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The Best Trees of Winter

Posted by Felipe Benavides on 12/6/2017

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Take Advantage of these Prime Planting Conditions!

Right now is the best time to plant the best trees of winter! Unlike much of the east coast, we get to experience mild weather, and since our soil does not freeze over, we have ideal conditions for beautifying our landscape with trees! In December, the soil can retain warmth even if the temperature outside starts to drop. And warmer soil is a boon for newly planted trees because it allows them to spend the winter months establishing their root system.

We recommend planting all kinds of trees and plants so that you can take advantage of the prime planting conditions this time of the year offers. With that said, we compiled a list of a few of our best trees of winter! 

 

Best Trees of Winter to Plant Now

Evergreens are the right choice for anyone looking to add a tree that can provide privacy as well as shade, all year long! And though the weather feels comfortable today, once spring and summer arrive and the temperatures start to soar, you’re really going to appreciate those evergreen trees you planted in the winter! Evergreen trees can produce more than their fair share of oxygen to help lower our carbon footprint, and they can be a stylish addition to any landscape. Moon Valley Nurseries has been growing trees for over 20 years with hundreds of varieties for our area to choose from! Here are a few of our best trees of winter that are sure to bring curb appeal!

Brazilian-PepperBrazilian Pepper (Schinus terebinthifolius): These evergreens can grow to be medium to large trees with an umbrella-shaped canopy that provides a perfect shady spot in any landscape! These are picturesque trees that bring out the festive mood in the winter when showy bright red berries appear, contrasting beautifully with the dark green foliage. This wintertime bloomer is an excellent tree any time of the year! We have them available in a single trunk or multiple trunk forms so visit your nearest Moon Valley Nurseries location to see these colorful evergreen trees for yourself!

 

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Fruitless Olive (Olea europaea ‘Wilsonii'): Fruitless olive trees are perfect for adding interest to any landscape, and since they are fruitless, we can grow them in Arizona and Nevada too! These are medium-sized evergreens that can be used as a focal point in any landscape and with nighttime landscape lighting installed, you can highlight the structure of these trees often dubbed as “living sculptures.” Of course, if it’s shade you’re after, rest easy knowing that this Olive tree variety can bring plenty of shade to your landscape! And for our Southern California customers, we have beautiful fruitless and fruiting olive trees available right now!

 

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Live Oak (Quercus virginiana): These evergreen trees are native to the Western U.S. and are an excellent choice for landscapes throughout the Southwest! Live Oaks have a long-life span and attract small wildlife too, so if you love the sight of birds, we recommend installing bird feeders and owl boxes. We like to plant them in rows so that they can create a natural privacy screen! These trees are also hardy and able to tolerate extreme drought and windy conditions. Of course, it is also an excellent shade tree and one that is very clean and easy to maintain. This majestic beauty is considered by many to be the best oak for planting.

 

Palms to Plant Now   

Palm trees are trademarks of the Southwestern landscapes. They have often been seen lining boulevards, in luxury resorts and upscale shopping centers and helping to create a backyard retreat so that you can feel like you are getting away from it all without having to leave the comfort of your home! Can you imagine what our landscape would look like without palm trees? Yea, we couldn’t either! Good thing we don’t have to imagine that because Moon Valley Nurseries custom-grows the best specimens, from hard-to-find-palms to the more common ones! Plant palm trees and enjoy the sunset while it creates an awesome silhouette without blocking too much of your view!

windmill_palmWindmill Palm (Trachycarpus fortunei): This small to medium-sized palm brings a tropical appeal to any landscape and is one of the most cold hardy palms you can find! These palms have a neat and small-scale size that makes them an excellent choice for small patios, narrow spaces, gardens, side yards, near swimming pools, or as a standalone specimen. Plant them close together in groups so that you can create one of the lushest hedges you can find. Transform your yard into a resort-style property and enjoy the calming nature of a Windmill Palm.

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Mexican Blue Palm (Brahea armata): Break up the greenery in your landscape with the stunning Mexican Blue Palm! This harder-to-find palm features dramatic silver-blue fronds all year long and creates flower plumes and golden braids of fruit in early summer that can make it a crowd pleaser in any landscape. We like to use them to create stunning vertical effects, and as one of the most impressive tropical hedges that you can find! If you’re looking for a palm that can add dramatic colors and textural color to yards, look no further than Brahea armata!

 

Yes, You Can Afford a Beautiful New Landscape!

It’s true! With easy financing available you can pay over time so that it cannot get any easier to replace the trees and plants the builders chose or create that private backyard retreat you have always dreamed of having! Have you tried our virtual landscape designer app? Give it a try, it’s fun, easy and a great way to visualize your new landscape with our premium quality trees and plants! Of course, you can always visit any of our nurseries and take advantage of our free landscape design consultations too. And with #freeplanting available on all box sized trees, you can relax while our professional planting crew does all the work. Come home to a beautiful new landscape today!

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Topics: Winter Planting, knowledge base

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. 

 

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

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Topics: Monthly Tips, Winter Landscape Tips, Winter Planting

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