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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!

 

brazilian_pepper.jpg

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

From Our Farms to Your Yard! No One Does It Better!

Posted by Felipe Benavides on 10/3/2017

from_our_farms_to_your_yard_white.pngMoon Valley Nurseries has got you covered whether you have a battered landscape due to the stress of summer or are looking for one of the best ways to increase property value with an improved yard. In fact, no one does it better than us. You see, we value engineer all of our products so that you can rest assured that you are getting the absolute best quality trees at the best price. Let’s face it, time is precious, and most of us do not want to wait 20 to 25 years for trees and other plants to grow to a size that makes your yard look complete and beautiful. Buy specimen trees, and the wait is over!

Our Moon Valley Family Farmsgrow_farms_growest

We grow the finest trees anywhere, following our own strict quality control measures to produce locally grown trees and plants that will thrive in the area you live! Everything is value engineered, so not only are they grown from our selected mother trees in our labs, but they are also a tree that is guaranteed, always. Our huge grow farms in Arizona, California, and Texas include everything from olive trees to Ficus trees, citrus and fruit, agaves and cacti, rare and harder to find cycads and palm trees and so much more. And while our farms are not open to the public, you can always make an appointment to visit our huge grow farms.

Home of Specimen Trees Ready to Thrive!

If you want an instant landscape, you will want big trees, palms, shrubs and other plants. If you want privacy, consider trees such as our Ficus nitida or also known as the Hollywood Style Hedge are a great tree that block out unwanted views and noise in style. Indian Laurel Columns may be another name that you know these by, but no matter what you call them, they are a fantastic tree choice. Drought tolerant trees? We grow them too, take a look at the Desert Museum Palo Verde for a tree that is sure to get your yard noticed for all the right reasons! Looking for palm trees that bring the look of the tropics to your home? We have them too, such as our lush Foxtail Palms and Mexican Blue Palms! Are you originally from the east coast, or do you simply love fall foliage? We grow deciduous trees, such as Red Push Pistache trees that bring the look of a New England autumn to your Southwest home! Looking for trees that can provide massive amounts of shade? You will love our variety of Ash tree specimens! We have been successful for so many years and continue to expand because we are the growers so that we can offer specimen trees that can transform any size yard to an instant landscape today!

Much More than Premium Trees at the Best Price!

Besides our incredible selection of premium trees at the best price, we are also proud to offer professional landscape design consultations. Our experienced landscape design pros are available to help you create your dream landscape, and this service is free at any of our nurseries! And for a nominal fee, we are happy to help you create a beautiful landscape and consult with you at your location. Moon Valley Nurseries sweetens the deal even more with #FREE PLANTING!That’s right! We bring the trees to your house and plant them for you! With free planting and professional design, Moon Valley Nurseries makes it so easy to achieve your landscaping goals!

Check Out these Specimen Trees Ready to Go From our Farms to Your Yard!

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Red Push Pistache (Pistacia chinensis) :

these medium to large deciduous trees are grown from cuttings and are guaranteed to have that lovely red fall color! These low-maintenance trees are an excellent choice for adding shade to your yard in the summer! This Chinese Pistache cultivar is drought tolerant too so that they are ideal for growing anywhere in the Southwest!

 

 

Resort-style King Palm (Archontophoenix alexandrae):

a perfect palm tree forking_palms anyone dreaming of going back to their last tropical resort vacation and want to bring that feeling, vibe, and look back home to the Southwest. King Palms are incredible planted alone and are absolutely stunning when planted in groups! Beauties when planted poolside or used as a focal point in the front yard too!

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Citrus and Fruit Trees:

grow your own fruit and reap the rewards! We have extra-large fruit and citrus trees available right now, bearing fruit and adding plenty of beauty to any size yard! Right now you can buy Peach, Apricot, Apples, Nectarines, Orange, Limes, Plum trees and more. Visit us and find the perfect citrus and fruit trees so that you can create an edible landscape today!

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Tipu Tree (Tipuana tipu):

if you need shade, you cannot go wrong with a colorful Tipu tree! These medium to large trees put on a show when the golden blooms arrive in late spring, creating a beautiful contrast with the feather, bright bluish-green foliage. Tipuana tipu is one of the best shade trees you can find and is sure to add year-round beauty to landscapes.

We Are Growing and Expanding!

Plant more trees! We want everyone in America to be able to have a beautiful landscape with our custom-grown, value engineered trees, shrubs and other plants. So, with that said, we are growing and expanding, bringing our incredible specimen trees, shrubs and other plants as well as our renowned customer service and design consultations across America. We opened our first nursery in a neighborhood north of downtown Phoenix, in an area known as “Moon Valley.” Since the beginning, Moon Valley Nursery has offered its “you buy it, we plant it” tree deals, and we continue this practice to this day. We now have 28 retail locations - in Arizona, California, Nevada, Texas, and Florida! Visit us today and experience the Moon Valley difference!

Topics: Insider, Expert, landscape tips

Planning a Nursery Visit? We Got You Covered!

Posted by Felipe Benavides on 9/26/2017

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Tips on what you'll need to prepare you for your next nursery visit!

Landscaping, when it comes down to it, is all just opinions. There are no right or wrong ways to beautify your yard. In fact, you get to be creative and have fun with your yard so that you do not have to stick to just one type of theme. For instance, you could have your yard be tropical in the front and desert in the back or vice versa. Of course, if you want to feel like you have an oasis in your backyard so that you can hang out in your pool, you will probably want a tropical themed design. Adding privacy may also be high on your list too, especially if your goal is to create a private backyard retreat. Other standard options in our communities are drought tolerant, low-water use landscapes, such as succulent gardens. No matter what landscape style or theme you choose, you will want to identify the stuff you really like, so you are not just guessing and wasting time.

Curb Appeal Matters

While there is no right or wrong way to landscape your yard, a good strategy is a key factor to success. Per a study by the Virginia Department of Horticulture, well-designed points of interest in your front yard can increase the value of your home by up to 42 percent. It is advantageous to be informed and prepared so that you can be ready for your nursery visit. Why waste you and the designers time if you do not have to? A good way to prepare for your visit is to take pictures of yards you love. Look around your neighborhood. There is most likely that neighbor with the yard that everyone raves about and is also the envy of the neighborhood. Of course, throughout Arizona, Nevada, and California many of the residential communities have an HOA too, so it is also a good idea to know what your HOA allows.

Design Apps

Modern technology has made many things much easier, and this rings true with some custom landscape design jobs. For instance, you have probably seen our design app on our Moon Valley Nurseries website. Our customers loves this landscape design app because it allows them to start planning a dream yard by using a program with a drag and drop tool. Try it, you will find that it is easy to use and is super fun too. Upload a picture of your yard and drag and drop pictures of trees and plants into the spots where you want them. Doing this allows you to have a better idea of a completed landscape project – a fresh approach and an easy to use app indeed.  Of course, there are apps for iPads and Androids too, so feel free to experiment.

Nursery Visit Take Your Time

Of course, nothing beats an actual physical visit to a nursery, where you can see and touch the trees and plants you want, so take your time, have fun and get inspired. Bring your images and ideas and speak with your local nursery pro. Once you handpick what you want, you can have a designer come back to your house, flag it, and come back the next day so that the design is fresh on everyone’s mind. From tropical themes to desert themes and privacy options, here are some of our favorites that are suitable for a broad range of landscape designs.

foxtail_palmFoxtail Palm (Wodyetia bifurcata) – if it’s a tropical vibe you are after, you cannot go wrong with Foxtail Palms. They are the perfect addition near swimming pools, walkways, and anywhere a tropically plant is wanted. They are prized for having one of the most unique and spectacular foliage displays of all palms. They are perfect for creating a relaxing private backyard oasis!  We recommend planting a few and attaching a hammock to the robust trunk for the ultimate relaxation spot!

Tipu Tree (Tipuana tipu) – we have plenty of sunny days throughout our area and tipu_treeTipu trees can come to the rescue when you need a little break from the blazing sun. This colorful fast-growing tree can grow to be medium to large sized, with a high canopy of feathery, bright bluish-green foliage that provides a vast amount of shade. In late spring to early summer this tree puts on a showy spectacle as a coat of golden blooms arrive, adding cheerful color during our June gloom period. This semi-evergreen brings year-round beauty and plenty of curb appeal to any yard.

Crape-Myrlte-Fall.pngCrape Myrtle (Lagerstroemia) – if you want to bring lots of color to your garden, Crape Myrtles can do it! When the hot weather arrives, vibrant colors in shades of pink to purple to red and white decorate your yard. These are attractive small trees in the fall too, with colors such as gold, orange, and red making an appearance and complementing the season perfectly. We like to use nighttime landscape lighting to highlight the beautiful multi-trunk structure. ‘Muskogee,' ‘Natchez,’ and ‘Tuscarora' are mildew resistant varieties suitable for coastal conditions.

ficus_rubiginosa.jpegRusty Fig Tree (Ficus rubiginosa) – a great climbing tree, Ficus rubiginosa is a tree destined to help create memories, whether as the spot of your first kiss or the time you got “lost” exploring the branches and broad spreading canopy. Homeowners rave about its low-maintenance features. It’s the perfect size for smaller yards too, so we like to plant them to block unwanted views and as an attractive shade tree near the street or in the center of a lawn.

Plant more trees so that we can make our neighborhoods green and our air cleaner. To find out how to incorporate any of these trees into a new or existing landscape, visit your local nursery professionals at any of our Moon Valley Nurseries!

Topics: Insider, Expert, landscape tips

Why King Palms are the Best Palms in California

Posted by Felipe Benavides on 9/22/2017

All hail the King, Archontophoenix alexandrae! Alexander King Palms are rightfully named, after all, they are a staple in many of the most impressive landscapes in Southern California, where they bring that majestic look and tropically vibe to front and backyards from La Jolla to Santa Barbara! They are among the best palm trees to plant around swimming pools and are often used as focal points in front of a home, adding instant curb appeal. When you think of the Alexander palm, you can easily imagine enjoying a California sunset while it creates an awe-inspiring silhouette, without blocking too much of your view!alexander_king_palms_

King Palms Add a Tropical Feel

alexander_king_palms_california_palm_paradiseYes, in Southern California, Alexander palm trees rule and here are some other reasons why they are the best palm trees in California. Are you still dreaming of your tropical paradise vacation? Plant these stately palms and bring the tropics home! Best of all, you get the look of the tropics, all without the humidity! Now, if you live in San Diego or are planning to visit, be sure to check out Palm Canyon, a tropical oasis in Balboa Park. This hidden gem is home to some of the world’s most beautiful palms, including King Palm. However, if you really want to be impressed, then you will want to visit Palm Paradise in Escondido, where you are sure to be inspired by the premium quality and selection of palms available. At our Moon Valley Nurseries and Palm Paradise, you will be able to find the perfect Alexandra Palm for sale that rivals and surpasses any of those seen in Balboa Park!

Right Now is the Best Time to Plant!Southern_California_Moon_Valley_Nursery_professional_planting.jpg

In Southern California, we live in several different types of climates. We have Mediterranean, semi-arid and desert environments. However, so many things grow well here, including palm trees. The Archontophoenix alexandrae palms are elegant and feature feathery fronds that give a classic sub-tropical feel to the yard. We love to plant them as the perfect complement to homes with a Mediterranean exterior, especially in a grouping near an entrance, where the sight of them has a calming influence. You will also want to plant them near pools so that you can admire their graceful reflection on the mirror-smooth water. And, as the palm develops, its generous umbrella of fronds can produce a beautiful canopy of shade so that you can keep enjoying your backyard paradise, no matter how hot the sun may get!

How to Care for King Palm

palm_fertilizersThese tropical plants are low maintenance and can grow to be medium to large-sized palms. People are always raving about their beautiful appearance, after all, their trunk is smooth with a lime-green crown shaft that pops in most any landscape style, and they are a perfect fit for a broad range of architectural styles. They have a clean look too, after all, they are self-cleaning, meaning that the spent fronds drop for easy cleanup and there is no need to climb a ladder to clean it! While these are easy to grow and maintain, there are some things to keep in mind when growing these beauties.

  • During the summer months, especially in extreme heat, water at least once a week to keep the soil moist. When it is cool or rainy, water less often.
  • Avoid pruning or removing flowers and leaves because this palm cannot heal itself. Any scars or damage may be permanent and can leave the door open for fungus and disease – just let it clean itself!
  • Use a palm fertilizer twice a year. Super Palm Juice is perfect for all palms!

king_palms_so_cal_landscapeReasons Why We grow the Most Popular Palm in SoCal

  • Our palms are grown in full sun, in our local climate so that they are ready to thrive in your yard
  • Custom grown to be extra hardy – tolerates heat or cold!
  • Self-cleaning – drops spent fronds for easy cleanup. No need to climb a ladder!
  • Resort style – these elegant palms bring a resort-style look and feel to any landscape, so just relax and enjoy the view!

#FREEPLANTING!

Enjoying your tropical landscape cannot get any easier with Moon Valley Nursery! After all, we offer free planting and have these slow-growing palms available in the bigger sizes you want to create an instant landscape for your backyard retreat or front yard. We bring the trees to your house and plant them for you! Our professional designers will help you design and plant your yard too!

Topics: Insider, Expert, landscape tips

How to Grow Tipu Trees

Posted by Felipe Benavides on 9/13/2017

How to Grow and Care for Tipu Trees

Tipu trees are a welcome addition to any landscape, especially in the desert communities where massive shade is always appreciated. After all, out here in the Southwest, the blazing sun can hammer us with the oppressive heat that can slow us down and physically drain even the toughest individuals. Luckily, there are some things we can do to alleviate the situation – plant more shade trees! And one of the best shade trees you can find anywhere is the Tipuana tipu, the superhero tree of the desert with the broad spreading canopy that provides respite from the heat! When you see these trees, you just want to run right under its canopy! Right now is the best time to plant this ridiculously fast-growing tree so that you can have the shade you want for when the desert sun is at its most oppressive. You can always buy big trees at any of our Moon Valley Nurseries, so here are some tips on how to grow and care for these large and colorful shade trees!tipu_tree_shade_tree

 

Tipu Trees and #FREEPLANTING!

Tipuana tipu thrives in intense heat. This is good news, since our climate offers ideal growing conditions, whether you have a home in Phoenix or Las Vegas. Giving this tree room to spread is a good idea. We like to properly plant them around a home (we specialize in this!), where they can be used to cool off those hotter rooms and possibly help you lower your utility bill too. With #freeplanting, it cannot get any easier, so be sure to discuss what you need with any of our landscape design experts. Once planted in your landscape, you will love how easy they are to grow and maintain!

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Light Needs

Now that you have made the smart decision to have a Tipuana tipu tree installed in your yard, you will want to know how much sun exposure it needs. Well, these trees love full sun exposure, in fact, at least six hours of direct sun per day is ideal. The show of golden blooms in late-spring to summer is prized just as much as the shade coverage these trees produce. So, if you want the best show of flowers, let this tree revel in the sun, while you are comfortably chilling under the cooling shade canopy!

Water and Fertilization Needsmoon-dust.png

These trees do have a high drought tolerance once established and except for those sweltering days can go weeks without supplemental watering. However, when it is first planted, it does best with a deep watering. This way, it can help settle the soil around the roots and will also help you determine whether more soil should be leveled around it. One of the best ways to keep the soil moist and not overly wet is with a drip system, so if you do not already have a system set up, our professional planting team can do it.

Our Moon Dust Fertilizer has the primary nutrients of Nitrogen, Phosphorous, and Potassium, all of which are required for Tipu trees to thrive. Apply the all-purpose fertilizer and watch as this tree grows stronger and flourishes - all without having to use too much water! As great as feeding with our specialized fertilizer may be, too much promotes weak, leafy growth and fewer flowers, so use sparingly, and you will love the results!

Pruning Tipspruning.png

In the Southwest, winter is one of, if not, the best time of the year to prune most landscape trees, and the Tipuana tipu is no exception. After all, who wants to be pruning during a heatwave?! This South American native that loves our western U.S. climate is prized for its upside-down vase shape because it produces all that beautiful shade. Sure, you can just let this tree grow naturally because it still looks attractive. However, by pruning the lower branches high on the trunk, you can develop the canopy to the umbrella-shaped form.

Be sure you have all the right tools before starting the project. You will need a pruning saw and a pruning lopper for moderate work and a chainsaw for the heavy work. Of course, it is a good idea to have gloves and safety glasses too. It is also good to remember that a proper cut will heal quickly. Keep in mind to remove branches that touch other limbs and to prune branches that produce little foliage.

Tipuana_tipu_treesUse the pruning lopper on small branches and the chainsaw for the larger branches. First, for drooping branches, determine whether you want the branch to grow up, down, or sideways. Be sure to prune the branch so that it is close to the shoot or branch, in other words, where you want it to continue growing. Now, for the larger branches, you will want to fire up that chainsaw, but don’t get too crazy with it, after all, you do not want to cut too much off, or else you will lose all that shade coverage. Cut the larger branches that are more than 1.5-inches across, at least 6-to-12-inches from the trunk, and about a third of the way through the branch. You will want to cut the top of the branch about 3-inches away from the bottom cut, and you will want to do this until the branch drops.

There is no need to dread pruning. It is a good way to get outdoors, burn some calories, and you get to shape as you wish! One thing is sure, big trees such as Tipuana tipu make our hot sunny days a little more bearable. Call us today to plant them now so that you are ready for the summer!

 

 

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What are Coastal Aspen Trees?

Posted by Felipe Benavides on 9/12/2017

Southern California, what’s not to love about where we live – we have a beautiful ocean and coastline, sprawling mountains, and living deserts as well as the beautiful trees and other plants that thrive here. One thing that is not so common around here is aspen tree species. That’s ok though because the aspen-like trees we do have more than make up for it - the Coastal Aspen or Dalbergia sissoo (Sissoo Tree) is one such beauty. When you close your eyes and listen to the light green leaves quivering in a breeze, it is easy to imagine an aspen tree. Of course, once you open your eyes you can bask in the beauty of a medium to large landscape tree that is the majestic Sissoo.

Plant Coastal Aspen In Southern California

coastal_aspen_sissoo_treeDalbergia sissoo is drought tolerant and grows fast so that you will not be waiting too long to have a big tree in your yard. In just a few years after planting, you will be able to enjoy a beautiful, large shade tree complete with the bright green foliage and the massive amount of shade coverage you want in the summertime heat! This semi-evergreen tree with the light-colored bark and attractive foliage really does look much like an aspen tree, which is why we like to call them the Coastal Aspen! As you can tell by the name, these trees are suitable for growing near Southern California coastal communities, from Coronado to Santa Barbara and they absolutely love growing in full sun, bringing the cool coastal vibe to the hot inland areas. These are picturesque trees that offer a lovely and shady picnic spot that is ideal for families or simply enjoying some peaceful solitude in natural surroundings.

sissoo_tree_Yes, the shade they provide is a definite welcome relief, especially in the blazing sun. You know what else is really cool? If you have the skill set, this tree, which is also called Indian Rosewood features high-quality timber so that it is a top choice for making fine furniture, cabinetry, and even guitars! Plant one in your landscape, this is a fast-growing tree, so you will have the lumber you need to get started on a cool, creative project in no time at all. Of course, if you plan to use this tree for more than adding beauty and shade, such as honing your luthier skills or building custom furniture, be sure to trim and cut correctly. After all, you want the tree to grow back properly with a strong canopy spread that can reduce the temperature inside a hot room and produce that shady relief you want. The good news is that with regular maintenance, anyone can keep this tropical tree healthy and beautiful! We recommend using pruning shears to remove lower branches. Doing this will help it develop a strong canopy that is high off the ground.

Streets lined with trees are an attraction in any neighborhood. Everyone loves the sight of big trees, towering over streets, shading hot spots and adding greenery too. Plant specimens and use them to help clean the air too! These aspen-like trees are sure to fit right in with most any neighborhood, whether you live in the suburbs, beach towns, or uptown. And while an actual Populus tree may be difficult to grow around here, we can grow something that rivals and may even surpass that kind of tree – the Coastal Aspen Sissoo tree!

Here is what you get with a Coastal Aspen:sissoo_trees

  • A medium to large tree with an aspen-like appearance
  • Bright green foliage
  • A broad spreading canopy that creates a ton of shade!
  • A very fast growing tree
  • A drought tolerant tree that can grow in sandy, clay, and loam soil types
  • Beautiful dark brown wood often used to make fine furniture, cabinets, guitars!

Moon Valley Nursery grows and nurtures these aspen-like trees on our farms, value engineered so that you get the most for your money! Take advantage of our #freeplanting so that you can beautify your property with our specimen trees and more! A big and majestic tree is ready to adorn the perfect spot in your yard today!

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How to Grow Tipu Trees in Southern California

Posted by Felipe Benavides on 9/5/2017

tipu_tree_front_yardIf you are traveling throughout Southern California, from San Diego to Santa Barbara, you are likely to catch sight of one of the greatest shade trees you can find, the Tipu tree or Tipuana tipu. This tree with the funny name (try repeating the name Tipuana tipu multiple times in a row!) is also a perfect tree for any water wise landscape or in any spot that could use a fast-growing, sizeable tree that offers plenty of shade capability. So as awesome as the shade may be, this is also a colorful flowering tree that puts on a spectacular display all year long, whether it is the golden blooms from late spring to early summer or its feathery, bright bluish green foliage with weeping boughs. These big trees have a beautiful high canopy so that they can provide a very inviting spot to rest under or have a family picnic.

Knowing how to grow this beautiful tree in our area is a breeze because these drought tolerant trees thrive in the heat and love to grow in a spot that gets plenty of full sun exposure. Also, with way more sunny days than not in our area, you can bet that this tree will reward you and your yard with year-round beauty! This beauty thrives in Southern California, from the coastline to the inland valleys and deserts. And to make things even better is how fast they grow! They grow at a ridiculously fast rate so that you can rest assured that this gorgeous tree will be bringing a massive amount of shade and beauty to your property in no time! Of course, since it does grow so fast, you will want to keep on reading for some tips and pointers on how to water, fertilize, prune and care for this magnificent large tree.

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Tipuana tipu is one of those classic street trees and shade trees that can get your property noticed for all the right reasons. Give them ample room to spread. We also like to plant them in larger yards, where, when properly placed around a home, the vast amount of shade they produce can cool off hotter rooms and maybe even help you lower your utility bill! Of course, Moon Valley Nurseries specializes in proper tree placement, and with #freeplanting, it cannot get any easier! We also offer professional landscape design consultations that are free at our nurseries, and for a small fee, available at your property. No matter where you decide to have it planted, it is an easy tree to grow and easy to maintain.

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Exposure

Let's face it, besides the shade coverage these big trees are also prized for their show of golden blooms. If it is the showy late-spring to summer display you are after, plant it in full sun for the best show of flowers. Full sun exposure is at least six hours of continuous, direct sun per day.

 

Water Needs

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When the tree is first planted, it is a smart idea to water it deeply so that it can help settle the soil around the roots. Doing this will also help you figure out if you need to level more soil around the tree. Since this is a woody plant and is drought tolerant once established, it will need less watering. In fact, once established, in Southern California, your tree can go weeks without supplemental watering, except during those extremely hot weather spells or extremely windy weather. We recommend using a drip irrigation system to keep the soil moist, but not wet.

Fertilization

Fertilization is always a good idea for most trees, and this tree is no exception. Of course, always remember to never over fertilize as doing this promotes weak, leafy growth and few flowers. We recommend applying an all-purpose tree fertilizer such as our Moon Valley Nursery Moon Dust fertilizer, which has the primary nutrients of Nitrogen, Phosphorus, and Potassium for a healthy-looking tree that will grow stronger and flourish with less water.

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Get your tools - pruning saw, pruning lopper, and a chainsaw, and get ready to shape! The best time to prune Tipu trees is in late winter. In fact, make sure to avoid pruning in spring as this is their growth period. We also recommend skipping any mid-to-late summer pruning (which is good news for anyone that dreads working in the heat outdoors.) Since these trees grow so fast, it is important to prune them so that they can grow to create the upside-down vase shape that produces the most shade. We recommend pruning the lower branches high on the trunk, and by doing this, you can develop the canopy into an umbrella shape form. For best results, wait until after they finish flowering. Always practice safe pruning. Of course, you can always let the branches droop, but doing this may take away from the beauty of this glorious tree!

tipuana_tipuThis tree is native to South America and is also called the Pride of Bolivia and Rosewood. It is naturally accustomed to the SoCal climate so that it can be the perfect living green ceiling that can cool off any landscape. If you are looking for a tree that can provide a welcome relief from the sun and heat, these tropical looking trees will provide the shade and beauty you want for your backyard or front yard!

The Best Tipu Trees for the Yard!

For an instant landscape that adds beauty and provides ample shade, buy as big as you can. Moon Valley Nurseries has specimen trees available and ready to bring instant gratification! Visit any of our Southern California nurseries and handpick the perfect tree for the perfect spot in your yard!

We make it easy with professional delivery and planting! Visit us today, and we can help beautify your yard so that you can increase property value!

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Why Fall is the Best Time to Plant Trees

Posted by Felipe Benavides on 8/31/2017

Best Time to Plant Trees is Just a Few Weeks Away!

The fall season is the best time to plant trees, whether you live in Arizona, California or Nevada. Planting trees at the right time means that they are more likely to thrive. Thriving, beautiful big trees is what we all want so that you get the most value from your landscaping investment. After all, big trees will add a lot of value to your home no matter where you live. Of course, at Moon Valley Nurseries, we are the growers so that we can assure the quality of all our trees. Unlike some other nurseries, we nurture our trees and ensure that they stay healthy-looking and fresh, even during the hot summer months. Fall officially begins on the autumnal equinox, which this year lands on September 22. Planting in autumn lets your trees focus on getting roots established, which allows them to be ready for the next growing season. This way, the root systems can grow before the hot weather returns. Can you plant trees in the fall? The answer is a resounding heck yes you can!

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  • Extra root growth
  • Cooler weather is perfect for tree planting – less chance for the trees to be stressed by extreme heat
  • Trees are better equipped to deal with heat and drought in the following season
  • Far less evaporation of soil moisture so that minimal amount of watering needed
  • You can pick your trees by the fall colors they produce
  • Good for landscapers – less heat to contend with!

Plant these dazzling deciduous trees that prolong the show

Let’s face it; the world needs more trees, after all, their beauty is inspiring to look at, they can remove pollution from the air, and even help lower stress levels. Fall is planting time, and out here in the Southwest, we have many deciduous trees that turn brilliant colors before dropping their leaves. Trees such as the beautiful Arizona Ash, Crape Myrtle, Raywood Ash, and Red Push Pistache add color to your yard with fall colors coming that are sure to add plenty of curb appeal! Colors such as deep red, orange red, purple, and rich red to burgundy appear, sometimes on the same tree, and always putting on a spectacular display that you must see to believe. These are some of the best trees to plant in fall so that you can enjoy the show!

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Arizona Ash (Fraxinus velutina) – plant this large tree now and enjoy the spectacular scene when the beautifully rounded canopy of gray-green foliage transforms to an attractive bright yellow in the fall. This deciduous tree creates an abundance of shade in the summer too, and once the leaves have dropped, lets the warmth of the sun in during the winter. This Ash tree loves to grow in full sun and is quite a drought tolerant specimen once established. These are excellent shade trees that are sure to add fall colors with plenty of curb appeal. An Arizona Ash is a magnificent tree that will bring many years of beauty to your yard.

 

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Red Push  Pistache (Pistacia chinensis)-  during the summer, this beauty produces a clean, dark green, umbrella-shaped canopy that, when placed correctly, can cool down the temperature inside your home and provide a shady spot to cool off while you’re out in the yard. Plant them as a focal point and watch in awe as the leaves turn to an attractive, beautiful orange-red color in the fall! There are not many other trees that produce such a vibrant and broad range of fall color in our climate. Planting trees in fall, such as this Chinese Pistachio can improve any landscape.

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Crape Myrtle (Lagerstroemia) – frothy blooms in ice cream-like colors have made this small tree a landscaping favorite throughout the Southwest. This stylish tree is perfect for color lovers, even when not in bloom as the colors in fall that range from golden, orange, and red adorn any yard and landscape with beauty. And in the winter, you can use nighttime landscape lighting to highlight the handsome outline and bark that sheds to reveal a pinkish, inner bark. We grow the best varieties for our area including Dynamite, Natchez, Muskogee, Tuscarora, Tuskegee, and Catawba crape myrtles.

 

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Raywood Ash (Fraxinus oxycarpa ‘Raywood’) – we love the fall colors this deciduous tree brings to the landscape. Producing the darkest green foliage of all Ash varieties, during the fall, it transforms into a large tree dominated by a rich burgundy color so that it is a stunning street tree or single specimen. A great source of color in fall, it is also an ideal big tree for the summer, thanks to its canopy that provides reliable shade. This beautiful tree thrives in full sun and is drought tolerant once established so that it is ideal for growing in any yard in the Southwest.

 

Big trees will make the greatest impact in any landscape. Why wait many years to have a big tree when you can buy specimen trees right now at Moon Valley Nurseries! Do you need additional guidance on where to install any of the aforementioned deciduous trees? Speak with any of our nursery pros at our nurseries or give us a call so that we can assist you! An instant landscape awaits and we make it even easier to have instant gratification with #freeplanting by our professional planting team that ensures the perfect trees are planted in the perfect spot in your yard! Planting trees the right way!

We are your one-stop shop, whether you are in search of a reliable wholesale nursery or have a need for more trees on your residential property. Visit us today and see the difference!

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Why You Should Buy Specimen Trees - Get Trees To Climb Now!

Posted by Felipe Benavides on 8/30/2017

Hug a tree. It’s good for you. Of course, unlike a big tree, with a “starter tree” there is not much there to lovingly wrap your arms around. Mature trees are also a wise investment for anyone looking to increase property value. The first impression is vital when you are trying to sell a home. For instance, compare a landscape with just a lawn and some flowers to one that has a beautiful yard with mature climbing trees. A large tree is going to change the look of the house, the vibe, and can cover the home with shade and privacy. Also, that neighborhood with the big, beautiful trees lining the street is much more inviting than those without them. Let’s face it, the home with the big trees in the front yard is the one you are going to remember.

Why wait decades for a full-size tree?

The word specimen comes from the Latin word specere (to look), which is what these trees are designed to do, to get people to stop and stare in awe at a majestic tree. The thing is, most people do not want to wait 20 or 25 years for their trees to grow to a size that can provide the shade and immediate beauty that most want for their yard. For those that want the instant landscape, the bigger trees are the way to go. Why wait decades for the tree to grow? You can bring immediate natural maturity to your property with a beautiful, thriving tree that is full size, and full of all the features you want in a tree.<img src="image file" alt="buy specimen trees">

Memories that last a lifetime

Remember the days of climbing trees in your yard? How about your first kiss under a tree canopy? Carving your first crush initials on the tree trunk bark? Buying specimen trees are perfect for the entire family too. Large and majestic trees are medicine for the soul, begging to be explored by kids, climbed on, and spending hours hanging from the branches. Climbing trees is a core part of most everyone’s childhood. Most families are going to want to provide their kids with a tree that will bring a lifetime of happy memories, and inspire creativity. Of course, you cannot forget about all the shade big trees provide, offering a perfect spot to enjoy the great outdoors, alone or with family.

Buy specimen tree sizes that are the best for our area

BoxTrees.pngWhen shopping for big trees, you will want to be sure that the box size matches the actual tree. The fact is, some nurseries are selling 24-inch box size and up trees with trees that do not match the box, so be sure you are purchasing the tree and not the dirt. Moon Valley Nurseries has the 42-inch and 60 – 72-inch box size trees and up that are going to give you the best bang for the buck. These healthy, bigger trees already have the dense canopy that provides shade and privacy. Mature trees also have the branches and trunk, as well as the structural interest that make these majestic trees so perfect for climbing and creating instant memories. For the best investment, buy bigger, mature trees that are long-lived. After all, purchasing a full-grown tree is like having a living work of art that took decades to create. Here are some of our top picks that are long-lived, can transform your yard, and are ready to help make memories that can be passed down from generation to generation.

majestic_ashMajestic Ash (Fraxinus uhdei 'Majestic') – this is a seedless variety of evergreen ash trees, so there is no mess from seeds. These fast-growing trees have non-invasive roots too, so they are perfect for adding curb appeal and can be planted anywhere you want shade and privacy. And for the climbers, they have a firm branching structure, so feel free to climb away and explore, because the branches are not going to break easily. An excellent focal point tree, shade tree, and something that is going to live in your yard for many years to come.

Rusty-Leaf Fig (Ficus rubiginosa)– these are excellent evergreen trees that tolerate salt spray conditions, so they are perfect for our coastal communities, as well as inland. They have a broad spreading canopy that provides plenty of shade too. These beautiful trees are a favorite in San Diego and Southern California because their dense growth habit makes them better suited for smaller yards. They are also suited for Arizona landscapes where their canopy is sure to be much appreciated during those hot and sunny days outdoors!Chinese_Elm.jpg

Chinese Elm (Ulmus parvifloria) – its broad, natural umbrella-shaped canopy can bring a massive amount of shade to any landscape. Bigger Chinese Elm trees are ready to climb and can handle a tire swing with ease. Look for the “True Green” strain, which has the small, deep green leaves and the upright, rounded growth habit prized by homeowners.

Tipu (Tipuana tipu) – looking for a tree that grows well on the coast, provides ample shade, and offers plenty of privacy? Tipu trees do all that and more. These fast-growers feature feathery, bright bluish green foliage and a high canopy that provides a perfect shady spot to cool off during those sunny and warm days. These colorful flowering trees are beautiful all year long, especially when the unique show of golden blooms arrive from late spring into early summer.

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Oak trees (Quercus)– for climbing, tire swings, piñatas, and shade, few trees can match the Oak tree. These are the quintessential trees for our area and perfect for anyone that wants that classic landscape that can contribute to lifelong memories. Take a beautiful drive anywhere or visit any park and you are bound to witness these large and majestic trees enjoyed by families or as a place for solitude. Several varieties of oaks grow well throughout the Southwest, so be sure to visit any of our nurseries to find the perfect tree for the perfect spot in your yard!#freeplanting

No doubt about it, at Moon Valley Nurseries, we make it easy to buy specimen trees you need to create an instant landscape so that you can start creating memories that last a lifetime. We clone all our trees from the best specimens so that we can assure their quality! One stop wholesale nursery and we've got what you need for your residential property too!

#Freeplanting, yep, you read that hashtag right! You can relax while our professional planting team does all the work so that you can come home to a beautiful landscape with large specimen trees!

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