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How to Care for Raywood Ash

Posted by Felipe Benavides on 11/7/2017

raywood_ash_fall_colorThe Raywood Ash is our tree of the week for Arizona! We love these deciduous trees, and they put on a spectacular show when their beautiful dark green leaves transform to a deep burgundy color that is sure to get your yard noticed for all the right reasons! Also, since it’s deciduous, you’ll have an easy one time clean up! Of course, what we really love about them is that they can grow to be a beautiful tree with a canopy that is capable of providing plenty of widespread cooling shade when we need it most – in the summer!


Raywood Ash Love to Grow in Arizona!

Raywood Ash, (Fraxinus oxycarpa ‘Raywood’) trees are tolerant of strong winds so that they are ideal for growing in our area. Also, compared to other Ash species, they are more tolerant of dry soils. Take care of this beautiful tree, and it will reward you and your landscape for years!

Exposure and Where to Plant

These trees love to grow in a location that receives full sun exposure. Full sun exposure amounts to at least six hours of direct sunlight per day. These are well-suited as a spectacular lawn specimen and shade tree, so plant one now and enjoy the view!

How to Water

These trees are vigorous, fast-growers. A newly planted Raywood Ash can be deeply watered and allowed to dry between watering. Once established, these can be an excellent tree for any water-wise landscape. Click Here For Your Free Watering Guide!

How to Trimtree_trimming

Remember being a kid and drawing trees that looked like a lollipop? The Raywood Ash is one such tree and knowing how to trim one correctly will ensure that it looks fantastic all year long! If you’ve got a young tree, you’ll want to prune it in late fall to establish a central leader.

You will want to prune to remove any crossing, rubbing, or other branches that may need to be removed for optimal growth and health.

  • When removing branches, always trim back to the point of origin and make sure your cut is made on green-wood. Scrape away a thin strip of bark and look for brown wood underneath. Green wood is healthy wood.
  • You’ll want to trim back any damaged branches to a lateral branch and do this at least 6-inches into healthy wood. Also, to prevent any scrape wounds you’ll want to eliminate crossing branches.
  • If you see big scaffold branches directly opposite of each other, this can weaken the structure of the tree. You'll want to encourage the formation of other lateral branches spaced evenly. To do this remove whichever opposite branch is the weaker one.

Tools You’ll Need:

  • Garden Clippers
  • Pruning Saw

Tip: Wrapping the trunk in the summer is an excellent way to keep these trees healthy during the hottest times of the year!

If you don’t have the time, tools, or the skills required to trim you can always leave the trimming to our professional care division. Set up an appointment anytime and our professional crew will be glad to care for your tree properly.

Topics: Insider, landscape tips

Financing to Fit Your Needs!

Posted by Felipe Benavides on 11/3/2017

 

Complete Your Purchase Before the Holidays!

financing_dream_landscapeIs a new and beautiful landscape the number one thing on your holiday wish list? Do you dream of a beautiful yard that you can be proud of showing to your neighbors and family? We’ve got good news! We offer financing to fit your needs so that you can complete your whole purchase before the holidays! An instant landscape awaits, and with Moon Valley Nurseries it’s more affordable than you might think!

Why Use Our Financing

We get it. It’s not so easy to part with so much of your hard-earned money. The thing is, you really want to make your dream landscape a reality. After all, investing in your home is always smart, and a beautiful yard is a sure-fire way to increase property value! You can finance through the GreenSky program, and with credit limits up to $55,000, you can quickly and easily transform any size yard! And what makes this avenue even better is that you can make payments over time. Through GreenSky, we offer two options so that you can pick the plan that is right for you, making monthly payments that you can afford!

Funding a home improvement project via GreenSky allows you to conserve your money and your equity. And unlike many credit cards, funding a project with us means you can typically get a lower interest rate. In fact, we are now offering 12 months special financing with approved credit on any purchases of nursery product of $499 or more! Ok! So now that you went through the quick and easy application process and you’ve been approved, you don't need to wait to get the planting started! Finance your order, and you can get your trees planted at the right time of the year! This includes the big trees that provide shade, beauty, and help create an instant landscape that will make your home the envy of the neighborhood! Keep smiling because you’ll have that immediate landscape that yields instant gratification and do it without breaking the bank!

Tip: Nothing is due at signing!finance_backyard_paradise

An Instant Landscape Is Easy with Our Package Deals!

bundle_package_deals_Thanks to our package deals, it cannot get any easier to get an instant landscape today! You may have seen our packages as part of our direct mailers or perhaps you’ve seen our colorful ads in the newspaper with a variety of amazing package deals. Haven't you seen them? Well, maybe you missed it. That's ok because you can always click on our specials tab on the left side of our website, and doing this will also show you the incredible package deals catered to where you live! We’ve got you covered with the best package deals in town, whether you live in Arizona, California, or Nevada! And, you can always create your own personalized custom package deal, and our landscape design experts and nursery professionals will be glad to help! We’ve got HOA packages for our Arizona customers too (for the communities of Mountain Bridge, The Village, and Blackstone)! Once you’ve been approved, our package deals are waiting to be installed in your yard by our professional planting crew!

Free Landscape Design Consultations at Our Nurseries!customer_landscape_design

Did you visit one of our huge nurseries and fall in love with our vast selection of high-quality trees and plants? It’s easy to do, after all, we are the growers, and we can assure that our premium quality trees, palms, succulents, and other plants are far above and beyond anything you’ll find at any other nursery. So now that you went through the quick and easy application process and you’ve been approved, you can dream big! Maybe while you were admiring our vast selection, you started to think of landscaping designs and how you just need a little more help in turning those ideas into a reality. Well, you can take advantage of our free landscape design consultation at any of our nurseries! In fact, our professional landscape designers will virtually hold your hand through the entire process!

Click Here For Easy Financing!

With quick and easy financing within reach, you are just days from turning your dream landscape into a reality. See, with Moon Valley Nurseries and our easy financing options, wishes do come true!

Topics: Insider

Brazilian Pepper Tree Care Guide

Posted by Felipe Benavides on 11/2/2017

brazilian_pepper-1.jpgThe Brazilian Pepper is our tree of the week in Arizona! It’s easy to see why, after all, the Brazilian Pepper tree (Schinus terebinthifolius) offers year-round beauty and is the perfect medium-to-large-sized tree for patios and in any garden setting. Its beautiful dark green foliage provides a picturesque backdrop for the showy bright red berries that appear in winter, just in time for the holiday season! This evergreen tree is a favorite in the summer too, thanks to an umbrella-shaped canopy that provides plenty of shady relief. And here in Arizona, we could use as much shade coverage as we can get during those blistering hot days!

 

Brazilian Pepper Tree -  A Natural Fit for Arizona Landscapes!

No doubt about it, the Brazilian Pepper loves the heat, so it’s a natural fit for any yard in Arizona. We like to plant them as a focal point in front yards, where they are sure to add curb appeal! They are a fantastic addition to any size yard, just give them plenty of room to grow so that everyone can enjoy their colorful appearance all year long. We have specimens available in both single-trunk or multi-trunk form. Visit any of our Arizona nurseries today, and we will be glad to help you handpick the perfect Brazilian Pepper for the perfect spot in your yard!

Brazilian_pepper_backyardYes, once you have a Brazilian Pepper tree established, they are easy-to-care-for, low-maintenance trees. Here are some tips and suggestions so that you can keep your new tree looking healthy and vibrant! With a little TLC, you can enjoy the view of this colorful tree for years to come! Shade, beauty, year-round privacy, this Brazilian Pepper offers all this and more!

Exposure and Where to Plant 

Your Brazilian Pepper tree loves to grow in a spot that gets plenty of full sun exposure. These trees love the heat too, so they are perfectly suited for the warmest parts of Arizona, Nevada, and California. We also like to plant them so that they can create a natural privacy screen.

How to Water 

Brazilian Pepper trees are waterwise so that once established they can thrive with little to moderate water. This tree does best in a location with good drainage and aeration. Water as needed. Click Here For Your Free Watering Guide!

How to Trim 

Pruning is an excellent way to thin out their canopies and doing so may prevent them from invading other areas. You can prune these trees any time of the year. However, for best results and the betterment of your health, avoid pruning during the hottest summer months!

First, you’ll want to disinfect your tools with a 10-percent bleach solution. Next, cut all root suckers, leaving only one main vertical trunk on the tree. Using the bypass pruners, you'll want to cut branches up to ½-inch thick, use lopping shears for branches ½ to 1 ½ inches thick, and a pruning saw for branches that are larger than 1.5-inches in diameter.

brazilian_pepper_tree.pngPrune to Create a Relaxing Shade Spot: If you clear space under the tree, you can walk under it and enjoy the shade - great for an outdoor family picnic or respite from the blistering sun! To do this, you will want to cut off some lateral branches from the tree’s main trunk. Be sure to make each cut just outside the branch union, which is where the branch meets the main trunk.

Tools you’ll need:

  • Bucket or some other container
  • Chlorine bleach
  • Bypass pruners
  • Lopping shears
  • Pruning saw

If you don’t have the time or the skills, you can always leave the trimming to our professional tree care division. Call them anytime to set up an appointment so that you can have your trees cared for properly.

Topics: Insider

Best Time to Plant Palms

Posted by Felipe Benavides on 11/2/2017

palms_calming_naturePalms, we love them. Just the sight of them can bring back memories of the time you got away from it all when you got to lay in a hammock, surrounded by their fronds gently swaying in the tropical breeze, refreshing beverage in hand without a care in the world. Yea, these type of trees can give you that feeling, which is why they are such a favorite with us here on the mainland too – we want to feel like we’re on vacation even though we’re enjoying ourselves by just hanging out in our yard!

Besides their calming influence, these trees can improve the look of any landscape too. And as we all know; a beautiful yard equates to greater curb appeal as well as an increase in property value! Best of all, you can plant them any time of the year and caring for them is a breeze!

One of the great things about these trees is their versatility. You can find some growing in the wild in the Colombian jungles as high as 200 feet, and there are those that never get above 12 feet in height. There are some with underground trunks or branches that are clustering low to the ground that gives them a full and bushy appearance and are an excellent choice for ground cover or to divide properties. You can grow one indoors, such as Rhapis, and use them to add a tropically vibe to a room or plant them in groupings and use them as one of the most magnificent tropical hedges you can find! Single trunk or multi-trunk, there are varieties for every taste!

Proper placement is an important thing to consider before planting your new tree. Some of these trees need more sun than shade, and you’ll want to be sure that you don’t plant a shade loving one in a location that gets too much afternoon sun. Don’t worry though because the Moon Valley Nurseries experts have got you covered and know all about these trees and where to properly place them in your yard. And with free planting available on all box size trees, it cannot get any easier to improve your landscape!

Exposure: most young ones prefer growing in a shady location. As they grow, they can thrive in full sun or partial shade. We recommend moving an indoor one outdoors periodically in a spot with soft light.

Watering: irrigate newly planted trees often until established. Once established, they have little to moderate watering needs.Click Here For Your Free Watering Guide!

Feeding: these kind of trees have special nutrient requirements and our Moon Valley Nurseries Super Palm Juice is specially formulated with the essential nutrients required to optimize their performance!

Pruning: some varieties can shed the old leaf bases on their own. Others, such as Syagrus and Chamaedorea, may hold old bases and you can remove them by slicing them off at the very bottom of the base, just be careful not to cut into the trunk.

 

Palms That Can Grow in Your Area

queen_palms_piruQueen Palm (Syagrus romanzoffiana ‘Piru’): We grow these exclusively from Argentine seedlings, with better genetic traits so that they have thicker and harder trunks, as well as greener fronds than other Queen's do! We like to use them to complement all types of architectural homes and buildings, and their dark green fronds can provide a right amount of shade coverage too! Use them to create the most attractive tropical hedge you can find so that you can create your backyard paradise!

 

king_palmsKing Palm (Archontophoenix alexandrae, California only): Clean and stately, we like to use single trunk or multi-trunk specimens as the perfect focal point in any front yard! These majestic beauties are also incredible looking when planted around pools or used in water gardens. Sure to add a tropical feeling anywhere you plant one! Enjoy a California sunset while it creates an awesome silhouette without blocking your view!

 

canary_island_palm_pineapple_palmCanary Island or Pineapple Palm (Phoenix canariensis): Elegant, luxurious, impressive - one look at a Phoenix canariensis and it’s easy to see why it’s been called one of the most alluring trees in the world. We have stunning specimens available with trunks featuring the diamond-shaped pattern that signifies class and elegance. When planted in groups they can provide beautiful tropical shade! A low-maintenance plant too!

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Date Palm (Phoenix dactylifera): If you are looking to add a formal, luxury-resort style look to your landscape, you cannot go wrong with a Phoenix dactylifera! The classic tree of the desert oasis is also the classic tree of the Southwest! These majestic plants offer a cool umbrella of shade when planted in groups and rows! You’ll often find them adorning upscale resorts, high-class shopping areas, and grand estates!

 

 

medfan.pngMediterranean Fan Palm (Chamaerops humilis): This dwarf tree is ideal for adding a tropical appearance to a smaller space! Available as single-trunk or multi-trunk, these are a must-have in any backyard paradise or Mediterranean yard. They can tolerate both heat and cold and are also a perfect addition near swimming pools, walkways, patios or as a focal point!

 

Moon Valley Nurseries grows and nurtures all kinds of trees and other plants so that they are ready to thrive in your yard, whether you live in Arizona, Nevada, or California. And at our Palm Paradise location in Escondido, California, you can find the rarest, harder-to-find specimens grown and nurtured by our tree experts. So, if you love these trees as much as we do, a visit to our Palm Paradise nursery is a must!

 Click Here! Free Queen Palm Care Guide!

Topics: Insider, Expert

VIP Service - The Moon Valley Nurseries Way!

Posted by Felipe Benavides on 10/25/2017

Rancho_Santa_Fe_landscape_designVIP, a very important person – that’s how we treat every single one of our customers. In fact, we offer VIP services, from our top-notch landscape designers to our professional #freeplanting. We also provide the best warranty in the industry, friendly and knowledgeable staff, and of course, the best selection of premium custom-grown trees, shrubs, palms, and a whole slew of other plants, many of which you’d have a difficult time finding at any other nursery. You want big trees? We have them ready to thrive in your landscape, at the sizes you want to create an instant landscape! Yep, we do it all and do it with a smile and with your budget in mind.


We Do It All!

making_boxesNo joke, we do it all. We do EVERYTHING in-house - in fact, not a single thing is outsourced. For instance, we build all our own boxes using the best redwood and the best shavings. We also use all the best practices, from growing our trees from our own cuttings from our superior mother plants to using our own proprietary blends of soils and moon juice fertilizer that we know works best for our area. We clone our trees so that they are always going to be better. Doing this ensures that you have a consistent plant every time. For example, you can buy 10 or more trees, and they will all have the same healthy, fresh, and vibrant look you want!

Moon_Valley_Nurseries

Grower, Wholesaler, Retailer – Moon Valley Nurseries is a bonafide one-stop nursery dedicated to our customers, whether you live in Arizona, California, Nevada or Texas! Yep, it's true. Our customers are the ones that are keeping us going! This is why we grow hundreds of thousands of things, so that EVERY person can enjoy, not just a select few. We grow these trees for you, our customers!

 

Landscape Design VIP Service

What’s one of the best ways to increase property value? The answer is with a beautiful landscape! Yep, curb appeal can bump up your home’s value and unlike, say, an interior décor or interior design concept upgrade that may go out of style with appliances wearing down over the years, plants and trees can grow fuller and more robust, all while benefitting our environment! Of course, knowing this is just the beginning, and getting there is more than half the battle. Moon Valley Nurseries has been helping people achieve their landscaping goals for over 20 years, and our VIP landscape design services are unmatched. In fact, anyone that has ever utilized our services knows that the Moon Valley Nurseries way makes it super easy to get that dream landscape.

Our VIP services are catered to help make your yard and home the envy of the neighborhood, the one that oozes style, or even luxury, or it's the perfect yard with the perfect trees that can help create long-lasting memories. Yes, we go above and beyond any other nursery, in fact, we Value Engineer our products and every job, so that you get the absolute best quality trees, shrubs, and other plants at the best price, regardless of the size of your landscape. We treat all of our customers like VIPs, after all, that’s how we would want to be treated too!

canary_island_date_palms_installWhy Wait for Trees to Grow Big When You Don’t Have To – Buy Specimen Trees!

Do you want to create a private backyard oasis, one that is perfect for hosting parties or getting away from it all without having to leave the comfort of your home? Big trees are the answer you have been waiting to hear! Let's face it, who wants to wait for decades to have their trees to grow to a full size, one with a canopy that provides shade relief as well as privacy? The best way to have an instant landscape is to buy big specimen trees, and at Moon Valley Nurseries, it's no secret that we are the world's leading growers of trees of all sizes, including the best quality specimens! Sure, you might be able to find other nurseries selling big trees. The thing is, none of those other nurseries can match the quality of our custom-grown and nurtured trees grown at our nurseries and grow farms! Visit any of our nursery locations and see these specimens for yourself. You can always make an appointment to visit our farms too!

Free Planting!

Let’s face it, handpicking your trees and plants and helping to design your dream landscape is fun. However, doing the actual labor work such as digging the holes and installing the trees, shrubs and other plants in the proper location is not so fun, especially when the temperatures rise or you're just too tired and don't have the skills required. The good news for our customers is that we do the work for you! You buy it, and we plant it, it cannot get any easier than that. And guess what? Our landscape crew LOVES to do the work so that you get a completed landscape that has been installed by experienced professionals that care about your landscape! Our work speaks for itself, and we guarantee the work we do!

A Few of Our Favorite Trees Available at All Moon Valley Nursery Locations

From our humble beginnings, we have spread our wings so that people in California, Nevada, and Texas can also enjoy the VIP nursery treatment that we perfected so long ago in the Moon Valley neighborhood of Phoenix, Arizona.

Tipu tree:tipu_tree

Go outdoors and enjoy the beautiful weather, no matter where you live! One of the prettiest canopy shade trees you can find is the Tipuana tipu, and this colorful tree is another one of the specially grown, and guaranteed for success living things we grow! You'll be hard-pressed to find any other nursery growing and selling beautiful Tipu trees specimens such as ours, in sizes that are sure to bring beauty as well as plenty of shade and curb appeal to your property. Our Tipu trees bring year-round beauty to any yard. Everyone loves their feathery, bright bluish-green foliage that provides the perfect backdrop for the brilliant show of golden blooms that decorate yards from late spring to early summer!

Ficus (not available in Nevada):ficus_columns_privacy_hedge

Are you looking to add privacy? Our Ficus nitida columns are quite possibly the best privacy hedge you can find! We also call them the Hollywood Hedge, why? The privacy you get from these evergreens can block any unwanted view, make your yard a private oasis, and can help shield from the nosy paparazzi – and do it all in style! We grow these fabulous hedges from cuttings. They are specially grown in a way that no one else can do so that they produce thick, lush foliage so that they can create a tall hedge that is virtually impossible to see through and keep those nosy neighbors at bay!

carolina_cherry_privacy_treesAnd for our Nevada customers that desire a perfect tree for privacy, you cannot go wrong with the Carolina Cherry (Prunus caroliniana ‘Compacta’), a small evergreen tree featuring dark green, dense foliage that can block out unwanted views all year long! It keeps its nearly perfect shape with little maintenance required!

piru_queen_palmsPiru Queen Palm (Syagrus romanzoffiana):

Custom-grown exclusively by us so that we can assure these tropical beauties grow with thicker, harder trunks, greener fronds and fuller crowns. Use them as a focal point in the front yard and grow a few in your backyard where they bring that tropical vibe and look to your personal space. An attractive poolside addition so that you can enjoy their graceful reflection on the mirror-smooth water!

 Visit any of our huge nurseries today and get ready to be wowed by the incredible quality of our trees, shrubs and other plants! Experience the Moon Valley Nurseries VIP services for yourself so that you can have the beautiful landscape you have always wanted!

Topics: Insider

Nevada October Landscape and Garden Tips

Posted by Felipe Benavides on 10/18/2017

The weather is starting to cool down, and this also means that this is one of the best times to plant! There’s no need to gamble with the trees and plants in your yard. October and the fall season is one of the best times of the year, and if you are looking to rebuild a landscape or start fresh, it is also the best time of year to plant those trees, shrubs, and other plants you’ve had your eye on to improve your yard. After all, our area is experiencing cooler days and evenings, a welcome respite from the blistering summertime heat. And while this welcome change in the weather means we get to enjoy some cooler days and nights that are perfect for trick or treating, for our yards, it also allows the soil to hold the warmth of the summer. It can do all this without having to deal with soaring temperatures above 100-degrees and a blisteringly hot sun - an ideal balance that can encourage root growth all season long, that’s sweet news for your yard!

 

TO DO LIST:

Watering: Now is the time to adjust your watering schedule for the fall season, so be sure to adjust the timer for your landscape, if applicable. Since we have cooler nights and days, the ground is going to be able to retain moisture longer, which means that going forward you can use less water. Of course, this doesn't mean that the amount of water used should be lessened. No, what it means is that you'll be watering your lawn less. For Waterwise/Low Water varieties you’ll want to water 1 time and do this every 10 days. For Moderate Water Use Varieties water 1 time every 10 days (New Trees, water 2x a week). And for Topical Varieties, water 1 time per week (New Trees, water 2x a week). Click here to read up on our Watering Guide Schedule.

Tip: Proper watering is the deep and thorough saturation of the entire root system, allowing it to dry between waterings.

Plant Annuals: Are you looking to add instant color to your landscape? Planting fall annuals, such as Pansy, Geranium, Snapdragon, and Mums are an excellent way to add instant eye-catching color to your yard! Feel free to plant them in containers, use them indoors, for patios, gardens and in your landscape so that they can add even more color and texture to your surroundings! Visit your local Moon Valley Nursery location and pick some up today!

Weeds: Let's face it, the weather is cooler, so it's time to remove those weeds now! Don't let those weeds settle, visit Moon Valley Nurseries today, where you'll find all the things you need for preventing weeds! Now is also a great time for using pre-emergent herbicides. Spray these now to help prevent new weeds from forming during falls rains and doing this can also help lessen and prevent weeds in the spring. We stock what you need, including mulch, which we recommend adding to areas to reduce the number of sprouting weeds.

Fertilizing: We never tire of telling people and stressing the importance of fertilizing everything on your landscape. And by everything we mean all of your trees, flowers, vegetables, and of course, your lawn. Using the proper fertilizer during this crucial time ensures optimal growth. Our Moon Juice, the best root enhancer on the market today, should be a staple in every home and used on all your trees, flowers, vegetables and other plants all year long.  Moon Valley fertilizers such as Moon Dust, Moon Green, and Palm Juice can be used right now for turf, palms, desert trees, shade trees, and more! Get things fertilized now for the second growing season and doing this will also get them hardy and prepared for the upcoming winter! Click here to see all of our fertilizers.

Tree Care: everything is starting to grow again, so it is also a good time to start thinking ahead about proper care and trimming. After all, your beautiful landscape is a wise investment so you’ll want to protect it. During this time of the year, we recommend trimming off any dead or anything damaged by the sun, and let’s face it, we had a hot summer! Cut back any excessive branches that might have been damaged by summer storms. It is also a good practice to clean all of our citrus and fruit trees of unwanted suckers.

 

What to Plant:

chinese_pistache_fall_color.jpgRed Push Pistache (Pistacia ‘Red Push’):

Do you love fall color? If so, you’ll love Red Push Pistache trees. This deciduous tree is an improved variety that’s guaranteed to produce eye-catching fire-engine red color in November! Since it’s deciduous, it lets in the warmth of the sun in winter and once summer rolls along, its broad spreading canopy can provide some cooling shade relief. Improve any landscape with this tree that can get nice and big if you let it!

Brazilian-Pepper-5.pngBrazilian Pepper (Schinus terebinthefolius):

This evergreen tree loves the heat, so it loves to grow in our area! It’s a beautiful tree all year long, and in the winter time, showy bright red berries appear, blending in perfectly with the dark green foliage and coming in just in time for the holiday season. Of course, once summer hits, its dense, umbrella-shaped canopy provides plenty of shade. We also like to use them as one of the best privacy trees you can find!live-oak-1.png

Live Oak (Quercus virginiana):

If you’re looking for a tree that adds lots of shade, you cannot go wrong with a Live Oak tree! They are also an excellent choice as a durable standalone specimen and when planted in rows, they can create the best natural privacy screen you’ll find anywhere! These stately trees keep their attractive dark green foliage all year long.

Piru-Queen-Palm-3.pngPiru Queen Palm (Arecastrum romanzoffianum):

An excellent palm for use as a focal point in any size yard! We grow these exclusively at Moon Valley Nurseries so that they grow with thicker, harder trunks, and greener fronds with fuller crowns, for a look that is sure to add a tropically effect to any landscape. These beauties are extremely well-suited for our climate as they are custom grown to be extra hardy in heat or cold.

tipu-1.jpgTipu (Tipuana tipu):

Do you want a tree that can provide plenty of shade? One of the best shade trees you’ll find anywhere is the Tipuana tipu tree! These colorful flowering trees can grow to be medium to large-sized trees and from late spring to early summer, put on quite the spectacle when the golden blooms arrive, contrasting beautifully with its feathery bright-bluish green foliage that you have to see to believe! These are useful trees suitable for a wide range of landscape designs, from tropical to water-wise landscapes!

 

 

Topics: Monthly Tips, Expert, landscape tips

California October Landscape and Garden Tips

Posted by Felipe Benavides on 10/18/2017

Trees, vegetables, citrus, fruits, avocados, nuts, flowers, palms, cacti, succulents. Yes, we can grow almost anything in Southern California, and for our trees and plants, October and the fall season is one of the best times of the year.  If you are looking to rebuild a landscape or start fresh, it is also the best time of year to plant trees, shrubs, and other plants. After all, our area is experiencing cooler days and evenings. And while this welcome change in the weather means we get to enjoy some cooler days and nights that are perfect for trick or treating, surfing less-crowded waves or watching football, for our yards, it also allows the soil to hold the warmth of the summer. It can do all this without having to deal with soaring temperatures and a blisteringly hot sun - an ideal balance that can encourage root growth all season long, a touchdown for your yard (win-win!)

 

TO DO LIST:

Watering: Now is the time to adjust your watering schedule for the fall season, so be sure to adjust the timer for your landscape, if applicable. Since we have cooler nights and days, the ground is going to be able to retain moisture longer, which means that going forward you can use less water. Of course, this doesn't mean that the amount of water used should be lessened. No, what it means is that you'll be watering your lawn less. For Waterwise/Low Water varieties you’ll want to water 1 time and do this every 10 days. For Moderate Water Use Varieties water 1 time every 10 days (New Trees, water 2x a week). And for Topical Varieties, water 1 time per week (New Trees, water 2x a week). Click here to read up on our Watering Guide Schedule.

Tip: Proper watering is the deep and thorough saturation of the entire root system, allowing it to dry between waterings.

Plant Annuals: Are you looking to add instant color to your landscape? Planting fall annuals, such as Pansy, Geranium, Snapdragon, and Mums are an excellent way to add instant eye-catching color to your yard! Feel free to plant them in containers, use them indoors, for patios, gardens and in your landscape so that they can add even more color and texture to your surroundings! Visit your local Moon Valley Nursery location and pick some up today!

Weeds: Let's face it, the weather is cooler, so it's time to remove those weeds now! Don't let those weeds settle, visit Moon Valley Nurseries today, where you'll find all the things you need for preventing weeds! Now is also a great time for using pre-emergent herbicides. Spray these now to help prevent new weeds from forming during falls rains and doing this can also help lessen and prevent weeds in the spring. We stock what you need, including mulch, which we recommend adding to areas to reduce the number of sprouting weeds.

Fertilizing: We never tire of telling people and stressing the importance of fertilizing everything on your landscape. And by everything we mean all of your trees, flowers, vegetables, and of course, your lawn. Using the proper fertilizer during this crucial time ensures optimal growth. Our Moon Juice, the best root enhancer on the market today, should be a staple in every home and used on all your trees, flowers, vegetables and other plants all year long.  Moon Valley fertilizers such as Moon Dust, Moon Green, and Palm Juice can be used right now for turf, palms, desert trees, shade trees, and more! Get things fertilized now for the second growing season and doing this will also get them hardy and prepared for the upcoming winter! Click here to see all of our fertilizers.

Tree Care: everything is starting to grow again, so it is also a good time to start thinking ahead about proper care and trimming. After all, your beautiful landscape is a wise investment so you’ll want to protect it. During this time of the year, we recommend trimming off any dead or anything damaged by the sun, and let’s face it, we had a hot summer! Cut back any excessive branches that might have been damaged by summer storms. It is also a good practice to clean all of our citrus and fruit trees of unwanted suckers.

 

What to Plant:

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Red Push Pistache (Pistacia ‘Red Push’):

do you love fall color? If so, you’ll love Red Push Pistache trees. This deciduous tree is an improved variety that’s guaranteed to produce eye-catching fire-engine red color in November! Since it’s deciduous, it lets in the warmth of the sun in winter and once summer rolls along, its broad spreading canopy can provide some cooling shade relief. Improve any landscape with this tree that can get nice and big if you let it!

 

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Brazilian Pepper (Schinus terebinthefolius):

this evergreen tree loves the heat, so it loves to grow in our area! It’s a beautiful tree all year long, and in the winter time, showy bright red berries appear, blending in perfectly with the dark green foliage and coming in just in time for the holiday season. Of course, once summer hits, its dense, umbrella-shaped canopy provides plenty of shade. We also like to use them as one of the best trees for privacy that you can find!

ficus_nitida_multi_trunkFicus nitida:

these are one of the best trees you can plant, whether you choose Indian Laurel Columns or multi-trunk. We love to plant them so that they can create a thick, evergreen privacy hedge that is able to block unwanted views and filter loud noises. It’s easy to see why these are one of our best-selling trees – when properly placed around the external structure of your home they can provide enough shade to cool hot rooms and possibly even lower your energy use bill! Drought tolerant so that they are ideal for growing in any California landscape!

Piru_queen_palmsPiru Queen Palm (Arecastrum romanzoffianum):

an excellent palm for use as a focal point! We grow these exclusively at Moon Valley Nurseries so that they grow with thicker, harder trunks, and greener fronds with fuller crowns, for a look that is sure to add a tropically effect to any landscape. These beauties are extremely well-suited for our climate as they are custom grown to be extra hardy in heat or cold. Enjoy a California sunset while it creates an awesome silhouette and does it without blocking too much of your view!

tipu_treeTipu (Tipuana tipu):

you want shade? One of the best shade trees you’ll find anywhere is the Tipuana tipu tree! These colorful flowering trees can grow to be medium to large-sized trees and from late spring to early summer, put on quite the spectacle when the golden blooms arrive, contrasting beautifully with its feathery bright-bluish green foliage that you have to see to believe! These are useful trees suitable for a wide range of landscape designs, from tropical to water-wise landscapes!

 

 

 

Topics: Expert, landscape tips, gardening

Monthly Landscape and Garden Tips (October)

Posted by Felipe Benavides on 10/17/2017

 

Expert Landscape and Garden  Advice for Arizona!

 We've survived the summer heat and so has our landscape, so let's celebrate! For our trees and plants October and the fall season is one of the best times of the year, and if you are looking to rebuild a landscape or start fresh, it is also the best time of year to plant trees, shrubs, and other plants. After all, our area is experiencing cooler days and evenings. And while this welcome change in the weather means we get to enjoy some cooler days and nights perfect for trick or treating or watching football, for our yards, it also allows the soil to hold the warmth of the summer. It can do all this without having to deal with soaring temperatures above 100-degrees and a blisteringly hot sun - an ideal balance that can encourage root growth all season long, a touchdown for your yard (win-win!)


To Do List:

Watering: Now is the time to adjust your watering schedule for the fall season, so be sure to adjust the timer for your landscape, if applicable. Since we have cooler nights and days, the ground is going to be able to retain moisture longer, which means that going forward you can use less water. Of course, this doesn't mean that the amount of water used should be lessened. No, what it means is that you'll be watering your lawn less. For Waterwise/Low Water varieties you’ll want to water 1 time and do this every 10 days. For Moderate Water Use Varieties water 1 time every 10 days (New Trees, water 2x a week). And for Topical Varieties, water 1 time per week (New Trees, water 2x a week). Click here to read up on our Watering Guide Schedule.

Tip: Proper watering is the deep and thorough saturation of the entire root system, allowing it to dry between waterings.

Plant Annuals: Are you looking to add instant color to your landscape? Planting fall annuals, such as Pansy, Geranium, Snapdragon, and Mums are an excellent way to add instant eye-catching color to your yard! Feel free to plant them in containers, use them indoors, for patios, gardens and in your landscape so that they can add even more color and texture to your surroundings! Visit your local Moon Valley Nursery location and pick some up today!

Weeds: Let's face it, the weather is cooler, so it's time to remove those weeds now! Don't let those weeds settle, visit Moon Valley Nurseries today, where you'll find all the things you need for preventing weeds! Now is also a great time for using pre-emergent herbicides. Spray these now to help prevent new weeds from forming during falls rains and doing this can also help lessen and prevent weeds in the spring. We stock what you need, including mulch, which we recommend adding to areas to reduce the number of sprouting weeds.

Fertilizing: We never tire of telling people and stressing the importance of fertilizing everything on your landscape. And by everything we mean all of your trees, flowers, vegetables, and of course, your lawn. Using the proper fertilizer during this crucial time ensures optimal growth. Our Moon Juice, the best root enhancer on the market today, should be a staple in every home and used on all your trees, flowers, vegetables and other plants all year long, especially in Arizona.  Moon Valley fertilizers such as Moon Dust, Moon Green, and Palm Juice can be used right now for turf, palms, desert trees, shade trees, and more! Get things fertilized now for the second growing season and doing this will also get them hardy and prepared for the upcoming winter! Click here to see all of our fertilizers.

Tree Care: everything is starting to grow again, so it is also a good time to start thinking ahead about proper care and trimming. After all, your beautiful landscape is a wise investment so you’ll want to protect it. During this time of the year, we recommend trimming off any dead or anything damaged by the sun, which during our Arizona summer, can happen. Cut back any excessive branches that might have been damaged by summer storms. It is also a good practice to clean all of our citrus and fruit trees of unwanted suckers.

 

What to Plant:

Red Push Pistache (Pistacia ‘Red Push’):RED_PUSH_PISTACHE

Do you love fall color? If so, you’ll love Red Push Pistache trees. This deciduous tree is an improved variety that’s guaranteed to produce eye-catching fire-engine red color in November! Since it’s deciduous, it lets in the warmth of the sun in winter and once summer rolls along, its broad spreading canopy can provide some cooling shade relief. Improve any landscape with this tree that can get nice and big if you let it!

BRAZILIAN_PEPPER_TREEBrazilian Pepper (Schinus terebinthefolius):

This evergreen tree loves the heat, so it loves to grow in Arizona! It’s a beautiful tree all year long, and in the winter time, showy bright red berries appear, blending in perfectly with the dark green foliage and coming in just in time for the holiday season. Of course, once summer hits, its dense, umbrella-shaped canopy provides plenty of shade. We also like to use them as one of the best trees for privacy that you can find!

Ficus nitida:FICUS_INDIAN_LAUREL_COLUMNS

These are one of the best trees you can plant, whether you choose Indian Laurel Columns or multi-trunk. We love to plant them so that they can create a thick, evergreen privacy hedge that is able to block unwanted views and filter loud noises. It’s easy to see why these are one of our best-selling trees – when properly placed around the external structure of your home they can provide enough shade to cool hot rooms and possibly even lower your energy use bill! Drought tolerant so that they are ideal for our Arizona landscape!

Piru Queen Palm (Arecastrum romanzoffianum):PIRU_QUEEN_PALM

An excellent palm for use as a focal point! We grow these exclusively at Moon Valley Nurseries so that they grow with thicker, harder trunks, and greener fronds with fuller crowns, for a look that is sure to add a tropically effect to any landscape. These beauties are extremely well-suited for our climate as they are custom grown to be extra hardy in heat or cold.

Tipu (Tipuana tipu):TIPUANA_TIPU_TREE

You want shade? One of the best shade trees you’ll find anywhere is the Tipuana tipu tree! These colorful flowering trees can grow to be medium to large-sized trees and from late spring to early summer, put on quite the spectacle when the golden blooms arrive, contrasting beautifully with its feathery bright-bluish green foliage that you have to see to believe! These are useful trees suitable for a wide range of landscape designs, from tropical to water-wise landscapes!

 

How to Care for Roses

Posted by Felipe Benavides on 10/12/2017

When it comes to romance, few things compare to saying what’s on your mind than a bouquet of a dozen roses. They are beautiful and fragrant, and besides being the symbol of love and romance, they are also a valuable and attractive addition to any landscape. After all, being able to wake up to the sight of a rose garden near windows and taking in the scent of a rose is a beautiful way to start any day! Moon Valley Nurseries grows vibrant and healthy varieties, and with over 150 species and thousands of cultivars available in nearly every color and a variety of shapes, you are sure to find the perfect ones at any of our nurseries. We’ve got you covered whether you are looking for a landscape shrub for screens, hedges, and mass planting or are looking to create a charming setting with climbing/trailing varieties that can be trained to climb on pillars, fences, arbors, and gazebos.roses_landscape_shrub.png

Roses: a little TLC goes a long way

Rose bushes make excellent hedges or container plants and are a natural choice for flower beds and shrub borders. With a little bit of love and care, you can grow the most beautiful garden on the block. Keep reading for helpful tips!

Where to Grow:

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A rose loves the sun, so it is essential to choose a spot in your yard that gets plenty of full sun exposure. Total sun exposure is at least six to eight hours of sun each day. Roses that do not get at least five to six hours of sun every day may gradually weaken. In very hot climates, it makes sense to grow them in a spot where they are protected from the hot afternoon sun. Choose a place where there is good air circulation too.

Tip: do not locate too close to trees or large shrubs because their roots can steal the water and nutrients intended for your bush. Our Moon Valley Nurseries design experts will be glad to help you choose the perfect spot to plant them.

Watering:

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 Except for some old garden varieties and species rose types that can thrive with little water once established, most of these plants love water and need it at all times, but not too much! Water deeply enough to moisten the entire root system, which is about 16 to 18-inches deep.

Tip: use mulch to help conserve water, reduce stress, and encourage healthy growth. We like to apply a 2 to 4-inch layer of chopped and shredded leaves, grass clippings, or shredded bark around the bases of roses. Be sure to pick up our mulch products at any of our Moon Valley Nursery locations. 

Feeding:

Regular fertilization is recommended to produce the most gratifying results, especially for repeat flowering modern flowers. You will want to stop fertilizing six weeks before the first frost appears. Moon Valley Nurseries has the perfect fertilizer available at any of our Moon Valley Nursery locations, so be sure to pick some up or ask any of our nursery pros for help.

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Pruning:

 Annual pruning contributes to the health, longevity, and productivity. In other words, proper pruning will promote strong growth so that it will bear beautiful flowers! Believe it or not, cutting flowers is a beneficial form of pruning. That said, always leave a stem with at least two sets of five-leaflet leaves and don’t deprive the plant of too much foliage. You will want to remove and destroy all the old or diseased plant material. Deadhead often (remove spent flowers) and keep beds clean, doing this regularly throughout the growing season is good for your plants and can produce more flowers – a win-win situation! Plus, it gets you outdoors so that you can soak up some vitamin D while getting in a bit of exercise too!

What you’ll need:

  • Thick elbow length gloves that can protect your hands from thorns
  • Pruning shears (for smaller growth)
  • Loppers (for growth that is more than half an inch thick)
  • Small pruning saw

Topics: Insider, gardening, knowledge base

Roses Are a Landscaping Favorite!

Posted by Felipe Benavides on 10/11/2017

roses_infographic.pngTake time to smell the roses. Growing a rose garden is the best way to wake up and smell the roses so that you can get your day started right! We love these beautiful plants, and with over 150 species and thousands of cultivars available in a nearly every color and a variety of shapes, there is much to love! A vast world of wonderful scents and colors await.


Rose bushes make fine hedges or container plants and are a natural choice for flower beds and shrub borders. Adding to its valuable landscaping uses are a wide range of benefits associated with them, such as medicinal. With so many great things going for it, it’s no wonder why they are the number one selling shrub at Moon Valley Nurseries!

 

Many Uses

Roses have been cultivated throughout the ages. They are versatile, with their usage going way beyond their ornamental properties.

  • Rose essence is beneficial in skin care because they are rich in flavonoids, tannins, antioxidants, and vitamins A, B3, C, D, and E.
  • Rose water is an effective astringent that can reduce swelling of capillaries beneath the skin. Rose water is also used as an antibacterial, antiseptic, and anti-inflammatory. The rose water has been used to treat dry, scaly skin as well as dermatitis and eczema.
  • Rose hips are rich in vitamin C and are often used to make jams and teas.
  • Potpourri can help make the indoor air a little more pleasant. Placing a few drops of rose essence can increase the pungency.
  • Many people consider them to be the symbol of love and romance.

 

Roses Growing Factors to Consider

Our dry climate makes our area an ideal place for these beauties to grow. The dry air can prevent many rose diseases because it can minimize fungal problems. Here are some growth factors to consider:

  • They thrive in the sun – plant in an area where they will receive at least 6 hours of daily sunshine.
  • Bloom in Spring, Summer, and Fall – sometimes year-round, except for in the mountain regions of Southern California.
  • If space is limited, consider dwarf or miniature varieties.
  • Rose bushes can create the most colorful hedge you’ll find anywhere.
  • Space plants correctly to get the healthiest growth. In general, the spacing guideline is about 3 to 5 feet apart (for landscape purposes.)
  • They are not drought tolerant plants. We recommend giving them at least an inch of water each week, and water more frequently during those hot, dry spells.
  • They like special attention and care, give them some TLC and they will reward you.
  • With so many different types, there are going to be differing levels of thorniness, so it may be a good idea to pick a less thorny type if children are present or if you plan to have them poolside, next to outdoor benches, near patios, etc.
  • They prefer soil that’s rich in organic matter. Try mixing compost or other types of organic matter where you plant them.

 

Types and Varieties

Yes, there are many different types and varieties of rose bushes available and at Moon Valley Nurseries we have the perfect one’s ready to thrive in your yard. Choosing the right rose for your garden requires some thoughtful planning. For instance, they range from climbing types, which can cover a structure in beautiful colors, to miniature rose plants, which have been bred to stay small in size. One thing is sure, all types and varieties are delightful whether grown indoors or in a spectacular rose garden. You can find a wide range of rose bushes and Moon Valley Nurseries carries thousands of container grown, delivered farm fresh! With more than a thousand types available, we’ll just scratch the surface, so here are a few favorite choices to consider:

Landscape Shrub:landscape_shrub_roses

an excellent choice for screens, hedges and mass planting. Rose bushes are a natural choice for flower beds and shrub borders too. These types have diverse flower forms, colors, and fragrance and combine traits of the hardiest rose species with modern repeat bloomers. People love the ‘Carefree Wonder,' which is easy to grow, hardy, disease resistant and valued for their recurrent pink blooms. The ‘Home Run’ rose is a quick repeat bloomer with deep bright-red blooms that open to reveal gold stems; you’ll hit a home run with a bouquet of these for your loved one! You cannot go wrong with the ‘Knockout,' a red shrub that packs a punch of colors ranging from pink, yellow and bicolor blends.

Climbing/Trailing:roses_

these can be trained to climb on pillars, fences, arbors, and gazebos and are a great way to create a charming setting. The strongest ones can cover a house roof or grow to the top of a large tree! Common flower colors are blue, orange, pink, red, white and yellow and typically produce spring to summer blooms. Lovers of the color pink will be happy with the ‘New Dawn’ and the ‘Ballerina,' with its small foliage and blossoms is a great choice for hedging. ‘Fourth of July’ is a large-flowered climber with a red blend and stripes that blooms in flushes throughout the season and is sure to set your garden into a festive mood.

Hybrid Tea:hybrid_tea_rose

are classic and aristocratic, featuring long stylishly pointed buds that spiral open to large blossoms with a high center. Created by cross-breeding two types of roses; they produce a show-stopping bloom. For instance, the ‘Neil Diamond,' a local favorite, delights with its summer bloom of bright white flowers with red splatter that’s absolutely delicious to look at. ‘Lasting Love’ features dark red flowers and a strong fruity rose fragrance that you cannot help but fall in love with! ‘First Prize’ is a long-stemmed bloomer and a top exhibition rose year after year thanks to its stunning display of large, deep pink buds that open to layers of pink, rose and ivory.

Take your time and wander through any of our beautiful nurseries, where you can soak up all the fantastic effects that these plants can bring to your senses. Any of our nursery pros will be glad to help you handpick the perfect rose types for the perfect spot in your yard. And with #FREEPLANTING available, things are looking rosy for all!

Topics: Insider, gardening, knowledge base

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