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Landscaping With Succulents in Southern California

Posted by Garrett Cleverly on 1/13/2017

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Contrasting colors, unique growth patterns, and minimal maintenance have made succulents a popular choice for homeowners looking to add a little something different to their landscapes.

Our region is an ideal growing area for succulents and  consider these succulents below if you're looking to turn a dull area into a carpet of unique color.

Succulent Requirements

Water
While all succulents have minimal, and we mean minimal water requirements, they are still like every other living thing on this Earth and will require water throughout the year. When it comes to watering, it is important to deep water to keep the soil moist but never soggy. Succulents do not like that. Also, allow the soil to dry out completely between waterings. The more established your succulents become, the less water they will require.

Soil
Well-drained soil is a must for all succulents. Like we mentioned in the water requirements above, succulents like the soil to be moist, but never soggy. Standing water is not ideal for succulents and can possibly kill your succulent.

Light
Succulents absolutely love the sun and need the sun to grow. However, because our region is quite big some areas can experience very hot summers. Now this doesn’t mean you cannot landscape with succulents. If just means that you need to provide some protection from the sun with afternoon shade.

Blue-Fingers.pngBlue Fingers
The color blue is quite rare when it comes to color on our landscape. This is why the Blue Fingers, also known as Blue Chalk Sticks, are becoming a popular choice for homeowners in our region. The Blue Fingers is a slow growing succulent, but in time it can form a “carpet” look if you’re looking to block out part of your landscape. The leaves are pencil thin and they grow upwards creating a jagged-like look.

 

 

Fire-Sticks.pngStick of Fire
This is one of the most unique succulents we offer at Moon Valley Nurseries. The color and the structure of this specimen looks as if the coral reef has been transplanted to your landscapes. Stick of Fire grow from the trunk of the succulent and protrude out in many directions. They maintain their green and orange color throughout the year and the tips turn a fiery red in the winter. It is really a sight to see. They can grow to the size of a medium shrub and can be planted in containers as well.

 

Echeveria.pngEcheveria
Echeveria are a genus of about 100 species of succulents. These drought-tolerant perennials typically grow in clusters and their colors can range from green, purple, pink, red, and orange. Even though there are 100 species, they all have a similar rosette growth pattern. Fantastic options to plant in the yard and in containers with other plants. They also look fantastic as table Center pieces.

 

 

Aeonium-Purple-Queen.pngAeonium Purple Queen
While the majority of succulents tend to stay close to the ground, the Aeonium ‘Purple Queen’ is one that will grow 3-4 feet tall if you’re looking to add a little something different. This beautiful plant has large purple leaves with a light green and tight rosette center. The purple color will become darker with age, giving it an appealing two-tone color.

 

 

Elephants-food.pngElephant’s Food
If all these colors are a tad too much and if you’re looking for something more traditional in color, consider the Elephant’s Food. This sprawling succulent is a wonderful option for any landscape with its beautiful red-brown stems and glossy green leaves. It can be planted in the grown or in containers. For added affect, plant in a hanging basket. They can be easily pruned and require minimal water.

 

 

Be sure to talk to any of the nursery pros at Moon Valley Nurseries about a free landscape design with succulents. We have a solution for every landscape and our pros are experts at helping all of our customers reach their landscape goals. Map a Moon Valley Nursery location near you today.

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Monthly Landscape & Garden Tips (January)

Posted by Garrett Cleverly on 1/11/2017

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The New Year is here and let's kick it off by taking better care of our landscapes throughout 2017. To help homeowners prepare for the colder temperatures, our nursery professionals have compiled a to-do list as well as their recommendations for planting this month.

Click For More: New Year, New Landscape - What To Do In Your Landscape For 2017

To Do List:

  • Winter Watering: We are still in the winter season and if you have not adjusted your watering schedule you will want to do it ASAP. In the winter months, you will want to cut back on the frequency of watering. However, make sure you are always deep watering and allowing time for the soil to dry out between waterings. You can download our   Winter Watering Guide  to help you get a better idea on how to just take care of your landscape.
  • Fertilization: The material in our landscapes is quite active during the winter months. Top growth slows down, but underground where the roots are, there is a lot of growth. That is beacsue the ground stays warmer allowing our trees and shrubs the ability to work on their root development. Fertilizing everything from your palms, shade trees, citrus, fruit, flowering trees, and even your dormant trees gives them all a boost to push through the winter and turn that into explosive growth in the spring. We recommend using our custom blended fertilizers for your landscape needs as they are specifically formatted for our soil and weather conditions. These can be purchased at all Moon Valley Nursery locations or online.
  • Vegetable Gardens: The winter is a great time to be planting your veggies. Our cold weather vegetables are going to be things like cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, kale, lettuce, peas, spinach and everyone's favorite tomatoes and jalapenos! These should all be started now and fertilized once a month while they are growing. These need to be watered regularly and given a chance to dry out in between each watering cycle. This helps them to develop good strong roots through post production.
  • Christmas Trees: Yes, we know that Christmas was a few weeks ago, BUT we know at least one homeowner still has the Christmas tree on their property with no idea what to do with it. If you’re that homeowner, be sure to check out our environmentally friendly ways to recycle your Christmas tree.

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

cypress.jpgItalian Cypress
No other tree captures the Tuscan landscape like the Italian Cypress and fortunately for us it performs extraordinarily well in our climate. Its tall elegant narrow shape allows it to be planted nearly anywhere in a landscape. Our customers have used the elegance of the Italian Cypress as a formal entrance, a backdrop, and as a border. In addition to their natural beauty, their ability to thrive in sunny climates with low water requirements and minimal maintenance has made it a popular tree for homeowners. Plus, it will stay green all year long.

 

Brazilian-Pepper-4.pngBrazilian Pepper
This attractive medium to a large evergreen tree is a wonderful option for homeowners looking for a durable tree that requires minimal maintenance while providing year-round shade. This tree is both cold and heat tolerant and can be grown with a single trunk or multi-trunk. It will keep its dark green foliage all year long and in the winter it produces showy bright red berries. A mature Brazilian Pepper will produce an umbrella-shaped canopy for those areas that need shade.

 

tipu-1.jpgTipu
When it comes to fast-growing, look no further than the always popular Tipu tree. This extreme water-wise and semi-evergreen tree has become one of the most popular trees we offer at Moon Valley Nurseries. Don’t be fooled by its delicate-looking foliage. This tree is tough and can thrive in intense desert heat and cold. The Tipu is a wonderful tree for a high canopy of shade and in the spring is produces golden blooms that are just exquisite.

 

 

Chinese-elm-1.pngChinese Elm
One of the best shade trees or those sun-drenched homes, the Chinese Elm is an attractive tree that can be planted as the focal point in any landscape. It absolutely loves the sun and the variety we carry at Moon Valley Nurseries does not weep. Ours is a fast growing tree that grows upright and round for maximum shade and curbs appeal. Its leaves are small and elliptic in shape and the bark sheds in a puzzle fashion. It's a fantastic option for any landscape seeking instant shade.

 

Olive-2.pngFruitless Olive
The best part about our olive trees is that they are fruitless. The unique, silver appearance of Fruitless Olive trees make them an interesting focal point in nearly all landscape styles. In addition, the natural, multiple trunks always create an artistic look, while bringing strength and flexibility to the tree. Olive trees keep their leaves all year which makes them great for creating privacy or blocking unwanted views. Fruitless Olives are very durable to heat, cold and require minimal water once established.

 

windmill-palm.pngWindmill Palm
One of the most unique palms that we offer at Moon Valley Nurseries is the Windmill palm. It’s narrow trunk and upright growth pattern has allowed hundreds of our customers to plant these in close proximity for an interesting multi-trunk appearance. It is both cold and hot tolerant and when shaved, the trunk exposes the colorful old frond layers giving it a unique look in any landscape.

 

 

Sago-palm.pngSago
A Sago may look like a palm tree, 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.

 


canary-island.pngCanary Island Date Palm
One of our favorite palms to plant, the Canary Island Date Palm is an eye-catcher. It’s elegant upright growth patterns, long reaching fronds that extend out in all directions and unique crown have made it a focal point in many landscapes. Also known as the Pineapple Palm, the Canary Island Date Palm is extremely durable, cold hardy, and it loves the sun. Its wide fronds can be used for shade and it’s very clean and formal appearance has made it a top option for homeowners looking to add palm trees.

 

 

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

Topics: Monthly Tips

New Year, New Landscape - What To Do In Your Landscape For 2017

Posted by Garrett Cleverly on 12/22/2016

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The New Year is right around the corner and so are fresh starts. If you've been looking at that landscape make it a New Year's resolution to finally do something with it.

At Moon Valley Nurseries we have streamlined this process to make it super easy for every homeowner. In addition to growing all the trees and shrubs, we design, deliver, and plant. Below are a few landscape ideas our nursery professionals recommend for a perfect yard in 2017.

pALO-vERDE-2.pngXeriscaping your landscape with water-wise trees and shrubs

We all know how precious water is in our region and an easy way to cut back on your personal usage is to xeriscape (landscape which requires little or no irrigation) your landscape with water-wise trees and shrubs. At Moon Valley Nurseries we not only grow and offer a fantastic selection of these type of trees and shrubs, but we also grow everything in our local climate. This allows it to be acclimated at planting compared to other nurseries who ship in their trees and shrubs from other states.

Our water-wise trees provide fantastic greenery and stunning color in landscapes. If you’re looking for flowers, consider the fast growing Tipu tree or the Museum Palo Verde. These two trees require almost no water once established, they provide a massive canopy of shade and bloom gorgeous yellow flowers in late spring. If you’re seeking massive shade, the California Pepper, and Chinese Elm are the way to go. Both of these trees are wide as they are tall and look amazing as a focal point in any landscape. 

Ash-2.pngAdding much-needed shade with fast growing trees

The weather may be a perfect 70 degrees right now, but in just a few months the summer temperatures will arrive and by then it’s too late if you’re looking to add some shade relief. To avoid this mistake, take advantage of our ideal planting season right now. Trees planted now will have enough time to establish a root system now and then top growth in the spring before the summer temperatures.

For massive shade, our favorites are the Ficus nitidaCarrotwood, Chilean Mesquite, and all Ash varieties (Arizona, Shamel, Fan Tex, Raywood, Modesto, and Berrinda). All of these trees are fast growing and develop tall and wide canopies of shade. The Chilean Mesquite and Carrotwood will create layered shade, which allows sunlight to reach any shrubs you may want to plant under the tree. The Ficus and Ash varieties foliage block out all sunlight.  The best part about these trees is that they require minimal maintenance. They are fantastic options to help lower your electricity bill, create natural shade for your car, or even a way to block out the sun next to the swing set.

Ficus.jpgCreating a privacy screen with hedge material

Right now is the best time to block out those unwanted views. Well, any time is really the best time, but why not start the New Year off with hedge material that will block that neighbor's second story window.

At Moon Valley Nurseries, we offer the best in hedge material. We call it our Hollywood Style hedges. These hedges provide instant and maximum privacy. At many of our customer's homes, there is an unwanted view in the morning and by the afternoon the unsightly site is gone. Consider the Ficus nitida columns, which are some of the highest hedges we offer. Some other fantastic varieties are the Japanese Privet, Carolina Cherry, Japanese Blueberry, Podocarpus, and Golden Bamboo. All of these trees are evergreen and can be easily trimmed to any desired shape. If you want to add a little color to your hedge, the Bottlebrush tree (red flowers), Oleander tree (red, white, or pink flowers), and Wax Leaf Privet (white flowers) are fantastic selections.

Orange-Tree-5.pngGrowing your own homegrown food

At Moon Valley Nurseries, we like to think that there is nothing more rewarding than being able to go into your backyard and hand select the freshest fruit from your very own fruit, citrus, and nut trees. Growing these varieties is easier than you might expect. Les Blake, Moon Valley Nurseries owner, and his grandfather began custom growing citrus and fruit trees more than 50 years go. Over these years, Les and his grandfather have developed custom root stock that is guaranteed to produce excellent tasting fruit.

We offer a wide range of fruit and citrus trees. Orange, lemon, lime, and grapefruit are the top varieties for our customers. In addition, we offer tangerine, tangelo, kumquat, nectarine, apricot, peach, plum, apple, fig, pomegranate, avocado (California only), pecans, walnuts, and almonds.

crape-1.jpgAdding a splash of color with flowering trees and shrubs

From the stunning purple flowers of Orchid trees to the large flower clusters on Crape Myrtles, there is nothing like flowering trees to create interest and aroma in your landscape. Flowering trees have many landscape applications. Some flowering trees require minimal water, others provide great shade, some can be used as a focal point or a way to add an accent color.  If a certain color is a must, we offer flowering trees that bloom in the following colors.

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

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

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

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

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

The Flowering Pear and Crape Myrtle will also produce stunning fall colors of red, orange, and brown. Our flowering trees come in many sizes so you’ll be able t feature your favorite colors prominently in your landscape.

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

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Monthly Landscape & Garden Tips (December)

Posted by Garrett Cleverly on 12/14/2016

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The winter season has finally arrived and that means changes to how we care for our trees and shrubs on our landscapes. To help homeowners prepare for the colder temperatures, our nursery professionals have compiled a to-do list as well as their recommendations for planting this month.

To Do List:

  • Christmas Trees: Moon Valley Nurseries’ has a fantastic selection of the World’s Best Christmas Trees. We carry Noble Firs, Douglas Firs, and Grand Firs in sizes for every home and every budget. All of our Christmas Tree have been expressed shipped within 48 hours of cutting to ensure the highest and freshest quality Christmas Tree. Our Christmas Trees have been a family tradition for more than 20 years. Click here to map us to start or continue your family tradition with Moon Valley Nurseries.
  • Winter Watering: With the thermometer dropping to winter temperatures, it is now time to adjust the watering schedule. In the winter months, you will want to cut back on the frequency of watering. However, make sure you are always deep watering and allowing time for the soil to dry-out between waterings. You can download our   Winter Watering Guide  to help you get a better idea on how to just take care of your landscape.
  • Fertilization: While the trees and shrubs essentially stop all top growth in the winter months they are actually all still growing. That is in the ground where the soil keeps its warmth and our trees and shrubs are working on their root development. Fertilizing everything from your palms, shade trees, citrus, fruit, flowering trees, and even your dormant trees gives them all a boost to push through the winter and turn that into explosive growth in the spring. We recommend using our custom blended fertilizers for your landscape needs as they are specifically formatted for our soil and weather conditions. These can be purchased at all Moon Valley Nursery locations or online.

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

Queen-Palm-4.pngPiru Queen Palm
Exclusively offered only at Moon Valley Nurseries’, our Piru Queen Palms have been grown purely from superior Argentine seedlings with better genetic traits. Our Piru Queen Palms feature thicker and harder trunks, greener palm fronds, and fuller crown than other Queen Palms. Our Piru Queen Palms can handle the hot and cold and thrive in the full sun. They are a fantastic option for homeowners looking to create a tropical paradise around their pool. Because we also grow our Piru Queen Palms at our farms in the local climate, they are already acclimated and have very low water requirements.

Japanese-Privet-2.pngJapanese Privet
If you’re looking for a tree with minimal maintenance requirements...and we mean MINIMAL, the Japanese Privet is one of the best options for you. At Moon Valley Nurseries, we offer Japanese Privets as hedge material and as trees. As a hedge, it can be trimmed into many different shapes and sizes and it is a fantastic option for privacy or to line a border. As a tree, the Japanese Privet is so clean that it can be planted near a pool. It produces beautiful white flowers in late spring and it’s foliage is thick with thick-waxy like leaves.

 

Califonira-Pepper.pngCalifornia Pepper
The California Pepper is a fantastic accent tree that is a favorite for the massive shade it produces, weeping graceful appearance, and exfoliating trunk. The California Pepper is an evergreen with an open spreading canopy that can handle the hot and cold months. One of the best aspects of this tree is that once it has becomes established it has very minimal water requirements. The trunk is gray when the tree is younger but as it gets older the trunk will peel exposing the red-inner wood.

 

Eldarica-Pine-1.pngEldarica Pine
If you’ve been If you’ve been looking for a way to keep that Christmas season alive all year long, look no further than the Eldarica Pine, which is also known as the living Christmas Tree. Native to the Caucasus Mountain of southern Russia, Afghanistan, and Pakistan, the Eldarica Pine is a very hardy evergreen pine that grows faster than other pine tree varieties, requires lower amounts of water, and it can provide a large amount of shade. It looks like a Christmas Tree with its classic cone-shape appearance and space between branches. Many customers purchase the Eldarica Pine and use it as a Christmas Tree before planting it in their landscape.

Olive-2.pngFruitless Olive
As the title suggest, we offer the highest quality fruitless olive trees you will find in the Southwest. All of our olive trees come from our farm that has been producing olive trees and olive oil for more than 50 years. The unique, silver color appearance of fruitless olive trees have made them a must-have focal point for many homeowners. Its multi-trunk growth pattern creates an artistic look and will give off that ‘wow’ factor. Our olive trees will keep their leaves all year long and they thrive in both the hot and cold and require minimal water once established.

 

Moon Valley Nurseries is your one stop shop for all your landscape needs. Our experts have decades worth of experience and they will be able to assist you with any projects or questions you may have. Remember to change your watering schedule as we enter the winter and be sure to map a Moon Valley Nurseries location right here

Topics: Monthly Tips

How to Keep Grass Green All Winter Long

Posted by Garrett Cleverly on 12/8/2016

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Lawn tips from the pros for winter lawn

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Topics: Monthly Tips

Top Trees To Plant In The Winter

Posted by Garrett Cleverly on 12/1/2016

The winter season is a fantastic season to plant in

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

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

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

 

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


privet-japanese.pngJapanese Privet

The Japanese Privet is an ideal solution for those who want an evergreen, low maintenance tree for a small to medium sized area. The Japanese Privet, while commonly seen in large shrub or hedge applications, can also be grown easily as a small to medium tree as shown. Ideal for courtyards in smaller patio homes, Privet trees are even clean enough to plant near pools.  Plant in rows or groups for privacy at upper level of the tree with shade below.

 

 

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

 

 

Moon Valley Nurseries is your one stop shop for all your landscape needs. Our experts have decades worth of experience and they will be able to assist you with any projects or questions you may have. Remember to change your watering schedule as we enter the winter and be sure to map a Moon Valley Nurseries locations right here

CLICK FOR IMPORTANT INFO  Winter Watering Guide

Topics: Monthly Tips, Winter Landscape Tips, Winter Planting

How To Create Instant Privacy With Trees & Hedges

Posted by Garrett Cleverly on 10/20/2016

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Top Reasons To Plant In The Fall Season

Posted by Garrett Cleverly on 10/13/2016

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

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

 

Magnolia-1.jpgMagnolia
Looking to add classic beauty with tons of variety to your landscape this spring? Look no further than the always popular Magnolia. A symbol of the South, the Magnolia is an eye-catching tree with its striking foliage, spreading and large canopy, creamy white fragrant blooms, and elegant evergreen appearance. The Magnolia is mostly known for its showy white blossoms and beautiful fragrant smell that comes with them. Magnolias are easy to grow and they thrive in our long summers. 

 

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

 

Brazilian-Pepper-2-1.pngBrazilian Pepper
Finding a tree that has both shade and color can be tough, but at Moon Valley Nurseries we have the Brazilian Pepper for those seeking a little something different. Tough with an ability to adapt to many environments, the Brazilian Pepper is an eye-catching evergreen that is known for its thick foliage and shiny red berries. In the spring, it produces showy clusters of white flowers which are followed by small red peppercorns throughout the fall.

 

 

tipu-1.jpgTipu
Looking to create a massive canopy of shade? Look no further than the Tipu tree. This water-wise, semi-evergreen has become a popular choice in the Western U.S. for its rapid growth and eye-catching apricot yellow flowers during the summer. In just a few years, the Tipu can reach heights of 25 feet quickly creating massive canopies of shade for your home, patio, home playground, or to protect the other plants in your yard from the summer sun. This tree requires little maintenance and it performs well in many soil and drought-like conditions.

 

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

 

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Instant shade, privacy, and curb appeal is what makes the Ficus our #1 selling tree. These trees perform well in any landscape and as an evergreen, the Ficus will keep its dark, dense and lush foliage all year long. They handle the heat very well and can be pruned to any shape. We offer three different variations of Ficus: Single-trunk, multi-trunk, and column, which are a great choice as a barrier for blocking sun, noise, wind, and those pesky neighbors. (Ficus not available in Las Vegas)

 

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Queen palms are the height of tropical beauty and appeal in just about any landscape. Moon Valley Nurseries' Piru Queen Palm variety is custom grown to be the benchmark for both durability and appearance for tougher growing climates. Grown from specific Argentine seedlings with superior genetic traits, Piru Queen Palms feature wider trunks, thicker crowns, and greener fronds then other queen palms. Our Piru Queen Palms are exposed to hot summers, cold winters, and dry climates to promote drought tolerance and water retention. The result of these growing conditions produces a palm that is better conditioned to extreme weather cycles, frost periods, and drought situations. 

October Landscape & Garden Tips

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

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

Below are a few trees our experts recommend planting for this month:
 
Ficus-8.pngFicus
The Ficus nitida is the most popular tree through our region for their instant shade, minimal maintenance, and versatility for just about any landscape. 
Don’t let the amazingly green appearance fool you as they are one of the most durable trees around. Lush, dense foliage provides dense canopies of shade from strong softwood branches. Many of our customers plant these along property lines as barriers for blocking sun, noise, wind, and views; as well as letting the exceptional beauty stand out on any property.  The foliage of the Ficus are very hardy and can be trimmed into topiary like shapes while handling the summer heat. The foliage is thick and it can provide some excellent privacy.

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

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

 
Palo-Vrede.pngMuseum Palo Verde
If you're looking for the "WOW" factor look no further than the Museum Palo Verde. It’s spreading, open canopy of shade is supported by blue-green, sculpture like trunks that provide a stark contrast to just about any landscape. In the spring, breathtaking yellow flowers emerge and cover the entire tree. The Museum Palo Verde’s layered shade makes the tree look light in your yard while providing very cooling shade for your home.
 
 
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Along with its beautiful green bark and fragrant foliage, the Camphor never loses its leaves, which makes this a great choice for the inexperienced or over-worked landscaper. Camphor trees are also known for attract small wildlife, which can add a great natural effect to your landscape. This tree is much faster growing than live oaks but provides the same benefits, making it a popular choice for those tired of the same old oak tree look.

 
Raywood-Ash-4.pngRaywood Ash
A popular choice for landscapes across the southwest, the Raywood Ash is known for its breathtaking display of rich red to deep burgundy foliage in the fall that gives any landscape a unique touch for the season. Its leaves drop off quickly after the fall season, allowing for an easy one time clean up. During the warmer months, the Raywood Ash is an ideal shade tree that grows more upright than it does wide. Its dark green foliage provides a sharp contrast to any landscape and looks great as a stand-alone or specimen shade tree
 
 
 
Shamel-1.pngShamel Ash
A classic looking "Legacy Type" tree, the Shamel Ash, also known as the ‘Evergreen Ash’, is a great solution for just about any landscape that needs a large, fast-growing shade tree. Capable of reaching great heights, the classic, larger-leaved, green foliage is attractive and compliments just about any landscape. It creates a massive canopy of shade and is a great climbing tree or even one to hang a swing off of!
 
 
 
 
Jacaranda-5.pngJacaranda
For a tree that puts on a truly spectacular floral show, consider a Jacaranda. These trees often grow with multiple trunks, making them an interesting addition to your landscape. In the spring and summer, the Jacaranda tree produces purple trumpet-like flowers. This tree grows very fast and provides a soft, filtered shade with incredible blooms.
 
 
 
 
 
 

Top 5 Trees For Fall Flowers

Posted by Garrett Cleverly on 9/15/2016

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Beautiful blooms of vibrant eye-catching flowers aren't just limited to the spring and summer seasons. We fortunately live in an excellent region that allows us to grow a wide range of trees. Even ones that will bloom into the fall. If you're looking to add a splash of color, or are looking for a "wow" factor, or even concerned about a flowering tree that can produce great shade, our nursery experts have picked out five of our best flowering trees.
 
pALO-vERDE-2.pngMuseum Palo Verde
If you're looking for long lasting color, curb appeal, and great shade no look further than the Museum Palo Verde. Quickly becoming a popular choice for our region, the Museum Palo Verde is supported by a striking  blue-green, sculpture like trunk that provide a stark contrast to just about any landscape. Blooms of vibrant yellow flowers emerge in the spring and cover the entire tree. Thoughout the year, the Museum Palo Verde will also bloom in the summer and fall. This tree prodices a wide canopy of layered shade that makes the tree look light in your yard while providing very cooling shade for your home.
 
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Tipu Tree
Favored for its almost ridiculous growth rate, the Tipu tree is a popular choice for many landscapes in our region. One of the best water wise trees, this semi-evergreen tree produces showy apricot yellow flowers during the summer that bloom into the fall. It produces a quick canopy of shade to cool your home, shade a patio or protect the other plants in your yard. It also requires little maintenance as it does extremely well in many soil and drought-like conditions.
 
 
oLEANDER.pngOleander Tree
These trees love our region and thrive even in the hottest of summer months, which makes them an ideal flowering tree for your landscape. The Oleadner produces star shaped flowers in red, white and pink from spring to fall. The trees look fantastic when planted in groups or in rows. The Oleander is a great tree for our customers who are seeking privacy hedges, area screens, and property border because of the trees ability to keep a thick coat of dark green leaves throughout the year. 
 
 
 
Vitex-3.pngVitex Tree
This multi-trunk tree is known for its breathtaking displays of purple blooms on long spikes that jet out at every growth tip during the late spring into early fall. The Vitex’s twisting trunks under the bright flowering canopy gives this tree a unique, grand appearance. Its canopy is large and layered, which allows sunlight to penetrate the ground below. The Vitex requires minimal water and little maintenance while its blooms attract many pollinating insects and hummingbirds.
 
 
crape-new.pngCrape Myrtle
Our customers are always looking for ways to add splashes of color to their landscape. With so many options and varieties, it can be a difficult choice. One of the best choices for beautiful bursts of color throughout your yard is the Crape Myrtle or Lagerstroemia. These awesome trees bloom from late spring through the early fall and are the perfect addition to any front or back yard. These small trees produce exquisite colors in purple, pink, red, and white and look aesthetically pleasing to the eyes when they are planted in clusters on side views or accent locations on your yard. Due to the hard and diligent work of plant breeders in our industry, there are now many cultivars being sold that are mildew and disease resistant. At Moon Valley Nurseries we only offer hybrids that are resistant to these diseases so our customers will not have to treat with harsh chemicals.
 
Planting right now with cooler days and nights will give your new flowering trees an excellent opportunity to hit the ground running with beautiful blooms. Plus, the upcoming fall season is always the ideal time to plant. If you have any questions regarding proper care of any of these beautiful trees, be sure to contact one of our nursery pros at any of our Moon Valley Nursery locations.