Moon Valley Blog

Felipe Benavides

Recent Posts

Moon Juice to the Rescue!

Posted by Felipe Benavides on 12/8/2017

Moon_Juice

Moon Juice is great for trees and plants all year long! It’s true! In fact, our Super Charged Moon Juice is especially useful in helping trees and plants get through harsh weather conditions, such as extreme cold, heat, damaging winds, and more! Get this - roots are growing when it's cold outside and the ground is warm and using Moon Juice enhances the root growth! Cold weather has got nothing on Moon Juice! After all, it's made to keep roots stronger through the cold weather and helps them fight off damage from overly cold nights!

Click Here to Buy Now!Why Moon Juice is So Great

Our region has tough soils, from clay to sand and mixed soils to name few. That can be an issue, but not with our Super Charged Moon Juice. You see, Moon Juice is designed specifically for growing in our region, so your trees and plants can thrive no matter which type of soil they are growing in. How does it do it? Well, every bottle of our Super Charged Moon Juice contains Furst Liquid Technology. This technology is a proprietary blend of organic enzymes and amino acids so that it can stimulate the growth signals within trees and other plants. That’s not all it does! This blend can also increase nutrient uptake so that it can promote new growth. Also, it can help improve fertilizer efficiency and can be used to help enhance the ability of trees and plants to ward off disease.

This incredible Moon Juice blend is comprised of every tree and plants three most essential micro-nutrients - Iron, Manganese, and Zinc. These are the three most critical micro-nutrients required by every plant, and these nutrients are typically deficient in the soil where we live. Moon Juice comes to the rescue because it not only has the three most essential micro-nutrients required, it also includes Thiamine mononitrate (Vitamin B1), which has a beneficial effect on new plantings!

 

 

 

Using Super Charged Moon Juice Can:

  • Roots are growing when it's cool outside and the ground is warm and using Moon Juice enhances the root growth
  • Keeps roots stronger through the cold weather and helps them fight off damage from overly cold nights
  • Enhance the ability of plants to ward off diseases
  • Enhance the ability to ward off possible infestations and infections from outside sources
  • Helps plants prevent and recover from the stresses caused by extreme events such as heat, frost, freeze, transplanting and other events
  • Maximize tree and plant performance!
You will want to use Moon Juice immediately after new transplanting, freeze or wind damage, stress caused by heat or any other stressful events.

How to Use Moon Juicemoon_juice_application

Don’t worry, using Moon Juice is very easy! In fact, all you have to do is follow the easy to follow directions labeled on the package! Just mix with water and apply to the root area, it really is that easy! The amount you want to use will vary by the size and type of trees and plants, so just be sure to read the usage directions on the bottle label, and you are good to go! Always be sure to water trees and plants thoroughly after applying any nutrients and fertilizers, and that’s it!

Where Can I Get Super Charged Moon Juice?           

Moon Juice is available at any of our Moon Valley Nurseries! Anyone in California, Arizona, and Nevada can take advantage of this amazing blend so that trees and other plants can thrive under a myriad of conditions! Click here to find your nearest Moon Valley Nurseries location and be sure to check out our complete line of fertilizers and nutrients specifically for where we live!

Topics: Insider, Expert, Winter Landscape Tips

The Best Trees of Winter

Posted by Felipe Benavides on 12/6/2017

 oak_install

Take Advantage of these Prime Planting Conditions!

Right now is the best time to plant the best trees of winter! Unlike much of the east coast, we get to experience mild weather, and since our soil does not freeze over, we have ideal conditions for beautifying our landscape with trees! In December, the soil can retain warmth even if the temperature outside starts to drop. And warmer soil is a boon for newly planted trees because it allows them to spend the winter months establishing their root system.

We recommend planting all kinds of trees and plants so that you can take advantage of the prime planting conditions this time of the year offers. With that said, we compiled a list of a few of our best trees of winter! 

 

Best Trees of Winter to Plant Now

Evergreens are the right choice for anyone looking to add a tree that can provide privacy as well as shade, all year long! And though the weather feels comfortable today, once spring and summer arrive and the temperatures start to soar, you’re really going to appreciate those evergreen trees you planted in the winter! Evergreen trees can produce more than their fair share of oxygen to help lower our carbon footprint, and they can be a stylish addition to any landscape. Moon Valley Nurseries has been growing trees for over 20 years with hundreds of varieties for our area to choose from! Here are a few of our best trees of winter that are sure to bring curb appeal!

Brazilian-PepperBrazilian Pepper (Schinus terebinthifolius): These evergreens can grow to be medium to large trees with an umbrella-shaped canopy that provides a perfect shady spot in any landscape! These are picturesque trees that bring out the festive mood in the winter when showy bright red berries appear, contrasting beautifully with the dark green foliage. This wintertime bloomer is an excellent tree any time of the year! We have them available in a single trunk or multiple trunk forms so visit your nearest Moon Valley Nurseries location to see these colorful evergreen trees for yourself!

 

fruitless_olive

Fruitless Olive (Olea europaea ‘Wilsonii'): Fruitless olive trees are perfect for adding interest to any landscape, and since they are fruitless, we can grow them in Arizona and Nevada too! These are medium-sized evergreens that can be used as a focal point in any landscape and with nighttime landscape lighting installed, you can highlight the structure of these trees often dubbed as “living sculptures.” Of course, if it’s shade you’re after, rest easy knowing that this Olive tree variety can bring plenty of shade to your landscape! And for our Southern California customers, we have beautiful fruitless and fruiting olive trees available right now!

 

live_oak

 

Live Oak (Quercus virginiana): These evergreen trees are native to the Western U.S. and are an excellent choice for landscapes throughout the Southwest! Live Oaks have a long-life span and attract small wildlife too, so if you love the sight of birds, we recommend installing bird feeders and owl boxes. We like to plant them in rows so that they can create a natural privacy screen! These trees are also hardy and able to tolerate extreme drought and windy conditions. Of course, it is also an excellent shade tree and one that is very clean and easy to maintain. This majestic beauty is considered by many to be the best oak for planting.

 

Palms to Plant Now   

Palm trees are trademarks of the Southwestern landscapes. They have often been seen lining boulevards, in luxury resorts and upscale shopping centers and helping to create a backyard retreat so that you can feel like you are getting away from it all without having to leave the comfort of your home! Can you imagine what our landscape would look like without palm trees? Yea, we couldn’t either! Good thing we don’t have to imagine that because Moon Valley Nurseries custom-grows the best specimens, from hard-to-find-palms to the more common ones! Plant palm trees and enjoy the sunset while it creates an awesome silhouette without blocking too much of your view!

windmill_palmWindmill Palm (Trachycarpus fortunei): This small to medium-sized palm brings a tropical appeal to any landscape and is one of the most cold hardy palms you can find! These palms have a neat and small-scale size that makes them an excellent choice for small patios, narrow spaces, gardens, side yards, near swimming pools, or as a standalone specimen. Plant them close together in groups so that you can create one of the lushest hedges you can find. Transform your yard into a resort-style property and enjoy the calming nature of a Windmill Palm.

mexican_blue_palm

 

Mexican Blue Palm (Brahea armata): Break up the greenery in your landscape with the stunning Mexican Blue Palm! This harder-to-find palm features dramatic silver-blue fronds all year long and creates flower plumes and golden braids of fruit in early summer that can make it a crowd pleaser in any landscape. We like to use them to create stunning vertical effects, and as one of the most impressive tropical hedges that you can find! If you’re looking for a palm that can add dramatic colors and textural color to yards, look no further than Brahea armata!

 

Yes, You Can Afford a Beautiful New Landscape!

It’s true! With easy financing available you can pay over time so that it cannot get any easier to replace the trees and plants the builders chose or create that private backyard retreat you have always dreamed of having! Have you tried our virtual landscape designer app? Give it a try, it’s fun, easy and a great way to visualize your new landscape with our premium quality trees and plants! Of course, you can always visit any of our nurseries and take advantage of our free landscape design consultations too. And with #freeplanting available on all box sized trees, you can relax while our professional planting crew does all the work. Come home to a beautiful new landscape today!

Click Here For Easy Financing!

Topics: Winter Planting, knowledge base

Landscape and Garden Tips (December)

Posted by Felipe Benavides on 11/30/2017

landscape_and_garden_tipsNo doubt about it. We’re fortunate to live in the Southwest. While much of the east coast of the USA is busy shoveling snow off their driveways and scraping ice off their car windows, we get to enjoy the sunshine and the great outdoors. Yes, we're often wearing shorts and a long-sleeve shirt hiking one of the 180 miles of trails in the Phoenix area, exploring Red Rock Canyon National Park in Las Vegas or hanging out along the coastline and gorgeous beaches of Southern California. Yep, we got it good! We also get to enjoy our beautiful landscapes and plant some trees, shrubs, and do some gardening! Of course, it can get cold, and homeowners will need to prepare for the colder temperatures.

Since we are still experiencing relatively high temperatures throughout the Southwest, this is a great time for planting. With that said, we spoke with our experts, and we’ve compiled some tips, tasks, and suggestions so that you can keep your yard thriving during December and into the new year.

 

Landscape and Garden Tips That You Can Use for December!

  • Continue watering your plants. However, you’ll want to change the watering schedule for the trees, shrubs, and other plants in your landscape. Since the temperatures are cooler and there is less sunlight, the soil stays moist for a longer period so that you do not have to water as frequently. Make sure you are always watering deeply and allowing time so that the soil can dry out between watering.   
  • If the weather is dry feel free to water your lawn, shrubs, and small trees occasionally.
  • It’s good practice to apply a layer of winter mulch so that it can protect your perennials after the first few freezes.
  • Avoid any major pruning during this time. That said, you’ll want to remove any dead, diseased, or damaged branches from trees and shrubs.
  • You’ll want to fertilize your lawn after the first mowing.
  • Cool-weather vegetables can be planted right now. These vegetables include beets, carrots, chard, lettuce, leeks, peas, potatoes, radishes, spinach, and turnips. You can also plant asparagus, broccoli, cabbage, and cauliflower.
  • This is a great time to prepare the soil for any new shrubs or rose garden. To prepare the soil, you’ll want to dig it up, remove weeds, and add compost.
  • This is an ideal time to design a new landscape and upgrade your garden! Ask us how!

Citrus and Fruit Tree Picks

Grow an edible landscape and toast to healthy eating! Our Fruit and Citrus trees are grown specifically in our local climate so that they are guaranteed to produce! With Moon Valley Nurseries, you can purchase #fruittrees and #citrustrees at fruit producing age, so plant them now, so they are ready for next spring! Of course, you can always visit your nearest Moon Valley Nursery to purchase one or two or three or more of our fruit trees bearing citrus and fruit right now! Call your closest local Moon Valley Nursery to find out what we have in stock!

oranges_

Orange Trees (various):

Why settle for just one kind of orange variety when you can have multiple! For instance, at Moon Valley Nurseries you can find the juiciest varieties perfect for eating whole, juicing, or adding flavor to recipes. We carry the best varieties such as Valencia, Blood Orange, Navel and more! All orange trees are attractive in any landscape, and when growing near windows, they can bring the sweet aroma straight into your home. Grow a few and use them to create an aromatic privacy screen that blocks out unwanted views in style!

 

grapefruit-2.png

Tangerine, Tangelo, Grapefruit Trees:

Enjoy a tangerine dream with each juicy bite of this scrumptious fruit! We have taken the guesswork out of finding the best and most reliable ones for growing in our area. We grow the best varieties, including Satsumas, Clementine, and Mandarin! Tangelos are a tangerine and grapefruit hybrid that is full of mouth-watering flavor and juice! And speaking of Grapefruit, we also have the Sweet Ruby Red, Oro Blanco and more that are bursting with healthy juice!   These citrus trees are beautiful landscape trees too, where the combination of orange, yellow and green colors can enhance any yard. Let them grow free form and use them to block unwanted views!

 

lemons_limes

Lemon and Lime Trees:

Eat them whole, slice them up for cocktails or use them in a favorite recipe, any way you slice it you can toast to healthy eating! Lemons and limes can be enjoyed all year long and growing them means you won’t be in a panic the next time there's a lime shortage. And since they are small to medium-sized trees, they are the ideal size for any landscape style or application. Besides growing them for citrus, they can be planted in rows to create a privacy screen or used as an attractive focal point.

 

Deciduous Tree Picks

Deciduous trees are such a great tree to plant in our area – they can let the warmth of the sun in during the winter and can provide a massive amount of shade once the temperatures rise! December is a great time to plant deciduous trees so that they can get roots established and ready for spring!

Arizona-Ash.png

Arizona Ash (Fraxinus velutina):

These deciduous shade trees are cold hardy, heat resistant, and can cast a wide umbrella of shade just in time for summer! In the winter, this seedless variety will lose its leaves so that they can let in the warmth of the sun. They have a fast growth rate, and we love their attractive velvety, gray-green leaves that make them a perfect addition to any yard, and when properly placed around a home, mature trees can reduce temperatures inside a house.

 

shumard_oak_

 

Shumard Oak (Quercus shumardii):

Beautiful at any stage of its life, when young it has an attractive pyramidal shape before eventually branching out to create a vase-like shape with a beautiful structure that can also cast ample shade! In late fall, the leaves turn the tree to a vibrant red before shedding its leaves and letting in the sunlight. We like to plant this deciduous as a shade tree, street tree, lawn tree or as a focal point that is sure to attract the right attention.

 

#FREEPLANTING!

That’s right! With free professional planting on all box-sized trees, it cannot get any easier to transform your yard! Now is an excellent time to replace the trees the builders chose or start from scratch! Financing is available, so there is no reason to wait! And with the largest premium-quality selection of trees and plants, and free professional landscape design available at any of our nurseries, Moon Valley Nurseries has got you covered for all your landscaping goals!

Your Free Winter Watering Guide!

Topics: Monthly Tips, Winter Landscape Tips, landscape tips

Why We Sell the Freshest and Most Fragrant Real Christmas Trees

Posted by Felipe Benavides on 11/27/2017

christmas_tree_lotMoon Valley Nurseries real Christmas trees are the freshest and the most fragrant you will find anywhere! Our premium-quality trees are grown in the Pacific Northwest on sustainable tree farms, cut to order and then lifted out by helicopter. Before we sell them to our customers, we grade them (we take great pride in only selling Premium Grade #1 trees.) From there, we place them on our cooled trucks and then express-ship them within 48-hours of harvesting and cutting so that we can guarantee that you will have the freshest and most aromatic trees in town!

NewsFlash! No Shortage of Real Christmas Trees at Moon Valley Nurseries Tree Lots!christmas_tree_helicopter_lift

Have you heard the news about real Christmas trees? This year, there is a severe shortage of real Christmas trees nationwide. Christmas trees can take up to 8 years to grow, and the recession of 2008 drove many tree farmers in the Pacific Northwest out of business. In fact, some experts in the industry are saying that this is the worst shortage they have seen in decades, which means you might have a hard time finding the perfect real tree to decorate and spread holiday cheer! But wait, here’s the good news! Moon Valley Nurseries has the largest availability of real Christmas trees, from Noble Firs to Douglas Firs, Fraser Firs and more, in a range of sizes! And unlike some other tree lots, we do not raise our prices due to a shortage.

 $6.00 OFF!  ANY FRESH-CUT CHRISTMAS TREE Click Here!

We have the best prices around and the largest availability of Premium Grade #1 Christmas trees because we want you to have the freshest, most fragrant tree so that you can have a Holiday season you will always remember!

Once our fresh, Christmas trees arrive at our Moon Valley tree lots (look for the big white and red striped big top!), we re-cut them and directly stand them in water. You can shop day or night at our tree lots throughout Arizona, Nevada, and California, and find our Premium Grade #1 trees ready for decorations and prepared to fill your home with the look and scent of the season!

happy_family_moon_valley_nursery_real_christmas_tree_lotCreate memories and make us a part of your family tradition. We have the perfect Premium Grade #1 real Christmas tree for you and your family in our lots, waiting to be taken home! All lots are open every day, from 9 am to 9 pm! Stop in and experience the Moon Valley difference! We make it easy! We will help you load your tree up, or we can deliver it to your home! 

General Care Tips:

  • Before you bring the tree home, make sure to find a perfect spot. You will want to place your tree away from direct sunlight, heating vents, and fireplaces.
  • Be sure to stand your tree upright immediately after arrival. You will also want to fill the water basin, and you can use a professional tree preservative that you can purchase at our lots.
  • Be sure to check the water basin every few days and keep it filled with water and the tree preservative.
  • Always remember: Water is the vital element!

FIND YOUR NEAREST CHRISTMAS TREE LOT HERE!

Trees and Plants Make Perfect Gifts!

Posted by Felipe Benavides on 11/21/2017

Give the gift that keeps on giving – trees and plants! That’s right, why not give a gift that grows with you and one that can also bring beauty, privacy, and shade to our landscape. Of course, a beautiful new landscape is also a gift that can increase property value too. When you plant trees, shrubs, palms, succulents, and other plants, you are not only adorning your landscape; you’re also helping the environment by adding living things that can release oxygen and can help to clean the air. It’s a gift for our planet too. You win, and our environment wins!

Did you know that two mature trees can provide enough oxygen for a family of four? And when you hear news like that, you just have to plant more trees! When it comes to creating a beautiful landscape that benefits every one of us, you cannot beat the premium-quality selection of trees and other plants for sale at Moon Valley Nurseries. We have mature trees available right now so that they can release oxygen, provide shade, and block unwanted views in style. Of course, the experience of growing trees and plants is one that creates lifelong memories too. Big or small, gifts that grow make the perfect presents!

P.S. It’s perfectly fine to give the gift of a tree to yourself, and we sell gift cards so that your gift recipient can pick what they want! BUY YOUR GIFT CARD TODAY  Click Here!

Professional Landscape Design Consultations

professional_landscape_design

When you visit any of our large nurseries, feel free to speak with our expert landscape designers. In fact, our landscape design consultations are free at our nurseries, and for a small fee, we can come to your location. Either way, we can help you with your landscaping goals, whether working from scratch or you want to replace the trees and shrubs the builders chose! Visit us and handpick the perfect trees for the perfect spot in your yard. And if it’s a gift for someone special, bring them along (sure you might spoil the surprise, but when they see all the healthy, beautiful trees in stock, they won't mind!)

Financing Makes It Easy!

Maybe you know someone that has just bought a new home, and you want to give them one of the best housewarming gifts you can find. If you think that you can’t afford big trees or even create a new landscape, think again. After all, we value engineer all our products so that you can get the bigger trees at the lowest price. And with our financing option through GreenSky, it cannot get any easier to buy the perfect trees and plants you want. Yes, if you gift a tree, you’ll have a lifelong friend! Click Here For Easy Financing!

 

Our Top Pick Trees That Make Perfect Gifts!

Brazilian Pepper (Schinus terebinthifolius):brazilian_pepper

Festive trees such as the Brazilian Pepper are made for gift wrap bows! These beautiful evergreen trees feature glossy dark green leaves, and in the winter, they bloom red berries that look as if they’re made just for the holidays. Mature trees can grow a wide-spreading canopy that is dense and able to provide plenty of shade! We like to use them as a focal point in any landscape, and these are also excellent trees for adding privacy. Place a park bench nearby and bask in a peaceful spot so that you can enjoy all the birds and butterflies that are attracted to this tree!

 

Live Oak (Quercus virginiana):live_oak

These evergreens are trees that the entire family will love. Mature specimens offer a picturesque spot for a picnic, and the strong limbs are just begging to be climbed on and explored! Bird feeders and owl boxes are the perfect stocking stuffers, and if there’s a bird watcher in your family, they will love to watch the birds cavorting. Homeowners and landscapers alike appreciate their low-maintenance needs, and they provide plenty of shade to cool off during the blazing hot summer. These are drought tolerant trees with little to no special care required once established. They are also considered by many to be the best oak for lawn planting.

Ficus nitida or rubiginosa (Arizona and California only):

ficus_tree

Ficus nitida and rubiginosa are both reliable trees capable of providing shade and blocking unwanted views! In fact, our Indian Laurel Column specimens are often used to create a thick, evergreen privacy hedge that is almost impossible to see through, which is why they have also been planted near busy streets so that they can filter loud noises. Both types look fantastic in any landscape, and the dense growth habit of the rubiginosa and their compact size makes them an ideal shade tree for smaller yards. Plant any of these Ficus trees and create a stylish backyard retreat.

We do not sell or recommend the Ficus tree for the Las Vegas area. However, keep reading for a viable alternative.

Perfect Tree for Vegas!australian_bottle

Australian Bottle (Brachychiton populneus):

These tall and narrow evergreens are ideal for Nevada, Arizona, and California. We like to plant mature trees in yards for adding a massive amount of shade and privacy. When planted in a row they can also be used as an effective wind barrier. Their bright green leaves are attractive all year long, and people love them because they can thrive with little maintenance required. These trees have an upright, narrow form so that they are perfect for closed-in areas!

 

#FREEPLANTING on all Box Sized Trees

The gift just keeps getting better with free professional planting on all box sized trees! That’s right! Free professional planting makes it easier than ever to have a beautiful new landscape. Of course, we offer free planting on all box sized trees all year long, so when you’re ready to give yourself the gift of trees, you can let our crew do all the work!



Topics: Insider, Monthly Tips

How To Prepare Your Yard For Cooler Weather

Posted by Felipe Benavides on 11/17/2017

watering_.pngWinter is coming, and this means cooler temperatures are headed our way. Our upcoming winter also means that we need to start adjusting water timers for cooler temperatures so that our trees, shrubs and other plants can thrive during this season. We can also do other things to help prepare our yard for cooler weather. Taking the proper steps to protect our trees and plants from the cooler temperatures ensures that they are ready for spring, which will be here before you know it! Don’t wait to get your yard ready for cooler temperatures. Here are some tips to get your yard ready for the winter from our nursery professionals!

When winter comes, we experience colder days and less sunlight. These types of conditions can cause the soil to stay moist for a more extended period. From November to February, we recommend decreasing the number of times you water your trees and plants.

Tip: Factors such as water, plant maturity, type of plant/tree, and soil types affect where to water, how much to water, how fast and how often to apply the water.

What Time Should I Water?

Our experts recommend watering in the morning, as this is when the ground is at its coldest point. In the morning, the temperatures are cooler, and the air is calmer so that these kinds of conditions will keep evaporation to a minimum. And let’s face it, the morning is the perfect time to get out and enjoy our garden!

How Much Water Should I Use?

Knowing the proper watering depths is critical. The goal is to apply enough water so that it can wet the soil. We recommend using a pointed metal rod so that you can test how deep you have watered. Insert the rod into the ground right after watering. You’ll know you have added the proper amount of water if the rod slides effortlessly through the wet soil and becomes difficult to push once it hits the dry soil. For trees, the proper water depth is 3 feet, shrubs 2 feet, and flowers should be 12 – 18-inches.

moon-juice-application.pngWhere Should I Water?

For best results, our experts recommend watering around the tree and not just at the base. We also recommend using Super Charged Moon Juice, which can help accelerate moisture intake so that it also provides the vital nutrients for optimal growth. Using our Moon Juice can also help protect our trees and plants from the colder weather so that they can get a head start when spring comes. Be sure to apply the water only as fast as the soil can absorb it. Adding water too quickly can cause erosion, is a waste of water and compacts the surface of the soil.

Watering New Trees in California (0 – 2 Years from Planting):

Low Water and Waterwise Varieties: Fall: water 1x per week / Winter: water 1x every ten days

Moderate Water Use Varieties: Fall: water 2x a week / Winter: 1x per week

Watering Existing Trees in California (2+ Years from Planting):

Low Water and Waterwise Varieties: Fall: water 1x every ten days / Winter: water 1x every 14 -21 days

Moderate Water Use Varieties: Fall: water 1x every ten days / Winter: 1x every 14 days

Watering New Trees in Arizona and Nevada (0 – 2 Years from Planting):

Low Water and Waterwise Varieties: Fall: water 1x per week / Winter: water 1x every ten days

Moderate Water Use Varieties: Fall: water 2x a week / Winter: 1x per week

Tropical Varieties: Fall: 2x per week / Winter: 1x per week

Watering Existing Trees in Arizona and Nevada (2+ Years from Planting):

Low Water and Waterwise Varieties: Fall: water 1x every ten days / Winter: water 1x every 14 - 21 days

Moderate Water Use Varieties: Fall: water 1x every ten days / Winter: 1x every 14 days

Tropical Varieties: Fall: 1x per week / Winter: 1x every 10 – 14 days

Protect Your Trees and Plants

While our temperatures tend to stay on the comfortable side, we do get those nights and days when the temperatures drop to freezing or frost conditions. When temperatures dip this low, we recommend covering your plants with a frost cloth. A frost cloth can help insulate your trees and plants and can also help them retain ambient heat that comes from the soil. You can also use burlap or other cloth materials. However, NEVER USE A PLASTIC COVER because plastic material increases the chance of freeze damage! Once the sun rises and the temperature has risen above freezing, remove the cover! Once the sun rises and the temperature has risen above freezing, remove the cover.

Topics: Insider, Expert, Winter Landscape Tips

3 Best Trees and Shrubs to Plant Right Now

Posted by Felipe Benavides on 11/16/2017

There is no doubt about it, right now is an excellent time to plant a variety of trees and shrubs! That’s right, many trees and shrubs thrive during this time of the year and at Moon Valley Nurseries, we have got you covered with what you need to have a beautiful landscape – no matter what the season may be!

Fall colors are in fashion this time of the year, producing the colors that trigger good memories and adding the curb appeal that gets your yard noticed for all the right reasons! And as we get closer to December, there are also trees and shrubs that add wonderful festive colors that perfectly complement the Holiday season!

3 Trees to Plant Right Now

brazilian_pepperBrazilian Pepper (Schinus terebinthefolius):These medium to large shade trees are winter bloomers and are sure to bring out the festive mood in any landscape! During winter, showy bright red berries appear, creating a picturesque scene as the ornamental berries contrast perfectly with the dark glossy green leaves that this evergreen tree is prized for! And for those crafty types – you can cut the branches and use them in holiday-themed flower arrangements. These cold hardy trees are excellent for adding year-round privacy and provide a beautiful shady spot to rest under when the sun turns up the heat.

arizona_ashArizona Ash (Fraxinus velutina): These fast-growing trees put on a show in the fall when the velvety gray-green leaves turn to bright yellow in the fall! This deciduous tree lets the warmth of the sun in during the winter and creates an abundance of shade in the summer! They are a seedless variety, so they only require clean up after dropping their leaves in the fall. Attractive at any stage in life – pyramidal form when young and spreading nice and wide when mature. Homeowners and commercial property owners rave how these trees boast a beautiful and lush look even in adverse conditions!

chinese_elmChinese Elm (Ulmus parvifolia): We grow the 'True Green’ strain, a non-weeping large semi-evergreen with very dark green foliage and a wide, umbrella-shaped canopy that can bring a massive amount of shade to any sun-drenched yard. Families love mature-sized trees because they are good for climbing and exploring or attaching a tire swing. We also love the mottled-bark, which resembles camouflage-like patterns giving this tree its uniquely attractive appearance. These fast-growing trees love to grow in a location with full sun exposure and are attractive young and mature!

 

3 Shrubs to Plant Right Now

nandina_gulf_stream_heavenlyBamboo ‘Gulf Stream Heavenly’ (Nandina domestica ‘Gulf Stream’):These are one of the best compact shrubs you can find, and they can put on a show all year long! Their ever-changing foliage goes from scarlet-red in spring to blue-green in the summer. These are cold hardy shrubs, and they make a colorful addition to any landscape. The ‘Gulf Stream’ variety has improved foliage color in the fall with purple and bronze tinted foliage turning to a fiery crimson red in winter, just in time for the holiday season! We like to use them as an informal hedge or as a foundation planting.

plumbagoPlumbago (Plumbago capensis): These evergreen shrubs can create a visual explosion of sky blue flower clusters in the spring and fall, adding plenty of color to any landscape! They have a tropical look and can add a nice touch of beauty around patios and decks. We like to use them as an excellent background, or transition plant and their easy-care and low-maintenance makes them a favorite for both homeowners and landscapers alike! Plant them along fences and enjoy the view!

red_tip_photiniaRed-Tip Photinia (Photinia x fraseri):These medium-sized evergreen shrubs are densely foliaged with dark green leaves that burst with bright burgundy colors in early spring, creating a show that adds plenty of curb appeal! Their dramatic foliage colors are just one reason why we love them so much. We like to plant them down property lines and in side-yards because their dense growth habit makes them ideally suited for use as a colorful privacy hedge or screen! This very showy shrub is cold hardy so that it can survive when the cooler temperatures arrive.

Click Here For Your Free Watering Guide!

Professional Landscape Design Consultations!

Are you ready for a beautiful new yard so that you can amaze your holiday guests, but you don’t know where to start? Visit any of our Moon Valley Nurseries and take advantage of our free landscape design consultations or for a small fee we will be glad to come to your location. With Moon Valley Nurseries, it cannot get any easier to create a new look for your yard, one that dazzles and can help increase property value! We have the best selection of premium-quality, custom-grown trees, and shrubs, all value engineered so that you can get the bigger trees at the lowest price – guaranteed! And with #freeplanting, there is no reason to wait!

Topics: Insider, Expert

Mexican Fan Palms: Arizona’s Tree of the Week

Posted by Felipe Benavides on 11/16/2017

mexican_fan_palm_farmThe Mexican Fan Palm is our tree of the week in Arizona! These local favorites are a staple in our area, where their appearance brings a relaxing, calming influence on avenues and yards throughout Arizona! These graceful palms are well adapted to the heat and low humidity, and we like to plant them in groups for a tropical effect or as a lawn specimen or street tree. And yes, these beautiful palms can bring the look of the tropics home when young too!

mexican_fan_palm_multi_trunkMexican Fan Palm care is quite easy as these are low-maintenance plants so that anyone can take care of them. In fact, their easy-to-care-for attributes make them a favorite for poolside planting, where their reflection in mirror-smooth water adds to the calming ambiance of your backyard retreat! If you want to make a dramatic statement, you can choose to have our nursery pro’s skin the trunk for a ‘cigar cut’ effect that gives them a more formal appearance and is sure to attract the right attention! We also have the Mexican Fan Palm for sale with this prestigious look!

Plant a few Mexican Fan Palms in your landscape and get ready to enjoy the good life. Knowing how to care for Washingtonia robusta means that you can keep enjoying everything these fan palms offer. The great news is that it’s easy and we make it even easier by breaking it down for you! Keep on reading so you can know how to care for Mexican Fan Palms! It's a breeze!

Mexican Fan Palms ARe ALL Grown On our Farms!

It’s true. We are the growers of superior Washingtonia robusta so that we can assure their quality is the best you’ll find anywhere! In fact, no other nursery in the world can touch our specimens! We have been growing the highest-quality palms from our prized stock so that they develop stronger, are hardier, and are also much more resistant to disease than palms sold at other nurseries! Visit our nurseries today and see them for yourself!

Exposure and Where to Plant

These palms like to grow in a location with partial shade to full sun exposure. Though they will grow in a spot with partial shade, full sun is ideal and will bring out the best growth. Plant them in an open space so that everyone can enjoy the view!

How to Water

A newly planted Mexican Fan Palm can be deeply watered and allowed to dry between watering. Once established, these fast-growing palms require little to moderate water. We recommend fertilizing in the spring and then again in mid-summer. Use our Super Charged Moon Juice and our Super Palm Juice for spectacular results! Click Here For Your Free Watering Guide!

mexican_fan_palms_skinnedHow to Trim

Pruning these palms is a matter of personal taste. If you have a younger, smaller palm, you can prune them yourself. Trimming a mature palm is best suited for a professional. Some people prefer to keep the fronds hanging on the trunk beneath the canopy, for a look that makes it seem like they are wearing a skirt. Others prefer a cleaner look, so if you like the cleaner look then occasional grooming will keep these palms looking nice and neat. We sell these palms with the cigar cut already in place, and we also offer professional “shaving” on the trunks so that it lends a formal appearance. Be sure to ask us about this service.

Free planting makes it easy to have these beautiful palm specimens in your yard. We do the work so that you can come home to a beautiful new yard!

Topics: Insider, Industry Expert

Fruiting Olive VS Fruitless Olive Trees: Which Do You Need?

Posted by Felipe Benavides on 11/9/2017

Olive_trees_farmFruiting olive and fruitless olive tree varieties have a lot of things in common. They are both spectacular landscape trees that can provide shade, and both have a sculptural, multi-trunk structure that helps make them living works of art in any landscape. In fact, along with palms, they are practically a trademark along avenues and gardens throughout California and southern Arizona. Their soft, willow-like gray-green foliage complements most colors, and as they age, their smooth gray branches and trunks become gnarled, making them picturesque trees just begging to be highlighted with nighttime landscape lighting.

FRUITING OLIVE VS FRUITLESS OLIVE TREES: BOTH ARE INCREDIBLE LANDSCAPE TREES!

Moon_valley_nursery_superior_olive_treeThe one BIG difference, of course, is that the fruitless olive tree does not bear any fruit and produces no pollen! At Moon Valley Nurseries, we sell “certified fruitless varieties,” such as the Wilsonii olive tree, so that anyone can enjoy these beautiful specimens! The Wilsonii olive tree is one of the best fruitless varieties you can find, and we sell certified disease-free trees too so that you can have these beautiful landscape olive trees ready to add curb appeal and bring lots of shade to your yard! You can rest easy when buying our certified olive trees!

_olives_oil.pngOlive is a fruit, a tasty, delicious one that can be eaten whole or pressed for oil. Moon Valley Nurseries has been growing the best-quality fruiting olive tree varieties for decades! And unlike other types of olive trees, such as those that are from the Central Valley Region in California, these types of olive trees we sell are certified disease-free and grown and nurtured on the largest local olive tree farm, located in Southern California! We have beautiful Manzanillo and Mission olives, two of the most popular varieties prized for their culinary use and oil!

Where Do Olives Grow

If you are looking for an iconic Mediterranean tree that thrives in areas with hot, dry summers but also perform well in coastal areas, you cannot go wrong with any of the olive trees from Moon Valley Nurseries! Fruitless or fruiting – we got you covered! Be sure to purchase our guaranteed disease-free olives, not those other less superior olives from the Central Valley area!

These trees love to grow in the coastal areas of California. After all, our climate is very similar to that of their native land – the Mediterranean. They can grow on hillsides, and when fully developed, they can provide a great deal of shade! We like to plant them to line a driveway, and if you plan to grow them along a path, you’ll probably want to go with a fruitless variety such as Wilsonii. Of course, both types of olive trees are drought-tolerant once established so that they are ideal for any landscape in California! As a bonus, when properly cared for, these trees can live for hundreds of years so that they can be enjoyed for generations to come!

manzanillo_oliveManzanillo Olive (Olea europaea ‘Manzanillo’): One of the best, high-quality olive fruit producing trees you can find is the Manzanillo! A natural fit in dry climates, these trees are cold hardy and resistant to high summer heat. They are self-fruitful and bear the famous rich black and green olives that can be pickled or pressed for oil. These are excellent picking fruit, whether green or black and have the superb taste and texture that is loved by people all over the world. In fact, these olives are noted as being one of the best table varieties. We recommend planting a second one nearby for the best fruit production. They are also excellent shade trees thanks to a tight growth pattern that creates a full crown and a look that can complement almost any architectural style. These certified disease-free olives are the perfect choice for adding year-round interest to any water-wise landscape design!

mission_oliveMission Olive (Olea europaea ‘Mission’): We grow these disease-free Mission Olive trees just north of Temecula in Southern California so that they are ready to thrive in any landscape. This evergreen variety is a cultivar of olive that was developed in California, by the Spanish missions in the late 18th century along El Camino Real, hence the name. This cultivar is also a favorite for olive oil producers and is a standard table olive in households and restaurants throughout the world. Like other types of olive trees, these can grow to be medium-sized and when fully grown can provide a generous amount of shade. We like to plant them in locations that could benefit from a beautiful shade tree. This attractive evergreen is a must-have in any edible landscape! Water-wise and ready to bring plenty of year-round interest!

Fruitless-Olive

Fruitless Olive (Olea europaea ‘Wilsonii’): These certified fruitless strains and disease-free olives have grown their entire lives in the hot and dry inland climate, so they are a far superior choice than those from the California Central Valley region. They can grow to be medium-sized trees so that they are the perfect fit for any landscape! These evergreens can grow with a wide-spreading canopy so that they are also ideal as a shade tree or used as a silhouette against structures! Plus, they can tolerate a variety of soils, including poor, stony, shallow soils, so we like to plant them in a location where they are sure to add plenty of year-round interest. They also have the impressive multi-trunk structure that makes them an excellent choice for exhibition by landscape lighting, where they add drama and curb appeal to any yard!

Moon Valley Nurseries is the grower of these ancient trees so that we can assure their quality is the best you'll find anywhere! We are responsible growers, which is why we only sell certified disease-free olive trees and certified fruitless strains! We have a massive inventory and a premium-quality selection so that homeowners, contractors, businesses, parks and city municipalities can have the perfect trees for the perfect spot!

#FREEPLANTING makes it easy to have a dream landscape with edible fruit or landscape trees handpicked by you and planted by our professional planting crew! Let us do the work so that you can come home to a beautiful new yard!

Click Here! FREE MANZANILLO OLIVE CARE GUIDE!

Topics: Insider, Expert

Landscape and Garden Tips (November)

Posted by Felipe Benavides on 11/9/2017

It’s already November, and if you look around our area, you can see that some trees are adjusting to the cooler temperatures and are changing color and others are starting to push out spurts of new growth. This time of year, we get all kinds of questions, and we are glad to provide a wealth of information to help you and your yard thrive this season. Many homeowners are asking whether they should continue watering their landscape in November and whether it’s a good time to plant trees. Fact is, this time of the year is an ideal time to plant trees and is also an excellent time to start planting winter vegetables!

This time of the year, watering and fertilizing tend to be the most overlooked practices by homeowners. It’s easy to see why people might feel like their trees and plants are getting the right amount of water and fertilizer. After all, everything is pushing out new growth and seems to be growing well. However, this is a big misconception. In other words, you can continue watering your plants!

 

To Do List Before the Winter Chill Sets In:

 Since it’s November, it’s the time to prepare your garden and lawn for the cold winter months. Below are some things you can do to ensure that your trees and plants thrive throughout winter.

Winter Watering: Yes, the weather is getting cooler, so it is important to water less often and doing this allows trees, plants, and grass to develop strong, deep roots so that it will encourage more growth when spring arrives. Watering less can also create a yard that is less susceptible to disease and insect infestation. It is a good practice to water each time deeply, and it is also smart to know that different plants will have different water frequency requirements. We know it might sound overwhelming, so you can download our winter watering guide here -->  Your Free Winter Watering Guide! so that you can have a better idea on how to take care of your landscape the right way!

Fertilization: Give your landscape one last push through the winter by fertilizing everything! Palms, shade trees, evergreen trees, flowering trees, and even dormant trees will benefit from fertilization so that they can pull through the winter and doing this will help them flourish once spring comes around! We have custom blended fertilizers available specially formatted for our soil and weather conditions. We recommend using our brand of fertilizers so that you can achieve the best results. They can be purchased at all Moon Valley Nurseries locations and are also available for purchase online here!

tomatoes_gardenVegetable Gardens: No doubt about it, growing-your-own food is the best, and fall, and winter is an ideal time to be planting winter veggies. We love to plant cold weather vegetables such as kale, broccoli, spinach, carrots, cauliflower and of course tomatoes and jalapeños! Start a vegetable garden now and be sure to fertilize them once a month while the veggies are growing. You will also want to water them regularly and just be sure to give them a chance to dry out between each watering cycle because doing this helps them to develop strong, healthy roots.

 

Our Experts Recommend Planting These Trees This Month

Tipu_treeTipu Tree (Tipuana tipu): Homeowners love this semi-evergreen tree for many reasons! For instance, if it’s shade you want, you really cannot go wrong with this medium to large size tree because it can provide massive amounts of shade! In fact, when properly trimmed, it can provide a perfect spot to rest under peacefully! It’s also an attractive tree featuring feathery, bright bluish green foliage and from late spring to early summer, it puts on a spectacular show of golden blooms! Drought tolerance, beauty, shade – you get all this and more!

Brazilian_pepperBrazilian Pepper (Schinus terebinthifolius): Waterwise trees such as this beautiful evergreen are a welcome sight in any Southwest landscape, especially during those hot sunny days when we’re scrambling to find some shade. That’s because they have a thick umbrella-shaped canopy that provides lots of shade. Yes, it’s a great summertime tree, and it’s also a show-stopping tree during the winter when it produces pinkish colored fruits in clusters that blend in perfectly with its dark green foliage.

california_pepper_treeCalifornia Pepper Tree (Schinus molle): These sun-loving trees have a fast growth rate and are evergreen so that they keep their attractive bright green, fern-like leaves and lush green foliage all year long! These are favorites in any Southwestern landscape, and if you are looking for a tree that provides shade, you’ll love it! Families are sure to appreciate this tree too. Mature multi-trunk specimens are ideal for climbing, tying a tire swing, or even building a tree house!

Chinese_pistacheChinese Pistache (Pistacia chinensis): If you dream of seeing New England-like fall colors in your yard, the Chinese Pistache is one that brings it! These deciduous trees have a clean, dark green umbrella-shaped canopy that provides shade. And in the fall, the leaves go from luminous orange to red and sometimes yellow. We like to plant them in rows, where they can be used as a natural privacy screen that can block unwanted views in style! In the desert areas, these are noted as being one of the brightest green trees you can find!

Japanese_Blueberry_Japanese Blueberry (Elaeocarpus decipiens): Homeowners looking for a dependable shade tree, windbreak or privacy hedge will want to plant Japanese Blueberry. These upright growing trees have an elegant look, with bronze-colored leaves emerging in the spring and gradually maturing to their rich, shiny dark green color. Their lush foliage adds year-round interest, and they are also an excellent topiary tree for use in formal landscapes!

We love this time of year, and we are proud to offer the best quality trees at the best price anywhere! We do it all! In fact, Moon Valley Nurseries is your one-stop shop for all your landscape needs. Our nursery experts have decades worth of experience so that they can assist you with any project or questions you may have. As we get ready to enter winter, this is the time to dust off our sweaters and jackets, and it’s also the time to remember to change your watering schedule. Be sure to map a Moon Valley Nurseries locations here.

Topics: Expert, Industry Expert, landscape tips

Welcome to the Moon Valley Nursery blog! Your place for landscaping news and ideas, garden inspiration, and tips from our nursery experts.

Subscribe to Email Updates

Recent Posts

Follow Me