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The Best Trees of Winter

Posted by Felipe Benavides on 12/6/2017

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Take Advantage of these Prime Planting Conditions!

Right now is the best time to plant the best trees of winter! Unlike much of the east coast, we get to experience mild weather, and since our soil does not freeze over, we have ideal conditions for beautifying our landscape with trees! In December, the soil can retain warmth even if the temperature outside starts to drop. And warmer soil is a boon for newly planted trees because it allows them to spend the winter months establishing their root system.

We recommend planting all kinds of trees and plants so that you can take advantage of the prime planting conditions this time of the year offers. With that said, we compiled a list of a few of our best trees of winter! 

 

Best Trees of Winter to Plant Now

Evergreens are the right choice for anyone looking to add a tree that can provide privacy as well as shade, all year long! And though the weather feels comfortable today, once spring and summer arrive and the temperatures start to soar, you’re really going to appreciate those evergreen trees you planted in the winter! Evergreen trees can produce more than their fair share of oxygen to help lower our carbon footprint, and they can be a stylish addition to any landscape. Moon Valley Nurseries has been growing trees for over 20 years with hundreds of varieties for our area to choose from! Here are a few of our best trees of winter that are sure to bring curb appeal!

Brazilian-PepperBrazilian Pepper (Schinus terebinthifolius): These evergreens can grow to be medium to large trees with an umbrella-shaped canopy that provides a perfect shady spot in any landscape! These are picturesque trees that bring out the festive mood in the winter when showy bright red berries appear, contrasting beautifully with the dark green foliage. This wintertime bloomer is an excellent tree any time of the year! We have them available in a single trunk or multiple trunk forms so visit your nearest Moon Valley Nurseries location to see these colorful evergreen trees for yourself!

 

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Fruitless Olive (Olea europaea ‘Wilsonii'): Fruitless olive trees are perfect for adding interest to any landscape, and since they are fruitless, we can grow them in Arizona and Nevada too! These are medium-sized evergreens that can be used as a focal point in any landscape and with nighttime landscape lighting installed, you can highlight the structure of these trees often dubbed as “living sculptures.” Of course, if it’s shade you’re after, rest easy knowing that this Olive tree variety can bring plenty of shade to your landscape! And for our Southern California customers, we have beautiful fruitless and fruiting olive trees available right now!

 

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Live Oak (Quercus virginiana): These evergreen trees are native to the Western U.S. and are an excellent choice for landscapes throughout the Southwest! Live Oaks have a long-life span and attract small wildlife too, so if you love the sight of birds, we recommend installing bird feeders and owl boxes. We like to plant them in rows so that they can create a natural privacy screen! These trees are also hardy and able to tolerate extreme drought and windy conditions. Of course, it is also an excellent shade tree and one that is very clean and easy to maintain. This majestic beauty is considered by many to be the best oak for planting.

 

Palms to Plant Now   

Palm trees are trademarks of the Southwestern landscapes. They have often been seen lining boulevards, in luxury resorts and upscale shopping centers and helping to create a backyard retreat so that you can feel like you are getting away from it all without having to leave the comfort of your home! Can you imagine what our landscape would look like without palm trees? Yea, we couldn’t either! Good thing we don’t have to imagine that because Moon Valley Nurseries custom-grows the best specimens, from hard-to-find-palms to the more common ones! Plant palm trees and enjoy the sunset while it creates an awesome silhouette without blocking too much of your view!

windmill_palmWindmill Palm (Trachycarpus fortunei): This small to medium-sized palm brings a tropical appeal to any landscape and is one of the most cold hardy palms you can find! These palms have a neat and small-scale size that makes them an excellent choice for small patios, narrow spaces, gardens, side yards, near swimming pools, or as a standalone specimen. Plant them close together in groups so that you can create one of the lushest hedges you can find. Transform your yard into a resort-style property and enjoy the calming nature of a Windmill Palm.

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Mexican Blue Palm (Brahea armata): Break up the greenery in your landscape with the stunning Mexican Blue Palm! This harder-to-find palm features dramatic silver-blue fronds all year long and creates flower plumes and golden braids of fruit in early summer that can make it a crowd pleaser in any landscape. We like to use them to create stunning vertical effects, and as one of the most impressive tropical hedges that you can find! If you’re looking for a palm that can add dramatic colors and textural color to yards, look no further than Brahea armata!

 

Yes, You Can Afford a Beautiful New Landscape!

It’s true! With easy financing available you can pay over time so that it cannot get any easier to replace the trees and plants the builders chose or create that private backyard retreat you have always dreamed of having! Have you tried our virtual landscape designer app? Give it a try, it’s fun, easy and a great way to visualize your new landscape with our premium quality trees and plants! Of course, you can always visit any of our nurseries and take advantage of our free landscape design consultations too. And with #freeplanting available on all box sized trees, you can relax while our professional planting crew does all the work. Come home to a beautiful new landscape today!

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Topics: Winter Planting, knowledge base

How to Care for Roses

Posted by Felipe Benavides on 10/12/2017

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

Roses: a little TLC goes a long way

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

Where to Grow:

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

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

Watering:

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

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

Feeding:

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

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Pruning:

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

What you’ll need:

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

Topics: Insider, gardening, knowledge base

Roses Are a Landscaping Favorite!

Posted by Felipe Benavides on 10/11/2017

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


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

 

Many Uses

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

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

 

Roses Growing Factors to Consider

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

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

 

Types and Varieties

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

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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.

Hybrid Tea:hybrid_tea_rose

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

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

Topics: Insider, gardening, knowledge base

How to Properly Reseed for Winter Lawn in AZ/NV

Posted by Felipe Benavides on 9/21/2017

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The Southwest is a beautiful place, and though we live in an arid environment, we welcome any greenery, especially from our grass lawns. So whether we use lawns to practice a golf swing, toss the football around with our kids, or just like the way the green color contrasts with the natural scenery, keeping it lush and green all year long takes a little effort. Of course, rising to the challenge of keeping it green all year long brings many rewards, so keep on reading to know how to properly reseed for winter lawns so that you can achieve the best results!

reseed_for_winter_lawnFill in Areas That Were Damaged During Summer Months

Overseeding, we do it to help fill in those areas that were damaged during the summer months so that it can revive your lawn. Of course, many homeowners in our area keep their grass green all year long by planting Ryegrass in the fall and Bermuda grass in the spring. What is the best grass seed? One of the best methods to keeping a grass lawn green through the Southwest winter is overseeding with Perennial Ryegrass. Ryegrass is a beautiful dark green lawn, which is why many around here feel that winter lawns are much more attractive than summer lawns! So, when is the best time to reseed for winter lawn? In our area, the cool fall nights make for the perfect planting weather. In fact, once the temperatures in Arizona and Las Vegas get anywhere from the low to mid 60’s and into the 70’s, we can overseed! The reason you want to reseed when the temperatures are cooler is that the sun can bake the seedlings. The window of opportunity is small, so be sure to keep this in mind!

RESEED FOR WINTER LAWN: Step-by-Step!  

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1. Scalp and dethatch: first things first, you need to cut that summer grass back and thin so that it allows room for your new grass to grow. The removal of thatch and leaf accumulation ensures that the seed gets down to the soil. Yes, you might have to mow your lawn two or three times to get the grass down to the preferred ¼-inch to ½-inch height, so if you have got children that want to earn some extra cash, this might be an excellent opportunity to instill some good work habits!

2. Seeding: once the grass is at the preferred height, you can start to spread the Ryegrass seed (our Moon Valley Nursery pros always recommend using Perennial Ryegrass because it is the best choice for Arizona and Nevada.) Spread the seeds half in one direction and the other half in a direction that is perpendicular to the first because doing this will minimize overlap and skips. For best results spread the seeds as evenly as you can.

3. Fertilize: before you turn on the water, be sure to fertilize. Feel free to speak with any of our in-house experts, and we will be glad to help you select the perfect fertilizer. We carry the perfect blends at any of nurseries for the best results!

mulching_winter_lawn_grass4. Mulching: we recommend applying mulch if you do not have a good irrigation system, if you do not have an easy way, such as a timer, that can water 4-5 times a day, or if the temperatures have cooled down too fast. A well-composted mulch (available at all of our nurseries) will help to retain moisture and heat, all things necessary for germinating perennial Ryegrass. Once you have spread the seed, you will want to spread the mulch evenly over the entire lawn and do it to 1/8-inch to ¼-inch thickness.

5. Water: when reseeding for a winter lawn it is critical that you water because maintaining a moist seedbed for 7 to 10 days will allow the seed to germinate. Water about four to five times a day but be sure not to leave any puddles or any dry spots. Don’t worry, once the seed has germinated and grown to a height of ¾-inch to 1-inch, you can reduce the watering to 2 to 3 times and day, and after 10 to 14 days, you will want to reduce watering to once a day. Once your new lawn is established, you can water every other day in the winter.

winter_lawn_grass_mowing6. Mowing: yep, your mower is getting some nice wintertime action! With your new beautiful winter lawn, the first mowing should happen at the 10th to 14th day after germination. To prevent pulling out your new young seedlings, never remove more than 30-percent of the leaf at one time. You will want your first cut to be at the height of about ¾-inch to 1-inch, of course, if you like a higher lawn then you ought to mow 14 to 21 days after germination.

7. Nutrition: winter lawns require feeding too, so be sure to ask any of our Moon Valley Nursery pros for the best fertilizer to feed your new lush and beautiful winter lawn!

Ratios:

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                                         1 lb per 100 sq ft

Topper:
1 cu ft per 100 sq ft

Mulch:
2 cu ft per 100 sq ft

Starter Fertilizer:
1 lb per 200 sq ft

Moon Royale:
1 lb per 200 sq ft

Moon Green:
1 Gal per 500 sq ft

Topics: Insider, Winter Landscape Tips, Winter Planting, knowledge base

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!

Topics: Insider, landscape tips, gardening, knowledge base

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