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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!

 

 

 

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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

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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:

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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.

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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.

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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!

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Plumerias: More Than Beautifully Fragrant Flowers

Posted by Felipe Benavides on 9/8/2017

tropical_plumerias_flowerPlumerias, we love them for their vibrantly-colored flowers with a sweet fragrance that delights the senses. People become obsessed with the plumeria plant at an early age. Wearing plumeria flowers in the hair is a favorite pastime for women of all ages, whether you’re a young girl looking to emulate Disney’s Moana or you’re a grown-up that wants a stylish hair clip. In fact, placing plumeria flowers on a specific side of the head, tucked behind the ear, signifies your relationship status - traditionally, if you’re single you wear it on the left, and if you’re taken, you wear it on the right. Besides the flowers, they are also an exceptionally tropically plant that brings many rewards to any landscape – they grow very well in Southern California, too!

These tropical beauties are typically grown as a large bush and are easily trained and trimmed like a small tree. They can work in almost any landscape style, and no matter how you choose to use them, they are sure to be one of your favorite plants! Have a few planted in your yard and bask in the aromas such as jasmine, citrus, and gardenia. And with plumeria flower colors that range from white to yellow, as well as pink, red, and orange sunsets - aromatherapy never looked so good!

 

PLUMERIAS Create an Enchanting Landscape 

plumerias_plantOf course, Moon Valley Nurseries is the largest and best tree nursery in the United States, and beyond, so we want our customers to have the most beautiful landscape that increases property value and makes you feel happy…and Plumeria plants will certainly do that!

It’s easy to see why these exotic beauties, which are also called Frangipani, are such a common sight throughout our area – they are drought resistant and can easily handle the heat, neglect, insects, and other pests, all while keeping their good looks intact. Their ability to tolerate some salt spray and wind makes them suitable for coastal plantings, which is why you often see them adorning landscapes around places like Encinitas and up the coast to Santa Barbara.

plumeria_flowerYou can grow them indoors or out, though Plumeria care indoors requires a little more TLC and plenty of bright light, it is well worth it, especially when the explosion of flowers appear in your favorite bright room in the house. When allowed to grow outdoors (they love full sun), we recommend letting them grow free form. Too much pruning affects the bloom cycle, so just let them grow and let them do their thing – adding beauty and helping you recreate your Hawaiian vacation in your backyard!

We Grow the Best Varieties

plumeria_flowersThese very tropical plants come in a wide range of varieties and colors, Plumeria obtusa and rubra being local favorites. When in bloom, these are drop-dead gorgeous plants no matter which variety you have. People can choose to grow them in pots and containers or as a shrub or small tree. They’re versatile, so the best way to grow them is up to you! For the best foliage and blooms cycles, we recommend fertilizing with Super Charged Moon Juice and Moon Dust during the cooler months. Feed them from spring through fall to promote blooming so that your yard can be filled with the enchanting, colorful, fragrant blooms that are just begging you to slow down and smell the flowers!

Find the best Plumeria plants for sale at Moon Valley Nurseries, where we custom-grow and nurture them so that they are guaranteed to be the freshest, healthiest, and best-looking plants for the perfect spot in your yard!

We offer #freeplanting so that it cannot get any easier to beautify your landscape!

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Don't plant central valley olive trees!

Posted by Paul Popoff on 1/20/2017

 

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CENTRAL VALLEY OLIVES AND THEIR IMPACT ON HOMEOWNERS

Don't be fooled by cheap trees!

Beautiful silver green foliage with lacy arching branches combine to make a thick dense shade and are the perfect symbol of a Mediterranean escape. This is what makes the olive trees, (olea europea), so attractive to homeowners. Unfortunately, there is a disease that is threatening to ruin our beautiful trees and this disease has originated from the Central Valley region in California. Olive Quick Decline, as it is called, is quickly taking over the tree, causing branch die back and eventually the entire tree will parish. Olive Quick Decline has similar symptoms to leaf scorch from psyllids, (which is another issue in the Central Valley).
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Quick Olive Decline can be spread by insects, pruning, and other environmental factors. The easiest and best way to prevent the spread of this disease is to avoid buying Olive trees from the Central Valley region and purchase local Southern California grown trees from reputable sources such as Moon Valley Nurseries. Contractors and landscapers are purchasing these Central Valley Olive trees because they are able to get inferior trees, cheaply, and make a larger profit all while undercutting local growers.

Don't be fooled by a low price on a cheap olive tree, you could be putting the rest of your landscape in danger by doing so. Moon Valley Nurseries has been growing trees for decades and has our very own Olive tree farm nestled in the beautiful Temecula wine country that is several hundred acres and growing! We grow all types of Olives from the fruiting Manzanillo and Mission Olive trees to Ancient Olives 100+ years old and the Fruitless Wilsonii Olive trees as well. All of our Olive trees are certified disease free and are guaranteed to stay that way for at least 2 years, no other company can say that! Moon Valley Nurseries has also been planting trees for decades and has a team of expertly trained professionals that will come to your home and get the job done right the first time.

Don't wait any longer and take any chances with your landscape, stop into any Moon Valley Nurseries today and purchase the best Southern California Olive trees available!

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