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Landscape and Garden Tips (December)

Posted by Felipe Benavides on 11/30/2017

landscape_and_garden_tipsNo doubt about it. We’re fortunate to live in the Southwest. While much of the east coast of the USA is busy shoveling snow off their driveways and scraping ice off their car windows, we get to enjoy the sunshine and the great outdoors. Yes, we're often wearing shorts and a long-sleeve shirt hiking one of the 180 miles of trails in the Phoenix area, exploring Red Rock Canyon National Park in Las Vegas or hanging out along the coastline and gorgeous beaches of Southern California. Yep, we got it good! We also get to enjoy our beautiful landscapes and plant some trees, shrubs, and do some gardening! Of course, it can get cold, and homeowners will need to prepare for the colder temperatures.

Since we are still experiencing relatively high temperatures throughout the Southwest, this is a great time for planting. With that said, we spoke with our experts, and we’ve compiled some tips, tasks, and suggestions so that you can keep your yard thriving during December and into the new year.

 

Landscape and Garden Tips That You Can Use for December!

  • Continue watering your plants. However, you’ll want to change the watering schedule for the trees, shrubs, and other plants in your landscape. Since the temperatures are cooler and there is less sunlight, the soil stays moist for a longer period so that you do not have to water as frequently. Make sure you are always watering deeply and allowing time so that the soil can dry out between watering.   
  • If the weather is dry feel free to water your lawn, shrubs, and small trees occasionally.
  • It’s good practice to apply a layer of winter mulch so that it can protect your perennials after the first few freezes.
  • Avoid any major pruning during this time. That said, you’ll want to remove any dead, diseased, or damaged branches from trees and shrubs.
  • You’ll want to fertilize your lawn after the first mowing.
  • Cool-weather vegetables can be planted right now. These vegetables include beets, carrots, chard, lettuce, leeks, peas, potatoes, radishes, spinach, and turnips. You can also plant asparagus, broccoli, cabbage, and cauliflower.
  • This is a great time to prepare the soil for any new shrubs or rose garden. To prepare the soil, you’ll want to dig it up, remove weeds, and add compost.
  • This is an ideal time to design a new landscape and upgrade your garden! Ask us how!

Citrus and Fruit Tree Picks

Grow an edible landscape and toast to healthy eating! Our Fruit and Citrus trees are grown specifically in our local climate so that they are guaranteed to produce! With Moon Valley Nurseries, you can purchase #fruittrees and #citrustrees at fruit producing age, so plant them now, so they are ready for next spring! Of course, you can always visit your nearest Moon Valley Nursery to purchase one or two or three or more of our fruit trees bearing citrus and fruit right now! Call your closest local Moon Valley Nursery to find out what we have in stock!

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Orange Trees (various):

Why settle for just one kind of orange variety when you can have multiple! For instance, at Moon Valley Nurseries you can find the juiciest varieties perfect for eating whole, juicing, or adding flavor to recipes. We carry the best varieties such as Valencia, Blood Orange, Navel and more! All orange trees are attractive in any landscape, and when growing near windows, they can bring the sweet aroma straight into your home. Grow a few and use them to create an aromatic privacy screen that blocks out unwanted views in style!

 

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Tangerine, Tangelo, Grapefruit Trees:

Enjoy a tangerine dream with each juicy bite of this scrumptious fruit! We have taken the guesswork out of finding the best and most reliable ones for growing in our area. We grow the best varieties, including Satsumas, Clementine, and Mandarin! Tangelos are a tangerine and grapefruit hybrid that is full of mouth-watering flavor and juice! And speaking of Grapefruit, we also have the Sweet Ruby Red, Oro Blanco and more that are bursting with healthy juice!   These citrus trees are beautiful landscape trees too, where the combination of orange, yellow and green colors can enhance any yard. Let them grow free form and use them to block unwanted views!

 

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Lemon and Lime Trees:

Eat them whole, slice them up for cocktails or use them in a favorite recipe, any way you slice it you can toast to healthy eating! Lemons and limes can be enjoyed all year long and growing them means you won’t be in a panic the next time there's a lime shortage. And since they are small to medium-sized trees, they are the ideal size for any landscape style or application. Besides growing them for citrus, they can be planted in rows to create a privacy screen or used as an attractive focal point.

 

Deciduous Tree Picks

Deciduous trees are such a great tree to plant in our area – they can let the warmth of the sun in during the winter and can provide a massive amount of shade once the temperatures rise! December is a great time to plant deciduous trees so that they can get roots established and ready for spring!

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Arizona Ash (Fraxinus velutina):

These deciduous shade trees are cold hardy, heat resistant, and can cast a wide umbrella of shade just in time for summer! In the winter, this seedless variety will lose its leaves so that they can let in the warmth of the sun. They have a fast growth rate, and we love their attractive velvety, gray-green leaves that make them a perfect addition to any yard, and when properly placed around a home, mature trees can reduce temperatures inside a house.

 

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Shumard Oak (Quercus shumardii):

Beautiful at any stage of its life, when young it has an attractive pyramidal shape before eventually branching out to create a vase-like shape with a beautiful structure that can also cast ample shade! In late fall, the leaves turn the tree to a vibrant red before shedding its leaves and letting in the sunlight. We like to plant this deciduous as a shade tree, street tree, lawn tree or as a focal point that is sure to attract the right attention.

 

#FREEPLANTING!

That’s right! With free professional planting on all box-sized trees, it cannot get any easier to transform your yard! Now is an excellent time to replace the trees the builders chose or start from scratch! Financing is available, so there is no reason to wait! And with the largest premium-quality selection of trees and plants, and free professional landscape design available at any of our nurseries, Moon Valley Nurseries has got you covered for all your landscaping goals!

Your Free Winter Watering Guide!

Topics: Monthly Tips, Winter Landscape Tips, landscape tips

Landscape and Garden Tips (November)

Posted by Felipe Benavides on 11/9/2017

It’s already November, and if you look around our area, you can see that some trees are adjusting to the cooler temperatures and are changing color and others are starting to push out spurts of new growth. This time of year, we get all kinds of questions, and we are glad to provide a wealth of information to help you and your yard thrive this season. Many homeowners are asking whether they should continue watering their landscape in November and whether it’s a good time to plant trees. Fact is, this time of the year is an ideal time to plant trees and is also an excellent time to start planting winter vegetables!

This time of the year, watering and fertilizing tend to be the most overlooked practices by homeowners. It’s easy to see why people might feel like their trees and plants are getting the right amount of water and fertilizer. After all, everything is pushing out new growth and seems to be growing well. However, this is a big misconception. In other words, you can continue watering your plants!

 

To Do List Before the Winter Chill Sets In:

 Since it’s November, it’s the time to prepare your garden and lawn for the cold winter months. Below are some things you can do to ensure that your trees and plants thrive throughout winter.

Winter Watering: Yes, the weather is getting cooler, so it is important to water less often and doing this allows trees, plants, and grass to develop strong, deep roots so that it will encourage more growth when spring arrives. Watering less can also create a yard that is less susceptible to disease and insect infestation. It is a good practice to water each time deeply, and it is also smart to know that different plants will have different water frequency requirements. We know it might sound overwhelming, so you can download our winter watering guide here -->  Your Free Winter Watering Guide! so that you can have a better idea on how to take care of your landscape the right way!

Fertilization: Give your landscape one last push through the winter by fertilizing everything! Palms, shade trees, evergreen trees, flowering trees, and even dormant trees will benefit from fertilization so that they can pull through the winter and doing this will help them flourish once spring comes around! We have custom blended fertilizers available specially formatted for our soil and weather conditions. We recommend using our brand of fertilizers so that you can achieve the best results. They can be purchased at all Moon Valley Nurseries locations and are also available for purchase online here!

tomatoes_gardenVegetable Gardens: No doubt about it, growing-your-own food is the best, and fall, and winter is an ideal time to be planting winter veggies. We love to plant cold weather vegetables such as kale, broccoli, spinach, carrots, cauliflower and of course tomatoes and jalapeños! Start a vegetable garden now and be sure to fertilize them once a month while the veggies are growing. You will also want to water them regularly and just be sure to give them a chance to dry out between each watering cycle because doing this helps them to develop strong, healthy roots.

 

Our Experts Recommend Planting These Trees This Month

Tipu_treeTipu Tree (Tipuana tipu): Homeowners love this semi-evergreen tree for many reasons! For instance, if it’s shade you want, you really cannot go wrong with this medium to large size tree because it can provide massive amounts of shade! In fact, when properly trimmed, it can provide a perfect spot to rest under peacefully! It’s also an attractive tree featuring feathery, bright bluish green foliage and from late spring to early summer, it puts on a spectacular show of golden blooms! Drought tolerance, beauty, shade – you get all this and more!

Brazilian_pepperBrazilian Pepper (Schinus terebinthifolius): Waterwise trees such as this beautiful evergreen are a welcome sight in any Southwest landscape, especially during those hot sunny days when we’re scrambling to find some shade. That’s because they have a thick umbrella-shaped canopy that provides lots of shade. Yes, it’s a great summertime tree, and it’s also a show-stopping tree during the winter when it produces pinkish colored fruits in clusters that blend in perfectly with its dark green foliage.

california_pepper_treeCalifornia Pepper Tree (Schinus molle): These sun-loving trees have a fast growth rate and are evergreen so that they keep their attractive bright green, fern-like leaves and lush green foliage all year long! These are favorites in any Southwestern landscape, and if you are looking for a tree that provides shade, you’ll love it! Families are sure to appreciate this tree too. Mature multi-trunk specimens are ideal for climbing, tying a tire swing, or even building a tree house!

Chinese_pistacheChinese Pistache (Pistacia chinensis): If you dream of seeing New England-like fall colors in your yard, the Chinese Pistache is one that brings it! These deciduous trees have a clean, dark green umbrella-shaped canopy that provides shade. And in the fall, the leaves go from luminous orange to red and sometimes yellow. We like to plant them in rows, where they can be used as a natural privacy screen that can block unwanted views in style! In the desert areas, these are noted as being one of the brightest green trees you can find!

Japanese_Blueberry_Japanese Blueberry (Elaeocarpus decipiens): Homeowners looking for a dependable shade tree, windbreak or privacy hedge will want to plant Japanese Blueberry. These upright growing trees have an elegant look, with bronze-colored leaves emerging in the spring and gradually maturing to their rich, shiny dark green color. Their lush foliage adds year-round interest, and they are also an excellent topiary tree for use in formal landscapes!

We love this time of year, and we are proud to offer the best quality trees at the best price anywhere! We do it all! In fact, Moon Valley Nurseries is your one-stop shop for all your landscape needs. Our nursery experts have decades worth of experience so that they can assist you with any project or questions you may have. As we get ready to enter winter, this is the time to dust off our sweaters and jackets, and it’s also the time to remember to change your watering schedule. Be sure to map a Moon Valley Nurseries locations here.

Topics: Expert, Industry Expert, landscape tips

How to Care for Raywood Ash

Posted by Felipe Benavides on 11/7/2017

raywood_ash_fall_colorThe Raywood Ash is our tree of the week for Arizona! We love these deciduous trees, and they put on a spectacular show when their beautiful dark green leaves transform to a deep burgundy color that is sure to get your yard noticed for all the right reasons! Also, since it’s deciduous, you’ll have an easy one time clean up! Of course, what we really love about them is that they can grow to be a beautiful tree with a canopy that is capable of providing plenty of widespread cooling shade when we need it most – in the summer!


Raywood Ash Love to Grow in Arizona!

Raywood Ash, (Fraxinus oxycarpa ‘Raywood’) trees are tolerant of strong winds so that they are ideal for growing in our area. Also, compared to other Ash species, they are more tolerant of dry soils. Take care of this beautiful tree, and it will reward you and your landscape for years!

Exposure and Where to Plant

These trees love to grow in a location that receives full sun exposure. Full sun exposure amounts to at least six hours of direct sunlight per day. These are well-suited as a spectacular lawn specimen and shade tree, so plant one now and enjoy the view!

How to Water

These trees are vigorous, fast-growers. A newly planted Raywood Ash can be deeply watered and allowed to dry between watering. Once established, these can be an excellent tree for any water-wise landscape. Click Here For Your Free Watering Guide!

How to Trimtree_trimming

Remember being a kid and drawing trees that looked like a lollipop? The Raywood Ash is one such tree and knowing how to trim one correctly will ensure that it looks fantastic all year long! If you’ve got a young tree, you’ll want to prune it in late fall to establish a central leader.

You will want to prune to remove any crossing, rubbing, or other branches that may need to be removed for optimal growth and health.

  • When removing branches, always trim back to the point of origin and make sure your cut is made on green-wood. Scrape away a thin strip of bark and look for brown wood underneath. Green wood is healthy wood.
  • You’ll want to trim back any damaged branches to a lateral branch and do this at least 6-inches into healthy wood. Also, to prevent any scrape wounds you’ll want to eliminate crossing branches.
  • If you see big scaffold branches directly opposite of each other, this can weaken the structure of the tree. You'll want to encourage the formation of other lateral branches spaced evenly. To do this remove whichever opposite branch is the weaker one.

Tools You’ll Need:

  • Garden Clippers
  • Pruning Saw

Tip: Wrapping the trunk in the summer is an excellent way to keep these trees healthy during the hottest times of the year!

If you don’t have the time, tools, or the skills required to trim you can always leave the trimming to our professional care division. Set up an appointment anytime and our professional crew will be glad to care for your tree properly.

Topics: Insider, landscape tips

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!

 

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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!

 

 

 

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!

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How to Care for Chinese Pistache Trees in Las Vegas

Posted by Felipe Benavides on 9/28/2017

Chinese Pistache, we love to grow them and plant them. After all, we are the grower of these beautiful big trees with the vibrant fall colors that bring a touch of New England to yards throughout Las Vegas and Nevada! Our Red Push Pistache cultivar is even better! In fact, this variety is guaranteed to produce the vivid fire-engine red color that you cannot help noticing as it conjures up memories of east coast fall foliage. These are the perfect trees for Nevada. They have incredible drought-tolerance as well as thicker leaves and a large canopy that provides the shade you need to block out the sunlight during those blazing hot sunny days!red_push_pistache_fall_color

Chinese Pistache: Where to Plant

It is easy to see why Chinese Pistache is a top fall tree for any landscape in Nevada. The best time to plant this Pistacia tree is right now. They are an excellent shade tree, so much so that proper planting around your home may be able to reduce the temperature inside. We value engineer our trees so that so you get largest trees at best price! Why wait for these trees to get big when you can get them at the perfect size now? At Moon Valley Nurseries, we are the grower so that we have big trees available! Our ‘Red Push’ cultivar is more disease and pest resistant and they are ready to bring that cool shady relief! It is deciduous, so it can block the sunlight during the summer and let the warmth of the sun in during the winter! Of course, it puts on a spectacular fall foliage show before losing its leaves too! So where is the best place to have one of these attractive trees planted? Read on for more information on where to plant, as well as on how to care for Chinese Pistache trees!

Exposure

These trees love our hot, dry climate, so plant Chinese Pistache trees in a sunny spot in your yard and enjoy the view. It loves the sun, so it should be planted in a place that gets at least 6 hours of direct sunlight per day. They have a spreading canopy, so give them a little room to spread so that the canopy can provide the shade you want! This deciduous is a reliable tree for streetside planting and ready to bring plenty of shade and beauty to patios, gardens and lawn areas!

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Say yes to drought-tolerant trees and hello to the Red Push Pistache, a water-wise tree that tolerates the heat too! This colorful tree is not too picky about soil conditions, in fact, it prefers that the ground is not too wet, so this makes them ideal for growing in and around the Las Vegas area! While the tree is acclimating to its new environment, it is a good idea to water at least twice a week until it has been established. We recommend checking the soil once a week, and it is good practice to water when only the top one-inch is dry.

Pruning

Prune as needed so that it reinforces the structure and form of the tree. If you have a young tree, prune in early winter so that it aids in establishing their umbrella-shaped canopies that bring that lovely shade. Periodic thinning is good practice. That said, in the summer, be careful not to remove more than 30% of the canopy because this can lead to sunburn injuries to the tree and pave the way for a wood boring insect infestation. Plus, who wants to prune during the dog days of summer in Las Vegas anyway?!chinese_pistache_fall_color.jpg

Pistacia chinensis ‘Red Push” Pistache #FREEPLANTING!

If we could give this tree a high five, we would! Yes, we love the Red Push Pistache variety and so do our customers. It got its name because as new foliage emerges in spring, it is reddish before the leaves turn into the rich, dark green color in the summer and back to red in the fall! Anyone looking for a beautiful shade tree with lots of stunning fall color can do no wrong with this top tree for Nevada. If you want this tree now, take advantage of our #freeplanting service! We are the largest box tree grower in America that can bring the trees to your house and plant them for you! Our professional designers will help you design and plant your yard with specimen Red Push Pistache trees!

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How to Care for Chinese Pistache Trees

Posted by Felipe Benavides on 9/28/2017

Chinese Pistache, we love to grow them and plant them. After all, we are the grower of these beautiful big trees with the vibrant fall colors that bring a touch of New England to yards throughout Phoenix and Arizona! Our Red Push Pistache cultivar is even better! In fact, this variety is guaranteed to produce the vivid fire-engine red color that you cannot help noticing as it conjures up memories of east coast fall foliage. These are the perfect trees for Arizona. They have incredible drought-tolerance as well as thicker leaves and a large canopy that provides the shade you need to block out the sunlight during those blazing hot sunny days!

red_push_pistache_fall_colorChinese Pistache: Where to Plant

It is easy to see why Chinese Pistache is a top fall tree for any landscape in Arizona. The best time to plant this Pistacia tree is right now. They are an excellent shade tree, so much so that proper planting around your home may be able to reduce the temperature inside. We value engineer our trees so that so you get largest trees at best price! Why wait for these trees to get big when you can get them at the perfect size now? At Moon Valley Nurseries, we are the grower so that we have big trees available! Our ‘Red Push’ cultivar is more disease and pest resistant and they are ready to bring that cool shady relief! It is deciduous, so it can block the sunlight during the summer and let the warmth of the sun in during the winter! Of course, it puts on a spectacular fall foliage show before losing its leaves too! So where is the best place to have one of these attractive trees planted? Read on for more information on where to plant, as well as on how to care for Chinese Pistache trees!

ExposureSun_exposure_chinese_pistache

These trees love our hot, dry climate, so plant Chinese Pistache trees in a sunny spot in your yard and enjoy the view. It loves the sun, so it should be planted in a place that gets at least 6 hours of direct sunlight per day. They have a spreading canopy, so give them a little room to spread so that the canopy can provide the shade you want! This deciduous is a reliable tree for streetside planting and ready to bring plenty of shade and beauty to patios, gardens and lawn areas!

Water

Say yes to drought-tolerant trees and hello to the Red Push Pistache, a water-wise tree that tolerates the heat too! This colorful tree is not too picky about soil conditions, in fact, it prefers that the ground is not too wet, so this makes them ideal for growing in and around the Phoenix area! While the tree is acclimating to its new environment, it is a good idea to water at least twice a week until it has been established. We recommend checking the soil once a week, and it is good practice to water when only the top one-inch is dry.

Pruning

Prune as needed so that it reinforces the structure and form of the tree. If you have a young tree, prune in early winter so that it aids in establishing their umbrella-shaped canopies that bring that lovely shade. Periodic thinning is good practice. That said, in the summer, be careful not to remove more than 30% of the canopy because this can lead to sunburn injuries to the tree and pave the way for a wood boring insect infestation. Plus, who wants to prune during the dog days of summer in Phoenix anyway?!chinese_pistache_fall_color.jpg

Pistacia chinensis ‘Red Push” Pistache #FREEPLANTING!

If we could give this tree a high five, we would! Yes, we love the Red Push Pistache variety and so do our customers. It got its name because as new foliage emerges in spring, it is reddish before the leaves turn into the rich, dark green color in the summer and back to red in the fall! Anyone looking for a beautiful shade tree with lots of stunning fall color can do no wrong with this top tree for Arizona. If you want this tree now, take advantage of our #freeplanting service! We are the largest box tree grower in America that can bring the trees to your house and plant them for you! Our professional designers will help you design and plant your yard with specimen Red Push Pistache trees!

Topics: Insider, 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!

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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!

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