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How to Care for Chinese Pistache Trees in Las Vegas

Posted by Felipe Benavides on 9/28/2017

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

Chinese Pistache: Where to Plant

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

Exposure

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

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

Pruning

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

Pistacia chinensis ‘Red Push” Pistache #FREEPLANTING!

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

Topics: Insider, Winter Landscape Tips, landscape tips

How to Properly Reseed for Winter Lawn in AZ/NV

Posted by Felipe Benavides on 9/21/2017

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

reseed_for_winter_lawnFill in Areas That Were Damaged During Summer Months

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

RESEED FOR WINTER LAWN: Step-by-Step!  

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ratios:

                                         Seed (always lay a little more):Fertilize.png
                                         1 lb per 100 sq ft

Topper:
1 cu ft per 100 sq ft

Mulch:
2 cu ft per 100 sq ft

Starter Fertilizer:
1 lb per 200 sq ft

Moon Royale:
1 lb per 200 sq ft

Moon Green:
1 Gal per 500 sq ft

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

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. 

 

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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

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Topics: Monthly Tips, Winter Landscape Tips, Winter Planting