Picture the perfect backyard area for your kids and pets.  It has lush comfy green grass, a sandbox for sand castles, playground equiptment for adventures, and a giant shade tree for climbing and for shade to avoid a nasty sunburn. 

For many homeowners, the grass and the playground equiptment are the two easiest things to add. Many look at the shade tree and think "it's going to take years for a tree to grow in". Fortunately for all homeowners, Moon Valley Nurseries grows and offers the biggest shade trees in our region. We're talking trees so big they'll provide instant shade they are planted. 

They are many shade trees, but which one is the right one for your yard? Our nursery pros have taken out the guessing game and have listed some great shade trees for our region. Our pros also offer FREE PLANTING. That's right. FREE PLANTING. Let us do the digging. 

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If you're looking for both giant shade and eye-catching color, the Tipuana tipu is the best 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. This is a tree that you can plant and just let it do its thing. 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.pngAsh Trees
Majestic Ash | Modesto Ash | Raywood Ash | Shamel Ash | Arizona Ash | Fan Tex Ash | Berrinda Ash 
Ash trees are great sources of shade for many homes and many homeowners don't realize that Ash trees perform very well and thrive in the Valley. Another great benefit of these trees is that they will have amazing fall color and they will drop their leaves. Giving your kids and pets opportunites to jump into some leaf piles.  Even though they drop their leaves, it will allow sunlight to penetrate the gound giving you some warmth during the winters months. We have many options at Moon Valley Nurseries. Click on the names above to read more about each tree!

ficus-1.jpgIndian Laurel (Arizona and California only)
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 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.

Chinese-elm-1.pngChinese Elm
Great for families, a mature Chinese Elm tree is good for climbing or attaching a tire swing. Homeowners looking for an attractive picnic tree will love this good-looking shade provider on their lawn. The mottled bark of this tree resembles camouflage-like patterns that give it a unique and attractive look. Feel free to leave a long lasting memory by engraving your initials into the single trunk. It is a fast grower that thrives in the sun and loves to grow in hot areas. Once planted, it will not be too long until you can enjoy the many benefits this tree can bring to your landscape. If you are looking for a massive shade provider that is easy to care for, you will find much to love about this Chinese Elm Tree. Moon Valley Nurseries sells vibrant and healthy, professionally nurtured mature specimens.

live-oak-6.pngLive Oak
This is another tree that requires minimal cleanup which makes it a great choice for a play area. Now you're probably thinking, 'a Southern tree in our region'? The answer is yes and the Southern Live Oak, Quercus virginiana, looks right at home planted in Southwestern landscapes. It is native to the coastal plains of the southeastern U.S and grows at a moderate rate. It is a large evergreen shade tree noted for its beauty and extreme drought tolerance. In fact, the Southern Live Oak was the lone survivor during the recent great Texas drought! Once established it will require low water, just let nature do the rest. This beauty will thrive in your landscape with full sun and little to no special care required.

privet-1.pngJapanese Privet
The Japanese Privet, Ligustrum japonicum, is a small to medium tree that can bring natural beauty to a wide range of Southwestern landscapes. Native to China, Korea and Japan, this evergreen tree is a moderate to fast grower and great for use as a privacy screen, lawn tree or as a windbreak. It will require moderate watering and will thrive with full sun exposure or partial shade. A round headed tree with a dense shade capacity, it is also a great choice when you want shade for small areas. It is good for patio planting, too. Homeowners will appreciate the versatile landscape uses of this tree.

Jacaranda-2.pngJacaranda
If you're also looking for color and shade, the next two trees are fantastic choices. The Jacaranda 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 can plant.

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Yes, Orchid trees grow in our climate and they are absolutely amazing trees that provide medium shade and attract many beneficial pollinating insects and hummingbirds! 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).

 

Topics: Expert

How To Liven Up Your Yard With Great Landscaping Ideas

Posted by Felipe Benavides on 8/15/2017

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A beautiful landscape is a sure-fire way to increase property value. From xeriscape to tropical designs, to curb appeal makeovers and backyard transformations, homeowners can get creative with the endless array of landscaping possibilities. So, whether you are working with a blank-slate or your yard is in serious need of a makeover, Moon Valley Nursery has the perfect trees, shrubs, and plants for the perfect spot in your yard. Plus, with our expert design professionals ready to make your dream landscape a reality, it could not get any easier! Update your landscape and reap the rewards! Here are some of our best landscaping ideas and the trees, shrubs, and plants ideal for any size yard!

Front Yard Makeover Ideas

Cypress-4.pngLet’s face it; your front yard can make or break your home’s curbside appeal. Coming home to a dull-looking front yard is not just uninteresting, it can also affect your mood. Line driveways with shrubs and taller plants that welcome you home with color, induce happiness, add curb appeal, and may be able to add privacy too. We like to plant Italian Cypress (Cupressus sempervirens 'Glauca') in rows near driveways, where their narrow, columnar form and lush dark blue-green foliage brings a stately, formal look, as well as creating a great privacy hedge.

Palm trees are always an excellent choice for a front yard, especially when placed on each side of a driveway or to create an inviting tropical appearance and a tranquil setting. The Pindo Palm (Butia capitata) is a small to medium palm ideal for smaller front yards, with silver-green, graceful arching fronds that add a big splash of tropical color wherever planted. King Palm (Archontophoenix alexandrae) features dark-green fronds that rarely drop below the crown shaft adding a vibrant color that makes the lime-green crown shaft pop, so they are an ideal focal point in any front yard, especially for coastal Southern California. Kentia Palm (Howea forsteriana), we love these palms for smaller front yards, especially in SoCal because they grow slowly and their fronds grow a deep green color and arch from the crown outward to create a tropical canopy for shade. Palm trees look incredible with night time landscape lighting too!

hibiscus-8.pngAnother fantastic way to liven up a front yard is with Roses (Rosa). Let roses take over your garage, and they will welcome you home with a pleasant fragrance and an array of colors that are sure to make you smile. How about a floral walkway to your home? When used as hedge material, roses, as well as Hibiscus (Hibiscus rosa-sinenses), with their very lush, dark foliage and beautiful flowers, are sure to get your yard noticed for all the right reasons as they line the pathway to your front entrance with beauty.

We do not always have the time to take care of trees and plants, which is why big oak trees, such as Live Oak (Quercus virginiana) are so perfect for a front yard. These natural beauties will thrive in your front yard with little to no attention. Drape them with Spanish moss or have one installed in a spot to where it can cool a hot side of your home. This oak is one the entire family will love, especially bigger trees that are just begging to be explored.

For Entertaining or Relaxing

magnolia-7.pngLove entertaining guests? Your friends and relatives are going to want to hang out in a yard that excites, looks beautiful, and feels comfortable. Shade. If you plan to invite guests to your backyard barbecue or outdoor party they are going to need a place to stay cool, especially if the days are sunny and warm. Shade trees run the gamut from large palm trees to bigger trees with a wide spreading canopy. Magnolia trees, such as Magnolia grandiflora 'Little Gem' are the perfect size for smaller yards and can grow a large spreading canopy that provides plenty of cooling relief. As a bonus, powerfully fragrant white flowers bloom throughout summer and fall, delighting the senses whether you are entertaining guests or trying to get a little r&r to recoup from the party.

Of course, you may want to eat outside, and there is more to it than picking the right tree; the tree needs to be planted in the proper area for the best shade coverage. Crape Myrtle (Lagerstroemia) never get too big, so they will never take over your yard and are ideal for patios. Your guests will gush over the profuse summertime bloom, with colors that range from pink to purple, rose, lavender and white. Also, when the temperatures soar, the flowers are abundant, and the foliage is enough to provide shade, so they have a way of making people feel more comfortable and relaxed, even in the heat! As a bonus, these smaller trees look stunning, even when not in bloom, especially uplit with landscape lighting, showing off the multi-trunk form and attractive bark that varies from creamy white to cinnamon, gray and sandy brown.

bamboo.pngAfter all your guests have left and you need a spot to chill, there may be no better place than resting on a hammock between two bigger Piru Queen Palms (Arecastrum romanzoffianum) with a refreshing drink in hand and nice soft pillow to rest your weary head. You can also create a quiet, private spot in your yard to relax by surrounding it with plenty of greenery such as vines, succulents, and bamboo such Timber Bamboo (Phyllostachys oldhamii) or Heavenly Bamboo (Nandina domestica), which is an upright evergreen shrub with soft draping foliage.

 

 

Landscaping with Edibles

oranges-3.pngAnother great landscape idea is one that features trees with edible fruits, nuts, and citrus. An edible landscape is great on so many levels. After all, fresh really is best. You get to grow your own food, so you know exactly how it has been grown and where it comes from. Worried about feeding your family citrus and fruits sprayed with pesticides? Grow your own, and you never need to worry about that. Plus, most of the fruit and citrus trees are excellent shade providers too. Also, if you want to cover up any unpleasant odors, why not plant Lemon trees and Orange trees near open windows so their aroma can fill the room with fresh, citrusy goodness. Plant avocado trees on a slope or use them near fence lines to create a privacy screen. Of course, it pays to be a good neighbor, so be sure to share the bounty!

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Monthly Landscape & Garden Tips For Southern California (August)

Posted by Garrett Cleverly on 8/3/2017

Expert advice to help make your home the best on the block 

How to water, what to plant, mulch, fertilizer, and more!

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Just like that it's starting to get hot out...well for our standards. We're still not like our neighbors to the east who are battling 100+ degree days everyday.  The June Gloom is gone, which means that we can see the temperature rise to the 90's over the course of this month and through September. If that happens, be sure to come back to this blog as our pros have listed a few tips and tricks to ensure that your home will continue to be the envy of the neighborhood all summer long.

As we do with every month, below are a  few tips and planting recommendations from our nursery pros. 

  • Watering: With temperatures starting to creep up on us, it's always a good eye to keep an eye on the material in your landscape to see how it is responding. Some material in our landscapes will need a little extra water to get through these hotter months. Remember, to always deep water no matter what month we are in. Short applications are not effective as the water does not completely saturate the entire root zone. Slow and steady wins the race here. For more information on our watering schedule,  download our water guide.
  • Fertilizer: As it gets hotter a tree or two, or maybe even a palm may experience some heat stress. No need to panic as our nursery pros have developed custom blended fertilizers that are designed to trigger growth responses and supplement the essential micro and macro nutrients that plants need to thrive in Southern California.  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 the material on your landscape that is still recovering from any stress. These can be purchased at all Moon Valley Nursery locations or online
  • Mulch: This is perhaps the easiest you can do, plus a layer of mulch always looks fantastic. 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 a tree that can grow on its own with minimal assistance from you, then the Tipu tree is the one for you. he 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. 

crape-4.pngCrape Myrtle
If you've been driving around town you can't miss these flowers. They are literally popping everywhere and are a great way to add stunning summer color. The blooms can last until late summer and they bloom in red, white, pink, and purple. 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. In addition, they Crape Myrtle's foliage will turn a showy bright orange in the fall.

Lemon-2.pngCitrus 
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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Ficus Nitida | Japanese Privet | Carolina Cherry | Podocarpus | Italian Cypress | Japanese Blueberry | Bamboo
Our customers are always asking us about natural privacy and we always point them to our "Hollywood Style" hedges. They are called "Hollywood Style" hedges because as the growers we are able to grow the biggest hedge material you will find in Southern California. Our hedges are so big and so thick that you will be able to block out an unwanted view from a neighbor's house or even a light on the street in less than a day. Above are a few select varieties we offer for our "Hollywood Hedges". Be sure to click on them to learn more.

pALO-vERDE-2.pngDesert Museum Palo Verde
This tree is becoming a must-have for all Southern California homeowners! Shade, flowers, and attractive multitrunk growth is what has made this tree so popular so fast. Additionally, this tree is water wise and once established you have to water once to twice per year. It is an amazing tee. It is also a hybrid different older Palo Verde species that brings our the best qualities in each. The trunk has a blue-green color that provides a great contrast to its yellow flowers and the layered shade 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. The flowers will bloom at multiple times throughout the summer. 

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Majestic Ash | Raywood Ash | Berrinda Ash
Many homeowners don't realize that Ash trees perform very well and thrive in the Valley. They are all fantastic trees that can withstand the monsoon season as they have have strong and stiff wood with good shock resistance and excellent bending qualities. Many Ash trees are used throughout the nation as a popular lumber. Point is, these deciduous trees are great choices. They do require some cleanup in the winter months, but this is after they all put on an amazing display of fall colors. Yes, fall colors in the Valley! Click on the names above to learn more about our Ash trees. 

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It's never too early to be thinking ahead, and if you're looking for fall colors the Chinese Pistache is one of the best. This fast growing tree that provides piercing beauty to any landscape, and in the fall its foliage turns a bright red and orange. Throughout the rest of the 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. 

Chinese-elm-1.pngElm
The ideal shade tree is the Chinese Elm. Homeowners looking for an attractive picnic tree, hammock, play area, and more will love this good-looking shade provider on their lawn. The mottled bark of this tree resembles camouflage-like patterns that give it a unique and attractive look. Feel free to leave a long lasting memory by engraving your initials into the single trunk. It is fast grower that thrives in the sun and loves to grow in hot areas. Once planted, it will not be too long until you can enjoy the many benefits this tree can bring to your landscape. If you are looking for a massive shade provider that is easy to care for, you will find much to love about this Chinese Elm Tree. Moon Valley Nurseries sells vibrant and healthy, 

king.pngKing Palm
King Palms are some of the best palms to plant around pools, tropical landscapes, or as focal points in front of a home. As the King Palm develops, it produces a great canopy of shade and when it comes to color, the King Palm is one of the best palm varieties for Southern California. The trunk is smooth with a lime-green crown shaft and a brown trunk that shows the growth rings. At the top, dark-green fronds rarely drop below the crown shaft adding a rich color that makes the lime-green crown shaft pop.

 

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The Moon Valley Piru Queen is specifically designed for our climate. They are custom grown at our farms to be extra hardy in heat and cold. These palms have distinctive appearances compared to other palms that you will see and their thicker trunks and fuller crowns make these stand out when compared to the rest. Plant the Piru Queen Palm wherever you want to add tropical flair. These palms are great planted in groups to help provide shade and are awesome in tight planting locations.

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If you're looking for a palm that just says 'wow', look no further than the Canary Island Date Palm (Phoenix canariensis). These palms  have a wide beautifully brown colored trunk accented by their pineapple cut crowns and their deep green, exotic looking fronds, that make this an extremely showy palm and focal point. These are gorgeous when lit up at night and work well by themselves or planted to line walk-ways, pools, sitting areas and driveways. 

 

Topics: Monthly Tips

Monthly Landscape & Garden Tips (August)

Posted by Garrett Cleverly on 8/3/2017

Expert advice to help make your home the best on the block 

How to water, what to plant, mulch, fertilizer, and more!

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Depending on who you are, August is a month that you'd like to fast forward or slow down. For the teachers and students out there, you'd like to extend the summer break, but for the rest of us living under the sun for the past few months we'd like those fall days to be here right now. 

The one thing we can't fast forward is proper care for our landscapes. We know you have been doing a great job all summer and we just have one more hot month (technically) to go! Don't let up just yet. Proper care in this crucial month can help your landscape hit the ground running when the cooler weather sets in. Below, our nursery pros have covered some important areas for you when if comes to summer tree care. If you have any further questions, you are more than welcome to give us a call or you can visit any of our nursery locations. 

To Do List:

  • Watering: Continue to water in the morning sometime between 4 a.m. and 8 a.m. as this reduces the evaporation loss and always want to deep water which is a slow application of water over a period of time. This allows the entire root zone to become saturated. The amount of water you apply depends on the tree or shrub you are watering. With trees, you will want to wet the soil at least 3 feet deep and with shrubs at least 1 foot deep. Use a soil probe to determine the depth of watering. Now, this is a quick overview on summer watering and for a more in depth look and for answers to common questions like "how much water do I use" and "how often do I water" are answered here in our Best Watering Practices
  • Fertilize: The summer sun is relentless, and if something in your landscape isn't receiving summer shade relief it will suffer. You can give the material on your landscape a helping hand with our highly developed specialized blends of fertilizer designed to trigger growth responses and supplement the essential micro and macro nutrients that plants need to thrive in our region. We have fertilizers that can help trees, palms, and shrubs recover from any heat stress. These can be purchased at all Moon Valley Nursery locations or online
  • Protect The Trunk Of Your Trees: Trees, just like us, can also get sunburn. However, a bottle of sunscreen isn't going to be enough. Young trees, especially citrus, need protection from the sun when temperatures increase. You can protect the trunk of a new tree from sunburn with Protective Tree Wrap. Available at any Moon Valley Nursery location. To further protect your tree, young or old, you can stake them. This provides stability when high winds or monsoon comes in. Moon Valley Nursery also offers staking services as well. Click here to map a location near you.
  • Mulch: A super easy way to keep the soil moist all summer long is to apply mulch around the base of the tree. 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

qlm.pngChinese Elm
The ideal shade tree is the Chinese Elm. Homeowners looking for an attractive picnic tree, hammock, play area, and more will love this good-looking shade provider on their lawn. The mottled bark of this tree resembles camouflage-like patterns that give it a unique and attractive look. Feel free to leave a long lasting memory by engraving your initials into the single trunk. It is fast grower that thrives in the sun and loves to grow in hot areas. Once planted, it will not be too long until you can enjoy the many benefits this tree can bring to your landscape. If you are looking for a massive shade provider that is easy to care for, you will find much to love about this Chinese Elm Tree. Moon Valley Nurseries sells vibrant and healthy, professionally nurtured mature specimens.

indian-laurel.pngIndian Laurel
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 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.

live-oak-6.pngLive Oak
You're probably thinking, 'a Southern tree in our region'? The answer is yes and the Southern Live Oak, Quercus virginiana, looks right at home planted in Southwestern landscapes. It is native to the coastal plains of the southeastern U.S and grows at a moderate rate. It is a large evergreen shade tree noted for its beauty and extreme drought tolerance. In fact, the Southern Live Oak was the lone survivor during the recent great Texas drought! Once established it will require low water, just let nature do the rest. This beauty will thrive in your landscape with full sun and little to no special care required.

tipu2.pngTipu
If you're looking for a tree that can grow on its own with minimal assistance from you, then the Tipu tree is the one for you. he 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. 

sissoo-4.pngSissoo
The Sissoo tree is one of the fastest growing trees on this list and is extremely well adapted to the hot climate of Arizona. Native to the the hotter areas of India, the Sissoo tree looks like a classic midwestern shade tree but is very durable and uses very little water. The Sissoo has quickly become a Valley favorite for landscapers and homeowners because of their extremely fast growth rate and huge amounts of shade. Take advantage of the Sissoo’s favorite time of year by planting now and fertilizing to allow the Sissoo to become the feature piece of your yard!

 

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Known as the “Bullet Proof Tree”, the African Sumac is drought, cold and heat resistant, and nearly impossible to stop once established. Its ability to thrive in the hot summer months and winter freezes makes the African Sumac an ideal choice where durability is the main concern. The tree can be used as a centerpiece, tall privacy hedge, or for shade. Its leaves remain a deep green throughout the entire year.  

 

date1-1.pngDate Palm
Our Resort Style Date Palm Trees are the ultimate palms for large landscape design. There are plenty of reasons you see Resort Style Date Palm Trees at most upscale resorts and shopping centers: They look amazing, they’re extremely hardy to cold and heat, and they provide a cool umbrella of shade wherever they’re planted.  Resort Style Date Palm Trees provide excellent shade with practically no litter, so they really enhance the tropical appeal of pool areas and other landscape features.

 

mexican1.pngMexican Fan Palm
This palm requires low water and thrives in our full sun and. A notable characteristic of the palm are its crown of large, fan-shaped, bright green fronds. Another unique aspect of this tree is that many homeowners choose to have the trunks skinned for a unique “cigar cut” effect that can create a more formal appearance. Did we also mention that it is cold hardy too! If you're looking for a palm that can handle;e everything Arizona has to throw at it this is the palm you are looking for. 

 

med-fan-1.pngMediterranean Fan Palm
This striking medium sized palm is the only palm native to Europe and it is prized for its unique multi-trunk vertical growth, fan-shaped fronds, and aesthetically pleasing growth pattern that looks fantastic around pools and as centerpieces to any landscape. The reason why the Mediterranean Fan Palm can serve as a centerpiece is due to its growth pattern. The trunks of the Chamaerops humilis palm clump together, giving the palm a full thick look. Because they can be grown to display a full look, many homeowners have planted these palms in a cluster to create a barrier wall. Mediterranean Fan Palms also can fill in empty spots between large trees or in containers as well.

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Bougainvillea can literally be found anywhere in our region and there is a reason why. Their flowers and when these flowers bloom they bloom! Flowers cover the entire plant making it a eye-pleasing sight. At Moon Valley Nurseries we offer three different varieties; bush form, vine form and Torch Glow, which is a more compact variety. Bougainvillea love the heat and are an extremely drought tolerant plant once established. They are heavy bloomers throughout Spring and Fall and produce white, red, pink, red, and purple flowers. 

 

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Lantana is one of the most colorful plants used in warm climates. Seen on highways, municipal grounds, commercial property and around homes, Lantana is great for adding color to desert landscaping and tropical settings. Plant them in part to full sun and water deeply. We offer three varieties of lantana at Moon Valley Nurseries: Trailing Lantana, Dwarf or Mounding Lantana, and Bush Lantana. All these come in red, yellow, purple, white, and multi-color. 

 

hibiscus-7.pngHibiscus 
Hibiscus are medium to large growing shrubs with very lush, dark foliage and beautiful flowers that come in a wide variety of colors. These beautiful flowering plants prefer to be planted in well-prepared garden soil that drains well and need even moisture for their roots. Be careful though as heavy soil tends to suffocate them. We have them available in red, pink, white, and yellow. 

 

 

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Moon Valley Nurseries' Arizona High School Football Sponsorships Is Back For Its Fourth Year

Posted by Garrett Cleverly on 7/27/2017

Help Your school win Sponsorship money 

Voting ends August 6th!

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PHOENIX (Friday, July 21, 2017) -- Moon Valley Nurseries, America's largest box tree grower, announces that it is giving away $10,000 in sponsorships to Arizona High School football programs. 
 
This is the fourth year Moon Valley Nurseries has held its Arizona High School Football Sponsorships and fans can nominate their school on Moon Valley Nurseries' Facebook page.
 
"I graduated and played for Sunnyslope High School when I was growing up and many of our employees played for local high schools throughout the Valley," said Les Blake, founder of Moon Valley Nurseries. "It's always a fun time for us as we gear up for the Arizona high school season and it is our honor to give back to the community and to give a helping hand to all of these hard working coaches, parents, and student-athletes."
 
10 schools with the most nominations will receive a $1,000 sponsorship that can be used for equipment, uniforms, or whatever else their program needs before the 2017 season kicks off in August. Nominations will end on August 6 at 11:59:59 p.m. and the 10 winning schools will be announced on August 7.
 
You can nominate a school on the Moon Valley Nurseries' Facebook page.
 
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Headquartered in Phoenix, AZ, with the first nursery opening up in the Moon Valley neighborhood in 1995, Moon Valley Nurseries has eight nursery locations throughout the Valley with an additional 20 nursery locations in Nevada, California, and Texas. The pros at Moon Valley Nurseries have decades worth of experience in developing, growing, and maintaining the best and highest selection of trees and plants in the Southwestern United Sates. Since the beginning, Moon Valley Nursery has offered its “you buy it, we plant it” tree deals, where the nursery staff performed everything from design thru installation. In addition to this, Moon Valley Nursery also grows its own trees and shrubs in order to maintain the highest level of quality that our customers had come to expect. Moon Valley Nurseries has and will continue to offer a wide range of high-quality shade trees, flowering trees, fruit and citrus, palm trees, privacy hedges, shrubs, and more. 

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What Makes Our Piru Queen Palm So Special

Posted by Garrett Cleverly on 7/27/2017

Piru Queen Palms From Moon Valley Nurseries are the best 

Plant one today!

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One of the great things about living in our region is the backyard pool. While we're cleaning up and providing care to the trees and palms in our landscapes on a hot summer day the pool is a welcome relief. While we're you're in the pool, the last thing you want to think about is work. You want to be removed from reality on a tropical island. However, without some tropical plants, especially some palms this could be hard. 

If you're looking to create a tropical paradise in your backyard the key is to pick the right palms and one of the best for our region is the Piru Queen Palm. 

Now, you're probably thinking, why does the Queen Palm have the name Piru in front of it. That is because the Piru Queen Palms we grow at Moon Valley Nurseries are far superior than what you'll find at other nurseries and hardware stores. Our Piru Queen Palms are grown purely from superior Argentine seedlings with better genetic traits, these Moon Valley Nurseries Piru Queen Palms are at the top of class in the queen palms family due to their superior durability and grand appearance. Our Piru Queen Palms feature thicker and harder trunks as well as greener palm fronds and fuller crowns than other Queen Palms do.

queen1.pngUnlike other nurseries and hardware stores, who bring their queen palms in from Florida, the ones at Moon Valley Nurseries  are grown at our grow yard in Piru, California. At this location, the Piru Queen Palms  are exposed to hot summers, cold winters, and very windy days. We purposely grow them here so they can acclimate to our climate, which makes them extra hardy.

Able to grow up to 35-feet high, these palms are evergreen and thrive in full sun, heat or cold exposure. Very low water requirements make this an excellent choice for drought-stricken areas.

Best part is that they require minimal maintenance and cleanup once planted. No need to be picking up litter in the backyard. Piru Queen Palms are great palm for a focal point and they will complement a wide variety of architectural styles. Occasional seasonal trimming, such as removing dead fronds, will help to keep the majestic look of Piru Queen Palms in tact all year round.

Crate that tropical paradise on your backyard with one of our amazing Piru Queen Palms

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Best Monsoon Storm Trees

Posted by Garrett Cleverly on 7/27/2017

What Trees handle the monsoon best? 

Plus they are great for shade and color!

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While the monsoon season bring much-needed rain and cooler temperatures in the Valley of the Sun during the summer months, the excessive heavy rain and high winds can wreck havoc on the trees and palms in our landscapes. 

The morning after every storm, there are hundreds of trees and palms that have been uprooted, due to an over-saturation of the soil, or there are snapped limbs, due to high winds. Even one's best efforts cannot prepare a tree to withstand the fiercest of winds and rains accompanying monsoon storms. If you're a homeowner that has had enough with their tree or palms that suffer yearly damage from the monsoons consider planting a tree that has a hardier root system with stronger wood compared to a tree with a shallow root system and softer wood. 

You may have no idea what type of trees and palms can withstand the yearly monsoons and that is okay. Our nursery pros and here to help and below are the top monsoon trees they recommend to plant. All of them have strong wood and hardier root systems. Plus, they all have many landscape applications and will look great in any yard. 

Indian Laurel
You'd be hard pressed to find a Indian Laurel that has been damaged due to a monsoon and if you don't believe us there are many places around town where you can find very old Ficus trees. We're talking 30+ years old. A few spots that come to mind are the Ficus on Mill Avenue in Tempe, the Ficus in downtown that was planted in 1954, and the Ficus in front of Sunnyslope High School in 1988 by Moon Valley Nurseries owner Les Blake. That is due to the very deep and hardy roots the Ficus has.  Ficus are among the most beautiful and versatile trees for any landscape. They feature lush and dense foliage that provides dense canopies that can easily be pruned into any shape and size. Plus, they are some of the best trees for privacy. At Moon Valley Nurseries, we offer them in single trunk, multi-trunk, and column form for maximum privacy. 

Live Oak
This hardwood Southeast Texas native has found a home right here in the Valley. It can withstand nature's harshest elements including summer droughts, high winds, and any potential freezes we may get. Southeast Texas is prone to hurricanes and if these trees can hold up during a hurricane they can easily withstand a monsoon. The Live Oak is an evergreen that has very little pest of disease issues. It is clean nine months out of the year, requiring minimal maintenance and it provides dense shade shade. It is a perfect tree for any home in Phoenix. 

Mexican Fan Palm
We have all seen videos of palms trees in gale like conditions that always emerge unscathed. It truly is amazing and one of the best palms for the monsoon season in Arizona is the Mexican Fan Palm (Washingtonia robusta). This palm requires low water and thrives in our full sun and. A notable characteristic of the palm are its crown of large, fan-shaped, bright green fronds. Another unique aspect of this tree is that many homeowners choose to have the trunks skinned for a unique “cigar cut” effect that can create a more formal appearance. Did we also mention that it is cold hardy too! If you're looking for a palm that can handle;e everything Arizona has to throw at it this is the palm you are looking for. 

Ash
Majestic Ash | Modesto Ash | Raywood Ash | Shamel Ash | Arizona Ash | Fan Tex Ash | Berrinda Ash 
Many homeowners don't realize that Ash trees perform very well and thrive in the Valley. They are all fantastic trees that can withstand the monsoon season as they have have strong and stiff wood with good shock resistance and excellent bending qualities. Many Ash trees are used throughout the nation as a popular lumber. Point is, these deciduous trees are great choices. They do require some cleanup in the winter months, but this is after they all put on an amazing display of fall colors. Yes, fall colors in the Valley! Click on the names above to learn more about our Ash trees. 

Ironwood 
Ironwood (Olneya tesota) are Ironwood trees are known for being exceptionally hardy, known to handle extreme droughts and most inclement weather. These trees can handle the worst of the monsoon season, which has made them a favorite to both homeowners and commercial properties alike as they are often used in landscape designs as a focal point or specimen tree. They are very slow growing and many people may not know, but they have amazing purple blooms that can turn heads. 

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Supercharged Moon Juice & How It Helps Trees In The Summer

Posted by Garrett Cleverly on 7/20/2017

Keep your trees and plants with this amazing fertilizer 

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Summer is a stressful time for the material on our landscapes. The days are longer, the sun is stronger, and the temperature outside is well over 100 degrees for three months straight. All three of these factors can cause a lot of stress, more specifically heat stress on the trees and plants in your landscape. 

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If any trees or plants are showing signs of stress right now the solution is our Supercharged Moon Juice which is an amazing and easy to use nutrient that will work wonders for your trees and plants. 

moon-juice-application.pngOur Supercharged Moon Juice was designed specifically for growing in the tough soils in our region. Every bottle of Moon Juice contains Furst Liquid technologies which include a proprietary blend of organic enzymes and amino acids to stimulate the growth signals within the plant. It increases nutrient uptake, promotes new growth, helps improve fertilizer efficiency, and it enhances the ability to ward off disease. Supercharged Moon Juice also contains the three most important micro-nutrients required by nearly every tree and plant. Iron, Manganese and Zinc is a part of Moon Juice because they are typically deficient in most warm weather soils. In addition, thiamine mononitrate (Vitamin B-1) is included for it’s beneficial effects on new plantings

Using Supercharged Moon Juice will enhance the plants ability to ward off diseases, possible infestations and infections from outside sources. Moon Juice helps plants prevent and recover from the stresses caused by extreme heat, frost, freeze, transplanting and other events. Use Supercharged Moon Juice to maximize your tree and plant performance!

In addition, you’re always going to want to use Moon Juice immediately after:

    • New Transplanting
    • Freeze or Wind Damage
    • And Heat Stress
    • or any other stressful events

It's also super easy to use. All you have to do is mix with water and apply to the root area. Application rates vary by the size and type of trees or plants. Make sure to read the easy to follow usage instructions on the bottle label. Always water trees and plants thoroughly after applying any fertilizers or nutrients. Moon Juice is available at any of our nursery locations

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Why Box Trees Are Better Than Field Dug Trees

Posted by Felipe Benavides on 7/20/2017

Learn Why MooN Valley Nurseries
Has The Best Trees

Box trees are the best for a reason!

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You’ve probably seen our advertisements proudly declaring that Moon Valley Nurseries is “The Largest Box Tree Grower in the United States” and maybe you asked yourself, why are box trees better than field dug trees? We asked our experts and here’s what they had to say.

Bigger Box Trees are a Better Value
We know you have options and we aim to give you the absolute best option of all. You get more bang for your buck when buying a box tree from Moon Valley Nurseries. This is because we actually have the right sized tree in the right sized box. So many other nurseries sell much smaller trees in a big box and sell them at the bigger box size. Not at Moon Valley. There are other reasons besides monetary to buy box trees from us, rather than field dug trees from someplace else.

Root System: consider this, the root system of a field dug tree has had a major part of its root system severed at the time of harvest. Whereas the entire system of a box tree is left intact. So basically, field dug trees are going through transplant shock and will have much slower growth due to the root system being severed. In other words, once dug, field grown trees have a reduced root system.

 Easy, Proper Planting: box trees are easier to plant for any landscaper, contractor or by our own professional landscaping crew. Field dug trees are much heavier when compared to box trees and are harder to handle. Field grown trees are often lifted and planted incorrectly. Lifting by the trunk can result in trunk damage and will cause severe injury and may kill the tree.

Of course, then you’ve got those trees that are grown in plastic containers. And as we all know by now, plastic is bad for the environment because it cannot be as easily recycled, especially if planted into the ground. So, just say no to trees grown in plastic containers!

With a Box Tree You Get:

  • A straighter tree
  • A tree that is much easier to load and unload
  • Planting is always guaranteed to be planted at the right depth because the box is actually set into the hole
  • Box trees are 100% recyclable wood
  • Box trees are generally what most architects spec on their jobs in the Southwest
  • A much greater selection of trees available during most times of the year when compared to field dug trees

Why Pay for the Dirt (When You Don’t Have To!)
At most other nurseries, you get a smaller sized tree in a large sized box, so you, the customer, are basically paying for the box size price filled with a bunch of dirt, rather than getting the bigger tree you want at the right price. At Moon Valley we value engineer all of our trees, which basically means you aren’t paying for the dirt. Les Blake, owner, Moon Valley Nurseries, said “we value engineer all of our products, not only are they grown from our selected mother trees in our labs, they’re also a tree that we guarantee always. When you purchase a tree from Moon Valley, you’re absolutely going to have the finest quality tree.” Mr. Blake explained further that “over the last 25 years we’ve found that our customers do not want to pay for dirt.” For further proof, compare what other nurseries sell as box size trees to what we sell. The difference is obvious. With us, you get a bigger specimen tree sold in the right size box, not some tiny tree in a large box filled with a bunch of dirt, which you’re paying for! 

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Proper Care For Fruit & Citrus Trees In The Summer

Posted by Garrett Cleverly on 7/20/2017

Proper care for your fruit and citrus trees will give you a bontiful harvest

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Summer is here and if you have been paying attention to your fruit and citrus trees, they may be experiencing some summer stress, which means you will have to provide them with a little extra TLC if you're planning on eating some high quality fruit and citrus this year.

Whether you have an orange, lemon, lime, grapefruit, tangerine, tangelo, kumquat, nectarine, apricot, peach, plum, pomegranate, apple, or fig tree you are going to want to check out the recommendations from our nursery pros on what you can do to help you fruit and citrus tree this summer. And yes, you can grow all of those varieties in our region!

Click to view our fruit and citrus varities we offer

Sunburn
No, we're not talking about the nasty one from the pool this weekend. We're talking about your tree. And yes, trees can get a sunburn. In areas where intense sun and heat may scorch your tree, precautions should be taken to reduce damage. Trunks can be wrapped using appropriate materials available at Moon Valley Nurseries. Another method is to paint the trunk of the tree with tree paint available ain both white and brown (natural). Use the paint to whitewash trunks and exposed branches. Once application is usually sufficient for a summer of sunburn protection. 

Nursery pro Sal Bracale talks about the importance and demonstrates how to wrap your citrus and fruit trees. 

Watering
Citrus and fruit are originally native to tropical areas, which means that they do need frequent watering, especially in the summer. 

There are a few noticeable signs that you are not watering your citrus or fruit tree enough. The first is the "Cigar" or leaf curling, which is when the leaves begin to curl in from the edges. This means insufficient water and the solution is to increase the depth of water. If you have a basin, you should extend it out to the edge of the branches and you need to enlarge it as the tree increases in size. If you ignore this your leaves will begin to fall off. 

Homeowners are always asking us "how much should I water", and that depends on the size of the tree, age, and what variety of citrus or fruit is it. The general rule of thumb is a slow and low trickle. You want to make sure the root ball is saturated and that the water travels deep into the soil, roughly three feet. For schedules watering see our guide

Mulch
A great way to minimize water loss is to add a layer of mulch around the base of your tree. This means that you need less water and mulch can help eliminate weeds. Mulch can consist of leaves, bark, wood chips, straw, or any other organic materials. To avoid any root diseases, keep the mulch away from the trunk of the tree. Mulch can also keep the soil temperature lower, which can allow for better root growth. 

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The one downside to our water is that salts are a little more persistent and while trees can handle the salt the salt can accumulate in the soil which can cause sun burn. Salt burn is easily identifiable by your leaves developing brown edges and this happens more in the summer due to the water evaporation. Salt will always be more of an issue if you have clay or poorly drainer soils compared to sandy or well drained soils. 

The best way to remove the salt is leaching, which is a slow and steady application of deep watering over a long period of time. This can help flush salts away from the root zone. You can also apply some gypsum or our Soil and water conditioner, which has been designed for our tough western soils by our nursery experts. To counteract the difficult soil in our region, our Soil & Water Conditioner contains two special elements. The first is sulfur which reduces the high Ph by flushing out the excess salt buildup in the root system. The removal of the excess salt creates a soil base that converts nutrients easily. The second is gypsum which is the other special element that will loosen soil leading to better drainage and healthier soils. 

We would like to note that you will not see immediate results from salt burn. It will take time for the tree to recover. The best way to see how the tree is responding is to take a look at the new growth.

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These insecsts are only found on citrus trees, so those of you with fruit you do not need to worry about this. Leaf Miner is an insects that eats the inside of your leaf. There is no real damage done to the tree. The damage is only cosmetic. The damage can be found by a white trial on the underside of the leaf., When you see this the leaf miner is already gone

 

 

Now that you know how to properly care for your fruit or citrus tree, you can grow like the pros do at Moon Valley Nurseries. If you have additional questions, please visit any of our nursery locations and our pros can assist you! Click here to map a nursery location near you!

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