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For The Best Trees On Earth Go Straight To The Moon

Posted by Garrett Cleverly on 7/19/2017

Learn Why MooN Valley Nurseries
Has The Best Trees

They really are from out of this world!

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At Moon Valley Nurseries, we always say "for the best trees on Earth go straight to the Moon!" But what does this mean?

Our owner Les Blake, who started Moon Valley Nurseries in 1995 with the first location in Phoenix, has provided a fantastic description of why our trees are far superior to what you will find at other nurseries.

In order to provide the highest quality trees for our demanding clients, our professional arborists here at Moon Valley Nurseries clone each specimen tree from very specific cuttings in state of the art laboratories at our tree farms and growing yards. Using proven techniques that we've developed over 20 years to maintain the utmost genetic purity, we only create our specimen clones from cuttings of the absolute best, purebred trees in existence.  These cuttings originate from mother trees that are more than 50 to 100 years old and exhibit distinct qualities the allow them to perform ideally for their designated use.  In addition to amazingly pure genetics, the care that we take to grow our trees is what really sets them apart from any other trees available today. All of our trees are irrigated with specially designed, enhanced water systems to ensure downward growing, minimally invasive yet strong root structure. In addition, we utilize our own custom designed, time release fertilizers along with our famous Moon Dust on every tree to ensure each receives all the proper major and micro nutrients to thrive in our climate. This custom blend of nutrients lasts for 18 months, creating ideal conditions for perfect root and branch development. Continue to use Moon Dust after planting but you'll have piece of mind knowing that our nursery pros and decades of experience were already working to make sure your new trees are the best possible, years before we plant them in your yard. Grower direct from our farms to your yard.... The best trees on Earth come from the Moon!

We have thousand acre growyards that are quite the sight to see. It is at these locations where we grow our trees to impressive heights that you will not be able to find at any other nursery or hardware store. Because we grow everything we sell, we can determine which tree will be the best for our region. Many other nurseries and hardware stores bring their trees in from Florida where the trees are not grown from mother trees and they have not been acclimated to our climate. Don't fall for something that is cheaper and a less superior product. If you want the best you to go to Moon, where we have trees so big they can already provide shade for your home, fruit and citrus so big they can produce homegrown good instantly, and flowering trees that can add instant curb appeal. 

At other nurseries and hardware stores you will have to wait years for these trees to grow in. At Moon Valley Nurseries, the only waiting you're doing is watching out professional installation team plant the trees for you for free. 

Monthly Landscape & Garden Tips For Southern California (July)

Posted by Garrett Cleverly on 7/12/2017

 Keep your landscape looking good all summer long

How to water, what to plant and more!

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

 

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

  • Watering: With temperatures starting to creep up on us, it's always a good eye to keep an eye on the material in your landscape to see how it is responding. Some material in our landscapes will need a little extra water to get through these hotter months. Remember, to always deep water no matter what month we are in. Short applications are not effective as the water does not completely saturate the entire root zone. Slow and steady wins the race here. For more information on our watering schedule,  download our water guide.
  • Fertilizer: As it gets hotter a tree or two, or maybe even a palm may experience some heat stress. No need to panic as our nursery pros have developed custom blended fertilizers that are designed to trigger growth responses and supplement the essential micro and macro nutrients that plants need to thrive in Southern California.  We have fertilizers for everything on your landscape. From palms, to fruit and citrus, to flowering trees. In addition, we also have fertilizers that can assist in the material on your landscape that is still recovering from any stress. These can be purchased at all Moon Valley Nursery locations or online
  • Mulch: This is perhaps the easiest you can do, plus a layer of mulch always looks fantastic. Adding a few inches of mulch can help keep your soil cool during the warmer summer months and warm during the cooler days. Mulch is available at any Moon Valley Nurseries location

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

paloverde.pngDesert Museum Palo Verde
This tree is becoming a must-have for all Southern California homeowners! Shade, flowers, and attractive multitrunk growth is what has made this tree so popular so fast. Additionally, this tree is water wise and once established you have to water once to twice per year. It is an amazing tee. It is also a hybrid different older Palo Verde species that brings our the best qualities in each. The trunk has a blue-green color that provides a great contrast to its yellow flowers and the layered shade provides two great benefits, as the tree looks light in your yard while providing sunlight to any shrubs you'd like to plant below the massive umbrella shaped canopy. The flowers will bloom at multiple times throughout the summer. 

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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. 

majestic-1.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. 

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

Crape 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.

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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.

 

 

 

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

 

 

king-2.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-1.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.

 

Monthly Landscape & Garden Tips (July)

Posted by Garrett Cleverly on 7/12/2017

 Keep your landscape looking good all summer long

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We are just one month into the three month summer season that we'd all like to fast forward, and if you have been keeping up with our blog, we're sure your landscape is looking like the best in the neighborhood. If you haven't been keeping up with our regular monthly landscape and garden tips, now is a great time to read up on what our experts recommend for a fantastic looking landscape all summer long. 

If the material in your landscape is starting to show heat stress, do not panic! We are here to help you. Below, our nursery pros have covered some important areas for you when if comes to summer tree care. If you have any further questions, you are more than welcome to give us a call or you can visit any of our nursery locations. 

To Do List:

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

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

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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.

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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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This hybrid Chilean Mesquite brings all the classic desert look with a few beneficial surprises. For starters, this is a thornless variety of mesquite! No need to worry about hurting your hands when around this tree. It has a wide canopy of soft, bright green, fern like foliage covering its dark twisting branches. No two Chilean Mesquite trees are the same as the branches always have a different growth pattern. Available with single or multiple trunks, our drought tolerant hybrids can fill many landscape needs with the versatility of being able to grow in the open desert, transitional areas and even in lawns.  

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

desert-2.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 out 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.

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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.

 

Crape-2.pngCrape Myrtle
A beautiful flowering tree, the Crape Myrtle is available in many different varieties and colors. These small to medium sized trees are summertime bloomers offering an abundance of color throughout the season. These are easy to plant in tight areas due to their small non-invasive root structure. Click to see more flowering trees

 

 

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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.

 

 

 

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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.

 

 

 

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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.

 

 

How To Create A Layered Backyard

Posted by Garrett Cleverly on 7/6/2017

 Become the envy of your neighborhood

Learn the tricks the pros use!
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 In every neighborhood, no matter where you live, there is always the home with the perfect layered landscape and the home that has a landscape but it is one big unorganized mess. For the majority of us homeowners, our landscapes are somewhere in the middle of these two and we know for sure that we do not want to be the home with the unorganized landscape. 

So how does your home become the one in the neighborhood with the perfect layered landscape that has the ground layer, foreground, midground, and background.

Layers

Ground Layer 
This is the lowest layer of plants and turf that are no more than a foot off the ground. This area covers the bar soil and allows a natural buffer so you're not hugging the foundation with bigger plants or trees that can spill into the street or sidewalk.

The plants and turf used in this area should be selected for their compact growth and can be annuals, ground covers, and low perennials. This area can also provide a cover for the bases of plants in the foreground layer.  

Foreground
The next vertical level is the foreground which features plants between the heights of twelve to twenty-four inches. The foreground is always small shrubs, smaller tropicals, larger annuals, small hedge material, and medium-sized perennials that form the edge of the plant beds. 

Similar to the ground layer, these plants can be planted in mass quantities and they can be used to fill in larger spaces created by the midground. You can also allow these plants to spill in and out of the ground layer.

Midground
This area features plants from two to six feet. These plants are medium to larger sized shrubs, larger tropicals, dwarf varieties, and larger hedge material.

The midground takes up the bulk of the space and serve several functions by filling in areas, linking the lower layer and buildings to taller plants, and texture throughout the yard, 

Background
This is the layer that features the biggest trees and shrubs. Trees and shrubs planted in this area are used to block views or to provide shade. 

Trees and shrubs in this area take up bulk mass and can make a dramatic vertical statement, which is usually a focal point. Avoid large gaps in the vertical heights when moving from the foreground to the background layer. 

These steps can help you get started when thinking of the landscape for your home. If you need additional help, the professionals at Moon Valley Nurseries offer free landscape design consultations. They are dedicated to making your house or even your business the nicest on the block. To schedule your design consultation, you can visit any of our nursery locations or you can schedule your appointment right here.

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How To Care For Succulents In Southern California

Posted by Felipe Benavides on 7/6/2017

 Keep your succulents looking good all year long

Easy steps anyone can do!

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Succulents are an amazing addition to any landscape and they get extra bonus points because they can grow in both warm and cold seasons. Everyone loves to have the unique colors, textures, shapes, and flowers that can add variety to any spot in your yard. People throughout California and the world for that matter rave about these easy succulents are to grow and care for. There are endless ways you can plant them and since they all bloom are different times throughout the year,  you can expect them to have interesting colors almost all year long! Here are some tips to help your succulents thrive, whether you’ve got them planted in a rock garden or in a nice pot.

Water Requirements
If you purchased a succulent in a black plastic nursery pot be sure to remove it right away and plant into the ground or in a non-plastic container (plastic can significantly increase the heat around the plant's root zone.) Most succulents will need some water all year long and need to be watered thoroughly. Once established, most can go for long dry periods before receiving any water thanks to the water that’s stored in the actual plant. For best results, water early in the morning so the succulent will have enough time to dry out to prevent rotting and sunburn. If Santa Ana weather conditions persist, we recommend watering in-ground succulents every 10 to 14 days. If you’re growing in a container, watering once a week is sufficient. It’s important to remember to never allow succulents to sit in water, these plants hate wet feet because it can lead to rot and disease.

Light Needs
Unless the weather is extremely hot, most succulent varieties will need at least half a day to a full day of sunlight. In areas where the weather is very hot, we recommend placing them in a nice spot with some afternoon shade. Unfortunately, once sunburn patches are prevalent, they cannot be reversed, so be sure to pay attention to sun exposure. Of course, your plants in the sunniest areas will also require a bit more water.

Fertilizer and Soil Requirements
Most succulents can do just fine with very little fertilizer. We recommend feeding and watering them with a well-balanced fertilizer once a month. Too much fertilizer can encourage too much growth, which in turn will give your plant a weedy look, so keep this mind when feeding. When it comes to soil, succulents require good drainage and aeration. Always remember, that they do not want to sit in water. 

For erosion control and Firescaping
In Southern California, the probability that you have a slope somewhere on your property is high. As far as succulents go for erosion control, you’ll want to avoid the ice plant because as the mass grows heavy, it may slide down a slope and take much of the soil with it. Instead, we recommend planting succulents on a slope as an accent. Wildfires are something we need to worry about here in Southern California especially in the inland areas where wildfire is a common occurrence. Fleshy succulents, such as Sedum are a great choice for any firewise landscape because they store water in their tissue, which can resist fire. Another good choice for a firewise landscape design is Ice Plant (Delospema nubigenu), which can also add a brilliant splash of color.

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How to Create a Tuscany Style Backyard

Posted by Garrett Cleverly on 7/6/2017

 Bring Italy to your home

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Have you always dreamed of bringing back the romance and luxury of the Tuscan landscape?

Fortunately for those of us living in the Southwestern United States, designing and planting a Tuscany inspired landscape is easy when you pick out the right trees and shrubs for our region and the experts at Moon Valley Nurseries offer a wide range of trees and shrubs that are native to Tuscany and the Mediterranean. 

Cypress-3.pngItalian Cypress
While searching for photos of Tuscany online you would be hard pressed to find a photo of the region that does not feature an Italian Cypress (Cupressus sempervirens 'Glauca'). These trees are found everywhere in Tuscany due to their many landscape applications. They can be planted in rows for maximum privacy, used to line a street or driveway, or they can be planted in the front of your home for a formal eye-catching entrance. The Italian Cypress that we offer at Moon Valley Nurseries is both drought and heat tolerant once established. Homeowners can expect the lush blue-green foliage to stay healthy and vibrant all-year long.

olive-3.pngFruitless Olive
In no way can it be a Tuscan style backyard without an olive tree, one of the three core ingredients of the Mediterranean cuisine (the other two are grapes and wheat). At Moon Valley Nurseries, we offer fruitless olive trees (Olea europaea 'Wilsonii'), meaning that you do not need to be cleaning up the mess every yearThe Clark County, LV, NV Department of Air Quality, has approved our "certified fruitless strain." This certification is especially important to our customers in Las Vegas, Nevada, and Phoenix, Arizona as fruit bearing olive trees are illegal in certain counties. This drought tolerant, medium-sized tree is perfectly suited for a Mediterranean Southwest garden style. Make this Fruitless Olive a focal point in your landscape and install nighttime landscape lighting in and around this tree to exhibit the interesting multi-trunk structure and eye-pleasing gray/green and silver foliage.

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Nursery professional and area manager Sal offers his description of the Mediterranean Fan Palm (Chamaerops humilis):

"The reason why I like to sell the Mediterranean Fan Palm and why I like to plant them in many landscapes is that they are extremely hardy and very versatile palms. They are not too green and tropical, which allows them to fit into a lot of landscapes especially the Mediterranean style landscape. In addition, you get the added benefit of it being a dwarf palm.  A lot of customers homes that we plant at do not have enough room to add a tall palm. The Mediterranean Fan Palm is a great solution because it will not grow tall. Additionally, this is one of the most hardy palms. I always suggest it to my friends and family because I want to plant something that will survive in their landscape. And finally, another great benefit is that these palms look really classy when we plant them in pots. The showy multi-trunk growth pattern on these palms really accentuates the bright colors on the pot."

canary-3.pngCanary Island Date Palm
If you're looking for a palm that just says 'wow', look no further than the Canary Island Date Palm (Phoenix canariensis). These palms  have a wide beautifully brown colored trunk accented by their pineapple cut crowns and their deep green, exotic looking fronds, that make this an extremely showy palm and focal point. These are gorgeous when lit up at night and work well by themselves or planted to line walk-ways, pools, sitting areas and driveways. 

 

oleadner-6.pngOleander
These trees just love the hot summer months, which makes them an ideal flowering tree or shrub for your landscape. The Oleander (Narium oleander) displays a long lasting bloom that comes in clumps of red, white, and pink. The blooms are vibrant may extend into the warmer winter months. Ideally planted in groups or rows, the Oleander is great for our customers who are seeking privacy hedges, area screens, and property borders because of its ability to keep a thick coat of dark green leaves throughout the year.

 

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One of the most stunning trees on display, the Live Oak (Quercus virginiana) is a great choice for our region because of its adaptability, performance in the hot summer months, and its ability to grow in tough soil conditions. Its name is derived from its ability to “live” throughout the winter when other oaks are dormant or leafless. It has a wide canopy of dark green leaves and when planted in rows it can give your landscape a privacy wall or shade barrier that provides immense protection and beauty.

 

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Landscaping with Juniper plants is easy and it offers many beautiful options and uses. Junipers vary in size and shape and they are evergreens with needle-like and/or scale-like leaves and come in many forms ranging from low-growing shrubs to tall, slender trees. Junipers are a great plant for filling in space fast and can be used as a ground cover, screen or vertical feature. They can also be planted in containers. 

 

 

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Rosemary (Romarinus officianalus) is a very hardy herbaceous shrub with many ornamental uses in all styles of landscaping. Easy to grow in a variety of soils, rosemary has been a mainstay of gardens for decades. Trailing variety can reach thigh high or be trimmed under 1 ft tall and allowed to spread as a ground cover. In raised planters and pots they will trail straight down the sides. Upright Rosemary can reach heights up to 5’ and more than 3’ across if desired. Very suitable for the sun or part shade Rosemary is very drought tolerant if watered deeply when young.

 

windmill-1.pngWindmill Palm
A narrow and vertical palm, the Windmill Palm (Trachycarpus fortunei) is one of the most durable palms you can plant in your landscape. 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. It’s a neat, small scale fan palm that is great for use in small patios, narrow spaces, gardens, entryways, and any place in your landscape where a calming effect is desired. Looks fantastic around swimming pools, where mirror smooth water can reflect the graceful shapes of the Windmill Palm.

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Bougainvillea (Bougainvillea spp.) come in three different varieties; bush form, vine form and Torch Glow, which is a more compact variety. Bougainvillea loves the heat and are an extremely drought tolerant plant once established. They are heavy bloomers throughout Spring and Fall. While extremely hardy in the desert heat, these plants can be damaged by hard frost and should be protected.

 

 

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How To Properly Care For Your Tree In the Summer

Posted by Garrett Cleverly on 6/29/2017

 must read for a fantastic landscape all summer

Tips and tricks from our nursery pros!

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Summer is here and with it comes special requirements on how we need to take proper care of everything on our landscapes. Proper care now and throughout the entire summer can result in a fantastic looking landscape when we enter the fall season.

There are many steps you can take for proper care and all of them are pretty simple, do not require a lot of skill, and can be done right away. Our nursery pros, who all have decades worth of experience in providing proper care for our desert and non-desert trees have identified five key areas and steps you can take to providing great care for your yard all summer long. If you have any questions, our nursery pros are always available and willing to help you out. Click here to find the nearest nursery to you.

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This is the most crucial thing when it comes to keeping your landscape looking good all summer long. For starters, you want to water early in the morning sometime between 4 a.m. and 8 a.m. as this reduces the evaporation loss. 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 three feet deep and with shrubs at least one foot deep. Use a soil probe to determine the depth of watering.

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During periods of sustained excessive heat, we recommend adding one day or irrigation to your watering cycle - this is the easiest and most crucial step to take in protecting your plants. You want to avoid over-watering your trees, but the soil should be somewhat moist for most of the day. Unlike the regular weather, it's advisable to keep the soil around your trees moist, rather than let them dry between watering.

 

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With the monsoon season just around the corner, it is time to think about pruning your tree to avoid any snapping limbs and trunks that come with those microbursts. You're probably thinking about the old tree on your property, which is smart, but don't forget about the young tree. They can also suffer damage during the monsoon season. Having your trees trimmed by an ISA Certified Arborist who understands healthy tree structure is your best for avoiding problems. If you are a do-it-yourself kind of person, our nursery pros have laid out three common mistakes that most people make. Be sure to check that out.

Some other things to consider when pruning is removing dead wood ASAP. Dead wood cannot bend under pressure like living branches. Trees like the Desert Museum Palo Verde or Chilean Mesquite are supposed to have layered canopies. You should be able to see the sun when standing under the tree. If you cannot see the sun consider thinning out your tree. Look for any cracks. They will be splitting sooner rather than later and with the monsoon season approaching that could be at any time. If you have any questions about your tree you can ask the nursery pros at any location. 

 

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For those of us who live out in the desert, we have all had our fair share of sunburns. They are very painful and very inconvenient. Fortunately, we can retreat to our homes, put extra layers on, or even wear sunscreen. Now, our trees are not this fortunate as they can also get a nasty sunburn, but they can't just run inside the house to avoid the sun. When a tree gets a sunburn, the trunk and branches appear dried or cracked and become susceptible to diseases and rot.

To avoid a sunburn, especially on fruit and citrus, as well as younger trees and plants, wrap or paint your trees. Any reflective paint or wrap around the trunk will work. We offer tree wrap at all of our nursery locations.

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Even with proper care, there may be a tree or shrub that just isn't handling the heat that well. That is ok, as there are solutions to these problems. With so many fertilizers on the market, it can be overwhelming trying to find the correct one for your landscape. Fortunately, the nursery pros at Moon Valley Nurseries have eliminated the headaches and guessing game for you by developing highly specialized blends of fertilizer designed to trigger growth responses for our native soils. Below is a quick overview of the fertilizers Moon Valley Nurseries offers.

Supercharged Moon Juice - Learn more
When to use: New planting, freeze/frost damage, wind/physical damage, and heat/summer stress

Super Palm Juice - Learn more
When to use: New planting, stressed or yellowing palms, heat stress

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

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

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

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Mulch is quite often overlooked as a great way to provide excellent care to your trees and shrubs in the summer. For starters, mulch can help keep the soil cool and it can cut down on surface evaporation. By cutting down on surface evaporation, it increases the ability of the soil to retain moisture, which can then decrease the amount of watering you need to do. Mulch will eventually break down, which in turn will provide nutrients to the soil. And lastly, it can help reduce weeds. We know that you do not want to pull weeds in the summer. Eliminate that horrendous chore with some mulch.

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Common Tree Trimming Mistakes

Posted by Paul Popoff on 6/23/2017

 Top trees for amazing pink flowers

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Many customers don’t understand the value of having your trees and plants professionally pruned. Improper pruning can lead to a variety of different problems including killing your trees, palms or shrubs. We always recommend that you hire a professional to do this, because not only will the trim it properly, but it will look aesthetically pleasing as well. We see trees every day that have been butchered by homeowners and it makes us very sad. However, if you are a do-it-yourself kind of person, here are three simple tips to keep in mind when you do your next trimming.

#1 Clean your Clippers
Have you ever actually cleaned your pruning shears, saws or clippers? We didn’t think so. Dirty pruning equipment can lead to a host of problems including spreading diseases from one plant to the next. We recommend that you use the dip and clip method whenever you are pruning your landscape. The dip and clip method means that every time you trim one thing before you move onto the next, you dip your pruning equipment into a bucket of bleach water. This will disinfect your equipment and stop the spread of bacteria or disease from one plant to the next. To make a disinfectant solution simply take one part bleach to 5 parts water and mix it well in the bucket. You can use this for your whole landscape. Clean and replace as needed.

Once you are finished, be sure that you wipe down your blades and pruning equipment before storing it so the next time you go to use it, it is nice and clean. Remember, every time you trim your trees and plants you are creating an open wound and this is when the plants and trees are the most susceptible to infection and insects.

#2 Proper Pruning Methods
Many people go out and just start cutting and hacking off limbs and branches from their trees paying no mind to how they are affecting the tree. Proper pruning methods mean you are trimming the correct branch or limb and making a clean cut that will not hurt the trees. When you cut limbs or branches off you are going to send the trees into a state of shock, the easier you make it on them the easier it is for them to bounce back. Following the 3 cut method is the best way to keep your tree and palms from stressing out too much.

Once you have finished pruning your tree and cleaned your pruning equipment, be sure to apply Super Charged Moon Juice to each and every tree that was trimmed. This will help it from going into shock and it will help the trees and plants to begin regenerating new growth. The healthier you can keep your trees and plants the less likely they are to be affected by disease, insects or infections.

#3 Prune the Right Trees at the Right Time
Lastly, the biggest mistakes you can make when taking on a landscape pruning job is to trim the wrong trees, palms, and plants at the wrong time of the year. Different varieties of trees and plants are going to react differently when being pruned. For example, pruning delicate items such as roses in the middle of summer will make them open to being sunburnt, but they are less prone to burning when being pruned in the winter time like they are supposed to be.

During this time of year (summer) we recommend that you do minimal pruning on things, except those that need it. This is, however, the best time of year to get all your palms trimmed up and ready for the growing season. We also recommend that you have a professional come out and look at your property prior to our heavy summer winds that we are so prone to.

These steps will help you get started if you are thinking of tackling your own backyard trimming. If pruning still feels like a task too large to handle on your own give the experts at our tree care division a call at 602-814-0355 or fill out a form here and we will contact you and help you get started with your trimming project.

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Top Palms To Plant This Summer

Posted by Garrett Cleverly on 6/15/2017

 Never too hot to plant moon valley trees

Create a tropical paradise!

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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. 

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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.

 

 

 

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Compact size and ability to thrive in the hot summer months and ability to survive the cool winters have 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.

 

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The ultimate palm for your pool, the Date Palm is 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.

 

 

 

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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.

 

 

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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 for 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.

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Top 3 Landscape Mistakes Everyone Makes

Posted by Paul Popoff on 6/14/2017

 Avoid these common landscaping mistakes

A must read for every homeowner!

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Landscaping a home can be a very nerve-racking time. There is a lot that goes into making sure your investment is done 100% correct or you risk wasting a lot of your hard earned money and time. To make this process a little easier we have laid out the top 3 (there are more but you can contact us here to find out more) landscaping mistakes that nearly every homeowner tries to make or has made.

Where Should I Plant My New Trees?
One thing you will hear nursery pros say all the time is, “The right tree for the right space”. But what does this mean? It means that you should always take the space you are planting your new tree into consideration when choosing your new tree. Some trees grow more upright, some grow wider than others, and some grow taller and wider. So what do you do? The best thing you can do is ask a certified nursery professional, like the ones at all Moon Valley Nursery locations.  Below are a few recommendations for trees in tight spaces along with trees for larger areas. 

Trees for tight spaces

Ficus-2.jpgColumn Ficus “Hollywood Hedge”
Our Hollywood Style Hedges are narrow upright growers that work very well in tight areas where there is not a lot of room for planting or for allowing a tree to get to wide. These are great for privacy as well as blocking out unwanted noise and providing great cooling shade. Click to see more privacy hedges

 

 

 

queen-palm-3.pngPiru Queen Palm
The Piru Queen Palm is the absolute best variety of Queen Palm available. Thicker trunks, fuller crowns make this Argentinean variety a customer favorite of Moon Valley Nurseries for over 20 years. Plant these in groups to create thick cooling shade, privacy, and to minimalize the planting area. Click to see more privacy hedges

 

 

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Moon Valley Nurseries grows the compacta variety of the Carolina Cherry, this is the best variety to grow in our Southwest climate. These tight growing column style plants are another favorite for tight areas that will provide privacy, shade as well as a great dark green color.

 

 

 

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The Japanese Privet is a deep green glossy-leaved tree that grows as a hedge or it can be trimmed to grow as a tree. The small root structure makes this ideal for planting in tight spaces, around pools, BBQ area, fire pits, patios, walkways, and more.

 

 

 

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These small dwarf variety palms add a splash of tropical flair to any landscape style and are extremely easy to grow and to establish in our climate. The multiple trunks that grow with the pygmy palm make this great for filling tight areas while having a minimal root structure and not being invasive.

 

 

 

crape-new.pngCrape Myrtle
A beautiful flowering tree, the Crape Myrtle is available in many different varieties and colors. These small to medium sized trees are summertime bloomers offering an abundance of color throughout the season. These are easy to plant in tight areas due to their small non-invasive root structure. Click to see more flowering trees

 



Trees for larger areas:

 

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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.

ficus-1.jpgFicus (Arizona and California 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.

 

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A fast growing tree that provides piercing beauty to any landscape, the Chinese Pistache is known for its bright red and orange leaves in the fall which makes it a reliable favorite for fall color every year. The tree produces a large canopy of shade while displaying showy and attractive dark green leaves during the summer. The Chinese Pistache is drought and cold tolerant and can grow in the full sun. Due to the Chinese Pistache's size, the tree is ideal when planted in an area where shade is needed.

 

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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! 

 

 

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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.

Planting too much or most likely too little
Homeowners landscaping a new property don’t always understand exactly how many or how few plants they may actually need. If you plant too many plants in an area, you may end up having to spend even more money down the road to have them removed and it can also raise maintenance costs for the property. If you don’t plant enough plants then you are going to have to do this all again later and this will increase more time spent plus the plants you wanted may not always be available. This is why before you plant, you should always consult with a Moon Valley Nurseries certified design pro. A good designer will listen to your goals and what you are trying to accomplish thus ensuring that your landscape project is done right the first time. 

Buying Trees and Plants from bad sources
The third and probably the most important step that most homeowners make when landscaping a new home is they go to the big box stores or to nonreputable nurseries in their area. Where you buy the material for your landscape is probably just as important as what you put in your landscape. Don’t be fooled by cheap prices and inferior products and don’t just buy a tree because it’s cheap, you get what you pay for.

Moon Valley Nurseries has certified tree professionals at all locations and is the largest box tree grower in America. Our trees are larger and grown only from our premium cuttings to assure that our customers are getting the best product available. Go where the pros go and make sure you speak with someone from Moon Valley Nurseries before you make one of these 3 critical landscape mistakes.

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