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Top Trees For Pink Flowers In Spring And Summer

Posted by Garrett Cleverly on 4/27/2017

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

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

Click Here To See Our Top Trees For Purple Flowers

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Click Here To See Our Top Trees For Red Flowers

Click Here To See Our Top Trees For Yellow Flowers

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

crape-4.pngCrape Myrtle
The Crape Myrtle (Lagerstroemia) is our favorite and it is the #1 selling flowering tree at Moon Valley Nurseries due to its ability to offer something for every season. The spring season is when this tree really shines with its large clusters of flowers (think football size) that cover this entire tree. The blooms are long and can last until late summer. At Moon Valley Nurseries, we offer this tree as a single-trunk or multi-trunk. In addition, the Crape Myrtle trees grown at Moon Valley Nurseries are superior thanks to mildew resistance, which you will not find anywhere else. Back to the "something for every season", the Crape Myrtle can also be used as a shade tree in the summer and in the fall the foliage turns a showy bright orange.

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

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

 

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The Chitalpa tree, x Chitalpa tashkentensis, a hybrid of Catalpa and Desert Willow trees, is a medium sized tree noted for its big and bright pink, white or lavender blooms that appear from late spring and into fall. It’s an ornamental shade and street tree that is bird friendly and sure to attract hummingbirds and pollinators into your garden. A Chitalpa tree is attractive even when not in bloom. Its soft green leaves and foliage create an inviting landscape presence. In fact, its thin leaves and open branching casts a light shade, making it easy to garden under the tree. It adds a great color contrast with bronze and burgundy and looks fantastic with lavender, pink, purple, silver and white flowering plants.

 

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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.

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

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Top Health Benefits Of Landscaping

Posted by Garrett Cleverly on 4/26/2017

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Top 5 Fertilizers & How To Use Them

Posted by Garrett Cleverly on 4/12/2017

Tips from our nursery pros for great growth all year long

Fertilizers for everything on your landscape

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With spring already here it’s time to start thinking about getting your yard growing again. Spring is when everything on your landscape will do the majority of its growing, which means that right now is the time of year that they will need the essential micro and macro nutrients to help them thrive all year long in our native soils. It doesn't matter what types of plants or trees you have on your landscape as palm trees, desert trees, tropical plants, fruit and citrus, shrubs, and evergreen trees all need these nutrients to grow healthy and strong. 

With so many fertilizers on the market, it can be overwhelming trying to find the correct one for your landscape. Fortunately, the nursery pros at Moon Valley Nurseries have eliminated the headaches and guessing game for you by developing highly specialized blends of fertilizer designed to trigger growth responses for our native soils. Our pros have been growing and planting trees and shrubs in our region for more than 40 years. These fertilizers have been time and tested and our pros use all of these fertilizers on our thousand acre grow yards all year long. 

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Using the correct fertilizer is key, and below are a handful of fertilizers that our pros recommend

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When to use: New planting, freeze/frost damage, wind/physical damage, and heat/summer stress
Our 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 increased nutrient uptake, promotes new growth, helps improve fertilizer efficiency, and it enhances the ability to ward of 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.Purchase here.

 

Palm-Juice-1.pngSuper Palm Juice
When to use: New planting, stressed or yellowing palms, heat stress 
Our Super Palm Juice was created to fertilizer every palm in your landscape. Palms have special nutrient requirements and the formula in our Super Palm Juice provides them with a variety of different major and micro nutrients including potash, manganese, iron, sulfur, zinc, copper, and boron. This combination of nutrients provides a well-balanced nourishment as they grow and mature. Also included in our Super Palm Juice is Furst Liquid technology, which triggers a natural response in the palm to allow it to take in more available nutrients in the soil. This reaction increases fertilizer efficiency, palm health, yield potential, and the overall quality of the palm. When used as directed, Super Palm Juice helps produce thicker, stronger trunks, while maintaining the fronds with a healthy, dark green appearance that results in lush dense crowns. Purchase here.

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When to use: Reduce soil alkalinity, neutralize caliche or tight clay soil, make thick and fuller hedge plants, darker green leaves 
Our Moon Green was created as a super easy and safe solution for yellowing trees and plants. Iron Chlorosis is a problem for many of us homeowners in our region, and Moon Green helps reduce soil alkalinity, neutralize caliche/tight clay type soils, and promotes darker and greener leaves and grass. Infusing Moon Green with Furst liquid brings the critical organic enzymes and amino acids that help stimulate the growth signals within plants. These nutrients help stimulate root hair growth and stronger cell development, allowing water and important micro-nutrients to pass through to stems and leaves much more efficiently. Purchase here.

 

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When to use: Vigorous root growth, rich green leaves, strong new growth
Our Moon Dust Fertilizer is an organic blend developed especially for tough, compact alkaline soils. Moon Dust provides vital nutrients like Nitrogen, Phosphorus, and Potassium. These are essential elements in a perfect horticultural ratio that will benefit all of the trees and plants in your landscape. Moon Dust helps trees and plants grow faster, stronger and flourish with less water, Citrus and fruit trees produce larger and tastier crops, Flowering shrubs have longer and more abundant bloom cycles, and makes bedding plants and groundcovers more vibrant. Purchase here.

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When to use: Reduce effects of salt present in water and soil, encourage deeper root growth, loosen tight/heavy soil
One of the most difficult aspects of growing trees and plants in Arizona is the hard, compact soil and high Ph found in our soil and water. This alkaline condition prevents major and minor nutrients from converting into compounds that are available to living plant roots, and the compact soil prevents proper drainage of water. To counteract the difficult soil in our region, Moon Valley Nurseries has developed a Soil and Water Conditioner that contains two special elements: Sulfur 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. Gypsum is the other special element and it will loosen soil leading to better drainage and healthier soils. Several applications per year will make a noticeable difference. Purchase here.

Remember to fertilize all your trees and plants monthly from now all the way through October. We know your landscape is an important investment for your home and family, and that’s why we’re always here to help – feel free to visit or call our nursery with any of your questions. Neglected trees are the most common cause of death, and healthy trees will withstand the elements much better. Taking just a few moments once a month to feed your trees is the easiest way to protect your investment…you wouldn’t let your pet starve, so why let your trees and plants? Click here to map a nursery location near you

 

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Monthly Landscape & Garden Tips (April)

Posted by Garrett Cleverly on 4/5/2017

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Spring is in full swing which means that right now is the absolute best time to plant everything. Flowers are popping, our fruit and citrus trees are about to produce delicious hoemgrown fruit, and all the deciduous trees are starting to leaf out for amazing summer shade. 

If you honey-do-list is all checked off for the spring and the FINAL THING is the landscape, DO NOT PUT IT OFF TO NEXT YEAR. Do not wait until we're hitting summer temperatures. Plant now so your trees and shrubs will have amble time to establish a root system before it's too hot. As we do every month, our nursery professionals have listed a few tips and chores for your landscape and they have also listed the top trees and shrubs to plant this month!

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

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

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These medium sized trees offer many landscape uses, shade, privacy and focal being some. Due to their deep-rooted nature, surface roots are rarely an issue and allow the Purple Orchid tree to be planted nearly anywhere. While these trees may look delicate they are best planted in a full sun area. Once established the Purple Orchid tree is drought tolerant and the Purple Orchid is a fast growing orchid tree that fits into most landscape sizes. Its slender trunks topped with arching branches are clothed in two-lobed butterfly shaped leaves.

 

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

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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 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.

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

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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.

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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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Southern Live Oak, Quercus virginiana, is the "mighty oak of the South" that 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.

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

 

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The Torch Glow produces multiple compact stems that grow upright and out from the base. This growth pattern gives the Torch Glow a formal looking layered look that looks clean in any landscape. The stems twist as they grow and they are covered in tiny green colored leaves. The stems form a conical shape at the top where a vibrant display of showy pink flowers clusters together. This is how the Bougainvillea gets its name. The top of the stems looks like a torch. The Torch Glow’s stems are not like a vine, so a support system is not needed.

 

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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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Lantana are one of the most colorful plants used in warm climates. Seen on highways, municipal grounds, commercial property and around homes, Lantana are great for adding color to desert landscaping and tropical settings. Plant them in part to full sun and water deeply. We offer three varities 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. 

 

 

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

Eat What You Grow

Posted by Garrett Cleverly on 3/30/2017

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It's pretty safe to say that this time of year is the best. Flowers are everywhere, deciduous trees are starting to leaf out again, our veggie gardens are producing, and the intoxicating aroma of citrus and fruit blooms are filling up the air.  Now, we always talk about how great our region is and one of the greatest things is that our region is ideal for growing fruit and citrus trees in your backyard!

Click here to see all of our fruit and citrus trees we offer.
Grown specifically in our climate Guaranteed to produce!

At Moon Valley Nurseries we are always telling our customers to eat what they grow and our custom root stock on our fruit and citrus, that was developed by our owner Les Blake and his grandfather, is far superior then what you will find anywhere else. The root stock is extremely important when talking about fruit and citrus trees as this is what your trees are grafted on and many growers take shortcuts so they are able to grow their trees faster and get them to the nursery quicker. We don't do short cuts here at Moon Valley Nurseries. You can only get excellent tasting and guaranteed to produce fruit trees from Moon Valley Nurseries, no other nursery in the country grows trees like we do.

If we still don't have you convinced, check out our top reasons to grow your own homegrown food:

Fruit & Citrus Taste Better
The taste between homegrown fruit and store bought fruit is not even comparable. Your homegrown fruit and citrus will be sweeter, juicier, and more flavorful than store-bought, which are picked before they’re ripe. Because these fruit and citrus are picked too early, they cannot develop the complex flavors and sweet sugar taste we all love. By growing your own food, it allows the fruit and citrus to fully ripen on the tree for ultimate taste.

No Pesticides
Store bought fruit is treated with many pesticides and chemicals and unless you do your research you have no idea what they are spraying the fruit and citrus with. Growing your own fruit and citrus allows you to be in control and what you feed and fertilize your tree with. 

Garden Fragrance & Flowers
Scented citrus blossoms in the spring are what dreams are made of. The intoxicating smell and the beauty of the flowers are a great bonus for every homeowner.

You Don’t Have To leave The House
We like to think being 10 feet from your fruit or citrus tree is a million times better than driving to the store in traffic for, let’s say, a single lemon.

Below are the top varieties to grow in our region with some recipes that our nursery pros love. 

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The most popular citrus tree we offer, the orange trees origins can be traced back to ancient Chinese literature and the orange is now the most cultivated citrus tree in the world. Oranges are super easy to grow and for our region the best to grow are the Arizona Sweet Orange, Washington Navel, Valencia, Blood Orange, and Trovita. These are all proven varieties that will produce great tasting fruit for many years to come.  Recipe: Using homegrown oranges you can make Sangria!
 
 
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Lemon
There are so many food items that we eat the require a lemon, and with a lemon tree in your backyard you'll never have to go to the grocery store again. There are a few different types of lemon varieties we offer. Meyer Lemon (cross between a lemon and an orange), Lisbon Lemon, Eureka Lemon, and Pink Lemon (actually pink on the inside!).  Recipe: Using homegrown lemons you can make the Best Lemonade Ever!
 
 
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Where would our food and beer be without limes. We don't know and we don't want to even think about living in a world without limes! We also have an insider tip for everyone. WAIT until your limes turn yellow. That means they are fully ripe.  They are supposed to turn yellow. Another benefit of growing your own homegrown good.  We offer three varieties of limes at Moon Valley Nurseries. The Mexican Lime (Key Lime), Bearss Lime (Persian Lime), and the Australian Finger Lime. Recipe: For all the adults out there (that means 21 and older) we suggest the Beer Margaritas!
 
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These softball sized citrus pack a punch and they are a great source of vitamins and like everything else on this list they are super easy to grow. You may even see some 50 year old grapefruit trees around town as they have been a popular choice in our region for decades. When it comes to grapefruit there are a few different varieties. You have the White Grapefruit (Marsh Seedless and Oro Blanco), which is super sweet and of course white on the inside, and the Red Grapefruit (Rio Red and Rudy Red), which is of course red on the inside. Recipe: This is for those with the sweet tooth....The Fresh Grapefruit Cake!
 
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Now you're probably looking at this and thinking, 'peach...in our region????' We are here to tell you that YES, peaches grow in our region, and YES, they produce every year. Once again proving why our region is the best in the United States! The peach, just like the orange, comes from Northern China and has been cultivated for more than 2,000 years! We offer three varieties at Moon Valley Nurseries. The Desert Gold, Florida Prince, and May Pride. Recipe: Another recipe for those with the sweet tooth is the Juicy Peach Crisp!
 
 
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Remember, an apple a day keeps the doctor away, and with an apple tree in your yard you'll be the healthiest person in the neighborhood. Apples have been a healthy part of humans diet for more than 1,000 years and these beautiful trees (with gorgeous flowers in the spring) will be a welcome addition to your yard. The four varieties we offer are the Anna, Dorsett (Golden), Fuji, and Beverly Hills. Recipe: A little outside of the box, Apple Baked Beans!
 
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This is only for our California readers. And so we are all clear on this, you can possibly grow avocados in Arizona and Las Vegas. However, it needs a lot and we mean A LOT of care and they don't perform that well so we do not recommend nor do we sell avocado trees at our nurseries in Arizona and Las Vegas. For the Californians, you can save big bucks by planting and growing your own avocado tree. They perform extremely well in our region and the varieties we offer are  Hass, Bacon, Fuerte, and Zutano. Recipe: Guacamole is the easy way out, so we suggest the Avocado Dessert. You'll enjoy it
 
Moon Valley Nurseries is your one stop shop for all your landscape needs. Our experts have decades worth of experience and they will be able to assist you with any and all projects you may have. Click here to map a nursery near you.
 

Topics: Homegrown Fruit and Citrus Trees

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

Posted by Garrett Cleverly on 3/22/2017

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

How to Prevent, Control & Remove

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

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

How To Prevent Aphids & Insects

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

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

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

How To Control & Remove Aphids & Insects

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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Guide To A Weed Free Yard

Posted by Garrett Cleverly on 3/16/2017

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

How to remove, how to prevent, and additional tips

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

Step #1: Remove The Weeds 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Step #2: Pre-Emergent Herbicides 

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

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AMAZE Grass & Weed Preventer
 We recommend AMAZE as our choice for granular grass & weed prevention. It's easy to apply and extremely effective against the common unwanted weeds and grasses in Arizona gardens. Easy to follow instructions are on the bag.
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Weed Impede RTU
This RTU (Ready-to-use) herbicide is a pre-mixed concentrate that can be applied straight from the bottle through the attached nozzle. Weed Impede is our top choice for liquid herbicides, as they work great against common Arizona weeds and grasses
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Weed Impede Concentrate
This is the concentrated form of the Weed Impede RTU - this contains a full strength concentrate, so while it's not ready to use out of the bottle, you usually get more bang for your buck than RTU's
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Weed Impede 2 in 1
Unlike other pre-emergents, this also kills weeds and prevents new ones from forming for up to six months. This means you can apply this product before having to pull out the weeds yourself, and is by far the easiest solution to weed control.

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

Step #3: Additional Options To Keep Weeds Away

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

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

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

Topics: landscape tips

Monthly Landscape & Garden Tips (March)

Posted by Garrett Cleverly on 3/8/2017

Tips from our nursery pros for a perfect March landscape

Purple Lead Plum, Tipu, Majestic Ash, and more

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

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

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

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

Tipu-7.pngTipu
If you're looking for both shade and color, the Tipuana tipu, along with the Museum Palo Verde, are the best two on this list. The Tipu tree is one of the most popular trees we offer at Moon Valley Nursery, and it is everywhere in our city. We guarantee you passed one on the way to work today. They are very fast growing trees that have an upright growth pattern creating and providing a large area with shade. These trees are also drought tolerant once established and they can handle even the hottest summer days. It produces a unique show of golden blooms from late spring and into early summer that contrasts beautifully with its feathery green foliage. If you are looking for shade and color, this is your tree.

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

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

purple-leaf-plum-5.pngPurple Leaf Plum
This is perhaps the most unique tree of our list and that is due to its purple foliage. Quickly becoming a must-have for many homeowners, the Purple Leaf Plum produces magnificent blooms of puffy pink flowers in the early spring that give way to a deep-purple foliage that lasts for the majority of the year. Many homeowners plant these trees in groups or in accent locations to really make the purple color pop. It's cold and heat tolerant and as an ornamental tree, the Purple Leaf Plum produces no fruit.

 

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

 

Jacaranda.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.

Lemon-2.pngCitrus Trees
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!

canary-island-date-palm.pngCanary Island Date Palm
Also called a Pineapple Palm due to a similar look it has to a pineapple when the palm is younger, the Canary Island Date palm is a must have if you're looking to create a 'wow' factor at the entrance to your home.  It grows slowly, eventually forming a wide trunk and its fronds begin to rise from the ground, creating a classic palm tree shape. The Pineapple Palm can handle the cold and loves the sun. It’s a popular choice for tropical landscapes and is commonly seen around resorts.

 

 

Queen-Palm-4.pngQueen Palm
Specially grown at Moon Valley Nursery farms, the Piru Queen Palm is unlike other Queen Palms. Our Piru Queen Palms feature thicker and harder trunks, denser and greener fronds, and produce fuller crowns than other Queen Palms. Moon Valley Nurseries Piru Queen Palms can handle hot summers, cold winters, and windy days. The Piru Queen Palm is supported by a narrow trunk which makes it ideal in tight spaces around your pool, but it does require overhead space as the palm grows to statuesque heights.

 

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

Top Trees For Yellow Flowers In Spring And Summer

Posted by Garrett Cleverly on 3/2/2017

PLANT NOW FOR BEAUTIFUL Yellow FLOWERS THIS SPRING AND SUMMER

Tipu, Museum Palo Verde, Thevetia, and more

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

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

Click Here To See Our Top Trees For Pink Flowers

Click Here To See Our Top Trees For White Flowers

Click Here To See Our Top Trees For Red Flowers

Click Here To See Our Top Trees For Purple Flowers

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

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

pALO-vERDE-2.pngMuseum Palo Verde
The other great shade tree on this list is the Museum Palo Verde (Cercidium-parkinsonia hybrid). This beautiful tree is a hybrid of different older Palo Verde species that brings our the best qualities in each. This unique combination results in a tree with fuller foliage, large and prolific yellow flowers, and a thornless trunk that has an eye-catching blue-green color that provides a start contrast to just about any landscape. The shade is layered, which at various times throughout the day, the sunlight will penetrate through. This provides two great benefits, as the tree looks light in your yard while providing sunlight to any shrubs you'd like to plant below the massive umbrella shaped canopy. This tree is a fast grower and requires minimal water once established. The bottom line is this: you will love this tree and it will turn heads in the neighborhood.

Thevetia-1.pngThevetia
Now we may sound crazy, but there are indeed flowering trees that are low maintenance and one of the best for our region is the Thevetia (Thevetia peruviana). This small to medium evergreen is right at home in our climate. It loves the heat. Yes, you read that correctly. The Thevetia loves the heat and it will bloom all year long even in warmer winters. It produces yellow tubular flowers and many of our customers have taken advantage of its ability to be used as a hedge screen. As a bonus, this tree attracts humming birds.

Sweet-Acacia-1.pngSweet Acacia
You're going to love the unique powder puff yellow flowers on the Sweet Acacia (Acacia small), which is one of the earliest flower producing trees on this list. Native to the Sonoran Desert, its dark green foliage and dark colored trunks makes this tree stand out in any landscape. Another great benefit of this tree is its upright growth pattern which has allowed many of our customers the opportunity to plant them in areas where space has been limited. This tree is drought-tolerant and can handle the full summer sun.



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

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

Topics: Flowering Trees

How To Landscape A Home For A Quick Sale

Posted by Garrett Cleverly on 3/1/2017

 

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When it comes to selling a home or even your home competition can be tough and you're always going to want to have that unique edge over the other homes in the neighborhood. One area that is often overlooked is the landscape. So much time and effort is spent making the inside look amazing that many sellers overlook the first thing people see when the arrive at your home.....the front yard landscape! 

Whether your a homeowner selling your home or a real estate agent looking to help a client, our nursery pros have identified four key areas that can help you sell that home even faster!

Block out unwanted views and nosy neighbors to create a private backyard space
The last thing you want a potential home buyer to see is a unsightly site on their new landscape or the neighbors eyes peering down into the backyard. Fortunately for you, Moon Valley Nurseries has the best selection of privacy hedges and giant shade trees. And no, we're not talking about privacy that will take years to grow in. We're talking instant privacy that can be planted in less than a day.

Ficus-Hedge-3.pngLet's start with our hedges. Because we are the growers, we're able to grow unique specimens that fulfill our customers needs. So when a customers says that they need instant privacy, we turn them to our "Hollywood Style" hedges. The most popular choice we have is our Indian Laurel (Ficus) columns. These evergreen hedges are fast growing, can tolerate both heat and cold and can grow so big they can block out a second story view. Some other fantastic options our our Japanese Privets, Italian Cypress, Japanese Blueberry, and Carolina Cherry. Now if you're looking to add color and privacy, consider a Bottlebrush (red flowers), Oleander (red, pink, white flowers) or our Crape Myrtle (red, purple, pink, white flowers).

Bottlebrush-5.pngAnother option for privacy is planting a massive specimen tree. We have thousands of them at Moon Valley Nurseries and to keep the privacy all year long, you are going to want to plant an evergreen tree. Evergreen trees require minimal maintenance and will stay green all year long. Great options for this is our Ficus, Camphor, Fruitless Olive, Live Oak, Japanese Privet, and Magnolia. If you looking to add a little color we have the Brazilian Pepper (produces eye-catching and showy red berries) and the Thevetia (produces yellow flowers). All of these trees provide great shade as well.

How to properly landscape around a home
When it comes to planting a landscape, you're going to want to consider a theme and proper placement.

Museum-palo-Verde-2.pngBecause we live in such a unique climate that allows us to plant a wide range of trees and shrubs, there are many landscape themes to pick from. You can go with a Mediterranean theme (Italian Cypress, Mediterranean Fan Palms, or one of our Olive tree varieties), an attractive desert theme or water wise theme (Museum Palo Verde, Chilean Mesquite, Desert Willow, Sweet Acacia, California Pepper, African Sumac), a minimal maintenance theme (evergreen trees), or even a tropical theme (Canary Island Date Palm, Tropical Bird of Paradise, Hibiscus, Piru Queen Palm, Pygmy Date Palm). The list above is just a small sample of what we have to offer at Moon Valley Nurseries. There are hundreds of more trees and options and we are for sure going to have the solution at Moon Valley Nurseries.

The reason why you want to keep a theme is that you don't want an unsightly landscape that features a desert tree mixed in with an evergreen and deciduous tree all planted next to each other. That is just way too much for one landscape. When it comes to placement, the last thing you want to do is to plant a tree that will drop its foliage straight into the pool or a tree that will block a water or electric line. Even worse, you don't want to plant a tree that doesn't fit the HOA code.

At Moon Valley Nurseries, we have certified nursery professionals who specialize in landscape design for our region. You can schedule your FREE design consultation by clicking on the proper link for your state: Arizona | California | Las Vegas.

Increase curb appeal to increase foot traffic and selling power
orchid-2.pngLet's say you have less than a month to sell a house and you need a landscape that looks like it has been growing for years. What do you do? Well, you head to nearest Moon Valley Nurseries location. We have thousands of mature specimens that can create instant curb appeal....especially our flowering trees. The following is a list of what we have to offer:

Purple (Jacaranda, Vitex, Orchid, Texas Mountain Laurel, and Crape Myrtle)

Pink (Purple Leaf Plum, Crape Myrtle, Oleander, Chitalpa, and Desert Willow)

White (Flowering Pear, Magnolia, Plumeria, Oleander, Crape Myrtle)

Yellow (Tipu, Museum Palo Verde, Thevetia, African Tulip Tree, Blue Palo Verde, Palo Brea, and Sweet Acacia)

Red (Bottlebrush, Oleander, African Tulip Tree, and Crape Myrtle)

Orange-3.pngIn addition to all of our flowering trees, we have a huge selection of flowering shrubs as well. Another option to consider is a fruit and citrus tree that is already producing. Yes, already producing. We have oranges, lemons, limes, tangerines, grapefruit, kumquat, nectarine, peach, apple, plum, apricot, and avocado (California only).

 

 

How to fertilize existing plants to keep them looking good throughout the selling process
moon-juice-3.pngYou're about to put your house on the market and all of the sudden a tree, palm, shrub, or lawn takes a turn for the worse. Or you're concerned about something maybe having an issue.

To help homeowners combat this, Moon Valley Nurseries has developed highly specialized blends of fertilizer designed to trigger growth responses for our native soils. Our pros have been growing and planting trees and shrubs in our region for more than 40 years. These fertilizers have been time and tested and our pros use all of these fertilizers on our thousand acres grow yards all year long.

Below are a few bullet points of the benefits our fertilizers provide. For a more detailed descriptions click here

Supercharged Moon Juice
When to use: Freeze/frost damage, wind/physical damage, and heat/summer stress

Super Palm Juice
When to use: Stressed or yellowing palms, heat stress

Moon Green
When to use: Reduce soil alkalinity, neutralize caliche or tight clay soil, make thick and fuller hedge plants, darker green leaves

Moon Dust
When to use: Vigorous root growth, rich green leaves, strong new growth

Soil & Water Conditioner
When to use: Reduce effects of salt present in water and soil, encourage deeper root growth, loosen tight/heavy soil

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

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