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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

Monthly Landscape & Garden Tips For Southern California (August)

Posted by Garrett Cleverly on 8/3/2017

Expert advice to help make your home the best on the block 

How to water, what to plant, mulch, fertilizer, and more!

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Just like that it's starting to get hot out...well for our standards. We're still not like our neighbors to the east who are battling 100+ degree days everyday.  The June Gloom is gone, which means that we can see the temperature rise to the 90's over the course of this month and through September. If that happens, be sure to come back to this blog as our pros have listed a few tips and tricks to ensure that your home will continue to be the envy of the neighborhood all summer long.

As we do with every month, below are a  few tips and planting recommendations from our nursery pros. 

  • Watering: With temperatures starting to creep up on us, it's always a good eye to keep an eye on the material in your landscape to see how it is responding. Some material in our landscapes will need a little extra water to get through these hotter months. Remember, to always deep water no matter what month we are in. Short applications are not effective as the water does not completely saturate the entire root zone. Slow and steady wins the race here. For more information on our watering schedule,  download our water guide.
  • Fertilizer: As it gets hotter a tree or two, or maybe even a palm may experience some heat stress. No need to panic as our nursery pros have developed custom blended fertilizers that are designed to trigger growth responses and supplement the essential micro and macro nutrients that plants need to thrive in Southern California.  We have fertilizers for everything on your landscape. From palms, to fruit and citrus, to flowering trees. In addition, we also have fertilizers that can assist in the material on your landscape that is still recovering from any stress. These can be purchased at all Moon Valley Nursery locations or online
  • Mulch: This is perhaps the easiest you can do, plus a layer of mulch always looks fantastic. Adding a few inches of mulch can help keep your soil cool during the warmer summer months and warm during the cooler days. Mulch is available at any Moon Valley Nurseries location

Below are a few trees our experts recommend planting for this month

tipu.jpgTipu
If you're looking for a tree that can grow on its own with minimal assistance from you, then the Tipu tree is the one for you. he Tipu tree is one of the most popular trees we offer at Moon Valley Nursery, and it is everywhere in our city. We guarantee you passed one on the way to work today. They are very fast growing trees that have an upright growth pattern creating and providing a large area with shade. These trees are also drought tolerant once established and they can handle even the hottest summer days. It produces a unique show of golden blooms from late spring and into early summer that contrasts beautifully with its feathery green foliage. If you are looking for shade and color, this is your tree. 

crape-4.pngCrape Myrtle
If you've been driving around town you can't miss these flowers. They are literally popping everywhere and are a great way to add stunning summer color. The blooms can last until late summer and they bloom in red, white, pink, and purple. At Moon Valley Nurseries, we offer this tree as a single-trunk or multi-trunk. In addition, the Crape Myrtle trees grown at Moon Valley Nurseries are superior thanks to mildew resistance, which you will not find anywhere else. In addition, they Crape Myrtle's foliage will turn a showy bright orange in the fall.

Lemon-2.pngCitrus 
We always like to think that the #1 benefit to living in our climate is the fact that we can all grow our own food almost all-year long and we're not talking about the vegetable garden. We're talking bigger, and Moon Valley Nurseries has the biggest selection of fruit and citrus trees. seriously, there is no need to run to the grocery store to buy lemons, oranges, grapefruit, apples, peaches, avocados (only in CA), limes, tangerines, tangelos, kumquats, nectarines, apricots, plums, and figs. Because we offer all of these fruit and citrus trees. They are all super easy to grow and many of our varieties are already producing. No need to buy a small tree and wait 5 years. Purchase one of ours and your tree is already producing!

carolina.pngPrivacy Hedges
Ficus Nitida | Japanese Privet | Carolina Cherry | Podocarpus | Italian Cypress | Japanese Blueberry | Bamboo
Our customers are always asking us about natural privacy and we always point them to our "Hollywood Style" hedges. They are called "Hollywood Style" hedges because as the growers we are able to grow the biggest hedge material you will find in Southern California. Our hedges are so big and so thick that you will be able to block out an unwanted view from a neighbor's house or even a light on the street in less than a day. Above are a few select varieties we offer for our "Hollywood Hedges". Be sure to click on them to learn more.

pALO-vERDE-2.pngDesert Museum Palo Verde
This tree is becoming a must-have for all Southern California homeowners! Shade, flowers, and attractive multitrunk growth is what has made this tree so popular so fast. Additionally, this tree is water wise and once established you have to water once to twice per year. It is an amazing tee. It is also a hybrid different older Palo Verde species that brings our the best qualities in each. The trunk has a blue-green color that provides a great contrast to its yellow flowers and the layered shade provides two great benefits, as the tree looks light in your yard while providing sunlight to any shrubs you'd like to plant below the massive umbrella shaped canopy. The flowers will bloom at multiple times throughout the summer. 

Evergreen-Ash-1.pngAsh Trees
Majestic Ash | Raywood Ash | Berrinda Ash
Many homeowners don't realize that Ash trees perform very well and thrive in the Valley. They are all fantastic trees that can withstand the monsoon season as they have have strong and stiff wood with good shock resistance and excellent bending qualities. Many Ash trees are used throughout the nation as a popular lumber. Point is, these deciduous trees are great choices. They do require some cleanup in the winter months, but this is after they all put on an amazing display of fall colors. Yes, fall colors in the Valley! Click on the names above to learn more about our Ash trees. 

pistache-1.pngChinese Pistache
It's never too early to be thinking ahead, and if you're looking for fall colors the Chinese Pistache is one of the best. This fast growing tree that provides piercing beauty to any landscape, and in the fall its foliage turns a bright red and orange. Throughout the rest of the year, the tree produces a large canopy of shade while displaying showy and attractive dark green leaves during the summer. The Chinese Pistache is drought and cold tolerant and can grow in the full sun. Due to the Chinese Pistache's size, the tree is ideal when planted in an area where shade is needed. 

Chinese-elm-1.pngElm
The ideal shade tree is the Chinese Elm. Homeowners looking for an attractive picnic tree, hammock, play area, and more will love this good-looking shade provider on their lawn. The mottled bark of this tree resembles camouflage-like patterns that give it a unique and attractive look. Feel free to leave a long lasting memory by engraving your initials into the single trunk. It is fast grower that thrives in the sun and loves to grow in hot areas. Once planted, it will not be too long until you can enjoy the many benefits this tree can bring to your landscape. If you are looking for a massive shade provider that is easy to care for, you will find much to love about this Chinese Elm Tree. Moon Valley Nurseries sells vibrant and healthy, 

king.pngKing Palm
King Palms are some of the best palms to plant around pools, tropical landscapes, or as focal points in front of a home. As the King Palm develops, it produces a great canopy of shade and when it comes to color, the King Palm is one of the best palm varieties for Southern California. The trunk is smooth with a lime-green crown shaft and a brown trunk that shows the growth rings. At the top, dark-green fronds rarely drop below the crown shaft adding a rich color that makes the lime-green crown shaft pop.

 

queen.pngQueen Palm
The Moon Valley Piru Queen is specifically designed for our climate. They are custom grown at our farms to be extra hardy in heat and cold. These palms have distinctive appearances compared to other palms that you will see and their thicker trunks and fuller crowns make these stand out when compared to the rest. Plant the Piru Queen Palm wherever you want to add tropical flair. These palms are great planted in groups to help provide shade and are awesome in tight planting locations.

canary-island-date-palm.pngCanary Island Date Palm
If you're looking for a palm that just says 'wow', look no further than the Canary Island Date Palm (Phoenix canariensis). These palms  have a wide beautifully brown colored trunk accented by their pineapple cut crowns and their deep green, exotic looking fronds, that make this an extremely showy palm and focal point. These are gorgeous when lit up at night and work well by themselves or planted to line walk-ways, pools, sitting areas and driveways. 

 

Topics: Monthly Tips

Monthly Landscape & Garden Tips (August)

Posted by Garrett Cleverly on 8/3/2017

Expert advice to help make your home the best on the block 

How to water, what to plant, mulch, fertilizer, and more!

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Depending on who you are, August is a month that you'd like to fast forward or slow down. For the teachers and students out there, you'd like to extend the summer break, but for the rest of us living under the sun for the past few months we'd like those fall days to be here right now. 

The one thing we can't fast forward is proper care for our landscapes. We know you have been doing a great job all summer and we just have one more hot month (technically) to go! Don't let up just yet. Proper care in this crucial month can help your landscape hit the ground running when the cooler weather sets in. Below, our nursery pros have covered some important areas for you when if comes to summer tree care. If you have any further questions, you are more than welcome to give us a call or you can visit any of our nursery locations. 

To Do List:

  • Watering: Continue to water in the morning sometime between 4 a.m. and 8 a.m. as this reduces the evaporation loss and always want to deep water which is a slow application of water over a period of time. This allows the entire root zone to become saturated. The amount of water you apply depends on the tree or shrub you are watering. With trees, you will want to wet the soil at least 3 feet deep and with shrubs at least 1 foot deep. Use a soil probe to determine the depth of watering. Now, this is a quick overview on summer watering and for a more in depth look and for answers to common questions like "how much water do I use" and "how often do I water" are answered here in our Best Watering Practices
  • Fertilize: The summer sun is relentless, and if something in your landscape isn't receiving summer shade relief it will suffer. You can give the material on your landscape a helping hand with our highly developed specialized blends of fertilizer designed to trigger growth responses and supplement the essential micro and macro nutrients that plants need to thrive in our region. We have fertilizers that can help trees, palms, and shrubs recover from any heat stress. These can be purchased at all Moon Valley Nursery locations or online
  • Protect The Trunk Of Your Trees: Trees, just like us, can also get sunburn. However, a bottle of sunscreen isn't going to be enough. Young trees, especially citrus, need protection from the sun when temperatures increase. You can protect the trunk of a new tree from sunburn with Protective Tree Wrap. Available at any Moon Valley Nursery location. To further protect your tree, young or old, you can stake them. This provides stability when high winds or monsoon comes in. Moon Valley Nursery also offers staking services as well. Click here to map a location near you.
  • Mulch: A super easy way to keep the soil moist all summer long is to apply mulch around the base of the tree. Adding a few inches of mulch can help keep your soil cool during the warmer summer months and warm during the cooler days. Mulch is available at any Moon Valley Nurseries location

Below are a few trees our experts recommend planting for this month

qlm.pngChinese Elm
The ideal shade tree is the Chinese Elm. Homeowners looking for an attractive picnic tree, hammock, play area, and more will love this good-looking shade provider on their lawn. The mottled bark of this tree resembles camouflage-like patterns that give it a unique and attractive look. Feel free to leave a long lasting memory by engraving your initials into the single trunk. It is fast grower that thrives in the sun and loves to grow in hot areas. Once planted, it will not be too long until you can enjoy the many benefits this tree can bring to your landscape. If you are looking for a massive shade provider that is easy to care for, you will find much to love about this Chinese Elm Tree. Moon Valley Nurseries sells vibrant and healthy, professionally nurtured mature specimens.

indian-laurel.pngIndian Laurel
Our customers are always looking for two things. Year-round shade and minimal maintenance. Seems like you'd never find this perfect combination, but it exists and it is called the Indian Laurel, also known as the Ficus nitida. Our #1 selling tree can block out the sun or unwanted views in no time. It is a very fast growing tree with a growth pattern is tall and wide, creating a massive umbrella-shaped canopy of shade. They handle the heat very well and can be pruned to any shape. We offer three different variations of Ficus: Single-trunk, multi-trunk, and column. Because these trees are so clean, you can plant them anywhere. Even next to a pool! If you're looking for shade, this is the tree for you.

live-oak-6.pngLive Oak
You're probably thinking, 'a Southern tree in our region'? The answer is yes and the Southern Live Oak, Quercus virginiana, looks right at home planted in Southwestern landscapes. It is native to the coastal plains of the southeastern U.S and grows at a moderate rate. It is a large evergreen shade tree noted for its beauty and extreme drought tolerance. In fact, the Southern Live Oak was the lone survivor during the recent great Texas drought! Once established it will require low water, just let nature do the rest. This beauty will thrive in your landscape with full sun and little to no special care required.

tipu2.pngTipu
If you're looking for a tree that can grow on its own with minimal assistance from you, then the Tipu tree is the one for you. he Tipu tree is one of the most popular trees we offer at Moon Valley Nursery, and it is everywhere in our city. We guarantee you passed one on the way to work today. They are very fast growing trees that have an upright growth pattern creating and providing a large area with shade. These trees are also drought tolerant once established and they can handle even the hottest summer days. It produces a unique show of golden blooms from late spring and into early summer that contrasts beautifully with its feathery green foliage. If you are looking for shade and color, this is your tree. 

sissoo-4.pngSissoo
The Sissoo tree is one of the fastest growing trees on this list and is extremely well adapted to the hot climate of Arizona. Native to the the hotter areas of India, the Sissoo tree looks like a classic midwestern shade tree but is very durable and uses very little water. The Sissoo has quickly become a Valley favorite for landscapers and homeowners because of their extremely fast growth rate and huge amounts of shade. Take advantage of the Sissoo’s favorite time of year by planting now and fertilizing to allow the Sissoo to become the feature piece of your yard!

 

african.pngAfrican Sumac
Known as the “Bullet Proof Tree”, the African Sumac is drought, cold and heat resistant, and nearly impossible to stop once established. Its ability to thrive in the hot summer months and winter freezes makes the African Sumac an ideal choice where durability is the main concern. The tree can be used as a centerpiece, tall privacy hedge, or for shade. Its leaves remain a deep green throughout the entire year.  

 

date1-1.pngDate Palm
Our Resort Style Date Palm Trees are the ultimate palms for large landscape design. There are plenty of reasons you see Resort Style Date Palm Trees at most upscale resorts and shopping centers: They look amazing, they’re extremely hardy to cold and heat, and they provide a cool umbrella of shade wherever they’re planted.  Resort Style Date Palm Trees provide excellent shade with practically no litter, so they really enhance the tropical appeal of pool areas and other landscape features.

 

mexican1.pngMexican Fan Palm
This palm requires low water and thrives in our full sun and. A notable characteristic of the palm are its crown of large, fan-shaped, bright green fronds. Another unique aspect of this tree is that many homeowners choose to have the trunks skinned for a unique “cigar cut” effect that can create a more formal appearance. Did we also mention that it is cold hardy too! If you're looking for a palm that can handle;e everything Arizona has to throw at it this is the palm you are looking for. 

 

med-fan-1.pngMediterranean Fan Palm
This striking medium sized palm is the only palm native to Europe and it is prized for its unique multi-trunk vertical growth, fan-shaped fronds, and aesthetically pleasing growth pattern that looks fantastic around pools and as centerpieces to any landscape. The reason why the Mediterranean Fan Palm can serve as a centerpiece is due to its growth pattern. The trunks of the Chamaerops humilis palm clump together, giving the palm a full thick look. Because they can be grown to display a full look, many homeowners have planted these palms in a cluster to create a barrier wall. Mediterranean Fan Palms also can fill in empty spots between large trees or in containers as well.

bougainbillea.pngBougainvillea
Bougainvillea can literally be found anywhere in our region and there is a reason why. Their flowers and when these flowers bloom they bloom! Flowers cover the entire plant making it a eye-pleasing sight. At Moon Valley Nurseries we offer three different varieties; bush form, vine form and Torch Glow, which is a more compact variety. Bougainvillea love the heat and are an extremely drought tolerant plant once established. They are heavy bloomers throughout Spring and Fall and produce white, red, pink, red, and purple flowers. 

 

lantna.pngLantana
Lantana is one of the most colorful plants used in warm climates. Seen on highways, municipal grounds, commercial property and around homes, Lantana is great for adding color to desert landscaping and tropical settings. Plant them in part to full sun and water deeply. We offer three varieties of lantana at Moon Valley Nurseries: Trailing Lantana, Dwarf or Mounding Lantana, and Bush Lantana. All these come in red, yellow, purple, white, and multi-color. 

 

hibiscus-7.pngHibiscus 
Hibiscus are medium to large growing shrubs with very lush, dark foliage and beautiful flowers that come in a wide variety of colors. These beautiful flowering plants prefer to be planted in well-prepared garden soil that drains well and need even moisture for their roots. Be careful though as heavy soil tends to suffocate them. We have them available in red, pink, white, and yellow. 

 

 

Topics: Monthly Tips

Top Palms To Plant This Summer

Posted by Garrett Cleverly on 6/15/2017

 Never too hot to plant moon valley trees

Create a tropical paradise!

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Stuck at home this summer with no vacation plans? Well, why not bring the tropical paradise to your home with palm trees from Moon Valley Nurseries. Our unique and wide selection of palms can turn any pool area into a tropical escape in less than a day. Or have you been dreaming about that resort you want to go back to? We have palms that are also great for a grand entrance. 

 

Now, you're probably thinking that you can't plant in these summer temperatures. That is where you are wrong and that is because Moon Valley Nurseries is the grower of everything we sell. Our palms are grown in our local climate thus allowing them to acclimate. It's never too hot to plant palm trees from Moon Valley Nurseries and below are the top five to plant this summer. 

mexican-3.pngMexican Fan Palm
A classic resort style palm tree, the Mexican Fan Palm features a single trunk and is desired for its ease of growth. It can handle cold weather and thrives in the sun. The Mexican Fan Palm looks great when planted in clusters and its trunk can be skinned for a unique “cigar cut” effect that lends itself to a more formal appearance.

 

 

 

medfan.pngMediterranean Fan Palm
Compact size and ability to thrive in the hot summer months and ability to survive the cool winters have made the Mediterranean Fan Palm a popular choice for tropical landscapes. Commonly used as a stand-alone focal point around pools, the Mediterranean Fan Palm sprouts multiple trunks and is slow growing. They require minimal pruning and can be drought tolerant. As a bonus, they look great in containers.

 

date1.pngDate Palm
The ultimate palm for your pool, the Date Palm is usually found at most resorts and shopping centers. Around pools, the Date Palm provides excellent shade due to its wide fronds and it has practically no litter. The Date Palm looks great when planted in clusters of 3 to 5 palms and is hardy to cold, heat and drought tolerant.

 

 

 

canaryisland.pngCanary Island Date Palm
Named for its resemblance to a pineapple when the palm is younger, the Pineapple Palm produces wide fronds and requires space when planted around a pool. It grows slowly, eventually forming a wide trunk and its fronds begin to rise from the ground, creating a classic palm tree shape. The Pineapple Palm can handle the cold and loves the sun. It’s a popular choice for tropical landscape and is commonly seen around resorts.

 

 

ueen.pngPiru Queen Palm 
Specially grown at Moon Valley Nursery farms, the Piru Queen Palm is unlike other Queen Palms. Our Piru Queen Palms feature thicker and harder trunks, denser and greener fronds, and produce fuller crowns than other Queen Palms. Moon Valley Nurseries Piru Queen Palms can handle hot summers, cold winters, and windy days. The Piru Queen Palm is supported by a narrow trunk which makes it ideal for tight spaces around your pool, but it does require overhead space as the palm grows to statuesque heights.

 

Whether you need one palm, two, or even a handful our nursery professionals have the solutions and the answers to help turn that landscape dream into a reality. We'd love to see you at our nursery this weekend. Map us here.

Topics: Monthly Tips

Monthly Landscape & Garden Tips (June)

Posted by Garrett Cleverly on 6/7/2017

Learn the tips and tricks from our pros 

Keep your lawn looking great all summer!

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Just like that, the summer temperatures have arrived and unfortunately, those 100 degree days will be here for the next few months. That is why June is such an important month in the calendar year as proper preparedness and care will help your landscape fly through the summer months with minimal stress. 

This month is still a great time to plant certain trees and palms and that is because we grow everything in our local climate. Allowing the trees and palms to become acclimated compared to other nurseries who bring their trees and palms from out of state. If you're looking for shade relief or a way to turn that pool into a tropical paradise we have it. Below are a few tips and planting recommendations from our nursery pros. 

  • Watering: This is the key to keeping the material in your landscape thriving all summer long. For starters, you want to water early in the morning sometime between 4 a.m. and 8 a.m. as this reduces the evaporation loss and you will always want to deep water which is a slow application of water over a period of time. This allows the entire root zone to become saturated. The amount of water you apply depends on the tree or shrub you are watering. With trees, you will want to wet the soil at least 3 feet deep and with shrubs at least 1 foot deep. Use a soil probe to determine the depth of watering. Now, this is a quick overview on summer watering and for a more in depth look please check out our Summer Watering 101 guide
  • Mulch: A super easy way to keep the soil moist all summer long is to apply mulch around the base of the tree. Adding a few inches of mulch can help keep your soil cool during the warmer summer months and warm during the cooler days. Mulch is available at any Moon Valley Nurseries location
  • Fertilizers: Even with proper care there may be a tree or shrub that just isn't handling the heat that well. If this is the case, the experts at Moon Valley Nurseries have developed highly specialized blends of fertilizer designed to trigger growth responses and supplement the essential micro and macro nutrients that plants need to thrive in our region. We have fertilizers that can help with trees and shrubs recover from any heat stress. These can be purchased at all Moon Valley Nursery locations or online

Below are a few trees our experts recommend planting for this month

crape-5.pngCrape Myrtle
If you've been driving around town you can't miss these flowers. They are literally popping everywhere and are a great way to add stunning summer color. The blooms can last until late summer and they bloom in red, white, pink, and purple. At Moon Valley Nurseries, we offer this tree as a single-trunk or multi-trunk. In addition, the Crape Myrtle trees grown at Moon Valley Nurseries are superior thanks to mildew resistance, which you will not find anywhere else. In addition, they Crape Myrtle's foliage will turn a showy bright orange in the fall.

 

ficus-13.pngFicus (Arizona Only)
When it comes to literally blocking out the sun, the Ficus is one of the best options. It's dense evergreen foliage will allow zero, yes ZERO, sunlight through its canopy. As an evergreen, it will keep its foliage throughout the year and it can be easily pruned into any desired shape.
When properly placed around a home, its canopy can provide enough shade to help cool down the backyard and your home, which can lead to lower utility bills. It is also a fast growing tree and we have a single trunk, multi-trunk, and hedge columns available. 

 

desert-1.pngDesert Museum Palo Verde
The Desert Museum Palo Verde is a stunning tree that will attract eyes to your landscape due to its multitrunk grow, layered shade, and beautiful yellow flowers. This beautiful tree is a hybrid of different older Palo Verde species that brings out the best qualities in each. Back to the trunk, its blue-green color provides a great contrast to its yellow flowers and the layered shade provides two great benefits, as the tree looks light in your yard while providing sunlight to any shrubs you'd like to plant below the massive umbrella shaped canopy. This tree is a fast grower and requires minimal water once established.

tipu-12.pngTipu
The other tree on this list which provides yellow flowers is the Tipu. The Tipu tree is one of the most popular trees we offer at Moon Valley Nursery, and it is everywhere in our city. We guarantee you passed one on the way to work today. They are very fast growing trees that have an upright growth pattern creating and providing a large area with shade. These trees are also drought tolerant once established and they can handle even the hottest summer days. It produces a unique show of golden blooms from late spring and into early summer that contrasts beautifully with its feathery green foliage. If you are looking for shade and color, this is your tree. 

sissoo-3.pngSissoo
The Sissoo tree is one of the fastest growing trees on this list and is extremely well adapted to the hot climate of our region. Native to the the hotter areas of India, the Sissoo tree looks like a classic Midwestern shade tree but is very durable and uses very little water. The Sissoo has quickly become a favorite for landscapers and homeowners because of their extremely fast growth rate and huge amounts of shade. 

 

 

vitex-5.pngVitex
This stunning multi-trunk tree is a favorite for its unique purple blooms on long spikes that form at every growth tip during the late spring and into the summer. The flowering spikes on the Vitex (agnus-castus) are a favorite for our pollinating friends like hummingbirds and butterflies. In addition to the stunning flowers, the trunk of the tree is always overlooked which is unfortunate because the twisted and tangled growth pattern gives this tree a statuesque appearance in any landscape. This tree loves the full sun and in the winter the leaves turn a golden yellow color.

mexican-2.pngMexican Fan Palm
A classic resort style palm tree, the Mexican Fan Palm features a single trunk and is desired for its ease of growth. It can handle cold weather and thrives in the sun. The Mexican Fan Palm looks great when planted in clusters and its trunk can be skinned for a unique “cigar cut” effect that lends itself to a more formal appearance.

 

 

 

med-1.pngMediterranean Fan Palm
This striking medium sized palm is prized for its unique multi-trunk vertical growth, fan-shaped fronds, and aesthetically pleasing growth pattern that looks fantastic around pools and as center pieces to any landscape. The trunks of this palm clump together, giving the palm a full thick look. These palms also can fill in empty spots between large trees or in containers as well.

 

 

pygmy-1.pngPygmy Palm
Pygmy Date Palms can be used in many landscape applications in single or multi-trunk. It’s versatility and dwarf growth pattern allow it to be planted in tight spaces around pools, patios, courtyards, and pots. The Pygmy Date Palm can also be grown in shade and its roots are non-invasive. This allows it to be a fantastic option for planting under larger palms.

 

 

date.pngDate Palm
The ultimate palm for your pool, the Date Palm is usually found at most resorts and shopping centers. Around pools, the Date Palm provides excellent shade due to its wide fronds and it has practically no litter. The Date Palm looks great when planted in clusters of 3 to 5 palms and is hardy to cold, heat and drought tolerant.

 

 

queen-palm-8.pngPiru Queen Palm
Queen Palms are a staple of the Arizona landscape. Grown purely from superior Argentine seedlings with better genetic traits, these Moon Valley Nurseries Piru Queen Palms are at the top of the class in the queen palms family due to their superior durability and grand appearance. Piru Queen Palms feature thicker and harder trunks as well as greener palm fronds and fuller crowns than other Queen Palms do.

 

 

lantana-4.pngLantana
One of the most colorful plants around, the Lantana thrives in the hot summer months and blooms throughout the spring and fall in purple, white, pale yellow, red, gold, or pink colors. In the winter, the Lantana will drop its foliage and then re-leaf in the very early spring. The Lantana is one of the fastest growing ground covers and is drought tolerant.

 

 

yellowbell.pngYellow Bells & Bells of Fire
Commonly called Yellow Bells, this shrub can grow 8 feet tall and wide. Yellow Bells display many yellow, trumpet-shaped flower clusters starting mid-spring all the way to winter. This shrub is drought-tolerant and is very fast growing. Yellow Bells are great for focal points, fence or borderlines, and color accents in a desert and tropical landscape. To maximize blooming cycles, be sure to prune off dead blooms occasionally.

 

 

oleander-1.pngOleander
These trees/shrubs just love the hot summer months, which makes them an ideal flowering tree for your landscape. The Oleander tree displays a long lasting bloom that comes in clumps of red, white, and pink. The blooms are vibrant may extend into the wilder winter months. Ideally planted in groups or rows, the Oleander is a great tree for our customers who are seeking privacy hedges, area screens, and property border because of the trees ability to keep a thick coat of dark green leaves throughout the year.

 

Topics: Monthly Tips

Monthly Landscape & Garden Tips For California (June)

Posted by Garrett Cleverly on 6/7/2017

Learn the tips and tricks from our nursery pros 

Keep your lawn looking great all summer!

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While the majority of the country is starting to heat up in June us Southern Californians are enjoying these perfect 70 degree and partly cloudy days. SoCal residents aren't the only ones enjoying this fantastic weather as everything in our landscapes is benefiting from the yearly June Gloom. 

The June Gloom creates ideal conditions conducive to amazing plant growth. The cool nights and the overcast yet humid mornings that give way to sunny and warm afternoons are the near perfect conditions planting trees and shrubs of all varieties.So if you're thinking about planting, do it this month. Those newly planted trees and shrubs will have ample time to become established before it starts to heat up in July, August, and September.

As we do with every month, below are a  few tips and planting recommendations from our nursery pros. 

  • Watering: It is always a good idea to keep an eye on the weather as temperatures could start to climb up toward the end of the month.  Always remember to deep water. Small and short applications are ineffective. Long and slow applications are best as you want the water to penetrate deep into the soil. Not only does this help the tree right away, but it also helps in the long term development of the tree and it can make a tree less susceptible to drought.  For more information on deep watering practices download our water guide help you get a better idea on how to just take care of your landscape.
  • Deadhead Your Roses: If you're wanting to keep those roses looking all season long be sure to deadhead them, which is super easy. You want to prune just below the flower and above the next set of new growth (five-leaflet leaf). Always be sure to cut at an angle.
  • Fertilizer: Give the trees, palms, and shrubs a boost with a custom blended fertilizer from Moon Valley Nurseries. Our fertilizers are designed to trigger growth responses and supplement the essential micro and macro nutrients that plants need to thrive in Southern California.  We have fertilizers for everything on your landscape. From palms, to fruit and citrus, to flowering trees. In addition, we also have fertilizers that can assist in the material on your landscape that is still recovering from any stress. These can be purchased at all Moon Valley Nursery locations or online
  • Mulch: A super easy way to keep the soil moist all summer long is to apply mulch around the base of the tree. Adding a few inches of mulch can help keep your soil cool during the warmer summer months and warm during the cooler days. Mulch is available at any Moon Valley Nurseries location
  • Annuals For Instant Color: Give that dull spot in your landscape a splash of color with annuals from any of our Moon Valley nurseries locations. Map a location near you

Below are a few trees our experts recommend planting for this month

crape-6.pngCrape
Everyone has been asking us what those stunning flowers are around town and we always know which ones they are talking about. It is the Crape Myrtle and they do look amazing. They bloom in red, pink, white, and purple, and our custom grown Crape Myrtle trees are mildew resistant. They are also drought tolerant and will bloom with large clusters all summer long. In the fall, the foliage turns a golden, orange, and red. It can handle full sun and it a great addition to any landscape seeking giant bursts of color.

tipu-13.pngTipu
One of the best shade trees available in Southern California, the Tipu is a great addition to any landscape not only because of its shade benefits but because it is fast growing, drought tolerant, and has beautiful golden blooms from late spring to early summer that contrasts beautifully with its feathery bright green foliage. The Tipu has low water requirements once established and is semi-evergreen. This is a great tree to plant in a play area for your children.

ash-3.pngMajestic Ash
The Majestic Ash trees we have at Moon Valley Nurseries are far superior to what you will find anywhere else. These are a grafted cultivar that is grown especially by Moon Valley Nurseries for decades, what makes these trees even more spectacular is they do not produce a seed thanks to the expert growing process. That means minimal clean-up throughout the year. The foliage is super shiny when in normal winters the foliage can stay. Once established, this is a great water wise tree and can be beneficial for erosion control if you have a hilly home in the Southern California area.

ficus-14.pngHollywood Hedges
Ficus Nitida | Japanese Privet | Carolina Cherry | Podocarpus | Italian Cypress | Japanese Blueberry | Bamboo
Our customers are always asking us about natural privacy and we always point them to our "Hollywood Style" hedges. They are called "Hollywood Style", because as the growers, we're able to grow the biggest hedge material you will find in Southern California. Our hedges are so big and so thick that you will be able to block out an unwanted view from a neighbor's house or even a light on the street in less than a day. Above are a few select varieties we offer for our "Hollywood Hedges". Be sure to click on them to learn more.

museum-1.pngDesert Museum Palo Verde
The Desert Museum Palo Verde is quickly becoming one of the most popular trees in Southern California for three reasons. It is one of the best water-wise trees on the market, it grows a great canopy of shade, and it has some of the most spectacular blooms throughout late spring and summer. These trees have been planted everywhere. We even saw some planted on the exit ramp on the 55 when heading into Costa Mesa. You are guaranteed to love this tree and it will for sure turn heads in your neighborhood.

jac.pngJacaranda
Known for its exotic and vibrant purple blossoms, the Jacaranda loves the intense summer heat and is a great addition to any landscape seeking shade. When in bloom, purple blossoms cover the entire tree making it an ideal focal point for your landscape. The growth patterns of this tree vary from upright, single trunk trees to wider, spreading canopies when multiple trunk trees are planted.

 



king-1.pngKing Palm
King Palms are some of the best palms to plant around pools, tropical landscapes, or as focal points in front of a home. As the King Palm develops, it produces a great canopy of shade and when it comes to color, the King Palm is one of the best palm varieties for Southern California. The trunk is smooth with a lime-green crown shaft and a brown trunk that shows the growth rings. At the top, dark-green fronds rarely drop below the crown shaft adding a rich color that makes the lime-green crown shaft pop.


queen.pngPiru Queen Palm
The Moon Valley Piru Queen is specifically designed for our climate. They are custom grown at our farms to be extra hardy in heat and cold. These palms have distinctive appearances compared to other palms that you will see and their thicker trunks and fuller crowns make these stand out when compared to the rest. Plant the Piru Queen Palm wherever you want to add tropical flair. These palms are great planted in groups to help provide shade and are awesome in tight planting locations.

lantana-5.pngLantana
One of the most colorful plants around, the Lantana thrives in the hot summer months and blooms throughout the spring and fall in purple, white, pale yellow, red, gold, or pink colors. In the winter, the Lantana will drop its foliage and then re-leaf in the very early spring. The Lantana is one of the fastest growing ground covers and is drought tolerant.

 

 

hibiscus-6.pngHibiscus
Everyone should know what a Hibiscus flower is. These flowers can be seen everywhere in Southern California. However, if you're looking for a little something different, consider a Hibiscus flowers from Moon Valley Nurseries. We have them available in the classic red color, but also in yellow, white, and pink.

 

 

star.pngStar Jasmine
Sought out for it dark-green oval shaped leaves and large amounts of white star-shaped flowers, the Star Jasmine is a versatile shrub that has many landscape applications. Depending on the need for your landscape, the Star Jasmine can be a ground cover, raised planter, or wall cover. It blooms heavy amounts of flowers in late spring to early summer that give off a very fragrant smell.

 

 

yellow.pngYellow Bells & Bells of Fire
Commonly called Yellow Bells, this shrub can grow 8 feet tall and wide. Yellow Bells display many yellow, trumpet-shaped flower clusters starting mid-spring all the way to winter. This shrub is drought-tolerant and is very fast growing. Yellow Bells are great for focal points, fence or borderlines, and color accents in a desert and tropical landscape. To maximize blooming cycles, be sure to prune off dead blooms occasionally.

 

 

Topics: Monthly Tips

Create Your Own Staycation In Your Backyard

Posted by Garrett Cleverly on 5/30/2017

Top trees and palms to plant this summer 

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Summer has arrived and as the temperature starts to rise we are all looking for a way to escape. If you can't jet away to a tropical location why not bring the tropical location to you! And no, we are not crazy. We're talking about creating a paradise in your backyard that is the perfect place to unwind and unplug. We call it a staycation. There are many ways to accomplish this staycation paradise and our nursery pros have identified three ways to accomplish this and they are large shade trees, amazing and unique palms, and attractive flowering shrubs. Below are a few recommendations they to help you with your staycation paradise.

Shade Areas You Spend The Most Time Around
Whether it is the grill for an amazing summer BBQ, the sandbox, the jungle gym, or even just the backyard the last thing you want to do is suffer under the summer sun. This is why you should plant a giant shade tree. Be sure to keep in mind that you don't want a tree that is going to produce a big mess. You don't want to be having fun while cleaning up litter from a tree. That is why our nursery pros have recommended these low maintenance and fantastic shade trees.

ficus-12.pngFicus (Arizona only)
These fast-growing evergreen shade trees are the perfect option if you're looking to block out a large from the summer sun. It's foliage dense which allows no sunlight to penetrate through its canopy and as an evergreen it will keep its foliage all year. It can be pruned to any shape and because its canopy is so dense it provides great privacy as well. When properly placed around a home, its canopy can provide enough shade to help cool down the backyard and your home, which can lead to lower utility bills.

 

Brazilian-Pepper-5.pngBrazilian Pepper
This medium sized tree is great for those tight areas in your backyard that you're looking to provide some shade too. Super easy to care for, this tree requires little to no water once established. Also an evergreen, this tree features bright red berries that contrast beautifully with its dark glossy green leaves.

 

 

mesquite-1.pngChilean Mesquite
The fastest growing tree on this list, the Hybrid Chilean Mesquite is the classic desert tree with a wide canopy of soft, bright green, ferns like foliage covering its dark and exfoliating trunk and branches. These trees require no water once planted and the layered canopy does allow sunlight to penetrate through if you were thinking about planting some shrubs around the tree. Best of all, the Hybrid Chilean Mesquite that we offer at Moon Valley Nurseries is a thornless variety.

 


live-oak-3.pngLive Oak
This hardy evergreen can handle all seasons in our region. It can tolerate extreme drought and windy conditions. This tree can thrive in your landscape with full sun and little to no special care required. Its dense, gray/green foliage and large spreading crown provides an ideal shady spot for a picnic on your lawn.

 

 

privet-2.pngJapanese Privet
Another small to medium sized tree that is great for a tight space is the Japanese Privet. Another evergreen, this tree requires moderate watering and will thrive in full sun exposure and even partial shade. It is drought tolerant, heat tolerant and cold hardy, making it a great candidate for landscapes in our region. In the late spring, fragrant white flowers bloom in large clusters, creating an attractive scene that can attract hummingbirds.


Silhouette Your Yard With Gorgeous Palms And Give it The Resort Look

If you have been to any of the high-end resorts around town you have for sure seen their impressive palm trees. They are huge, gorgeous and very unique. At Moon Valley Nurseries we carry all of those palms because we actually supply those palms to the resorts. Below are a few traditional palms you see at resorts and a few extras that will for sure give your staycation a "wow" factor that will impress family, friends, and neighbors.

queen-palm-7.pngPiru Queen Palm
Specially grown at Moon Valley Nursery farms, the Piru Queen Palm is unlike other Queen Palms. Our Piru Queen Palms feature thicker and harder trunks, denser and greener fronds, and produce fuller crowns than other Queen Palms. Our Piru Queen Palms can handle hot summers, cold winters, and windy days. The Piru Queen Palm is supported by a narrow trunk which makes it ideal for tight spaces around your pool, but it does require overhead space as the palm grows to statuesque heights.

 

med.pngMediterranean Fan Palm
Compact size and ability to thrive in the hot summer months and survive the cool winters has made the Mediterranean Fan Palm a popular choice for tropical landscapes. Commonly used as a stand-alone focal point around pools, the Mediterranean Fan Palm sprouts multiple trunks and is slow growing. They require minimal pruning and can be drought tolerant. As a bonus, they look great in containers.



canary-2.pngCanary Island Date Palm

Named for its resemblance to a pineapple when the palm is younger, the Pineapple Palm produces wide fronds and requires space when planted around a pool. It grows slowly, eventually forming a wide trunk and its fronds begin to rise from the ground, creating a classic palm tree shape. The Pineapple Palm can handle the cold and loves the sun. It’s a popular choice for tropical landscape and is commonly seen around resorts.

 

bismark.pngBismark Palm
A very large palm, the Bismarck Palm unique look makes it stand out as a wonderful accent in tropical landscapes around pools due to its blue-green colored fronds. Fast growing, the Bismarck Palm produces a striking canopy that reaches several feet wide and is great for blocking unsightly views around pools. It loves the full sun exposure and is low maintenance.



windmill.pngWindmill Palm

A narrow and vertical palm, the Windmill Palm is one of the most durable palms known. It thrives in intensely hot locations, requires minimal water and can handle periods of freezing weather with little or no damage. Commonly used as a stand alone or focal point, the Windmill Palm makes excellent accents to larger palms.





sago.pngSago

This palm may look like a palm, but it's actually a Cycad. This genus has been relatively unchanged for 200 million years, making the Sago a living fossil. Sagos are slow growing and the only maintenance they require is when removing the old fronds. The fronds extend out from the center of the trunk exposing the eye-catching brown trunk. Both cold and heat hardy, the Sago can be grown in full to partial sun and it a wonderful option to be planted in large pots and containers.


triangle.pngTriangle Palm

As the name suggests, the Triangle Palm grows with the fronds emerging in a triangular arrangement, giving this tree a patterned structure unlike anything else commonly seen in our region. Native to Madagascar, these trees thrive well in our hot summers and are quite resilient to low care, mismanagement, and poor soils.

 

 

Turn Your Pool Into A Resort
Now that we have covered different trees and palms that you can plant in your backyard for a staycation we're now going to look at different types shrubs you can plant around your pool to give it that resort-style look. You also want to keep in mind how much litter the shrub will produce. The last thing you want is to be cleaning your pool every day. The varieties we are going to recommend will produce very minimal litter which providing you with the resort style pool.

 

torch.pngTorch Glow Bougainvillea
The Bougainvillea Torch Glow stands out as one of the most unique Bougainvillea varieties. Blooms on the Torch Glow last longer which reduces the amount of cleanup compared to other Bougainvillea varieties. It produces multiple compact stems that grow upright and out from the base that twists as they grow. The stems form a conical shape at the top where a vibrant display of showy pink flowers clusters together.

 


hibuscuis.pngHibiscus
These flowers are the for sure sign that your own a tropical getaway and you can plant them here in our region. Available in a wide range of colors the included red, white, yellow, pink, and orange, these beautiful flowering plants are a fantastic shrub around pools. They grow great in partial sun and will acclimate to full sun easily. Fertilize monthly from March through September to encourage the best growth and a prolific blooming season.


lantana-3.pngLantana

Lantana is one of the most colorful plants for our region. So many colors to pick from and so many different varieties like that Trailing Lantana, Mounding Lantana, or Bush Lantana. They will bloom from spring to fall and are a great way to attract butterflies to you resort style pool.

 

 

 

tropical-bird-1.pngTropical Bird of Paradise
These tropical shrubs are great for pools and great to plant in containers around your pool. It has large banana like leaves and its flower produces these showy orange colors that are complimented nicely by blue accents. Tropical Birds will acclimate to full sun but prefer protection in afternoons during hot summers.




cape.pngPlumbago

Blue flowers are rare. There aren't many trees or shrubs that produce this amazing color and one of the best for our region is the Plumbago. They can bloom spring through fall and are best used as a background accent so when they are blooming the color jumps and when scruffy attract no attention.

 



rose-2.pngRoses

Roses perform extremely well in our region and can grow in the full sun. Roses are sometimes viewed as delicate but in fact, they are one the hardiest plants we offer. There are hundreds of varieties and thousands of cultivars of this beautiful showstopper. Some even use the Rose as a hedging material to create breathtaking levels around their backyard. These are great options for around the pool area.

 

 

We offer free planting and we are your one stop shop for all your landscape needs. Our experts have decades worth of experience and they will be able to assist you with any and all projects you may have. Click here to map a nursery near you.

Topics: Monthly Tips

How To Prepare Your Lawn For The Summer

Posted by Garrett Cleverly on 5/9/2017

Learn the tips and tricks from our pros 

Keep your lawn looking great all summer!avocado-2.png

While we have all been enjoying this amazing late-spring weather we all know those triple digit days are right around the corner. Over time, our landscapes will start to show the signs of the added heat and one of the first signs is in the lawn. 

Around mid-May is when the low temperatures start to rise above 65 degrees. That is when it's time to transition from the winter ryegrass to the Bermuda grass. Below are a few tips and suggestions our nursery pros recommend for a great lawn this summer. 

Mowing
Once you plant Bermuda grass it is there to stay. To help it grow it needs the sun and to give it the sun you need to lower the lawn mower to 1-1.5 inches to allow the sunlight to reach the Bermuda grass. This helps the Bermuda come out of dormancy. 

Also, be sure to remove the grass clippings. The last thing you want to do is to cut the grass and still leave a layer of clipping that would prevent the sun from reaching the dormant Bermuda grass. 

Watering
Always remember to water deeply. This applies to everything on your landscape and especially the grass. Depending on the needs on your grass watering should be done every 1-3 days. 

Be sure to set your timer in the cool morning hours as this helps minimize evaporation and fungus. Also, keep an eye on your sprinkler system as well. Many homeowners say they water their landscape, but some areas have dry or dead grass. It's a great time now, while it's still not too hot out, to test the sprinkler system to make sure every area is getting adequate water. 

Fertilize 
You can give that summer lawn a boost with our fast acting Moon Royale Professional Turf Fertilizer. In most cases, you will see results in just four days, and it gets stronger as it goes to work greening up your lawn.

Benefits of a properly fertilized grass are:

  • Requires less water
  • Minimal maintenance
  • Less susceptible to disease
  • More resistant to insects
  • Can handle heat and drought better

But the bottom line is this. Our Moon Royale is designed to produce thick, long lasting, and healthy grass in our natives soils.

The main reason why our Moon Royale was created was for use as a tool to help break up our tough native soils that keep vital nutrients and iron from being absorbed by roots. That is why we included sulfur in our Moon Royale. It helps break down the tough soils and fight the salts to quickly turn your lawn dark green.

The 19%(N) 6%(P) 13%(K) blend in the Moon Royale is the perfect ratio of Nitrogen for green leaves, Phosphorous for strong roots, and Potash for sturdy stems that grass really loves

Best of all, our Moon Royale is easy to use using either a drop or broadcast type fertilizer spreader. See bag for complete instructions and application rates.

In addition to fertilizing, you also may want to consider using our Moon Green and out Soil and Water Conditioner. Both of these combat our tough western soils and can aid in the development on your grass. 

Moon Green
Iron Chlorosis is a problem for many of us homeowners in our region, and Moon Green helps reduce soil alkalinity, neutralize caliche/tight clay type soils, and promotes darker and greener leaves and grass. Infusing Moon Green with Furst liquid brings the critical organic enzymes and amino acids that help stimulate the growth signals within plants. These nutrients help stimulate root hair growth and stronger cell development, allowing water and important micro-nutrients to pass through to stems and leaves much more efficiently.

Soil and Water Conditioner
To counteract the difficult soil in our region, Moon Valley Nurseries has developed a Soil and Water Conditioner that contains two special elements: Sulfur reduces the high Ph by flushing out the excess salt buildup in the root system. The removal of the excess salt creates a soil base that converts nutrients easily. Gypsum is the other special element and it will loosen soil leading to better drainage and healthier soils. Several applications per year will make a noticeable difference. 

Taking just a few moments once a month to feed your grass is the easiest way to protect your investment…you wouldn’t let your pet starve, so why let your grass? Click here to map a nursery location near you

Topics: Monthly Tips

Monthly Landscape & Garden Tips (May)

Posted by Garrett Cleverly on 5/4/2017

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Depending on where you live in our region, spring is either in full swing still (we're quite jealous of that) or the spring season is coming to a close and those warmer summer temperatures are starting to creep in. 

Regardless of all that, the month is May is still a great time to plant shade trees if you're planning on having some shade relief this summer, citrus if you'd like a bountiful harvest this fall, and palms in you're hoping for a tropical backyard this summer when you're hosting that epic pool party. If you've been putting the landscape off all year, now is the ideal time to plant. Don't wait until it's too hot. Do it now so your new tree has time to establish a root system.

As always with our monthly landscape and garden tips, our nursery pros have a  few recommendations for you and a few trees, palms, and shrubs you should plant. Enjoy!

  • Watering: The temperature is starting to rise and it's imperative that you keep a close eye on your lawn and how your trees, shrubs, and grass is responding to the heat. Always remember to deep water. Small and short applications are ineffective. Long and slow applications are best as you want the water to penetrate deep into the soil. Not only does this help the tree right away, but it also helps in the long term development of the tree and it can make a tree less susceptible to drought.  For more information on deep watering practices download our water guide help you get a better idea on how to just take care of your landscape.
  • Mulch: A super easy way to keep the soil moist is to apply a layer of mulch around your tree. Adding a few inches of mulch can help keep your soil cool during the warmer summer months and warm during the cooler days. Mulch is available at any Moon Valley Nurseries location
  • Control Your Weeds: Spring weeds should be giving away to summer weeds and there is a way to take care of them before they set. No one wants to pull weeds in triple digits. Moon Valley Nursery stocks all of the things you will need for your weed prevention plan at our locations.
  • Fertilizers: Give your landscape a much-needed boost before the triple digits set in. All of our fertilizers have been specifically crafted for our native soils. We have fertilizers for everything on your landscape. From palms, to fruit and citrus, to flowering trees. In addition, we also have fertilizers that can assist in the material on your landscape that is still recovering from the winter or any stress. These can be purchased at all Moon Valley Nursery locations or online

Below are a few trees our experts recommend planting for this month

desertmuseum.pngMuseum Palo Verde
If you're looking for shade, beauty, and color the Museum Palo Verde is the best option that offers all three. This beautiful tree is a hybrid of different older Palo Verde species that brings out the best qualities in each. This unique combination results in a tree with fuller foliage, large and prolific yellow flowers, and a thornless trunk that has an eye-catching blue-green color that provides a start contrast to just about any landscape. The shade is layered, which at various times throughout the day, the sunlight will penetrate through. This provides two great benefits, as the tree looks light in your yard while providing sunlight to any shrubs you'd like to plant below the massive umbrella shaped canopy. This tree is a fast grower and requires minimal water once established. The bottom line is this: you will love this tree and it will turn heads in the neighborhood. 

lemon-3.pngCitrus trees
The majority of citrus trees produce in the fall, and if you are planning on having a bountiful harvest this fall, then plant today. We offer a wide range of citrus trees at Moon Valley Nurseries: Lemon, lime, orange, grapefruit, tangelo, kumquat, and mandarins. Each with their own varieties that have been proven and guaranteed to produce in our climate. Plus, we grow all of our citrus of the best root stock t ensure the highest quality citrus trees for you and your family. No need to buy a small tree and wait 5 years. Purchase one of ours and your tree is already producing! You can view all of our varieties right here

jacaranda-8.pngJacaranda
The purple flowers on the Jacaranda can literally be found everywhere right now. Their showy, blue-purple flowers in large-thick clusters is what makes this tree a popular flowering tree for just about any landscape. The Jacaranda loves the full sun and it can handle the cold as well. it's growth pattern is upright, as if it was trying to reach for the stars and the tips of its branches are where the clusters of flowers bloom. The Jacaranda has more of an open canopy creating shade to a large area where shade is desired. We offer single and multi-trunk varieties at Moon Valley Nurseries and this tree is one of the most eye-catching curb appeal trees you cab plant.

elm.pngChinese Elm
The ideal shade tree is the Chinese Elm. Homeowners looking for an attractive picnic tree, hammock, play area, and more will love this good-looking shade provider on their lawn. The mottled bark of this tree resembles camouflage-like patterns that give it a unique and attractive look. Feel free to leave a long lasting memory by engraving your initials into the single trunk. It is fast grower that thrives in the sun and loves to grow in hot areas. Once planted, it will not be too long until you can enjoy the many benefits this tree can bring to your landscape. If you are looking for a massive shade provider that is easy to care for, you will find much to love about this Chinese Elm Tree. Moon Valley Nurseries sells vibrant and healthy, professionally nurtured mature specimens.

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You're probably thinking, 'a Southern tree in our region'? The answer is yes and the Southern Live Oak, Quercus virginiana, looks right at home planted in Southwestern landscapes. It is native to the coastal plains of the southeastern U.S and grows at a moderate rate. It is a large evergreen shade tree noted for its beauty and extreme drought tolerance. In fact, the Southern Live Oak was the lone survivor during the recent great Texas drought! Once established it will require low water, just let nature do the rest. This beauty will thrive in your landscape with full sun and little to no special care required.

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Magnolia's (Magnolia Little Gem | Magnolia 'D.D. Blanchard' | Southern Magnolia | Teddy Bear Magnolia | Greenback Southern Magnolia | Samuel Sommer Magnolia) are a popular choice our customers at Moon Valley Nurseries. Many are drawn to the magnolia's softball-sized and fragrant white flowers, which are truly breathtaking. The flowers bloom throughout the summer and fall and they attract many of our pollinating friends. Now, the flowers aren't the only thing that makes the Magnolia a popular tree for our region. Many of our customers love the attractive glossy leaves and the Magnolia's ability to produce a thick canopy for summer shade relief. Magnolia are are super easy to grow and they can handle even the hottest of summer days.

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If you're looking for a tree that can grow on its own with minimal assistance from you, then the Tipu tree is the one for you. he Tipu tree is one of the most popular trees we offer at Moon Valley Nursery, and it is everywhere in our city. We guarantee you passed one on the way to work today. They are very fast growing trees that have an upright growth pattern creating and providing a large area with shade. These trees are also drought tolerant once established and they can handle even the hottest summer days. It produces a unique show of golden blooms from late spring and into early summer that contrasts beautifully with its feathery green foliage. If you are looking for shade and color, this is your tree.

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These trees are blooming all over town and they look amazing right now. Named for its resemblance to Willows, this drought tolerant water-wise tree performs well in any landscape in our region. This hardy tree handles extreme temperature ranges and produces exotic-looking blooms from May to September. This fast grower requires little maintenance and does best with just enough water to keep it green and blooming throughout the warm summer months. Also of note, the Desert Willow comes in a variety of cultivars with remarkable differences in flower color, leaf form, and branching characteristics.

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King Palms are some of the best palms to plant around pools, tropical landscapes, or as focal points in front of a home. As the King Palm develops, it produces a great canopy of shade and when it comes to color, the King Palm is one of the best palm varieties for Southern California. The trunk is smooth with a lime-green crown shaft and a brown trunk that shows the growth rings. At the top, dark-green fronds rarely drop below the crown shaft adding a rich color that makes the lime-green crown shaft pop.  

 

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Specially grown at Moon Valley Nursery farms, the Piru Queen Palm is unlike other Queen Palms. Our Piru Queen Palms feature thicker and harder trunks, denser and greener fronds, and produce fuller crowns than other Queen Palms. Moon Valley Nurseries Piru Queen Palms can handle hot summers, cold winters, and windy days. The Piru Queen Palm is supported by a narrow trunk which makes it ideal in tight spaces around your pool, but it does require overhead space as the palm grows to statuesque heights.

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Red Yucca is the standard in any desert landscape requiring color. The long slender leaves form a fountain like rosette and provide a nice structure to an area that needs a sculptural accent. Exceedingly tough and tolerant of heat and cold, red yucca require little if any care or maintenance. Irrigate once every two weeks when mature to maintain appearance. Red to coral blooms form on tall stalks late spring through early fall. Plant in groups for mass effect or mix in with cactus or succulents for a beautiful addition of color.

 

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Bougainvillea can literally be found anywhere in our region and there is a reason why. Their flowers and when these flowers bloom they bloom! Flowers cover the entire plant making it a eye-pleasing sight. At Moon Valley Nurseries we offer three different varieties; bush form, vine form and Torch Glow, which is a more compact variety. Bougainvillea love the heat and are an extremely drought tolerant plant once established. They are heavy bloomers throughout Spring and Fall and produce white, red, pink, red, and purple flowers. 

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Hibiscus are medium to large growing shrubs with very lush, dark foliage and beautiful flowers that come in a wide variety of colors. These beautiful flowering plants prefer to be planted in well-prepared garden soil that drains well and need even moisture for their roots. Be careful though as heavy soil tends to suffocate them. We have them available in red, pink, white, and yellow. 

 

 

When you are at one of our nurseries, be sure to talk to our experts about ways in which you can get your flowering shrubs to bloom to the max with any of our beneficial fertilizers. While you’re at it, simply follow our flying friends to their favorites and get the planted in your yard today.

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Majestic Ash: The Best Shade Tree For Your Home

Posted by Garrett Cleverly on 2/23/2017

Majestic Ash Is A Fantastic Shade Tree

The Amazing Benefits Of The Majestic Ash

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Shade trees have so many beneficial qualities that it's hard to keep track of them all. They can clean the air, mark seasonal changes, lower electric bills, increase your property value, add stunning beauty to a dull spot. The list could go on! As we enter a new season, many of our customers at Moon Valley Nurseries are already planning ahead for ways to escape from warmer days and we always direct them to our beautiful Majestic Ash.

Majestic.pngThe Majestic Ash, Fraxinus uhdei 'Majestic', is a grafted cultivar that is grown especially by Moon Valley Nurseries for decades. Because we own all of our farms where we grow our trees and shrubs, our arborists have been able to develop a premium specimen that produces no seeds and is super easy to grow.

When it comes to shade, this is the ideal tree for our region. If you're expecting and hoping for a large canopy of shade to provide a play area for your children or for a way to escape the afternoon sun you will not be disappointed in the Majestic Ash. It has a formal upright growth rate that allows it to be planted as a focal point or in a row if you're seeking additional privacy as well. The classic, larger-leaved unique green foliage compliments the canopy as well with its dense growth. Minimal light will pass through this tree, which allows many of our homeowners to plant colorful partial-sun shrubs underneath the tree that will be protected from the sun.

Majestic-Ash-Close-Up.pngYou're probably thinking, 'Isn't the foliage green. How could that be unique?" What makes the Majestic Ash unique, is that its foliage is a bright and shiny. This combination with the larger leaves and soft appearance provides a dynamic pop in any landscape that really stands out against other green trees and shrubs. This tree will not blend into the landscape which in turn has made it such a popular choice for our customers who are looking to add additional trees to their landscapes.

Another amazing benefit of this tree is its ability to thrive in our region, where Ash trees from other nurseries have struggled. The Moon Valley Nurseries Majestic Ash can handle full sun, is tolerant of our difficult soil, hardy to both cold and heat, and more importantly, once established these amazing trees can become a water wise tree. That's great news for those looking to cut back on their environmental footprint.

If we still haven't convinced you of the Majestic Ash's amazing benefits above, consider this. Many of our customers at Moon Valley Nurseries have seen an increase in their property value and a decrease in their utility costs when they plant a giant shade tree on their property. What makes the Majestic Ash an ideal shade tree for this combination is its minimal maintenance and ability to keep its foliage throughout the year. No need to constantly be pruning and caring for this tree. 

Because we are the growers, we guarantee that we have an ideal and perfectly sized Majestic Ash for your home. In addition, we have been custom growing premium specimen trees for decades all across Southern California throughout the Desert Southwest and have perfected the proper growing technique to assure the customer is always getting a top quality tree for the best value. The Moon Valley Nurseries Majestic Ash is a grafted cultivar that is grown especially by our nursery pro for decades. What makes these trees even more spectacular is they do not produce a seed thanks to the expert growing process.

Moon Valley Nurseries is your one stop shop for all your landscape needs. Our experts have decades worth of experience and they will be able to assist you with any and all projects you may have. Click here to map a nursery near you

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