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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!

 

brazilian_pepper.jpg

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!

tipuana_tipu_tree

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!

Topics: Insider, Expert, landscape tips

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!

Topics: Insider, Winter Landscape Tips, landscape tips

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!

Topics: Insider, Expert, landscape tips

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!

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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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Why You Should Consider Privacy Yard Ideas

Posted by Felipe Benavides on 9/19/2017

Creating outdoor privacy, we all want it for our home and families and as great as backyard fences can be, choosing something natural can be much more beautiful. No doubt about it, one of the most popular requests at any nursery is the “perfect privacy hedge.” Makes sense because for many homeowners, more often than not, adjacent fence lines can be a little too close for comfort. Living walls, we all want it for our families, after all, do we want that nosy neighbor peeking over the fence, asking what’s for dinner? Of course, hedges are ideal living walls and can run the gamut from shrubs to trees and palms, and here in our area, it makes sense to choose low water use, low maintenance plants that can do the job without using too much water and do not take too much effort to look good. Hedges are a sure-fire way to delineate your property line naturally and can increase property value too. When it comes to privacy fences, there are lots of great living walls available for any yard.privacy_yard_ideas_hedge

Benefits of a Hedge:

  • Can have backyard privacy without a fence!
  • Performs as a living wall – keeps home private from neighbors and street traffic
  • Act as property line markers
  • Can be used as a sound barrier to reduce noise pollution – ideal for properties next to busy streets
  • Can work as a windbreak where they can protect against harsh winds
  • An attractive way to block unwanted views
  • Can increase security around your property
  • Can add value to a broad range of properties

Privacy Yard Ideas and Types of Hedges

Hedges are some of the hardest working elements in any landscape and an awesome way to add backyard privacy without a fence – perfect for the front yard too! You will often see them growing naturally or sheared for a formal look. Of course, if it is private yard you are after, you will want to choose an evergreen tree, shrub or another plant because they keep their dense foliage all year long, which means you get that year-round screen you want. Evergreens with densely packed foliage from top to bottom are going to work the best for a living fence. You will also want to consider that shrubs and trees grow to different heights, so it is important to find the right tree or shrub that meets your needs. For instance, you can use a low hedge as an excellent choice to frame a patio or a garden bench, edge walks or pathways. However, a low one is not going to offer very much privacy. A tall hedge is perfect if you want to create a privacy screen or to form a green wall to divide your garden into separate rooms. Of course, the best way to add instant privacy is to buy specimen trees. Specimen trees are big and have the dense foliage and attractive greenery that can block views in style, and since they are already fully grown, you will not have to wait to enjoy the beautiful features. These trees are our top picks and some of the best hedges you can find for yard privacy ideas.

ficus_hedgeIndian Laurel Column (Ficus nitida): buy specimens and plant these trees close together to create an instant privacy screen. You can see these easy-to-grow trees lined up in yards throughout the Southwest, from California to Arizona, Nevada and beyond, where they not only act as a living privacy fence, they also create vast amounts of shade and can work as a windbreak to protect from those high blowing winds. These are the number one hedge style trees for any homeowner that wants privacy, and once you see them, it is easy to see why. These Ficus nitida columns are the perfect size for any landscape.

Podocarpus (Podocarpus gracilior): shade, privacy, windbreak - these evergreen trees offer all that with the bonus of being very clean and requiring little maintenance. Their lush foliage has a fern-like look, which is why they are also known as the Fern Pine. Their roots rarely lift or crack sidewalks so that they are ideal for planting near the street where they can create a beautiful privacy screen for the front yard or backyard. They can tolerate a wide array of growing conditions so that they are suitable for growing throughout our area. Holds up great against windy, salty, coastal conditions so that they are ideal for a broad range of communities throughout our area.

carolina_cherry_privacy_trees.jpegCarolina Cherry (Prunus caroliniana 'Compacta'): can be used as a tree or shrub and this densely branched beauty with dark green foliage has an almost perfect shape that makes it ideal as a privacy hedge. Creamy white fragrant flowers arrive in the spring, for an attractive hedge that you have to see to believe. Loves the heat and thrives in full sun. You can always shear it into conical shapes, columnar shapes or standard rectangular forms for a formal look.

golden_bambooGolden Bamboo (Phyllostachys aurea): this bamboo completes any Asian-inspired garden and grows fast so that they are ideal for privacy screens. When the wind blows, the canes sway beautifully in the wind, creating a unique song all their own. Use them to create a tropical backyard retreat or as a fast-growing barrier between properties. We like to use them in a broad range of landscape styles where they can create a natural-looking backdrop.

KENTIA_PALM_GROUP_EDITED].jpgKentia Palm (Howea forsterniana): palm trees can also be used as the most tropical hedge you can find. We like to plant the beautiful Kentia Palms in any landscape and use them in staggered heights, for a look that is lush and can help create a private backyard tropical retreat. These small to medium sized palms are ideally sized for smaller yards and are prized for their dark green, arching fronds that create a tropical canopy wherever they are planted.

Moon Valley Nurseries has an in-house team of landscape design professionals and landscapers that are experts in selecting the right trees and shrubs for the perfect spot in your landscape! And with #freeplanting, it cannot get any easier to create a private yard! We bring the trees to your house and plant them for you!

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Why Fall is the Best Time to Plant Trees

Posted by Felipe Benavides on 8/31/2017

Best Time to Plant Trees is Just a Few Weeks Away!

The fall season is the best time to plant trees, whether you live in Arizona, California or Nevada. Planting trees at the right time means that they are more likely to thrive. Thriving, beautiful big trees is what we all want so that you get the most value from your landscaping investment. After all, big trees will add a lot of value to your home no matter where you live. Of course, at Moon Valley Nurseries, we are the growers so that we can assure the quality of all our trees. Unlike some other nurseries, we nurture our trees and ensure that they stay healthy-looking and fresh, even during the hot summer months. Fall officially begins on the autumnal equinox, which this year lands on September 22. Planting in autumn lets your trees focus on getting roots established, which allows them to be ready for the next growing season. This way, the root systems can grow before the hot weather returns. Can you plant trees in the fall? The answer is a resounding heck yes you can!

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  • Extra root growth
  • Cooler weather is perfect for tree planting – less chance for the trees to be stressed by extreme heat
  • Trees are better equipped to deal with heat and drought in the following season
  • Far less evaporation of soil moisture so that minimal amount of watering needed
  • You can pick your trees by the fall colors they produce
  • Good for landscapers – less heat to contend with!

Plant these dazzling deciduous trees that prolong the show

Let’s face it; the world needs more trees, after all, their beauty is inspiring to look at, they can remove pollution from the air, and even help lower stress levels. Fall is planting time, and out here in the Southwest, we have many deciduous trees that turn brilliant colors before dropping their leaves. Trees such as the beautiful Arizona Ash, Crape Myrtle, Raywood Ash, and Red Push Pistache add color to your yard with fall colors coming that are sure to add plenty of curb appeal! Colors such as deep red, orange red, purple, and rich red to burgundy appear, sometimes on the same tree, and always putting on a spectacular display that you must see to believe. These are some of the best trees to plant in fall so that you can enjoy the show!

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Arizona Ash (Fraxinus velutina) – plant this large tree now and enjoy the spectacular scene when the beautifully rounded canopy of gray-green foliage transforms to an attractive bright yellow in the fall. This deciduous tree creates an abundance of shade in the summer too, and once the leaves have dropped, lets the warmth of the sun in during the winter. This Ash tree loves to grow in full sun and is quite a drought tolerant specimen once established. These are excellent shade trees that are sure to add fall colors with plenty of curb appeal. An Arizona Ash is a magnificent tree that will bring many years of beauty to your yard.

 

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Red Push  Pistache (Pistacia chinensis)-  during the summer, this beauty produces a clean, dark green, umbrella-shaped canopy that, when placed correctly, can cool down the temperature inside your home and provide a shady spot to cool off while you’re out in the yard. Plant them as a focal point and watch in awe as the leaves turn to an attractive, beautiful orange-red color in the fall! There are not many other trees that produce such a vibrant and broad range of fall color in our climate. Planting trees in fall, such as this Chinese Pistachio can improve any landscape.

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Crape Myrtle (Lagerstroemia) – frothy blooms in ice cream-like colors have made this small tree a landscaping favorite throughout the Southwest. This stylish tree is perfect for color lovers, even when not in bloom as the colors in fall that range from golden, orange, and red adorn any yard and landscape with beauty. And in the winter, you can use nighttime landscape lighting to highlight the handsome outline and bark that sheds to reveal a pinkish, inner bark. We grow the best varieties for our area including Dynamite, Natchez, Muskogee, Tuscarora, Tuskegee, and Catawba crape myrtles.

 

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Raywood Ash (Fraxinus oxycarpa ‘Raywood’) – we love the fall colors this deciduous tree brings to the landscape. Producing the darkest green foliage of all Ash varieties, during the fall, it transforms into a large tree dominated by a rich burgundy color so that it is a stunning street tree or single specimen. A great source of color in fall, it is also an ideal big tree for the summer, thanks to its canopy that provides reliable shade. This beautiful tree thrives in full sun and is drought tolerant once established so that it is ideal for growing in any yard in the Southwest.

 

Big trees will make the greatest impact in any landscape. Why wait many years to have a big tree when you can buy specimen trees right now at Moon Valley Nurseries! Do you need additional guidance on where to install any of the aforementioned deciduous trees? Speak with any of our nursery pros at our nurseries or give us a call so that we can assist you! An instant landscape awaits and we make it even easier to have instant gratification with #freeplanting by our professional planting team that ensures the perfect trees are planted in the perfect spot in your yard! Planting trees the right way!

We are your one-stop shop, whether you are in search of a reliable wholesale nursery or have a need for more trees on your residential property. Visit us today and see the difference!

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How to Grow a Crape Myrtle in San Diego

Posted by Felipe Benavides on 8/22/2017

PURPLE CRAPE MYRTLE.jpgGrowing Crape Myrtle (Lagerstroemia) trees in San Diego is easy and an excellent way to brighten up any landscape with color! You can see this heat-loving, drought tolerant flowering tree adorning all kinds of landscapes from Coronado to Encinitas and Oceanside, and Escondido to San Carlos and Rancho Del Rey, and everywhere in between our beautiful county. It is easy to see why these lovely trees are a favorite throughout the county – they grow to an ideal height, the canopy establishes quickly and evenly, and the colorful bloom cycle is longer than most! In fact, the bloom is present during the warmer months, and in San Diego, we all know that the warmer months can stretch into November (after all, many of us are often wearing our best board shorts at our Thanksgiving family supper). Thanks to our Mediterranean climate, the growing season in our region lasts all year long, and even though we may be categorized as a desert, having the nearby ocean influences our mild winters and warm summers for a tropical environment that is fitting for these colorful trees.

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Crape Myrtles are ideal for growing in the San Diego climate

 

Our long-standing drought may be over for now. However, low-water use landscaping is always going to be a smart idea where we live, which is another reason why these trees are ideal for our climate. These small trees are drought-tolerant once established and love the sun as well as the heat. With an average of 146 sunny days, it is easy to see why Lagerstroemia love to grow in our local climate. And with their many shades of red, pink, white, and purple, and their super-long blooming cycle, it is easy to see why these Lagerstroemia are such a well-loved single or multi-trunk tree for growing in our area.

Grow them in a spot that gets plenty of full sun; they thrive in the sun and heat!

Once established, these trees are water-wise and drought tolerant with little to moderate water requirements!

Low maintenance, prune to the desired shape or let them grow naturally - beautiful either way!

Hybrids are mildew-resistant – ideal for our coastal communities!

Feed with fertilizer before new growth begins in spring – available at our nurseries!

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Which colors to expect in San Diego

Because of its vibrant bloom, this small tree is often dubbed “the lilac of the South,” and rewards landscapes with color from the South Bay up to North County. So while the dog days of summer may have dried out much of the color in your yard, these flowering trees can breathe new life when other plants fail. San Diego County is blessed with beauty, from the stunning coastline to the wilderness pockets and desert oases, and sprawling natural spaces and Lagerstroemia complements the natural landscape perfectly. Lagerstroemia are the perfect size for any yard, whether your property is in one of our laid-back beach towns or our close-knit suburban communities. You will find them adorning front yards, side yards, along with entrance ways, and next to a driveway. They are ornamental beauties no matter where you plant them, which leads us to our next question. So, what kind of colors can you expect from these smaller sized trees? The answer varies by which variety you choose!

 

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Dynamite (Lagerstroemia indica 'Dynamite') – the ‘Dynamite’ variety is probably the most popular one in our area, especially in the inland areas, where the explosion of blood red flowers breaks up the scenery and transforms any dull landscape. They thrive in warmer locales such as San Marcos, Scripps Ranch, and Poway, to areas far enough from the coast for this variety to grow well, such as Carmel Valley and Rancho Santa Fe. Very water-wise, these trees feature vibrant orange-red foliage that adds to their year-round interest.

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Natchez (Lagerstroemia indica x fauriei ‘Natchez’) pure white flowers bloom all summer and into the fall, transforming any size landscape with the psychological effect of peace and calm brought by the white flowers – perfect for preparing you for the upcoming stress of the holiday season. Adding to the showy display are the leaves that go from dark green to vivid orange-red in the fall. These are Lagerstroemia hybrids, which are an excellent choice for growing in the coastal areas of Del Mar, La Jolla, Encinitas or Point Loma. Use them as one of the showiest privacy screens you can find!

Muskogee (Lagerstroemia indica x fauriei 'Muskogee') – you will love the sight of the crape_myrtle_pink_flowersprofuse bloom of lavender-pink flowers that can soften any harsh landscape. We like to grow these trees throughout the county and plant them as a specimen or group planting. These are an excellent choice for urban gardens, where they can add a splash of color to landscapes in North Park and Mission Hills. With their attractive, smooth, cinnamon colored bark, this is an excellent candidate for up-lighting with nighttime landscape lighting too. Fertilize in spring and prune the spent flowers for a neat appearance. This hybrid Lagerstroemia is another good choice for coastal planting.Lagerstroemia hybrids, which are an excellent choice for growing in the coastal areas of Del Mar, La Jolla, Encinitas or Point Loma. Use them as one of the showiest privacy screens you can find!

 

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Catawba (Lagerstroemia indica 'Catawba') – mass planting this profuse bloomer can produce a purple haze all in your landscape thanks to the long-lasting clusters of dark purple flowers. Let them grow naturally, and they can get to be a large size tree that casts plenty of shade too. We like to plant them in a spot where everyone can enjoy the bloom and the beautiful multi-colored bark. Their improved disease resistance and mildew resistance make these trees a favorite throughout the county, from the coastal communities to inland!

Professional planting of your Crape Myrtle is the easiest and best way!

Growing and maintaining one of these ornamental beauties in your landscape is the natural part, so why not keep things smooth and easy with professional planting. The Moon Valley Nurseries professional planting team does all the hard work and ensures that you get the perfect tree planted in the perfect spot in your yard! Visit any of our nurseries today and discover how to beautify your landscape with Crape Myrtles so that we can handpick the perfect tree for the perfect spot in your yard! 

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