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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 specially 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 your 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. That 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 a 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 are grantee 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 specially 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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Monthly Landscape & Garden Tips (February)

Posted by Garrett Cleverly on 2/8/2017

Tips from our nursery pros for a perfect FebruAry landscape

Ficus, California Pepper, Carolina Cherry, and more

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Trees are starting the flower out, stone fruit blooms are on full display, the aroma of citrus is starting to fill the air, and our friendly pollinators are all over our landscapes. Yes, the spring season is here! If you have been thinking about planting in your landscape, we cannot say how right now is the absolute best time to plant everything.

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It's crucial that you plant before the hot summer days set in. Do you want shade? Plant it now. Do you want flowers? Plant it now. Don't wait too long or you will have to wait until next year to have that dream landscape. As we do every month, our nursery professionals have listed a few tips and chores for your landscape and they have also listed the top trees and shrubs to plant this month!

  • Control Your Weeds: Weeds are young and tender right now and it is a smart idea to remove them before they become established with pre-emergent. No one wants to pull weeds in the summer once it's hot outside. Using pre-emergent now will keep your yard weed free. Moon Valley Nursery stocks all of the things you will need for your weed prevention plan at our locations.
  • Fertilizers: Everything in our landscapes is in growing season mode and you can help give them a boost with an all-purpose fertilizer from Moon Valley Nurseries. We're talking palms, shade trees, evergreen trees, flowering trees, and fruit and citrus trees. We have solutions for everything in your landscape, plus fertilizers that promote vigorous growth, plus fertilizers that can help anything on your landscape recover from any winter related stress. We recommend using our custom blended fertilizers for your landscape needs as they are specifically formatted for our soil and weather conditions. These can be purchased at all Moon Valley Nursery locations or online
  • Watering: With the thermometer starting to side, it is now a good time to adjust your watering schedule. In spring, you will want to slightly increase  frequency of watering. However, make sure you are always deep watering and allowing time for the soil to dry-out between waterings. You can download our  Winter Watering Guide to help you get a better idea on how to just take care of your landscape.
  • Mulch: The temperature isn't hot now, but it will be and it's always a good idea to prepare your landscape with some mulch. Adding a few inches of mulch can help keep your soil cool during the warmer summer months and warm during the cooler days. 
  • Vegetable Gardens: Right now is a great time to plant in the garden. Great options for this time of year include peppers, jalapenos tomatoes, potatoes, artichokes, cilantro, broccoli, and lettuce. 

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


Evergreen-Ash-1.pngEvergreen Ash
The Shamel Ash, also known as the ‘Evergreen Ash’, (Fraxinus Udhei) is a great solution for just about any landscape that needs a large, fast-growing shade tree. The classic, larger-leaved, green foliage is attractive and compliments just about any landscape. Shamel Ash is generally grown in parks, commercial areas, and large landscapes. The Shamel Ash is simple to grow and always results in a perfect, park style shape with minimal pruning and maintenance.



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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 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.

Brazilian-Pepper-4.pngBrazilian Pepper
Finding a tree that has both year-round shade and color can be tough, but at Moon Valley Nurseries we have the Brazilian Pepper, Schinus terebinthefolius, for those seeking a little something different. Tough with the ability to adapt to many environments, the Brazilian Pepper is an eye-catching evergreen that is known for its thick foliage and shiny red berries. In the spring, it produces showy clusters of white flowers which are followed by small red peppercorns throughout the fall.

 

Cali-Pepper.pngCalifornia Pepper
The California Pepper is a fantastic accent tree that is a favorite for the massive shade it produces, weeping graceful appearance and exfoliating trunk. The California Pepper is an evergreen with an open spreading canopy that can handle the hot and cold months. One of the best aspects of this tree is that once it becomes established, it has very minimal water requirements. The trunk is gray when the tree is younger but as it gets older the trunk will peel exposing the red-inner wood.

 

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No, this isn't a giant carrot! The name comes from the similar appearance the Carrotwood (Cupaniopsis anacardioides) has to those tasty root vegetables we all love so much! The Carrotwood is a fantastic evergreen that features an attractive looking smooth-like multi-trunk or single-trunk. It is extremely hardy and it provides year-round shade and it tolerates heat, drought, and poor soil. Its growth pattern is upright and formal looking. A fantastic tree for any landscape.

 


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If you have been searching for year-round color, we search has finally come to an end. The Flowering pear, Pyrus Calleryana, is a tree for every season, starting in early spring when snow-white blooms cover this entire tree. And when we say cover, we mean it! After the spring bloom, attractive oval shaped leaves provide excellent shade relief in the summer and in the fall, the leaves go from a glossy dark green to a rich, purple/red color in the fall. This tree displays every season and it is a wonderful addition to any landscape. It's a moderate to fast grower and it is easy to take care of.

carolina-cherry.jpgCarolina Cherry
The Carolina Cherry, prunus caroliniana 'Compacta', we offer at Moon Valley Nurseries is far superior to what you will find at other nurseries. The variety we offer is denser allowing homeowners to plant these for a privacy wall. Our Carolina Cherry's are less woody and they are non-invasive. It loves the heat and as an evergreen, they require minimal maintenance clean up. It is both drought and heat tolerant.

 

Purple-LEaf.pngPurple Leaf Plum
This is perhaps the most unique tree of our list and that is due to its purple foliage. Quickly becoming a must-have for many homeowners, the Purple Leaf Plum produces magnificent blooms of puffy pink flowers in the early spring that give way to a deep-purple foliage that lasts for the majority of the year. Many homeowners plant these trees in groups or in accent locations to really make the purple color pop. It's cold and heat tolerant and as an ornamental tree, the Purple Leaf Plum produces no fruit.

Cape-Honeysuckle.pngCape Honeysuckle
This drought tolerant flowering shrub blooms abundantly from the fall through the spring and is agreat addition to any desert landscape seeking beautiful colors of bright orange trumpet-shaped blooms. The Orange Cape Honeysuckle, Tecoma capensis, can be trimmed as a medium to large bushes or hedges, and are frequently used as vines to cover posts or fences.

 



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Indian Hawthorn, Raphiolepis indica) are dark green shrubs that produce large clusters of small pink flowers in mid spring. Naturally, a mounding shrub whose width and height are proportionate. They can be trimmed formally or grown naturally. Flowers lead to purple berries in fall and winter. Prune right after blooming to prevent berries.

 


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We offer two varieties of Rosemary at Moon Valley Nurseries. Trailing Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis 'Prostratus') and Upright Rosemary (Rosmarinus officianalus). Both of these are wonderful options for our region and when they bloom in early spring they explode with blooms attracting many of our pollinating friends. As an evergreen, it will keep its foliage all year long and it can handle full sun.

 

 

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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Learn How Trees Can Help You Save On Your Electricity Bills

Posted by Filipe Benavides on 1/23/2017

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Let’s face it, energy is a resource that is bound to be more expensive in the future. Living comfortably shouldn’t have to cost a fortune. The good news is that you can do something to lower your utility bills that will not only save you money, it will also add value to your property. Homeowners can cool off their house with shade trees. Houses shaded by trees stay cooler, naturally, than homes lacking shaded trees. And cooling off your house naturally is far less expensive than turning on your A/C and forking over tons of money each month to pay your utility bills. Of course, it needs to be the right trees planted in the right place to cool your house and save energy.

How Much Can You Save on Utility Costs with Shade Trees
Homeowners can save quite a bit of energy and money by planting trees around the house. For instance, using a model of a 2,500-square foot unshaded house in Sacramento, a computer program at the University of California, Davis, predicted that shading the house’s east and west side (including windows) could reduce energy use for air conditioning by as much as 40 percent annually.

Follow the Sun’s Path
Location, location, location…Yep, location is key when planting shade trees to cool the house. Basically, follow the sun’s path. The path along which the sun travels from morning to afternoon, and from winter to summer, helps to determine the best locations to plant trees that are going to have a substantial effect on lowering utility bills.

Of course, it’s not always about cooling your house, sometimes you want your house to stay warm, especially during those colder months. A deciduous tree or semi-evergreen is ideal for both summer and winter times. With a deciduous or semi-evergreen tree, the sun can shine through its leafless canopy in the winter to let in some sunlight and heat into your house. During the summer heat, a larger sized deciduous or semi-evergreen tree with a sprawling canopy is an ideal choice for use as a shade tree around your house. Buy as big as you can because bigger is better for the greatest effect on utility costs.

Where to Plant Trees for Best Effects
In order for trees to have the biggest effect on utility costs, you’ re going to have to think about the right location on your property to plant them. For best results, shade windows first as sun shining directly through a window can heat up a home quickly. Plant trees on the east, south, and west sides near windows, and if possible, position the tree just to the side so they can provide shade without completely blocking the view. As tempting as it might be, don’t plant too close to the house. Yes, the closer you plant, the more shade you’ll get. However, planting trees too close can cause roots to damage the foundations, so plant trees 5 to 10 feet away from the foundation. Another good place to plant shade trees is over a paved area. Shade trees can reduce heat stored or reflected in paved surfaces. Plus, shading a paved area such as a paved patio can create a nice garden retreat. It’s also a good idea to plant shade trees near air conditioners. Keeping your air conditioner cool can reduce its workload and cut down energy consumption.

Smart Trees for Shade
At Moon Valley Nurseries, we have bigger trees for sale, ready to provide the shade you need to cool or warm your house, naturally. Here are a few of our favorite trees, in stock and ready to be delivered and planted by our professional landscape crew.


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Instant shade is what makes the Ficus our #1 selling tree. These evergreen trees perform well in any landscape. They create a very dense canopy of thick, rounded green leaves all year that create a very thick shade that can keep your cooling costs down in the summer. They handle the heat very well and can be pruned to any shape. When it comes to clean-up and maintenance, you can go ahead and put your rake away, because Ficus are just about the cleanest tree you’ll ever purchase. We offer three different variations of Ficus: Single-trunk, multi-trunk, and column, which are a great choice as a barrier for blocking sun, noise, wind, and those pesky neighbors. 

tipu-6.pngTipu Tree
Homeowners looking for an attractive shade tree with striking features will love the Tipuana tipu tree. This fast growing medium to large sized tree can provide a great amount of shade to cool your house, while beautifying any location on your property. It’s a showy, semi-evergreen that puts on a unique show of golden blooms from late spring into early summer that contrasts beautifully with its feathery, bright bluish-green foliage.

 

Chinese-elm-1.pngChinese Elm
Chinese Elm tree, ‘True Green’, is an excellent choice for sundrenched Southwestern properties because it can bring a massive amount of shade to any property. Native to China, this large, semi-evergreen tree has been widely used in parks thanks to its wide, natural umbrella-shaped shade capabilities, making it an ideal shade tree to naturally cool down your house. Moon Valley Nurseries carries the ‘True Green’ strain, which does not weep. The ‘True Green’ strain features small, deep green leaves and is prized for its upright, rounded growth habit favored by many homeowners.

Palo-Verde-3.pngMuseum Palo Verde
A hybrid of different, older Palo Verde species, the Museum Palo Verde brings the best qualities of each, resulting in a beautiful shade tree with fuller, yellow-green foliage and striking green, thornless trunks. The multi-trunked, sculptural shapes of these attractive trees provide a stark contrast and beautiful accent to almost any landscape, as well as providing the shade you want in the summer and letting the right amount of light in during the winter. 

 

ArZ-Ash.pngArizona Ash
The Arizona Ash is well suited to handle all extreme temperature changes. In the fall, this deciduous tree’s foliage turns into a vibrant golden color. The Arizona Ash is seedless and only requires one clean up once the leaves drop. The tree grows its leaves back quickly in the spring, which provides maximum shade in the summer months. Its canopy of shade covers a large amount of territory and its flowers form in small clusters in the spring. 

 

 

 

Moon Valley Nurseries is your one stop shop for all your landscape needs. Our experts have decades worth of experience and they will be able to assist you with any projects or questions you may have. Remember to change your watering schedule as we enter the winter and be sure to map a Moon Valley Nurseries locations right here.

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Monthly Landscape & Garden Tips (January)

Posted by Garrett Cleverly on 1/11/2017

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The New Year is here and let's kick it off by taking better care of our landscapes throughout 2017. To help homeowners prepare for the colder temperatures, our nursery professionals have compiled a to-do list as well as their recommendations for planting this month.

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

To Do List:

  • Winter Watering: We are still in the winter season and if you have not adjusted your watering schedule you will want to do it ASAP. In the winter months, you will want to cut back on the frequency of watering. However, make sure you are always deep watering and allowing time for the soil to dry out between waterings. You can download our   Winter Watering Guide  to help you get a better idea on how to just take care of your landscape.
  • Fertilization: The material in our landscapes is quite active during the winter months. Top growth slows down, but underground where the roots are, there is a lot of growth. That is beacsue the ground stays warmer allowing our trees and shrubs the ability to work on their root development. Fertilizing everything from your palms, shade trees, citrus, fruit, flowering trees, and even your dormant trees gives them all a boost to push through the winter and turn that into explosive growth in the spring. We recommend using our custom blended fertilizers for your landscape needs as they are specifically formatted for our soil and weather conditions. These can be purchased at all Moon Valley Nursery locations or online.
  • Vegetable Gardens: The winter is a great time to be planting your veggies. Our cold weather vegetables are going to be things like cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, kale, lettuce, peas, spinach and everyone's favorite tomatoes and jalapenos! These should all be started now and fertilized once a month while they are growing. These need to be watered regularly and given a chance to dry out in between each watering cycle. This helps them to develop good strong roots through post production.
  • Christmas Trees: Yes, we know that Christmas was a few weeks ago, BUT we know at least one homeowner still has the Christmas tree on their property with no idea what to do with it. If you’re that homeowner, be sure to check out our environmentally friendly ways to recycle your Christmas tree.

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

cypress.jpgItalian Cypress
No other tree captures the Tuscan landscape like the Italian Cypress and fortunately for us it performs extraordinarily well in our climate. Its tall elegant narrow shape allows it to be planted nearly anywhere in a landscape. Our customers have used the elegance of the Italian Cypress as a formal entrance, a backdrop, and as a border. In addition to their natural beauty, their ability to thrive in sunny climates with low water requirements and minimal maintenance has made it a popular tree for homeowners. Plus, it will stay green all year long.

 

Brazilian-Pepper-4.pngBrazilian Pepper
This attractive medium to a large evergreen tree is a wonderful option for homeowners looking for a durable tree that requires minimal maintenance while providing year-round shade. This tree is both cold and heat tolerant and can be grown with a single trunk or multi-trunk. It will keep its dark green foliage all year long and in the winter it produces showy bright red berries. A mature Brazilian Pepper will produce an umbrella-shaped canopy for those areas that need shade.

 

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When it comes to fast-growing, look no further than the always popular Tipu tree. This extreme water-wise and semi-evergreen tree has become one of the most popular trees we offer at Moon Valley Nurseries. Don’t be fooled by its delicate-looking foliage. This tree is tough and can thrive in intense desert heat and cold. The Tipu is a wonderful tree for a high canopy of shade and in the spring is produces golden blooms that are just exquisite.

 

 

Chinese-elm-1.pngChinese Elm
One of the best shade trees or those sun-drenched homes, the Chinese Elm is an attractive tree that can be planted as the focal point in any landscape. It absolutely loves the sun and the variety we carry at Moon Valley Nurseries does not weep. Ours is a fast growing tree that grows upright and round for maximum shade and curbs appeal. Its leaves are small and elliptic in shape and the bark sheds in a puzzle fashion. It's a fantastic option for any landscape seeking instant shade.

 

Olive-2.pngFruitless Olive
The best part about our olive trees is that they are fruitless. The unique, silver appearance of Fruitless Olive trees make them an interesting focal point in nearly all landscape styles. In addition, the natural, multiple trunks always create an artistic look, while bringing strength and flexibility to the tree. Olive trees keep their leaves all year which makes them great for creating privacy or blocking unwanted views. Fruitless Olives are very durable to heat, cold and require minimal water once established.

 

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One of the most unique palms that we offer at Moon Valley Nurseries is the Windmill palm. It’s narrow trunk and upright growth pattern has allowed hundreds of our customers to plant these in close proximity for an interesting multi-trunk appearance. It is both cold and hot tolerant and when shaved, the trunk exposes the colorful old frond layers giving it a unique look in any landscape.

 

 

Sago-palm.pngSago
A Sago may look like a palm tree, 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.

 


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One of our favorite palms to plant, the Canary Island Date Palm is an eye-catcher. It’s elegant upright growth patterns, long reaching fronds that extend out in all directions and unique crown have made it a focal point in many landscapes. Also known as the Pineapple Palm, the Canary Island Date Palm is extremely durable, cold hardy, and it loves the sun. Its wide fronds can be used for shade and it’s very clean and formal appearance has made it a top option for homeowners looking to add palm trees.

 

 

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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Monthly Landscape & Garden Tips (December)

Posted by Garrett Cleverly on 12/14/2016

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The winter season has finally arrived and that means changes to how we care for our trees and shrubs on our landscapes. To help homeowners prepare for the colder temperatures, our nursery professionals have compiled a to-do list as well as their recommendations for planting this month.

To Do List:

  • Christmas Trees: Moon Valley Nurseries’ has a fantastic selection of the World’s Best Christmas Trees. We carry Noble Firs, Douglas Firs, and Grand Firs in sizes for every home and every budget. All of our Christmas Tree have been expressed shipped within 48 hours of cutting to ensure the highest and freshest quality Christmas Tree. Our Christmas Trees have been a family tradition for more than 20 years. Click here to map us to start or continue your family tradition with Moon Valley Nurseries.
  • Winter Watering: With the thermometer dropping to winter temperatures, it is now time to adjust the watering schedule. In the winter months, you will want to cut back on the frequency of watering. However, make sure you are always deep watering and allowing time for the soil to dry-out between waterings. You can download our   Winter Watering Guide  to help you get a better idea on how to just take care of your landscape.
  • Fertilization: While the trees and shrubs essentially stop all top growth in the winter months they are actually all still growing. That is in the ground where the soil keeps its warmth and our trees and shrubs are working on their root development. Fertilizing everything from your palms, shade trees, citrus, fruit, flowering trees, and even your dormant trees gives them all a boost to push through the winter and turn that into explosive growth in the spring. We recommend using our custom blended fertilizers for your landscape needs as they are specifically formatted for our soil and weather conditions. These can be purchased at all Moon Valley Nursery locations or online.

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

Queen-Palm-4.pngPiru Queen Palm
Exclusively offered only at Moon Valley Nurseries’, our Piru Queen Palms have been grown purely from superior Argentine seedlings with better genetic traits. Our Piru Queen Palms feature thicker and harder trunks, greener palm fronds, and fuller crown than other Queen Palms. Our Piru Queen Palms can handle the hot and cold and thrive in the full sun. They are a fantastic option for homeowners looking to create a tropical paradise around their pool. Because we also grow our Piru Queen Palms at our farms in the local climate, they are already acclimated and have very low water requirements.

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If you’re looking for a tree with minimal maintenance requirements...and we mean MINIMAL, the Japanese Privet is one of the best options for you. At Moon Valley Nurseries, we offer Japanese Privets as hedge material and as trees. As a hedge, it can be trimmed into many different shapes and sizes and it is a fantastic option for privacy or to line a border. As a tree, the Japanese Privet is so clean that it can be planted near a pool. It produces beautiful white flowers in late spring and it’s foliage is thick with thick-waxy like leaves.

 

Califonira-Pepper.pngCalifornia Pepper
The California Pepper is a fantastic accent tree that is a favorite for the massive shade it produces, weeping graceful appearance, and exfoliating trunk. The California Pepper is an evergreen with an open spreading canopy that can handle the hot and cold months. One of the best aspects of this tree is that once it has becomes established it has very minimal water requirements. The trunk is gray when the tree is younger but as it gets older the trunk will peel exposing the red-inner wood.

 

Eldarica-Pine-1.pngEldarica Pine
If you’ve been If you’ve been looking for a way to keep that Christmas season alive all year long, look no further than the Eldarica Pine, which is also known as the living Christmas Tree. Native to the Caucasus Mountain of southern Russia, Afghanistan, and Pakistan, the Eldarica Pine is a very hardy evergreen pine that grows faster than other pine tree varieties, requires lower amounts of water, and it can provide a large amount of shade. It looks like a Christmas Tree with its classic cone-shape appearance and space between branches. Many customers purchase the Eldarica Pine and use it as a Christmas Tree before planting it in their landscape.

Olive-2.pngFruitless Olive
As the title suggest, we offer the highest quality fruitless olive trees you will find in the Southwest. All of our olive trees come from our farm that has been producing olive trees and olive oil for more than 50 years. The unique, silver color appearance of fruitless olive trees have made them a must-have focal point for many homeowners. Its multi-trunk growth pattern creates an artistic look and will give off that ‘wow’ factor. Our olive trees will keep their leaves all year long and they thrive in both the hot and cold and require minimal water once established.

 

Moon Valley Nurseries is your one stop shop for all your landscape needs. Our experts have decades worth of experience and they will be able to assist you with any projects or questions you may have. Remember to change your watering schedule as we enter the winter and be sure to map a Moon Valley Nurseries location right here

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How to Keep Grass Green All Winter Long

Posted by Garrett Cleverly on 12/8/2016

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Lawn tips from the pros for winter lawn

It’s easy to take for granted just how wonderful it is to be living in the Phoenix and Las Vegas area. Sure, it can get pretty cold by our standards, but at least it’s not snowy with freezing temperatures.

One thing that we do take for granted is our beautiful landscapes during the fall and winter months. The majority of our trees keep their foliage, you can still have a vegetable garden, there might be some late seasonal flowers, and our lawns can stay green even in the coldest of Phoenix temperatures.

Our customers are always asking our nursery professionals how they can keep their lawn looking green and below are three of the most important aspects our nursery pros recommend to keeping your lawn looking green all winter long.

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Water is a crucial aspect of keeping your lawn looking green. When you first overseed you will want to keep your soil moist by watering it at least three times per day for very short periods of time. Once your seeds have begun to germinate and have grown to around 1-½ high you can cut back on the watering to just once per day. In time your lawn will become established and when that happens you can cut back to every other day.

You also want to water in the morning before the sunrise, This will make your water the most effective. Pro Tip: On nights when there is a chance of freeze, water right before the sun comes up. This will help create a microclimate that will reduce the chance of your trees and plants freezing in your landscape.

As we begin to hit early spring, it is important to remember to make the proper adjustment to your lawn, landscape and garden so they will continue to thrive into the growing season. Click on the blue button to subscribe for tips on proper garden and landscaping for the spring.

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Mowing.pngProper Mowing
You need to wait at least 10 days before you give your lawn the first mowing after planting your winter grass. Keep in mind that you do not want to remove more than 30% of the leaf during mowing. Removing more than 30% may prevent the grass from its ability to photosynthesize and you may pull out the new seedlings. Once your ryegrass is established it’s up to you to determine when you want to mow your lawn. If you like thick grass, let it grow. If you like shortener grass mow more frequently. Just remember that you can not mow more than 30% of the leaf at a time.

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Our native soils can be tough at times, which prevents vital nutrients from being absorbed by our lawns. Whether you’re having an issue or not, it’s always a good practice to fertilize your lawn with a starter fertilizer to encourage growth. These are the main reasons why we created our Moon Royale Professional Turf Fertilizer. It includes a 19% (Nitrogen), 6% (Phosphorus), and 13% (Potassium) mix along with sulfur to heap breakdown tough soils and to fight the salts to keep your lawn looking green all winter long (click here to purchase today). Our Moon Royale is super easy to use either as a drop or broadcast type fertilizer spreader. Read the bag for complete instructions and application rates.

Now that you know all the crucial elements to keeping your lawn looking green all winter long you too can grow like a pro. If you have any questions be sure to visit any of our nursery locations. Our professionals will be able to assist you with anything you need.  

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Top Trees To Plant In The Winter

Posted by Garrett Cleverly on 12/1/2016

The winter season is a fantastic season to plant in

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The winter season has finally arrived. It's time to dust off the Christmas lights, prepare your home for holiday visitors, and plant in your landscape..and yes, we're serious! Our region is unlike the majority of the country who face freezing temperatures which preventing planting. Because our soil does not freeze over we are still able to plant in ideal conditions. This is because the soil will retain warmth while the outside temperature plunges. With a warmer soil newly planted trees will spend the winter months establishing their root system before spring growth and especially those hot summer days. 

Take advantage of this ideal season to plant. Trees planted now will look fantastic in the spring and below are our top picks to plant during the winter months. 

Brazilian-Pepper-4.pngBrazilian Pepper
This evergreen tree may be native to Brazil, but it is right at home in our climate. This tree is one of the best water wise trees we carry at Moon Valley Nurseries and it just absolutely thrives in our sun and heat. It's lush and thick umbrella shaped canopy is supported by its dense branches that criss-cross and spread out from the main trunk. It produces white flowers in late spring and in the fall and winter it produces pinkish colored fruits in clusters. Many homeowners use these berries during the holidays for crafty displays. 

 

Cali-Pepper.pngCalifornia Pepper
Even though this tree has the name "pepper" in it, it is vastly different when compared to the Brazilian Pepper. The California Pepper is originally from South America, but it has found a home in our region. It is an evergreen tree that displays a weeping appearance that is graceful looking. It thrives in our sun and it produces a broad canopy of layered shade. It grows more upright than it does wide and it is supported by its strong trunk and branches. The California Pepper also produces red-colored berries in small and rounded clusters. It requires minimal water once established.


privet-japanese.pngJapanese Privet

The Japanese Privet is an ideal solution for those who want an evergreen, low maintenance tree for a small to medium sized area. The Japanese Privet, while commonly seen in large shrub or hedge applications, can also be grown easily as a small to medium tree as shown. Ideal for courtyards in smaller patio homes, Privet trees are even clean enough to plant near pools.  Plant in rows or groups for privacy at upper level of the tree with shade below.

 

 

Cypress-1.pngItalian Cypress
Sentinel of the Mediterranean, the Italian Cypress has announced formal entrances, borders and backdrops for the grandest properties in the most picturesque cities on Earth. Unmistakable with their lush green foliage and tall, narrow upright form, these long lived specimens of grandeur are well suited to modern living. Their natural ability to thrive in sunny climates on a minimal amount of water makes them a popular choice for just about any landscape.

 

 

Moon Valley Nurseries is your one stop shop for all your landscape needs. Our experts have decades worth of experience and they will be able to assist you with any projects or questions you may have. Remember to change your watering schedule as we enter the winter and be sure to map a Moon Valley Nurseries locations right here

CLICK FOR IMPORTANT INFO  Winter Watering Guide

Topics: Monthly Tips, Winter Landscape Tips, Winter Planting

November Landscape and Garden Tips

Posted by Paul Popoff on 11/15/2016

Winter Watering, Fertilizing, What Trees to Plant Now and More

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In this months issue of November Landscape and Garden Tips, we have a wealth of information that is going to help you and your yard this season. This is the time of year when things finally begin to change around town. Some trees are changing color as they adjust to the cooler winter temperatures and others are pushing out spurts of new growth. One of the most overlooked practices this time of year by homeowners is watering and fertilizing. A big misconception is that because everything is pushing out new growth and seems to be growing well, that they are getting the right amount of water and fertilizer, unfortunately more often than not, this isn't the case.

To Do List:

  •  Winter Watering: During the cooler months it is important that we back off the watering frequency. This allows trees, plants and even grass a chance to develop strong deep roots that will encourage more growth come the following spring. This also creates a landscape that is less susceptible to disease and insect infestation. It is important to continue to water deeply each time you water, and different plants will have different frequency requirements. You can download our watering guide here  Winter Watering Guide  to help you get a better idea on just how to take care of your landscape. 
  • Fertilization: Fertilizing everything and hardening them up as we say in the industry is a great way to give your landscape one last push through the winter months. Fertilizing your palms, shade trees, evergreen trees, flowering trees, and even your dormant trees now gives them the best chance of pulling though the winter and taking off come spring time. We recommend using our custom blended fertilizers for your landscape needs as they are specifically formatted for our soil and weather conditions. These cane be purchased at all Moon Valley Nursery locations or online here
  • Vegetable Gardens: Fall and winter is a great time to be planting your winter veggies! Our cold weather vegetables are going to be things like cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, kale, lettuce, peas, spinach and everyones favorite tomatoes and jalapenos! These should all be started now and fertilized once a month while they are growing. These need to be watered regularly and given a chance to dry out in between each watering cycle. This helps them to develop good strong roots through post production. 

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

Chinese-Elm-3.pngChinese Elm 'True Green'
One of the best shade trees or those sun drenched homes, the Chinese Elm is an attractive tree that can be planted as the focal point in any landscape. It absolutely loves the sun and the variety we carry at Moon Valley Nurseries does not weep. Ours is a fast growing tree that grow upright and round for maximum shade and curb appeal. It's leaves are small and elliptic in shape and the bark sheds in a puzzle fashion. It's a fantastic option for any landscape seeking instant shade. 

 

Tipu-11.pngTipu
This fast growing tree is an excellent option for those water conscious homeowners looking to add shade and color at the same time. The Tipu is one of the fastest growing varieties we offer at Moon Valley Nurseries . In time, it's upright and open umbrella shaped canopy will provide shade where desired. When it comes to color, it's flowers are a golden yellow color and are abundant in late spring to early summer. It can become drought tolerant once established and it thrives in cold and heat. 

 

Museum-Palo-Verde.pngMuseum Palo Verde
This eye-catching desert tree is a must have for every home. It is a hybrid of different Palo Verde species that brings out the best qualities of each. It creates a massive and wide reaching canopy of layered shade that provides sun to any shrubs plants underneath the canopy. It blooms massive amounts of yellow flowers throughout the spring and can bloom again in the fall. The tree is supported by an attractive twisting blue-green trunk that provides a stark contrast to any landscape. Once established it rarely needs any water and is a fantastic desert tree for those looking for curb appeal. 

Brazilian-pepper-3.pngBrazilian Pepper
This evergreen tree may be native to Brazil, but it is right at home in our climate. This tree is one of the best water wise trees we carry at Moon Valley Nurseries and it just absolutely thrives in our sun and heat. It's lush and thick umbrella shaped canopy is supported by its dense branches that criss-cross and spread out from the main trunk. It produces white flowers in late spring and in the fall and winter it produces pinkish colored fruits in clusters. Many homeowners use these berries during the holidays for crafty displays. 

 

California-Pepper-1.pngCalifornia Pepper
Even though this tree has the name "pepper" in it, it is vastly different when compared to the Brazilian Pepper. The California Pepper is originally from South America, but it has found a home in our region. It is an evergreen tree that displays a weeping appearance that is graceful looking. It thrives in our sun and it produces a broad canopy of layered shade. It grows more upright than it does wide and it is supported by its strong trunk and branches. The California Pepper also produces red-colored berries in small and rounded clusters. It requires minimal water once established.

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

Jacaranda-6.pngJacaranda
These trees can be found almost anywhere in our region for a reason. Their showy, blue-purple flowers in large-thick clusters is what makes this tree a popular flowering tree for just about any landscape. The Jacaranda loves the full sun and it can handle the cold as well. it's growth pattern is upright, as if it was trying to reach for the stars and the tips of its branches are where the clusters of flowers bloom. The Jacaranda has more of an open canopy creating shade to a large area where shade is desired. We offer single and multi-trunk varieties at Moon Valley Nurseries and this tree is one of the most eye-catching curb appeal trees you cab plant.

Magnolia-2.pngMagnolia
The Southern United States does not have a monopoly on this tree, and they can be found throughout our region. Magnolia's are amazing trees. For starters, their cream-white flowers not only are impressive to look at, they also give off a pleasing aroma.  It's large waxy-like leaves have helped the Magnolia have a thick canopy, giving much-needed shade. At Moon Valley Nurseries, a few of our Magnolia varieties have the green and brown backs adding yet another layer of color. Over time, the Magnolia will create a wide range of shade and it absolutely thrives in our sun and heat.

Japanese-Blueberry-1.pngJapanese Blueberry
The Japanese Blueberry is a visually appealing evergreen due to its dense, lush foliage and striking leaf color throughout the year which provides a fantastic backdrop for contrasting flowers and shrubs. It thrives in full sun and handle the cold extremely well. It has become one of regions most planted hedge variety and is an excellent choice for just about any landscape.

 

 

Carolina-Cherry-2.pngCarolina Cherry
Native to the Southeastern United States, the Carolina Cherry has become a popular choice for its minimal maintenance, natural upright conical shape, and ability to tolerate heat, drought, and wind. The Carolina Cherry is a small to medium-sized evergreen with dark green, lustrous wavy-edged foliage on brown thornless stems. They can be easily sheared into a tall screen or sound barrier which make them a near-perfect option for many homes. 

 


Moon Valley Nurseries is your one stop shop for all your landscape needs. Our experts have decades worth of experience and they will be able to assist you with any projects or questions you may have. Remember to change your watering schedule as we enter the winter and be sure to map a Moon Valley Nurseries locations right here

CLICK FOR IMPORTANT INFO -  Winter Watering Guide

Topics: Insider, Monthly Tips, Expert, Industry Expert

February Landscape & Garden Tips

Posted by Garrett Cleverly on 2/4/2016

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February is here which marks the beginning of the transition from the winter season to the spring season. There is no better time than now to prepare our landscape for the spring planting season which is right around the corner. Preparation and better care now will ensure a healthy and full landscape this spring. Our nursery pros have compiled a few tips, tasks, and ideas for your landscape this month.

To Do List:

  • Planting: Those landscape plans you have been saving for the spring can finally become a reality. Planting just before spring season is ideal because it will give your trees and shrubs ample time to establish their root system before the spring and summer months arrive.
  • Weeds: Control weeds with pre-emergent herbicides. Weeds are young and tender right now. Due to this, it is a smart idea to remove them before they become established and sprout. No one wants to pull weeds in the spring and summer once it's hotter outside. Using pre-emergent now will keep your yard weed free. Moon Valley Nursery stocks all of the things you will need for your weed prevention plan at our locations.
  • Water: As the temperature starts to slowly get warmer during the month, it is extremely important to monitor your landscape for proper water usage. In the winter, cooler temperatures and less sunlight allow the soil to stay moist for a longer period of time. As the temperature increases, the soil may dry out faster, which means more frequent water usage. To check, touch the soil with your hand. If it is dry, then it is time to water.
  • Vegetable Garden: In the vegetable garden plant tomatoes, peppers, oregano, thyme, basil, rosemary, and mint.

What To Plant:

Purple-Leaf-Plum-1.pngPurple Leaf Plum
If you want to turn heads on your landscape, the Purple Leaf Plum is an excellent pick. This deciduous tree features magnificent deep-purple foliage and breathtaking blooms of puffy pink flowers in early spring. Though it can be planted alone, the Purple Leaf Plum really stands out in accent locations and against green backdrops, allowing its purple foliage to really stand out. It's cold and heat tolerant and as an ornamental tree, the Purple Leaf Plum produces no fruit and practically no litter. An excellent addition to any space where strong color is desired.

 

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The Flowering Pear is desired on many landscapes for a variety of reasons. In the spring, the tree displays a wide and wonderful coverage of snow-white flowers. It gives off a formal looking appearance while producing a thick umbrella-shaped canopy. One of the most desirable aspects is the fiery red fall color that Flowering Pear trees gain in the fall, giving landscapers the rare opportunity to see and feel the changes in the seasons.

 

Italian-Cypress-House.pngItalian Cypress
Used for formal entrances, borders, and backdrops, the Italian Cypress is unmistakable with its lush green foliage and tall narrow upright form. Italian Cypress thrive in sunny climates a with minimal water making them a popular choice for just about any landscape.

 

 

 

Orange-1.pngOrange Tree
They are loaded with vitamin C, are a great source of fiber, and have several important minerals that we need. Oranges grow extremely well in the Western United States.

 

 

 

Lemon-1.pngLemon
Where would our cooking be without lemons? This small fruit brings out explosions of flavor in our food and drinks. Lemons have many health benefits and can be seen all over residential landscapes. Lemons perform very well in the Western United State and are generally available all year, but peak in the summer months.

 

 

Lime.pngLime
Packing a power punch for a fruit that is similar in size to a golf ball, the Lime has become an important citrus for cocktails, lemonade, fish, and meat. Lime trees are easy to grow and they perform well in many landscapes. 

 

 

 


Japanese-Boxwood-1.pngJapanese Boxwood

If you're looking to create a low to medium formal hedge, the Japanese Boxwood is a fantastic pick. This hardy evergreen has attractive green foliage and is a great choice for pruning into topiary or geometric shapes when desired.

 

 

 

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Little John Bottlebrush
This isn’t the friend of Robin Hood and his Merry Men, but, in fact, a versatile and hardy shrub that produces dark red, bushy flowers during the spring and fall. The Little John Bottlebrush is commonly used as a nice formal hedge or an accent to a desert yard. Hummingbirds love the Little John Bottlebrush and these shrubs absolutely love the sun.

 

If you have any questions regarding proper maintenance or how one of these beautiful trees and shrubs would fit into your yard, be sure to contact one of our nursery pros at any of our nursery locations.

Topics: Monthly Tips

When It Rains, It Grows

Posted by Garrett Cleverly on 1/6/2016

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Take advantage of the recent rain and help your yard grow. Get out in your yard and fertilize your trees and plants and let Mother Nature drive the nutrients straight into the root system.

The framework for a spectacular and vibrant Spring landscape starts today. You can assist your landscape and help it get that jump start on spring growth with the essential nutrients your trees and plants need with Moon Valley Nurseries' custom fertilizers.

Moon_Juice.jpgMoon Juice
From the roots up, Supercharged Moon Juice, with Furst liquid technologies, provides benefits at all levels. It triggers new root hair growth, fertilizer and moisture intake is greatly enhanced, and there is stronger cell development throughout the trunks, branches, and stems which allows water and nutrients to pass more efficiently to the leaves.

For more information on our Supercharged Moon Juice click here

 

Palm-Juice.pngSuper Palm Juice
If you have been struggling to keep your palms looking green, we have the answer for your problem. Our Super Palm Juice will turn your palms green and keep them green. Palm have special nutrient requirements. palms use a variety of different major and micro nutrients including Potash, Manganese, Iron, Sulfur, Zinc, Copper & Boron. Moon Valley Nurseries has developed our Super Palm Juice: the perfect formula of these important nutrients, in a super easy to use liquid. Yellow, weak, or disfigured appearances are symptoms that your palm is deficient in one or more of the nutrients that Super Palm Juice provides. Used regularly, Super Palm Juice will help correct these symptoms and optimize the appearance of your palms.

For more information on our Super Palm Juice click here

moon-dust.pngMoon Dust
All trees and plants need Nitrogen, Phosphorus and Potash (Potassium) as the primary nutrients for healthy living. Our custom, organic blended Moon Dust provides these essential elements in a perfect horticultural ratio that will benefit virtually every plant in your landscape. Moon Dust creates fantastic results because it was developed especially for tough, compact and alkaline soils. Designed for the desert, Moon Dust contains optimal amounts of Sulfur and Gypsum which fight the effects of salts present in the soil and helps break up hard soils. This enables the roots to access the main nutrients (N, P, K) much more efficiently.

For more information on our Moon Dust click here

 

Royal_Turf.jpgMoon Royale

Our lawns drink a lot of water and all this rain is a welcome sign for many of us who have cut back on watering our lawns. You can give your lawn a boost with our fast acting Moon Royale 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. Our native desert soils are naturally high in harmful salts that keep vital nutrients and iron from being absorbed by roots. That is why we included sulfur and chelated iron in Moon Royale to fight the salts and quickly turn your lawn dark green.

For more information on our Moon Royal Turf Fertilizer click here

 

Soil__Water_Conditioner.jpgSoil & Water Conditioner 
A challenging aspect of growing trees and plants is the compact soil and the high Ph found in our soil and water. because of these challenges, the alkaline conditions prevents major and minor nutrients from converting into compounds that are readily available to living plant roots. Our Soil & Water Conditioner contains sulfur and gypsum to counteract these salt buildups while loosening tough hard soil. The sulfur will reduce the Ph and allow excess salt to be flushed out of the root system. The gypsum will loosen the soil leading to better drainage and healthier soils. 

For more information on our Soil & Water Conditioner click here

 

Moon Valley Nurseries carries an assortment of other beneficial fertilizers that help keep palms green, make thicker and fuller hedge plants , and improve water penetration and drainage. View our highly specialized blends of fertilizer right here.

For all your landscaping needs make sure you head to the Moon and talk to the experts at any of our Moon Valley Nursery locations.

Topics: Monthly Tips