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Top Palms To Plant This Summer

Posted by Garrett Cleverly on 6/15/2017

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Stuck at home this summer with no vacation plans? Well, why not bring the tropical paradise to your home with palm trees from Moon Valley Nurseries. Our unique and wide selection of palms can turn any pool area into a tropical escape in less than a day. Or have you been dreaming about that resort you want to go back to? We have palms that are also great for a grand entrance. 

Now, you're probably thinking that you can't plant in these summer temperatures. That is where you are wrong and that is because Moon Valley Nurseries is the grower of everything we sell. Our palms are grown in our local climate thus allowing them to acclimate. It's never too hot to plant palm trees from Moon Valley Nurseries and below are the top five to plant this summer. 

mexican-3.pngMexican Fan Palm
A classic resort style palm tree, the Mexican Fan Palm features a single trunk and is desired for its ease of growth. It can handle cold weather and thrives in the sun. The Mexican Fan Palm looks great when planted in clusters and its trunk can be skinned for a unique “cigar cut” effect that lends itself to a more formal appearance.

 

 

 

medfan.pngMediterranean Fan Palm
Compact size and ability to thrive in the hot summer months and survive the cool winters has made the Mediterranean Fan Palm a popular choice for tropical landscapes. Commonly used as a stand-alone focal point around pools, the Mediterranean Fan Palm sprouts multiple trunks and is slow growing. The require minimal pruning and can be drought tolerant. As a bonus, they look great in containers.

 

date1.pngDate Palm
The ultimate palm for your pool, the Date Palm are usually found at most resorts and shopping centers. Around pools the Date Palm provides excellent shade due to its wide fronds and it has practically no litter. The Date Palm looks great when planted in clusters of 3 to 5 palms and is hardy to cold, heat and drought tolerant.

 

 

 

canaryisland.pngCanary Island Date Palm
Named for its resemblance to a pineapple when the palm is younger, the Pineapple Palm produces wide fronds and requires space when planted around a pool. 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 landscape and is commonly seen around resorts.

 

 

ueen.pngPiru Queen 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.

 

Whether you need one palm, two, or even a handful our nursery professionals have the solutions and the answers to help turn that landscape dream into a reality. We'd love to see you at our nursery this weekend. Map us here.

Topics: Monthly Tips

Monthly Landscape & Garden Tips (June)

Posted by Garrett Cleverly on 6/7/2017

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Just like that the summer temperatures have arrived and unfortunately those 100 degree days will be here for the next few months. That is why June is such an important month in the calendar year as proper preparedness and care will help your landscape fly through the summer months with minimal stress. 

This month is still a great time to plant certain trees and palms and that is because we grow everything in our local climate. Allowing the trees and palms to become acclimated compared to other nurseries who bring their trees and palms from out of state. If you're looking for shade relief or a way to turn that pool into a tropical paradise we have it. Below are a few tips and planting recommendations from our nursery pros. 

  • Watering: This is the key to keeping the material in your landscape thriving all summer long. For starters, you want to water early in the morning sometime between 4 a.m. and 8 a.m. as this is reduce the evaporation loss and you will always want to deep water which is a slow application of water over a period of time. This allows the entire root zone to become saturated. The amount of water you apply depends on the tree or shrub you are watering. With trees you will want to wet the soil at least 3 feet deep and with shrubs at least 1 foot deep. Use a soil probe to determine the depth of watering. Now this is a quick overview on summer watering and for a more in depth look please check out our Summer Watering 101 guide
  • Mulch: A super easy way to keep the soil moist all summer long is to apply mulch around the base of the tree. Adding a few inches of mulch can help keep your soil cool during the warmer summer months and warm during the cooler days. Mulch is available at any Moon Valley Nurseries location
  • Fertilizers: Even with proper care there may be a tree or shrub that just isn't handling the heat that well. If this is the case, the experts at Moon Valley Nurseries have developed highly specialized blends of fertilizer designed to trigger growth responses and supplement the essential micro and macro nutrients that plants need to thrive in our region. We have fertilizers that can help with trees and shrubs recover from any heat stress. These can be purchased at all Moon Valley Nursery locations or online

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

crape-5.pngCrape Myrtle
If you've been driving around town you can't miss these flowers. They are literally popping everywhere and are a great way to add stunning summer color. The blooms can last until late summer and they bloom in red, white, pink, and purple. At Moon Valley Nurseries, we offer this tree as a single-trunk or multi-trunk. In addition, the Crape Myrtle trees grown at Moon Valley Nurseries are superior thanks to mildew resistance, which you will not find anywhere else. In addition, they Crape Myrtle's foliage will turn a showy bright orange in the fall.

 

ficus-13.pngFicus (Arizona Only)
When it comes to literally blocking out the sun, the Ficus is one of the best options. It's dense evergreen foliage will allow zero, yes ZERO, sunlight through its canopy. As an evergreen it will keep its foliage throughout the year and it can be easily pruned into any desired shape.
When properly placed around a home, its canopy can provide enough shade to help cool down the backyard and your home, which can lead to lower utility bills. It is also a fast growing tree and we have single trunk, multi-trunk, and hedge columns available. 

 

desert-1.pngDesert Museum Palo Verde
The Desert Museum Palo Verde is a stunning tree that will attract eyes to your landscape due to its multitrunk grow, layered shade, and beautiful yellow flowers. This beautiful tree is a hybrid of different older Palo Verde species that brings our the best qualities in each. Back to the trunk, its blue-green color provides a great contrast to its yellow flowers and the layered shade provides two great benefits, as the tree looks light in your yard while providing sunlight to any shrubs you'd like to plant below the massive umbrella shaped canopy. This tree is a fast grower and requires minimal water once established.

tipu-12.pngTipu
The other tree on this list which provides yellow flowers is the Tipu. 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. 

sissoo-3.pngSissoo
The Sissoo tree is one of the fastest growing trees on this list and is extremely well adapted to the hot climate of our region. Native to the the hotter areas of India, the Sissoo tree looks like a classic midwestern shade tree but is very durable and uses very little water. The Sissoo has quickly become a favorite for landscapers and homeowners because of their extremely fast growth rate and huge amounts of shade. 

 

 

vitex-5.pngVitex
This stunning multi-trunk tree is a favorite for its unique purple blooms on long spikes that form at every growth tip during the late spring and into the summer. The flowering spikes on the Vitex (agnus-castus) are a favorite for our pollinating friends like hummingbirds and butterflies. In addition to the stunning flowers, the trunk of the tree is always overlooked which is unfortunate because the twisted and tangled growth pattern gives this tree a statuesque appearance in any landscape. This tree loves the full sun and in the winter the leaves turn a golden yellow color.

mexican-2.pngMexican Fan Palm
A classic resort style palm tree, the Mexican Fan Palm features a single trunk and is desired for its ease of growth. It can handle cold weather and thrives in the sun. The Mexican Fan Palm looks great when planted in clusters and its trunk can be skinned for a unique “cigar cut” effect that lends itself to a more formal appearance.

 

 

 

med-1.pngMediterranean Fan Palm
This striking medium sized palm is prized for its unique multi-trunk vertical growth, fan-shaped fronds, and aesthetically pleasing growth pattern that looks fantastic around pools and as center pieces to any landscape. The trunks of this palm clump together, giving the palm a full thick look. These palms also can fill in empty spots between large trees or in containers as well.

 

 

pygmy-1.pngPygmy Palm
Pygmy Date Palms can be used in many landscape applications in single or multi-trunk. It’s versatility and dwarf growth pattern allow it to be planted in tight spaces around pools, patios, courtyards, and pots. The Pygmy Date Palm can also be grown in shade and its roots are non-invasive. This allows it to be a fantastic option for planting under larger palms.

 

 

date.pngDate Palm
The ultimate palm for your pool, the Date Palm are usually found at most resorts and shopping centers. Around pools the Date Palm provides excellent shade due to its wide fronds and it has practically no litter. The Date Palm looks great when planted in clusters of 3 to 5 palms and is hardy to cold, heat and drought tolerant.

 

 

queen-palm-8.pngPiru Queen Palm
Queen Palms are a staple of the Arizona landscape. Grown purely from superior Argentine seedlings with better genetic traits, these Moon Valley Nurseries Piru Queen Palms are at the top of the class in the queen palms family due to their superior durability and grand appearance. Piru Queen Palms feature thicker and harder trunks as well as greener palm fronds and fuller crowns than other Queen Palms do.

 

 

lantana-4.pngLantana
One of the most colorful plants around, the Lantana thrives in the hot summer months and blooms throughout the spring and fall in purple, white, pale yellow, red, gold, or pink colors. In the winter, the Lantana will drop its foliage and then re-leaf in the very early spring. The Lantana is one of the fastest growing ground covers and is drought tolerant.

 

 

yellowbell.pngYellow Bells & Bells of Fire
Commonly called Yellow Bells, this shrub can grow 8 feet tall and wide. Yellow Bells display many yellow, trumpet-shaped flower clusters starting mid-spring all the way to winter. This shrub is drought-tolerant and is very fast growing. Yellow Bells are great for focal points, fence or borderlines, and color accents in desert and tropical landscapes. To maximize blooming cycles, be sure to prune off dead blooms occasionally.

 

 

oleander-1.pngOleander
These trees/shrubs just love the hot summer months, which makes them an ideal flowering tree for your landscape. The Oleander tree displays a long lasting bloom that 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.

 

Topics: Monthly Tips

Monthly Landscape & Garden Tips For California (June)

Posted by Garrett Cleverly on 6/7/2017

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While the majority of the country is starting to heat up in June us Southern Californians are enjoying these perfect 70 degree and partly cloudy days. SoCal residents aren't the the only ones enjoying this fantastic weather as everything in our landscapes is benefiting from the yearly June Gloom. 

The June Gloom  creates ideal conditions conducive to amazing plant growth. The cool nights and the overcast yet humid mornings that give way to sunny and warm afternoons are the near perfect conditions planting trees and shrubs of all varieties.So if you're thinking about planting, do it this month. Those newly planted trees and shrubs will have ample time to become established before it starts to heat up in July, August, and September.

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

  • Watering: It is always a good idea to keep an eye on the weather as temperatures could start to climb up toward the end of the month.  Always remember to deep water. Small and short applications are ineffective. Long and slow applications are best as you want the water to penetrate deep into the soil. Not only does this help the tree right away, but it also helps in the long term development of the tree and it can make a tree less susceptible to drought.  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.
  • Deadhead Your Roses: If you're wanting to keep those roses looking all season long be sure to deadhead them, which is super easy. You want to prune just below the flower and above the next set of new growth (five-leaflet leaf). Always be sure to cut at an angle.
  • Fertilizer: Give the trees, palms, and shrubs a boost with a custom blended fertilizer from Moon Valley Nurseries. Our fertilizers are designed to trigger growth responses and supplement the essential micro and macro nutrients that plants need to thrive in Southern California.  We have fertilizers for everything on your landscape. From palms, to fruit and citrus, to flowering trees. In addition, we also have fertilizers that can assist in material on your landscape that is still recovering from any stress. These can be purchased at all Moon Valley Nursery locations or online
  • Mulch: A super easy way to keep the soil moist all summer long is to apply mulch around the base of the tree. Adding a few inches of mulch can help keep your soil cool during the warmer summer months and warm during the cooler days. Mulch is available at any Moon Valley Nurseries location
  • Annuals For Instant Color: Give that dull spot in your landscape a splash of color with annuals from any of our Moon Valley nurseries locations. Map a location near you

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

crape-6.pngCrape
Everyone has been asking us what those stunning flowers are around town and we always know which ones they are talking about. It is the Crape Myrtle and they do look amazing. They bloom in red, pink, white, and purple, and our custom grown Crape Myrtle trees are mildew resistant. They are also drought tolerant and will bloom with large clusters all summer long. In the fall, the foliage turns a golden, orange, and red. It can handle full sun and it a great addition to any landscape seeking giant bursts of color.

tipu-13.pngTipu
One of the best shade trees available in Southern California, the Tipu is a great addition to any landscape not only because of its shade benefits but because it is fast growing, drought tolerant, and has beautiful golden blooms from late spring to early summer that contrasts beautifully with its feathery bright green foliage. The Tipu has low water requirements once established and is semi-evergreen. This is a great tree to plant in a play area for your children.

ash-3.pngMajestic Ash
The Majestic Ash trees we have at Moon Valley Nurseries are far superior to what you will find anywhere else. These are a grafted cultivar that is grown specially by Moon Valley Nurseries for decades, what makes these trees even more spectacular is they do not produce a seed thanks to the expert growing process. That means minimal clean-up throughout the year. The foliage is super shiny when in normal winters the foliage can stay. Once established, this is a great water wise tree and can be beneficial for erosion control if you have a hilly home in the Southern California area.

ficus-14.pngHollywood Hedges
Ficus Nitida | Japanese Privet | Carolina Cherry | Podocarpus | Italian Cypress | Japanese Blueberry | Bamboo
Our customers are always asking us about natural privacy and we always point them to our "Hollywood Style" hedges. They are called "Hollywood Style" because as the growers we're able to grow the biggest hedge material you will find in Southern California. Our hedges are so big and so thick that you will be able to block out an unwanted view from a neighbor's house or even a light on the street in less than a day. Above are a few select varieties we offer for our "Hollywood Hedges". Be sure to click on them to learn more.

museum-1.pngDesert Museum Palo Verde
The Desert Museum Palo Verde is quickly becoming one of the most popular trees in Southern California for three reasons. It is one of the best water-wise trees on the market, it grows a great canopy of shade, and it has some of the most spectacular blooms throughout late spring and summer. These trees have been planted everywhere. We even saw some planted on the exit ramp on the 55 when heading into Costa Mesa. You are guaranteed to love this tree and it will for sure turn heads in you neighborhood.

jac.pngJacaranda
Known for its exotic and vibrant purple blossoms, the Jacaranda loves the intense summer heat and is a great addition for any landscape seeking shade. When in bloom, purple blossoms cover the entire tree making it an ideal focal point for your landscape. The growth patterns of this tree vary from upright, single trunk trees to wider, spreading canopies when multiple trunk trees are planted.

 



king-1.pngKing Palm
King Palms are some of the best palms to plant around pools, tropical landscapes, or as focal points in front of a home. As the King Palm develops, it produces a great canopy of shade and when it comes to color, the King Palm is one of the best palm varieties for Southern California. The trunk is smooth with a lime-green crown shaft and a brown trunk that shows the growth rings. At the top, dark-green fronds rarely drop below the crown shaft adding a rich color that makes the lime-green crown shaft pop.


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

lantana-5.pngLantana
One of the most colorful plants around, the Lantana thrives in the hot summer months and blooms throughout the spring and fall in purple, white, pale yellow, red, gold, or pink colors. In the winter, the Lantana will drop its foliage and then re-leaf in the very early spring. The Lantana is one of the fastest growing ground covers and is drought tolerant.

 

 

hibiscus-6.pngHibiscus
Everyone should know what a Hibiscus flower is. These flowers can be seen everywhere in Southern California. However, if you're looking for a little something different, consider a Hibiscus flowers from Moon Valley Nurseries. We have them available in the classic red color, but also in yellow, white, and pink.

 

 

star.pngStar Jasmine
Sought out for it dark-green oval shaped leaves and large amounts of white star-shaped flowers, the Star Jasmine is a versatile shrub that has many landscape applications. Depending on the need for your landscape, the Star Jasmine can be a ground cover, raised planter, or wall cover. It blooms heavy amounts of flowers in late spring to early summer that give off a very fragrant smell.

 

 

yellow.pngYellow Bells & Bells of Fire
Commonly called Yellow Bells, this shrub can grow 8 feet tall and wide. Yellow Bells display many yellow, trumpet-shaped flower clusters starting mid-spring all the way to winter. This shrub is drought-tolerant and is very fast growing. Yellow Bells are great for focal points, fence or borderlines, and color accents in desert and tropical landscapes. To maximize blooming cycles, be sure to prune off dead blooms occasionally.

 

 

Topics: Monthly Tips

Create Your Own Staycation In Your Backyard

Posted by Garrett Cleverly on 5/30/2017

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Summer has arrived and as the temperature starts to rise we are all looking for a way to escape. If you can't jet away to a tropical location why not bring the tropical location to you! And no, we are not crazy. We're talking about creating a paradise in your backyard that is the perfect place to unwind and unplug. We call it a staycation. There are many ways to accomplish this staycation paradise and our nursery pros have identified three ways to accomplish this and they are large shade trees, amazing and unique palms, and attractive flowering shrubs. Below are a few recommendations they to help you with your staycation paradise.

Shade Areas You Spend The Most Time Around
Whether it is the grill for an amazing summer BBQ, the sandbox, the jungle gym, or even just the backyard the last thing you want to do is suffer under the summer sun. This is why you should plant a giant shade tree. Be sure to keep in mind that you don't want a tree that is going to produce a big mess. You don't want to be having fun while cleaning up litter from a tree. That is why our nursery pros have recommend these low maintenance and fantastic shade trees.

ficus-12.pngFicus (Arizona only)
These fast-growing evergreen shade trees are the perfect option if you're looking to block out a large from the summer sun. It's foliage dense which allows no sunlight to penetrate through its canopy and as an evergreen it will keep its foliage all year. It can be pruned to any shape and because its canopy is so dense it provides great privacy as well. When properly placed around a home, its canopy can provide enough shade to help cool down the backyard and your home, which can lead to lower utility bills.

 

Brazilian-Pepper-5.pngBrazilian Pepper
This medium sized tree is great for those tight areas in your backyard that you're looking to provide some shade too. Super easy to care for, this tree requires little to no water once established. Also an evergreen, this tree feature bright red berries that contrast beautifully with its dark glossy green leaves.

 

 

mesquite-1.pngChilean Mesquite
The fastest growing tree on this list, the Hybrid Chilean Mesquite is the classic desert tree with a wide canopy of soft, bright green, ferns like foliage covering its dark and exfoliating trunk and branches. These trees require no water once planted and the layered canopy does allow sunlight to penetrate through if you were thinking about planting some shrubs around the tree. Best of all, the Hybrid Chilean Mesquite that we offer at Moon Valley Nurseries is a thornless variety.

 


live-oak-3.pngLive Oak
This hardy evergreen can handle all seasons in our region. It can tolerate extreme drought and windy conditions. This tree can thrive in your landscape with full sun and little to no special care required. Its dense, gray/green foliage and large spreading crown provides an ideal shady spot for a picnic on your lawn.

 

 

privet-2.pngJapanese Privet
Another small to medium sized tree that is great for a tight space is the Japanese Privet. Another evergreen, this tree requires moderate watering and will thrive in full sun exposure and even partial shade. It is drought tolerant, heat tolerant and cold hardy, making it a great candidate for landscapes in our region. In the late spring, fragrant white flowers bloom in large clusters, creating an attractive scene that can attract hummingbirds.


Silhouette Your Yard With Gorgeous Palms And Give it The Resort Look

If you have been to any of the high-end resorts round town you have for sure seen their impressive palm trees. They are huge, gorgeous and very unique. At Moon Valley Nurseries we carry all of those palms because we actually supply those palms to the resorts. Below are a few traditional palms you see at resorts and a few extras that will for sure give your staycation a "wow" factor that will impress family, friends, and neighbors.

queen-palm-7.pngPiru Queen 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. Our 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.

 

med.pngMediterranean Fan Palm
Compact size and ability to thrive in the hot summer months and survive the cool winters has made the Mediterranean Fan Palm a popular choice for tropical landscapes. Commonly used as a stand-alone focal point around pools, the Mediterranean Fan Palm sprouts multiple trunks and is slow growing. They require minimal pruning and can be drought tolerant. As a bonus, they look great in containers.



canary-2.pngCanary Island Date Palm

Named for its resemblance to a pineapple when the palm is younger, the Pineapple Palm produces wide fronds and requires space when planted around a pool. 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 landscape and is commonly seen around resorts.

 

bismark.pngBismark Palm
A very large palm, the Bismarck Palm unique look makes it stand out as a wonderful accent in tropical landscapes around pools due to its blue-green colored fronds. Fast growing, the Bismarck Palm produces a striking canopy that reaches several feet wide and is great for blocking unsightly views around pools. It loves the full sun exposure and is low maintenance.



windmill.pngWindmill Palm

A narrow and vertical palm, the Windmill Palm is one of the most durable palms known. It thrives in intensely hot locations, requires minimal water and can handle periods of freezing weather with little or no damage. Commonly used as a stand alone or focal point, the Windmill Palm makes excellent accents to larger palms.





sago.pngSago

This palm may look like a palm, but it's actually a Cycad. This genus has been relatively unchanged for 200 million years, making the Sago a living fossil. Sagos are slow growing and the only maintenance they require is when removing the old fronds. The fronds extend out from the center of the trunk exposing the eye-catching brown trunk. Both cold and heat hardy, the Sago can be grown in full to partial sun and it a wonderful option to be planted in large pots and containers.


triangle.pngTriangle Palm

As the name suggests, the Triangle Palm grows with the fronds emerging in a triangular arrangement, giving this tree a patterned structure unlike anything else commonly seen in our region. Native to Madagascar, these trees thrive well in our hot summers and are quite resilient to low care, mismanagement, and poor soils.

 

 

Turn Your Pool Into A Resort
Now that we have covered different trees and palms that you can plant in your backyard for a staycation we're now going to look at different types shrubs you can plant around your pool to give it that resort-style look. You also want to keep in mind how much litter the shrub will produce. The last thing you want is to be cleaning your pool every day. The varieties we are going to recommend will produce very minimal litter which providing you with the resort style pool.

torch.pngTorch Glow Bougainvillea
The Bougainvillea Torch Glow stands out as one of the most unique Bougainvillea varieties. Blooms on the Torch Glow last longer which reduces the amount of cleanup compared to other Bougainvillea varieties. It produces multiple compact stems that grow upright and out from the base that twists as they grow. The stems form a conical shape at the top where a vibrant display of showy pink flowers clusters together.

 


hibuscuis.pngHibiscus
These flowers are the for sure sign that your own a tropical getaway and you can plant them here in our region. Available in a wide range of colors the included red, white, yellow, pink, and orange, these beautiful flowering plants are a fantastic shrub around pools. They grow great in partial sun and will acclimate to full sun easily. Fertilize monthly from March through September to encourage the best growth and a prolific blooming season.


lantana-3.pngLantana

Lantana is one of the most colorful plants for our region. So many colors to pick from and so many different varieties like that Trailing Lantana, Mounding Lantana, or Bush Lantana. They will bloom from spring to fall and are a great way to attract butterflies to you resort style pool.

 

 

 

tropical-bird-1.pngTropical Bird of Paradise
These tropical shrubs are great for pools and great to plant in containers around your pool. It has large banana like leaves and its flower produces these showy orange colors that are complimented nicely by blue accents. Tropical Birds will acclimate to full sun but prefer protection in afternoons during hot summers.




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Blue flowers are rare. There aren't many trees or shrubs that produce this amazing color and one of the best for our region is the Plumbago. They can bloom spring through fall and are best used as a background accent so when they are blooming the color jumps and when scruffy attract no attention.

 



rose-2.pngRoses

Roses perform extremely well in our region and can grow in the full sun. Roses are sometimes viewed as delicate but in fact, they are one the hardiest plants we offer. There are hundreds of varieties and thousands of cultivars of this beautiful showstopper. Some even use the Rose as a hedging material to create breathtaking levels around their backyard. These are great options for around the pool area.

 

 

We offer free planting and we are your one stop shop for all your landscape needs. Our experts have decades worth of experience and they will be able to assist you with any and all projects you may have. Click here to map a nursery near you.

Topics: Monthly Tips

Why June Gloom Is The Best Time To Plant In California

Posted by Garrett Cleverly on 5/30/2017
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June Gloom has arrived and while it may dampen our outdoor fun for just a few weeks under the usually sunny Southern California sky the June Gloom marks one of the best times to plant trees and shrubs of all sizes. 
 
Now you're probably asking, 'how could overcast skies make this month one of the best times to plant?'
 
A quick breakdown you can use to amaze your friends, family members, and neighbors is that the June Gloom weather pattern in Southern California creates ideal conditions conducive to amazing plant growth. The cool nights and the overcast yet humid mornings that give way to sunny and warm afternoons are the near perfect conditions planting trees and shrubs of all varieties. If you're looking to amaze people even further, check out the extra tips from our certified nursery professionals. 
 
Extends the planting season
This weather pattern extends the planting season, which provides newly planted trees and shrubs an extended period of time to establish their root system before the temperature cranks up a notch in July, August, and September. With an established root system, the newly planted tree or shrub will focus its energy on top growth. 
 
Humidity helps
Newly planted trees and shrubs do not want to be planted in hot and/or dry conditions. Those conditions will force the newly planted tree or shrub to work even harder to establish a root system. Plus, many of the trees and shrubs homeowners are wanting to plant will need water. With overcast conditions and humidity, which is just water vapor, the newly planted tree can ease into its new home in your backyard without having to work hard to establish a root system. Plus, the cooler weather, overcast days, and humidity give all of us an opportunity to cut back on our water usage.
 
Filtered light
We all know that when it is hot outside the last thing you want to do is to stand under the sun for hours. You'll 100% be uncomfortable while possibly getting burned and thirsty. Now we are lucky because we can run back into our homes or jump into the ocean. Our trees aren't as lucky and they have to take those conditions every day in throughout the summer. Established trees can handle these conditions, while newly planted trees can have a hard time. Planting now allows the tree to minimize its transplant shock. The forecast calls for 70 degrees all week. That's obviously much better than those summer days when it can get up to the mid-90s. 
 
Give Your Trees A Fertilizer Boost
There are ways to give the material in our landscape a boost during this beneficial time and that would be with a specialized fertilizer designed to trigger new root hair growth and stronger cell development while helping the tree grow faster and recover quicker from stressful events. At Moon Valley Nurseries we have our Super Charged Moon Juice. It also enhances the ability of plants to ward off diseases, possible infestations and infections from outside sources. It helps trees and plants both prevent and recover from stresses caused by extreme heat, frost, freeze, transplanting or other stressful events. In addition, we also have our Super Palm Juice which will help produce thicker, stronger trunks while maintaining the fronds with a healthy, dark green appearance resulting in lush, dense crowns, our Moon Green which is an easy to use solution for yellowing trees and plants, and our Moon Dust which provides Nitrogen, Phosphorus and Potash (Potassium) for a perfect horticultural ratio that will benefit virtually every plant in your landscape. 
 
Take advantage of this month's weather before summer arrives. We offer free planting and we are 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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Reap The Rewards Of Growing Your Own Avocado Grove!

Posted by Garrett Cleverly on 5/10/2017

Grow Your Own Edible Landscape 

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Avocados, people all over the world love them, and here in the Southwest, the Hass avocado is one of the most common and also one of the tastiest! Developed on a hybrid tree farm in California, when compared to their natural cousins, the Hass avocado has much softer flesh when ripe and is the avocado that most of us eat today.

Grow Your Own
The demand for avocados has been rising dramatically. According to the U.S. government, American per capita consumption was 6.9 pounds in 2015, compared to 3.5 pounds in 2006. This demand can’t keep up with the reduced harvest caused by drought and heatwaves, where California’s avocado production is expected to fall by 44% and where much of the Hass avocados we love come from. When there’s a shortage of these tasty, healthy fruits, prices soar and it’s a bummer, that is, unless you’re growing your own!

Grow your own avocado grove and never pay high grocery store prices again or miss out on making your own guacamole – plus, you get to pick it straight from the source and take in all of the healthy oils and fat avocados provide. Avocado trees do more than just produce fruit with amazingly tasty health benefits, they can also be an attractive shade tree with dark green foliage that beautifies any landscape. With the right planning, you can even turn a profit selling avocados grown from your very own grove.

Planting Tips
The best way to get started is buying bigger avocado trees that are already at their fruit producing age, such as those grown at Moon Valley Nurseries. These trees like the ground to be warm but not too hot, so ideally, they should be planted into the ground from March through June. Avocado trees should be planted in sunny locations and in a spot where they are protected from the wind. You’re going to want the most fruit possible, so to get the most fruit production, we recommend planting a few avocado trees nearby or go big and do a whole grove. Don’t worry, other than the occasional regular maintenance that any tree would require, they are pretty easy to grow and care for.

Watering Tips
Proper watering is critical to the tree producing the best quality fruit and allows the tree to preserve its natural resistance to fungal diseases. It’s important to not overwater avocado trees, in fact, overwatering in certain soils is often the number one factor in causing root rot. When watering, soak the soil well then allow it to dry before watering again. Of course, they still need water, so keep in mind that under-watering trees may produce small fruit that might tend to sunburn. We recommend using a drip system.

Avocado Tree Facts

  • Avocado trees are sub-tropical /tropical fruit trees that never go dormant – they are always growing and developing
  • They are shallow rooted trees that need good aeration
  • Broad-spreading trees – can provide shade
  • A tree can range from 15 to 30 feet tall
  • Begin bearing fruit in three to five years and can thrive for decades
  • The most productive leaves grow on the outside of the tree
  • You will get more fruit if you have more than one avocado tree nearby
  • Only pollinated blooms will produce fruit – let the pollinators do their thing!
  • A Hass tree may have from 150 to 500 pollinated blooms and take about a year to grow into a ready-to-pick avocado
  • Hass fruit ripening period from February to August - they do not get soft on the tree, once picked, it takes about 7 to 10 days for it to soften when left at room temperature

Enjoy the fruits of your labor! Growing your own edible landscape is a fun and easy way to enjoy nutritious fruit the entire family will love. Start your avocado grove with trees already at their fruit producing age and get ready to dig into your homemade avocado sandwich spread. Moon Valley Nurseries has what you need to eat healthy fruits! We have fruit producing age citrus trees and avocado trees available right now!

Topics: Homegrown Fruit and Citrus Trees

How To Prepare Your Lawn For The Summer

Posted by Garrett Cleverly on 5/9/2017

grass.pngWhile we have all been enjoying this amazing late-spring weather we all know those triple digit days are right around the corner. Over time, our landscapes will start to show the signs of the added heat and one of the first signs is in the lawn. 

Around mid-May is when the low temperatures start to rise above 65 degrees. That is when it's time to transition from the winter ryegrass to the Bermuda grass. Below are a few tips and suggestions our nursery pros recommend for a great lawn this summer. 

Mowing
Once you plant Bermuda grass it is there to stay. To help it grow it needs sun and to give it sun you need to lower the lawn mower to 1-1.5 inches to allow the sunlight to reach the Bermuda grass. This helps the Bermuda come out of dormancy. 

Also, be sure to remove the grass clippings. Last thing you want to do is to cut the grass and still leave a layer of clipping that would prevent the sun from reaching the dormant Bermuda grass. 

Watering
Always remember to water deeply. This applies for everything on your landscape and especially the grass. Depending on the needs on your grass watering should be done every 1-3 days. 

Be sure to set your timer in the cool morning hours as this helps minimize evaporation and fungus. Also, keep an eye on your sprinkler system as well. Many homeowners say they water their landscape, but some areas have dry or dead grass. It's a great time now, while it's still not to hot out, to test the sprinkler system to make sure every area is getting adequate water. 

Fertilize 
You can give that summer lawn a boost with our fast acting Moon Royale Professional Turf Fertilizer. In most cases, you will see results in just four days, and it gets stronger as it goes to work greening up your lawn.

Benefits of a properly fertilized grass are:

  • Requires less water
  • Minimal maintenance
  • Less susceptible to disease
  • More resistant to insects
  • Can handle heat and drought better

But the bottom line is this. Our Moon Royale is designed to produce thick, long lasting, and healthy grass in our natives soils.

The main reason why our Moon Royale was created was for use as a tool to help break up our tough native soils that keep vital nutrients and iron from being absorbed by roots. That is why we included sulfur in our Moon Royale. It helps break down the tough soils and fight the salts to quickly turn your lawn dark green.

The 19%(N) 6%(P) 13%(K) blend in the Moon Royale is the perfect ratio of Nitrogen for green leaves, Phosphorous for strong roots, and Potash for sturdy stems that grass really loves

Best of all, our Moon Royale is easy to use using either a drop or broadcast type fertilizer spreader. See bag for complete instructions and application rates.

Now that you know all about the benefits of Moon Royale you too can grow like a pro! Moon Royale is available at any of our nursery locations. Once you see the benefits that Moon Royale provides for your landscape, you'll be a believer too!

Topics: Monthly Tips

Monthly Landscape & Garden Tips (May)

Posted by Garrett Cleverly on 5/4/2017

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Depending on where you live in our region, spring is either in full swing still (we're quite jealous of that) or the spring season is coming to a close and those warmer summer temperatures are starting to creep in. 

Regardless of all that, the month is May is still a great time to plant shade trees if you're planning on having some shade relief this summer, citrus if you'd like a bontiful harvest this fall, and palms in you're hoping for a tropical backyard this summer when you're hosting that epic pool party. If you've been putting the landscape off all year, now is the ideal time to plant. Don't wait until it's too hot. Do it now so your new tree has time to establish a root system.

As always with our monthly landscape and garden tips, our nursery pros havea  few recomendations for you and a few trees, palms, and shrubs you should plant. Enjoy!

  • Watering: The temperature is starting to rise and it's imperative that you keep a close eye on your lawn and how your trees, shrubs, and grass is responding to the heat. Always remember to deep water. Small and short applications are ineffective. Long and slow applications are best as you want the water to penetrate deep into the soil. Not only does this help the tree rigth away, but it also helps in the long term development of the tree and it can make a tree less suspectile to drought.  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: A super easy way to keep the soil moist is to apply a layer of mulch around your tree. Adding a few inches of mulch can help keep your soil cool during the warmer summer months and warm during the cooler days. Mulch is available at any Moon Valley Nurseries location
  • Control Your Weeds: Spring weeds should be giving away to summer weeds and there is a way to take care of them before they set. 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: Give your landscape a much-needed boost before the triple digits set in. 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

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

desertmuseum.pngMuseum Palo Verde
If you're looking for shade, beauty, and color the Museum Palo Verde is the best option that offers all three. 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 majoirty of citrus trees produce in the fall, and if you are planning on having a bountiful harvest this fall, then plant today. We offer a wide range of citrus trees at Moon Valley Nurseries: Lemon, lime, orange, grapefruit, tangelo, kumquat, and mandarins. Each with their own varieties that have been proven and guranteed to produce in our cliamte. Plus, we grow all of ou rcitrus of the best rootstock eo ensure the highest quality citrus trees for you and your family. No need to buy a small tree and wait 5 years. Purchase one of ours and your tree is already producing! You can view all of our varities right here

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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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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Red Yucca is the standard in any desert landscape requiring color. The long slender leaves form a fountain like rosette and provide a nice structure to an area that needs a sculptural accent. Exceedingly tough and tolerant of heat and cold, red yucca require little if any care or maintenance. Irrigate once every two weeks when mature to maintain appearance. Red to coral blooms form on tall stalks late spring through early fall. Plant in groups for mass effect or mix in with cactus or succulents for a beautiful addition of color.

 

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

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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. 

 

 

When you are at one of our nurseries, be sure to talk to our experts about ways in which you can get your flowering shrubs to bloom to the max with any of our beneficial fertilizers. While you’re at it, simply follow our flying friends to their favorites and get the planted in your yard today.

Topics: Monthly Tips

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

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 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!

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The Crape Myrtle (Lagerstroemia) is our favorite and it is the #1 selling flowering tree at Moon Valley Nurseries due to its ability to offer something for every season. The spring season is when this tree really shines with its large clusters of flowers (think football size) that cover 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.

Topics: Flowering Trees

Top Health Benefits Of Landscaping

Posted by Garrett Cleverly on 4/26/2017

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We all have crazy and fast-paced lives. Between the 40+ hour work weeks, what seems to be endless commitments to family and friends, and the random errands that consistently pop up it really is hard to stop everything your doing to literally smell the roses.

On today's blog that is what we are doing. We're going to try our best to convince you to stop the hustle and to get outside and to smell the roses. This is especially true during this time of year and you do not want to miss it. Flowers are blooming, butterflies and hummingbirds are everywhere, and the temperature is still amazing.

Our nursery pros are outside everyday, and we asked all of them what health benefits that brings them throughout the week.

Burn Calories
Have you been dreading that 4-mile run? It's ok, we all dread it too! Instead of a run, consider doing some light maintenance on your yard. Need to mow the lawn? That can burn around 300 calories. Are the weeds looking nasty? Pull them for an hour and you have burned more than 200 calories. Even watering and just walking around your landscape can burn calories. Most of these are equivalent to that run you've been dreading! Check out this link from CalorieLab that has even more calorie burned ratios for lawn and garden care.

Eat What You Grow
When you're at the grocery store, you're at the mercy and trust of what was applied to the vegetables and fruit your about to eat. Bottom line is that you may never know. When it comes to growing you're own food, you know exactly what is in the soil and what you have fertilized them with. PLUS, gardening with the little ones is a great way to expose them to those nasty vegetables they have been pushing off the dinner plate. By allowing them to participate in the process from seed to food they will be able to reap the rewards. And finally, it has been proven that gardeners take in more vitamins and minerals than those who do not garden. With all the extra food in the backyard, you're bound to eat it up!

Better For Your Health
You don't need to escape to the wilderness to improve your health. Little things like a view of nature outside a window of trees or a garden have proven in studies to have more positive influences of your state-of-mind compared to urban scene or even that plasma television. Many studies have shown that just by looking outside your window at trees can reduce blood pressure and walks around your landscape can make you a better task performer and a decreased in anger compared to walks around an urban area. Neighborhoods that have green spaces or community garden areas have shown lower incidences of stress, lower health care coasts, and an improved quality of life. If you have time check out this guide from Naturesacred.org. It further discusses the health benefits of nature and landscapes.

Cleaner Air
Trees and shrubs are amazing. Without them, we may not all be here. While we are stressing throughout the day these amazing plants are constantly improving our air quality. Studies have shown that a tree can remove up to 26 pounds of carbon dioxide from the air. That's about one cars yearly annual output. Another study showed that one acre of trees can remove up to 26,000 tons of unwanted gases and particles in the air. Trees and shrubs can remove dust, smoke, and other pollutants from the air and even inside our home. There are many indoor houseplants that act as natural filtration systems. No need to spend hundreds of your hard earned money on a machine. Put a few houseplants in your home and you'll notice the difference right away! Click here to see the top indoor houseplants we recommend to cleaner air.

There are even more ways that landscaping can improve your health and we'd love to hear about it below! Sound off the in comments by sharing the benefits it brings to you.

If you have any questions on how to properly landscape your home for these amazing benefits, be sure to visit us and speak to one of our certified nursery pros. You can map us right here! Hope to see you soon.

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