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Landscaping With Succulents in Southern California

Posted by Garrett Cleverly on 1/13/2017

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Contrasting colors, unique growth patterns, and minimal maintenance have made succulents a popular choice for homeowners looking to add a little something different to their landscapes.

Our region is an ideal growing area for succulents and  consider these succulents below if you're looking to turn a dull area into a carpet of unique color.

Succulent Requirements

Water
While all succulents have minimal, and we mean minimal water requirements, they are still like every other living thing on this Earth and will require water throughout the year. When it comes to watering, it is important to deep water to keep the soil moist but never soggy. Succulents do not like that. Also, allow the soil to dry out completely between waterings. The more established your succulents become, the less water they will require.

Soil
Well-drained soil is a must for all succulents. Like we mentioned in the water requirements above, succulents like the soil to be moist, but never soggy. Standing water is not ideal for succulents and can possibly kill your succulent.

Light
Succulents absolutely love the sun and need the sun to grow. However, because our region is quite big some areas can experience very hot summers. Now this doesn’t mean you cannot landscape with succulents. If just means that you need to provide some protection from the sun with afternoon shade.

Blue-Fingers.pngBlue Fingers
The color blue is quite rare when it comes to color on our landscape. This is why the Blue Fingers, also known as Blue Chalk Sticks, are becoming a popular choice for homeowners in our region. The Blue Fingers is a slow growing succulent, but in time it can form a “carpet” look if you’re looking to block out part of your landscape. The leaves are pencil thin and they grow upwards creating a jagged-like look.

 

 

Fire-Sticks.pngStick of Fire
This is one of the most unique succulents we offer at Moon Valley Nurseries. The color and the structure of this specimen looks as if the coral reef has been transplanted to your landscapes. Stick of Fire grow from the trunk of the succulent and protrude out in many directions. They maintain their green and orange color throughout the year and the tips turn a fiery red in the winter. It is really a sight to see. They can grow to the size of a medium shrub and can be planted in containers as well.

 

Echeveria.pngEcheveria
Echeveria are a genus of about 100 species of succulents. These drought-tolerant perennials typically grow in clusters and their colors can range from green, purple, pink, red, and orange. Even though there are 100 species, they all have a similar rosette growth pattern. Fantastic options to plant in the yard and in containers with other plants. They also look fantastic as table Center pieces.

 

 

Aeonium-Purple-Queen.pngAeonium Purple Queen
While the majority of succulents tend to stay close to the ground, the Aeonium ‘Purple Queen’ is one that will grow 3-4 feet tall if you’re looking to add a little something different. This beautiful plant has large purple leaves with a light green and tight rosette center. The purple color will become darker with age, giving it an appealing two-tone color.

 

 

Elephants-food.pngElephant’s Food
If all these colors are a tad too much and if you’re looking for something more traditional in color, consider the Elephant’s Food. This sprawling succulent is a wonderful option for any landscape with its beautiful red-brown stems and glossy green leaves. It can be planted in the grown or in containers. For added affect, plant in a hanging basket. They can be easily pruned and require minimal water.

 

 

Be sure to talk to any of the nursery pros at Moon Valley Nurseries about a free landscape design with succulents. We have a solution for every landscape and our pros are experts at helping all of our customers reach their landscape goals. Map a Moon Valley Nursery location near you today.

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New Year, New Landscape - What To Do In Your Landscape For 2017

Posted by Garrett Cleverly on 12/22/2016

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The New Year is right around the corner and so are fresh starts. If you've been looking at that landscape make it a New Year's resolution to finally do something with it.

At Moon Valley Nurseries we have streamlined this process to make it super easy for every homeowner. In addition to growing all the trees and shrubs, we design, deliver, and plant. Below are a few landscape ideas our nursery professionals recommend for a perfect yard in 2017.

pALO-vERDE-2.pngXeriscaping your landscape with water-wise trees and shrubs

We all know how precious water is in our region and an easy way to cut back on your personal usage is to xeriscape (landscape which requires little or no irrigation) your landscape with water-wise trees and shrubs. At Moon Valley Nurseries we not only grow and offer a fantastic selection of these type of trees and shrubs, but we also grow everything in our local climate. This allows it to be acclimated at planting compared to other nurseries who ship in their trees and shrubs from other states.

Our water-wise trees provide fantastic greenery and stunning color in landscapes. If you’re looking for flowers, consider the fast growing Tipu tree or the Museum Palo Verde. These two trees require almost no water once established, they provide a massive canopy of shade and bloom gorgeous yellow flowers in late spring. If you’re seeking massive shade, the California Pepper, and Chinese Elm are the way to go. Both of these trees are wide as they are tall and look amazing as a focal point in any landscape. 

Ash-2.pngAdding much-needed shade with fast growing trees

The weather may be a perfect 70 degrees right now, but in just a few months the summer temperatures will arrive and by then it’s too late if you’re looking to add some shade relief. To avoid this mistake, take advantage of our ideal planting season right now. Trees planted now will have enough time to establish a root system now and then top growth in the spring before the summer temperatures.

For massive shade, our favorites are the Ficus nitidaCarrotwood, Chilean Mesquite, and all Ash varieties (Arizona, Shamel, Fan Tex, Raywood, Modesto, and Berrinda). All of these trees are fast growing and develop tall and wide canopies of shade. The Chilean Mesquite and Carrotwood will create layered shade, which allows sunlight to reach any shrubs you may want to plant under the tree. The Ficus and Ash varieties foliage block out all sunlight.  The best part about these trees is that they require minimal maintenance. They are fantastic options to help lower your electricity bill, create natural shade for your car, or even a way to block out the sun next to the swing set.

Ficus.jpgCreating a privacy screen with hedge material

Right now is the best time to block out those unwanted views. Well, any time is really the best time, but why not start the New Year off with hedge material that will block that neighbor's second story window.

At Moon Valley Nurseries, we offer the best in hedge material. We call it our Hollywood Style hedges. These hedges provide instant and maximum privacy. At many of our customer's homes, there is an unwanted view in the morning and by the afternoon the unsightly site is gone. Consider the Ficus nitida columns, which are some of the highest hedges we offer. Some other fantastic varieties are the Japanese Privet, Carolina Cherry, Japanese Blueberry, Podocarpus, and Golden Bamboo. All of these trees are evergreen and can be easily trimmed to any desired shape. If you want to add a little color to your hedge, the Bottlebrush tree (red flowers), Oleander tree (red, white, or pink flowers), and Wax Leaf Privet (white flowers) are fantastic selections.

Orange-Tree-5.pngGrowing your own homegrown food

At Moon Valley Nurseries, we like to think that there is nothing more rewarding than being able to go into your backyard and hand select the freshest fruit from your very own fruit, citrus, and nut trees. Growing these varieties is easier than you might expect. Les Blake, Moon Valley Nurseries owner, and his grandfather began custom growing citrus and fruit trees more than 50 years go. Over these years, Les and his grandfather have developed custom root stock that is guaranteed to produce excellent tasting fruit.

We offer a wide range of fruit and citrus trees. Orange, lemon, lime, and grapefruit are the top varieties for our customers. In addition, we offer tangerine, tangelo, kumquat, nectarine, apricot, peach, plum, apple, fig, pomegranate, avocado (California only), pecans, walnuts, and almonds.

crape-1.jpgAdding a splash of color with flowering trees and shrubs

From the stunning purple flowers of Orchid trees to the large flower clusters on Crape Myrtles, there is nothing like flowering trees to create interest and aroma in your landscape. Flowering trees have many landscape applications. Some flowering trees require minimal water, others provide great shade, some can be used as a focal point or a way to add an accent color.  If a certain color is a must, we offer flowering trees that bloom in the following colors.

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)

The Flowering Pear and Crape Myrtle will also produce stunning fall colors of red, orange, and brown. Our flowering trees come in many sizes so you’ll be able t feature your favorite colors prominently in your landscape.

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

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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. 

 

Tipu-11.pngTipu
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!

Jacaranda-6.pngJacaranda
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.

Magnolia-2.pngMagnolia
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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