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Top Health Benefits Of Landscaping

Posted by Garrett Cleverly on 4/26/2017

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How To Landscape A Home For A Quick Sale

Posted by Garrett Cleverly on 3/1/2017


When it comes to selling a home or even your home competition can be tough and you're always going to want to have that unique edge over the other homes in the neighborhood. One area that is often overlooked is the landscape. So much time and effort is spent making the inside look amazing that many sellers overlook the first thing people see when the arrive at your home.....the front yard landscape! 

Whether your a homeowner selling your home or a real estate agent looking to help a client, our nursery pros have identified four key areas that can help you sell that home even faster!

Block out unwanted views and nosy neighbors to create a private backyard space
The last thing you want a potential home buyer to see is a unsightly site on their new landscape or the neighbors eyes peering down into the backyard. Fortunately for you, Moon Valley Nurseries has the best selection of privacy hedges and giant shade trees. And no, we're not talking about privacy that will take years to grow in. We're talking instant privacy that can be planted in less than a day.

Ficus-Hedge-3.pngLet's start with our hedges. Because we are the growers, we're able to grow unique specimens that fulfill our customers needs. So when a customers says that they need instant privacy, we turn them to our "Hollywood Style" hedges. The most popular choice we have is our Indian Laurel (Ficus) columns. These evergreen hedges are fast growing, can tolerate both heat and cold and can grow so big they can block out a second story view. Some other fantastic options our our Japanese Privets, Italian Cypress, Japanese Blueberry, and Carolina Cherry. Now if you're looking to add color and privacy, consider a Bottlebrush (red flowers), Oleander (red, pink, white flowers) or our Crape Myrtle (red, purple, pink, white flowers).

Bottlebrush-5.pngAnother option for privacy is planting a massive specimen tree. We have thousands of them at Moon Valley Nurseries and to keep the privacy all year long, you are going to want to plant an evergreen tree. Evergreen trees require minimal maintenance and will stay green all year long. Great options for this is our Ficus, Camphor, Fruitless Olive, Live Oak, Japanese Privet, and Magnolia. If you looking to add a little color we have the Brazilian Pepper (produces eye-catching and showy red berries) and the Thevetia (produces yellow flowers). All of these trees provide great shade as well.

How to properly landscape around a home
When it comes to planting a landscape, you're going to want to consider a theme and proper placement.

Museum-palo-Verde-2.pngBecause we live in such a unique climate that allows us to plant a wide range of trees and shrubs, there are many landscape themes to pick from. You can go with a Mediterranean theme (Italian Cypress, Mediterranean Fan Palms, or one of our Olive tree varieties), an attractive desert theme or water wise theme (Museum Palo Verde, Chilean Mesquite, Desert Willow, Sweet Acacia, California Pepper, African Sumac), a minimal maintenance theme (evergreen trees), or even a tropical theme (Canary Island Date Palm, Tropical Bird of Paradise, Hibiscus, Piru Queen Palm, Pygmy Date Palm). The list above is just a small sample of what we have to offer at Moon Valley Nurseries. There are hundreds of more trees and options and we are for sure going to have the solution at Moon Valley Nurseries.

The reason why you want to keep a theme is that you don't want an unsightly landscape that features a desert tree mixed in with an evergreen and deciduous tree all planted next to each other. That is just way too much for one landscape. When it comes to placement, the last thing you want to do is to plant a tree that will drop its foliage straight into the pool or a tree that will block a water or electric line. Even worse, you don't want to plant a tree that doesn't fit the HOA code.

At Moon Valley Nurseries, we have certified nursery professionals who specialize in landscape design for our region. You can schedule your FREE design consultation by clicking on the proper link for your state: Arizona | California | Las Vegas.

Increase curb appeal to increase foot traffic and selling power
orchid-2.pngLet's say you have less than a month to sell a house and you need a landscape that looks like it has been growing for years. What do you do? Well, you head to nearest Moon Valley Nurseries location. We have thousands of mature specimens that can create instant curb appeal....especially our flowering trees. The following is a list of what we have to offer:

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

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

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

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

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

Orange-3.pngIn addition to all of our flowering trees, we have a huge selection of flowering shrubs as well. Another option to consider is a fruit and citrus tree that is already producing. Yes, already producing. We have oranges, lemons, limes, tangerines, grapefruit, kumquat, nectarine, peach, apple, plum, apricot, and avocado (California only).



How to fertilize existing plants to keep them looking good throughout the selling process
moon-juice-3.pngYou're about to put your house on the market and all of the sudden a tree, palm, shrub, or lawn takes a turn for the worse. Or you're concerned about something maybe having an issue.

To help homeowners combat this, Moon Valley Nurseries has developed highly specialized blends of fertilizer designed to trigger growth responses for our native soils. Our pros have been growing and planting trees and shrubs in our region for more than 40 years. These fertilizers have been time and tested and our pros use all of these fertilizers on our thousand acres grow yards all year long.

Below are a few bullet points of the benefits our fertilizers provide. For a more detailed descriptions click here

Supercharged Moon Juice
When to use: Freeze/frost damage, wind/physical damage, and heat/summer stress

Super Palm Juice
When to use: Stressed or yellowing palms, heat stress

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

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

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

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

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November Landscape and Garden Tips

Posted by Paul Popoff on 11/15/2016

Winter Watering, Fertilizing, What Trees to Plant Now and More

November Landscape Garden Tip.jpg

In this months issue of November Landscape and Garden Tips, we have a wealth of information that is going to help you and your yard this season. This is the time of year when things finally begin to change around town. Some trees are changing color as they adjust to the cooler winter temperatures and others are pushing out spurts of new growth. One of the most overlooked practices this time of year by homeowners is watering and fertilizing. A big misconception is that because everything is pushing out new growth and seems to be growing well, that they are getting the right amount of water and fertilizer, unfortunately more often than not, this isn't the case.

To Do List:

  •  Winter Watering: During the cooler months it is important that we back off the watering frequency. This allows trees, plants and even grass a chance to develop strong deep roots that will encourage more growth come the following spring. This also creates a landscape that is less susceptible to disease and insect infestation. It is important to continue to water deeply each time you water, and different plants will have different frequency requirements. You can download our watering guide here Winter Watering Guide to help you get a better idea on just how to take care of your landscape. 
  • Fertilization: Fertilizing everything and hardening them up as we say in the industry is a great way to give your landscape one last push through the winter months. Fertilizing your palms, shade trees, evergreen trees, flowering trees, and even your dormant trees now gives them the best chance of pulling though the winter and taking off come spring time. We recommend using our custom blended fertilizers for your landscape needs as they are specifically formatted for our soil and weather conditions. These cane be purchased at all Moon Valley Nursery locations or online here
  • Vegetable Gardens: Fall and winter is a great time to be planting your winter veggies! Our cold weather vegetables are going to be things like cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, kale, lettuce, peas, spinach and everyones favorite tomatoes and jalapenos! These should all be started now and fertilized once a month while they are growing. These need to be watered regularly and given a chance to dry out in between each watering cycle. This helps them to develop good strong roots through post production. 

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

Chinese-Elm-3.pngChinese Elm 'True Green'
One of the best shade trees or those sun drenched homes, the Chinese Elm is an attractive tree that can be planted as the focal point in any landscape. It absolutely loves the sun and the variety we carry at Moon Valley Nurseries does not weep. Ours is a fast growing tree that grow upright and round for maximum shade and curb appeal. It's leaves are small and elliptic in shape and the bark sheds in a puzzle fashion. It's a fantastic option for any landscape seeking instant shade. 


This fast growing tree is an excellent option for those water conscious homeowners looking to add shade and color at the same time. The Tipu is one of the fastest growing varieties we offer at Moon Valley Nurseries . In time, it's upright and open umbrella shaped canopy will provide shade where desired. When it comes to color, it's flowers are a golden yellow color and are abundant in late spring to early summer. It can become drought tolerant once established and it thrives in cold and heat. 


Museum-Palo-Verde.pngMuseum Palo Verde
This eye-catching desert tree is a must have for every home. It is a hybrid of different Palo Verde species that brings out the best qualities of each. It creates a massive and wide reaching canopy of layered shade that provides sun to any shrubs plants underneath the canopy. It blooms massive amounts of yellow flowers throughout the spring and can bloom again in the fall. The tree is supported by an attractive twisting blue-green trunk that provides a stark contrast to any landscape. Once established it rarely needs any water and is a fantastic desert tree for those looking for curb appeal. 

Brazilian-pepper-3.pngBrazilian Pepper
This evergreen tree may be native to Brazil, but it is right at home in our climate. This tree is one of the best water wise trees we carry at Moon Valley Nurseries and it just absolutely thrives in our sun and heat. It's lush and thick umbrella shaped canopy is supported by its dense branches that criss-cross and spread out from the main trunk. It produces white flowers in late spring and in the fall and winter it produces pinkish colored fruits in clusters. Many homeowners use these berries during the holidays for crafty displays. 


California-Pepper-1.pngCalifornia Pepper
Even though this tree has the name "pepper" in it, it is vastly different when compared to the Brazilian Pepper. The California Pepper is originally from South America, but it has found a home in our region. It is an evergreen tree that displays a weeping appearance that is graceful looking. It thrives in our sun and it produces a broad canopy of layered shade. It grows more upright than it does wide and it is supported by its strong trunk and branches. The California Pepper also produces red-colored berries in small and rounded clusters. It requires minimal water once established.

Lemon-2.pngFruit & Citrus - Lemon tree in photo
We always like to think that the #1 benefit to living in our climate is the fact that we can all grow our own food almost all-year long and we're not talking about the vegetable garden. We're talking bigger, and Moon Valley Nurseries has the biggest selection of fruit and citrus trees. seriously, there is no need to run to the grocery store to buy lemons, oranges, grapefruit, apples, peaches, avocados (only in CA), limes, tangerines, tangelos, kumquats, nectarines, apricots,. plums, and figs. Because we offer all of these fruit and citrus trees. They are all super easy to grow and many of our varieties are already producing. No need to buy a small tree and wait 5 years. Purchase one of ours and your tree is already producing!

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

The Southern United States does not have a monopoly on this tree, and they can be found throughout our region. Magnolia's are amazing trees. For starters, their cream-white flowers not only are impressive to look at, they also give off a pleasing aroma.  It's large waxy-like leaves have helped the Magnolia have a thick canopy, giving much-needed shade. At Moon Valley Nurseries, a few of our Magnolia varieties have the green and brown backs adding yet another layer of color. Over time, the Magnolia will create a wide range of shade and it absolutely thrives in our sun and heat.

Japanese-Blueberry-1.pngJapanese Blueberry
The Japanese Blueberry is a visually appealing evergreen due to its dense, lush foliage and striking leaf color throughout the year which provides a fantastic backdrop for contrasting flowers and shrubs. It thrives in full sun and handle the cold extremely well. It has become one of regions most planted hedge variety and is an excellent choice for just about any landscape.



Carolina-Cherry-2.pngCarolina Cherry
Native to the Southeastern United States, the Carolina Cherry has become a popular choice for its minimal maintenance, natural upright conical shape, and ability to tolerate heat, drought, and wind. The Carolina Cherry is a small to medium-sized evergreen with dark green, lustrous wavy-edged foliage on brown thornless stems. They can be easily sheared into a tall screen or sound barrier which make them a near-perfect option for many homes. 


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

CLICK FOR IMPORTANT INFO - Winter Watering Guide

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