Happy Earth Day!

Posted by Jessica Downs on 4/22/2019

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Moon Valley Nurseries has been growing trees for decades and we love knowing that we are making such a big difference in our communities because of all our trees from our farms to the nurseries to the ones planted in our customers homes!

Earth Day has been celebrated on April 22nd for the last 49 years, since 1970! It is recognized and celebrated in almost 200 countries across the world.

What is Earth Day?

Earth Day is an annual event that we celebrate to bring awareness and support for environmental protection across the globe. This day was founded in 1970 by a Wisconsin Senator, and later the Governor of Wisconsin, Gaylord Nelson. He later went on to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom for his work focused on environmental issues.

To Learn more about Earth Day and how you can help, click here.

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Celebrate Earth Day and Transform your Yard with Moon Valley Superior Trees

Posted by Jessica Downs on 4/19/2019

One of our favorite days to celebrate and remember is Earth Day (it is April 22nd, by the way so don’t forgot to celebrate in your own way). It is like the holiday was made for us!

From the coasts of California to the Gulf of Mexico, we have been planting more trees than anybody else over the last 25 years. And we will keep planting them for years to come and growing into new territories.

Since 2010 alone, we have planted over 1.7 million trees!

Earth Day lands in a great time of year to help educate and inform people about the benefits of all the different types of trees. It is also a great time to plant trees!

With the weather we experience in early spring, our soil is warm and prepped for new trees. This helps acclimate newly transplanted trees quickly, which lessens any potential for transplant shock. The mild warm temperatures also create the perfect environment for your trees to get used to their new home and be prepared for the summer.

To celebrate Earth Day, we want to spotlight some of our favorite trees that do best when planted this time of year and that can transform your landscape in one day. Some of these are even exclusive only to Moon Valley. Keep reading to pick out your next tree!

Which Trees Will Transform My Yard this Summer?

Piru Queen Palm

PiruThe Piru Queen Palm is one of our most popular palms in Arizona. The Piru Queen was custom-made by Moon Valley Nurseries to be a stronger variety of other queen palm types. The difference is clearly obvious to Arizona residents because you guys are always asking for them!

Our Piru Queen Palms feature thicker and hardier trunks, which helps keep the entire palm stronger and healthier. The Piru Queen also has denser and greener fronds than other queen varieties, and produce fuller crowns, which helps create a more formal look and even more shade!  

Moon Valley Nurseries Piru Queen Palms can handle hot summers, cold winters, and windy days. This palm is supported by a narrow trunk, which makes it ideal to plant in tight spaces. It can grow as tall as a two-story home and looks great paired with smaller palms beside it such as the Sago Palm, Pygmy Palm, and Pindo Palm.

Purple Leaf Plum

purple plum in green yard 571xThe Purple Leaf Plum tree is one of our favorite flowering trees and right now is the best time to see them at their best! This tree produces a wealth of showy pink flowers in spring but can start to bloom sooner and last longer, depending on the weather.

And the color does not end there!

This remarkable tree also features exceptional dark purple foliage. Between the flowering season it has in the beginning of the year and beautiful purple foliage in the fall, this tree is the ultimate ornamental tree.

We recommend planting them in front yards, where they are sure to attract all the right attention from neighbors. We often plant them in pairs or more to line borders, gateways, and driveway entries in a colorful style.

They can also be planted in an orchard-like row to create a stunning privacy screen. These ornamental trees can make a bold and beautiful color statement no matter how you choose to plant them!

Ficus Nitida

Ficus Nitida - MultiThe Ficus Nitida, also commonly known as the Indian Laurel, is a beautiful dense shade tree that looks amazing and can be used in almost any landscape style and match any home.

The Ficus Nitida tree can handle the most intense summer heat and even grow healthy and strong in Yuma, one of the hottest cities in the hottest state (even if it’s just a dry heat).

Because of its durability, beauty and massive amount of shade it provides, the Ficus Nitida has become our top selling tree in Arizona and other southwestern states. People are always talking about our Ficus!

Ficus columns, when planted in rows, make great hedges that are commonly used as a privacy screen. They can block unwanted views, nosy neighbors, and even flying objects - like golf balls from your friendly weekend golfer or baseballs from your young neighbors. 

Multi-trunk Ficus Nitida trees provide a wide umbrella of shade. Because of their unique trunk variations, this variety adds an artistic flair and can make a great tree for the kids to climb.

Evergreen Ash

evergreen ashMany people call this the Evergreen Ash tree and others call it the Shamel tree. Regardless of what your preferred name is, we all agree that this is a beautiful tree that stands out in a landscape.

The Evergreen Ash is a favorite waterwise, fast-growing shade tree perfect for just about any landscape in Arizona. A native to Mexico, this sun-loving tree can grow up to 40-feet tall and wide in just a couple of decades.

This tree will easily grow into a large canopy that provides a generous amount of shade. Simple to grow, this Ash is generally grown in parks, commercial areas, and can be seen adorning large landscapes or planted as a large ornamental tree in medium-sized yards.

At Moon Valley Nurseries, we created a better version of the Evergreen Ash strain. Our Evergreen Ash is stronger, more reliable, and more evergreen than other strains you find elsewhere.  

Crape Myrtle

crape myrtle-4The Crape Myrtle is our favorite tree to add color to a landscape and it is the number one selling flowering tree at Moon Valley Nurseries due to its ability to offer something for every season.

During the spring season, this tree really shines with its large clusters of flowers (nearly the size of a football) that bloom all over the foliage. The blooms can last a long time, sometimes even until late summer.

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 a top variety thanks to its optimal mildew resistance, which you will not find anywhere else.

Celebrate with Us This Weekend

Come by your nearest location and find all the trees on this list for yourself. Nothing compares to seeing them with your own eyes and standing in front of them to truly appreciate all their beauty.

Topics: Spring, Planting

Moon Valley Nurseries Farms Growing Custom Trees for 25 Years

Posted by Jessica Downs on 4/12/2019

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As we continue to celebrate our 25th anniversary of growing the best trees and designing thousands upon thousands of landscapes, we have to focus on our very own farms.

One fact that we are very proud of here at Moon Valley Nurseries is that we grow our own trees! We have been growing them since the very beginning and expanding ever since.

We have multiple farms in California, Arizona, and Texas growing almost every variety of tree that are in our nurseries. We spend a lot of time picking the right seeds to harvest and the right cuttings to grow to make sure we continue growing better and better trees.

Moon Valley Nurseries Tree and Plant Farms

Everything at Moon Valley Nurseries starts at our farms where we grow almost everything that you will find in our nurseries. Our farms are spread out across the southwestern states, giving us the opportunity to grow our trees in different climates and therefore continuously creating better and stronger trees.

We do a lot of things on our own, which makes our trees exceedingly better compared to other tree farmers in the country. All our farms use custom-mixed soils, custom-made planter boxes, and custom seed and grafting cultivation.    

Our unique process from the soil to the nursery is something that only happens at Moon Valley Nurseries. This has helped turn our nursery into one of the best in the country with top-quality trees and top-quality standards.

Custom Planter Boxes

FarmBoxUnlike most other tree growers in the world, we build our own planter boxes to grow our trees. Using a custom-styled box allows us to manage and protect the root system of all our trees and plants that we grow from day one.

When constructing our boxes, we use only the best quality materials. This will ensure that our plants are not being contaminated by using poor quality, and sometimes even dangerous, materials.

Our growing methods let us monitor the plants more closely and it lets us know that each plant and root system is getting watered and fertilized evenly as it continues to mature.

Seed Cultivation

Our growers are always looking for the healthiest trees to harvest seeds with the highest potential of success. Most of our cultivation happens with the mature trees in our farms but we never stop searching for new tree varieties!

Once we identify the best mother trees, our expert tree growers harvest all the seeds we can and take them to be planted in our greenhouses.

Sometimes planting a seed is not always the best way to grow a tree, depending on the variety. Another process we use is planting a cutting. A cutting is a small piece of the mother tree that is placed in water. It will eventually develop a root and be grown in the same way as the seed process.

By always growing new trees with our best mother trees, we are constantly making our trees stronger, bigger, and better!

Growing Procedure

FarmgrowingMoon Valley Nurseries has some of the strictest growing procedures in our industry.  Our expert growers put hours of time into taking care of the tree through every growing stage and season.

They monitor and maintain every task including watering, trimming, and fertilizing to create consistent optimal health.

We grow at such a large scale and with such precision because our customers expect to have hundreds, sometimes even thousands, of matching trees that will grow great in their homes or commercial projects.

Delivery to Nurseries across the Southwest

Once our plants have matured, they go right to a nursery where they are given the same care as they were getting at the farms.

We carefully load our trees and other plant materials into our trucks and tarp them to be delivered directly to our wholesale projects or our retail nurseries.  Once they arrive, they're carefully unloaded and placed in our inventory, so they are available to be hand-picked by our customers.

Moon Valley Specimen Trees

FarmseedlingWe have the largest and most beautiful trees in the country, all grown in our local climate so that they will thrive in your landscape. We have the biggest shade trees ready to plant and create shade in your yard right now.

With the sun staying out longer every day, your existing shade is starting to fade away. If you need some trees to block out the sun better, now is the best time to plant so that they have time to adapt to their new soil and location before it gets really hot!

What Happens Once our Trees are Delivered to the Nurseries?

FarmsdeliveryOnce our trucks deliver our trees to the nurseries, they are unloaded and placed into a quality custom irrigation system in the nursery. Each tree and plant are taken care of exactly how they were being taken care of at our farm.

Landscape Design Consultations

Bring in your ideas and photos of your yard to any nursery and an expert landscape designer will be waiting to help bring those ideas to life. When you come in, you can spend some time chatting with your designer and then they will walk you around the nursery.

This will let you see the trees yourself, feel them, smell them, taste them (we only recommend this with our fruit trees), and just get an overall feel for their size and impact!

Once you find the trees and plants that you love, we will tag them for you, so they don’t go walking away. After that part is done, we set up a delivery day that works best for you and get started on your new yard!

Want Us to Come to You?

We offer landscape consultations at your home as well! A designer can come out and get a fresh perspective on what you want and need for your yard. They can help answer your questions and walk the yard with you, flagging the locations of your new landscape materials.

Moon Valley Nurseries Featured Tree

Purple Leaf Plum

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The Purple Leaf Plum is a tree that you stop and look at every time you cross its path. It produces showy light pink flowers in spring and turns to an exceptional dark purple throughout its entire canopy in the fall.

Even once it has matured, the Purple Leaf Plum tree stays small. It is great to use as a colorful accent tree in tight areas. It also looks great when used as a focal point in small yards or patio homes.

These ornamental trees can make a bold, beautiful and lively statement planted by itself or in a row blending its color to make an eye-catching hedge-like display.

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Important Reasons to Take Care of Your Landscape All Year

Posted by Jessica Downs on 4/5/2019

Did you know that April is National Lawn and Garden Month?

Seems fitting since we have probably spent more time outside this month than in January through March combined. Our gardens, lawns, and landscapes have been keeping us busy these past few weeks and it’s a great thing! Not only is it good for us to spend some time outside getting some fresh air, but it’s good to spend time taking care of our yards too. Click here for more ways to celebrate this April.

At Moon Valley Nurseries, we encourage routinely taking care of your yard and keeping all your landscape materials as cleaned up, watered, and trimmed as they should be any time of the year. Whether you do the yard work yourself or have a professional come out and do it for you, consistent care of your yard provides important benefits every homeowner would want to capitalize on.

Three Benefits of Taking Care of Your Home’s Landscape

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Your Home Will have Massive Curb Appeal

The first thing that comes to mind when you think of curb appeal is probably a gorgeous house that immediately catches your attention as you drive by it. This is certainly a big reason that it is so significant when you are considering selling or renting your homes.

The house with the green, cut grass is probably going to look more inviting than a house with an overgrown lawn.

Taking care of the exterior of your home is not always for how other people might view your property. Many of us take immense pride in our homes and our landscapes and see them more as our personal retreats.

Regular Yard Maintenance makes for a Healthy Yard

I am sure we all know that in order for things to look nice and last for a long time, we have to take care of them on a regular basis. Our cars need an oil change every few months, our air conditions need tune-ups at least once a year, and our yard needs monthly care. Without it, avoidable problems start to appear and cause a lot of financial mayhem.

Staying on top of a schedule for a yard helps you better understand what your landscape needs season by season and you will be able to start taking care of things before they are ever serious problems.

Adds Financial Value to Your Home and Neighborhood

The last and most common reason people want new landscape designs or new landscape materials is because of the increased financial value that comes with the upgrade to your yard.

A whole new landscape will have the most effect on increasing the value of your home but even small changes such as colorful shrubs, new mulch, flower containers, or trimmed trees can help make a positive difference.

It is obvious when a yard has been meticulously taken care for over the years and the payoff is large. Not only does it increase your property value, but it can also boost the homes around you!

When to Call in a Landscape Professional for Your Home

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For homeowners that do all their landscape maintenance themselves, cheers to you! For the most part, many of the tasks that need to be completed when doing your own yard are manageable for 1-2 people. However, there will be times when you run into issues and you don’t have time to figure out yourself.

Some issues include damaged trees or plants from heavy storms, dying trees or plants due to sudden frost or sudden heatwave, and major pest damage. Not every homeowner will be able to catch these issues while they are still small and will need the help of a professional service to fix them.

Why You Should Let the Landscape Pros Handle Your Yard

Using a landscape service consistently has extreme benefits for your yards. A landscape professional has experience and knowledge about your specific lawn, trees, and plants and also a good understanding of our region and how it affects the plant materials in your landscape year-round.

With the assistance of a professional, your landscape will get consistent and thorough attention. This extra TLC will keep all your trees and plants in top health as they will be trimmed and pruned, fertilized, and properly watered.

Consistent Trimming Stimulates Consistent New Growth

When a landscape pro is monitoring and taking care of your landscape on a regular basis, those trees and plants are getting trimmed and manicured for visual appeal and to help stimulate newer growth from the plant.

Constant Observation Means Your Landscape Pro Won’t Miss a Thing

Constant observation also allows them to see any discoloration in the leaves, issues with the bark, or holes in the foliage that obviously came from some hungry pests. Noticing these types of issues sooner creates a speedy recovery from the plant.

It is extremely important to make sure that everything in your landscape is being watered properly. Depending on what type of landscape you have, this alone could be a daunting task full of trial and error. (By the time you start to figure out what works, the weather has probably started to drastically change again.)

A landscape professional will be able to handle this without a problem and you won’t have to worry about it at all!

Moon Valley Professional Tree Care Services

Giving your trees a trim or fertilizer injections that go straight to the root will have them ready and healthy when the heat skyrockets in these next few months.

Click below to receive a special offer on all tree care services.

Moon Valley Tree Care

Call our tree care team today and ask about which of your trees should be trimmed and fertilized now!

Moon Valley Nurseries Featured Tree

STONE FRUIT TREES

Stone fruit trees can produce some of the loveliest flowers and are excellent landscape trees for privacy screens or for merely adding beauty to your landscape. Moon Valley Nurseries sells low-chill variety stone fruit trees that have great fruit production in our climate. Below are some of our recommended stone fruit trees for Arizona.

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These easy-to-grow trees can bloom a lovely sight of light pink flowers, creating a lovely backyard scene through the spring season. Nectarine trees are small deciduous trees that are ideally suited for growing in a small yard or patio garden. Their smaller size also makes them ideal for group and row planting in larger yards.

Peach Tree

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These peach trees love to grow in the Phoenix area! They can bloom showy, light pink flower bouquets before bearing mouth-watering, juicy fruit! In addition to the tasty fruit and their beautiful flowers, we also like to use them to create a screen that can block unwanted views.

Plum Tree

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These low-chill fruit trees are easy to grow and can enhance the look of any landscape, with or without fruit! Plum trees are self-fruitful and have a stunning show of white flowers. These flowers will create an extra allure to your trees while they are blooming in the months of spring. Plant them in full sun and watch this tree flourish in fruit and flowers for years.

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Best April Landscape Tips to Keep your Yard Healthy this Month

Posted by Jessica Downs on 3/29/2019

Not sure what to do for your landscape in April or where to get started?

Purple Leaf Plum AZ landscapeThe April landscaping chores are a lot like what you were (hopefully) doing last month, except you may have noticed more growth in your yard, good (flowers) and bad (weeds)!

If you have been keeping up with your yard as we went into spring than you are doing great! If you have not, you should definitely jump on it now and get control of your landscape.

Not only will your yard look better, it will be healthier. Spring is the time for all your trees and shrubs to be at optimal health to have a great summer growing season.

Pull Those Weeds

Unfortunately, most of us don’t have time to pull every weed that emerges from the ground, so our yards have been taken over by all different types of weeds. Some might even be getting so mature they are blooming into tiny flowers and giving you mixed feelings about ripping them out of the ground. Don’t be fooled, they are the worst!

Nobody wants to be pulling weeds in the summer with the sun beating down on them or in the dark, trying to avoid the sun. Using pre-emergent products that we carry at all nurseries will keep your yard weed-free. Be sure to ask our experts about how to use them and which product is best for your landscape.

We know it’s not fun, but it only gets worse from here!

Fun suggestion: If you have kids (or can borrow some kids), pay them a quarter for each weed they pull out (root and all).

Problem solved!

Plant! Plant! Plant!

With new seasons coming in and more focus on your landscape in the last few months, now is a great time to take a look around and see what might be missing in your yard. Look for areas that might need more shade during the day. This could be a great place to plant a tree with a large canopy. Pay attention to rooms in your home that might be hotter than other rooms. The sun is probably shining on those walls longer throughout the day. Some extra cover from trees and plants just outside the wall will make a noticeable difference!

This time of the year creates perfect conditions for planting from healthy soil that is just the right temperature to healthy trees that can handle being transplanted and adapt to their new environment at a much quicker pace.

Always be Watering

You will need to keep watching your plants and trees to know if you should adjust your watering schedules this season. The weather is constantly changing in the springtime and the temperatures can rise quickly here so you should also be checking and changing your watering schedule every few weeks.

We cannot stress how important it is to look at the temperatures. You might need to water for longer intervals soon but in just a few weeks you might also need to start watering an extra day out of the week.

When watering, allow the hose or drip system to apply the water slowly over a longer period of time. This allows the water to penetrate beneath and reach all areas of the roots. For more information, check out our watering guide.

MVN Watering Guide!

Feed with Fertilizer

We know we say this a lot but that should show just how important it is to fertilize and stay on top of a fertilizing schedule for all your landscape materials. Fertilizer is food for your plants. It is the difference of surviving another season malnourished or thriving in it like a champ!

Fertilize the material in your landscape to give your trees and shrubs a boost and capitalize on the prime growing season.

Moon Valley Nurseries has developed highly specialized blends of fertilizer like Super Charged Moon Juice and Super Palm Juice, which are designed to trigger and stimulate growth responses. These fertilizers also supplement the essential micro and macro nutrients that plants need to thrive in our climate.moon juice shrubs

Trim and Prune

You will want to give your trees and plants a nice trim before it gets too hot outside. Pruning not only helps develop strong crowns and branches but also promotes strong root growth.

After pruning, be sure to fertilize with Moon Juice to get much-needed nutrients into the tree. Because when you prune, you're essentially wounding the tree, so feeding it with fertilizer is a great way to make sure the tree will bounce back sooner and stronger.

Moon Valley Tree Care

Now is still the best time for tree care services for your yard. The weather is perfect for your trees to get taken care of and be strong for the summer.

 

Featured Tree - Purple Leaf Plum

 

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The Purple Leaf Plum tree is a great addition to a yard for its many qualities. Their dark red/purple foliage, whiteish/pink flowers and medium-sized growth rate makes this tree an awesome ornamental choice for front and back yards.

With full sun, the leaves will turn a rich purple throughout the seasons, but the leaves may grow green when planted in the shade.

For design purposes, the unique coloring will add exciting contrast to a greener yard. Keep this tree in mind when you are planning a Japanese or contemporary design.

Let Moon Valley Nurseries help you with your Yard!

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Click here to check out what our team can do for your landscape.

Call the designer for your area or fill out the form at the link so we can reach out to you.

Let us do all the hard work! 

Topics: Monthly Tips, landscape tips, Spring

Spring Planting Season Starts Now!

Posted by Jessica Downs on 3/22/2019

fallplantingThe 2019 spring season is now officially here, and the weather could not be more perfect! Most of you are probably enjoying spring training games, going camping, and having barbeques in the back yard this time of year. Since you have been spending more time outside, you may have been looking closely at your own yard and starting to think of ways to update the landscape.

First things first - make sure you are taking care of your existing landscape. Right now, we are offering a special deal on all our fertilizer products. Click below to get the coupon you need to get 4 fertilizer products, such as our SuperCharged Moon Juice and Super Palm Juice, for only $119!

4 for $119 Fertilizer Coupon

What do you see when you look around your yard right now? You could add some trees that offer shade to certain parts of your yard or add bright shrubs or flowering tree to add some diversity to a bland area. You might notice you can see your neighbor’s window more than you thought before and need a tree to block that view!

Keep reading to see which trees our Arizona nursery experts recommend for planting in the spring. Don’t forget we have trees in all different sizes. If you want to start enjoying your tree sooner, ask us about all of our specimen-sized trees.

Which Trees are Best for Spring Planting?

Purple Leaf Plum Tree

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The Purple Leaf Plum tree produces an abundance of showy light pink flowers in spring and features exceptional dark purple foliage. Because this tree stays small, it is great to use as a colorful accent tree in tight areas. It also looks great when used as a focal point in small yards or patio homes. These ornamental trees can make a bold, beautiful, and lively statement no matter how you choose to plant it! 

Shamel Ash Tree

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This is the perfect park-style tree that offers large amounts of shade and is very easy to grow in almost any landscape style. The Shamel Ash has large leaves and is a fast-growing variety that will help cool your home and add more shade to your yard. No matter where you plant this attractive water wise tree, you can expect years and years of comfortable shade and beauty.




Pygmy Date Palm

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Its versatility and small size allow the Pygmy Date palm to be planted in tight spaces making them perfect around pools, patios, courtyards, and in containers. The Pygmy Date can be grown in shade and its roots are non-invasive. This allows it to be a fantastic option for planting under larger palms or trees, in between palms, or in a cluster. This stunning palm features multiple trunks of varying height or it can be grown with just a single trunk.



Ficus Nitida

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This evergreen tree performs well in any landscape and almost any environment. It creates a very dense canopy of thick, rounded dark green leaves all year that create a very dense shade. Trees like the Ficus Nitida, can keep your cooling costs down in the summer and give you proper overall shade on your property. This very clean tree handles the heat very well and can be pruned to any shape. We offer three different variations of Laurel: Single-trunk, multi-trunk, and column.

 

 

Brazilian Pepper Tree 
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This vibrant evergreen is certain to give any landscape year-round attractiveness. The Brazilian Pepper tree is a beautiful tree that is known for its compound leaves and shiny red berries.  The silky, dark green leaves create a wide-spread awning that creates an abundance of shade. This is a perfect choice for the Arizona desert environment due to its love of heat and its drought tolerance. Available in both single or multi-trunk varieties, Brazilian Pepper trees are water-wise and require little water once established. 

 

Let Moon Valley Nurseries Help with Your Tree Care

Your trees are definitely starting to grow more every day, leaf by leaf. This is a great time of year to get your trees taken care of for the summer. Giving your trees a trim or fertilizer injections that go straight to the root will have them ready and healthy when the heat skyrockets in these next few months.

Click below to receive a special offer on all tree care services. Call us or fill out our Tree Care form and we will contact you.

Moon Valley Tree Care

Call our tree care team today and ask about which of your trees should be trimmed and fertilized now!

Benefits of Planting in Spring

· Add Shade and Privacy

Now that the sun is out longer, you might notice that your yard could use more shade or privacy so that you can hang out comfortably any time of the day.

· Ready for Summer

We recommend planting mature trees in spring so that you can enjoy the benefits from them immediately. Planting them now will also help the trees roots establish themselves in the soil. Root establishment will keep your tree strong during the summer.

· Many Trees to Choose from

Now is the time to go visit your nearest nursery! We have truckloads of trees being delivered daily daily from our farms to our Arizona locations, so we can guarantee that we have your future tree (if we don’t, we will find it for you!).

Looking for New Pottery for the New Season?

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Click below to receive your special offer on all pottery found in our nurseries. You can update your yard with new pottery and containers perfect for planting new shrubs or small trees.

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We have all types, colors and shapes so you will be sure to find a few things that you like. We even have dinosaurs hanging around some of the nurseries!

You Buy it, We Plant it!

We are one of the only nurseries around that can take on every aspect of the design process for our clients from beginning to end. Our designers are available at every location with the knowledge and experience to take your dream yard and turn it into a special outdoor reality! Not only do we offer design services to set up your new yard, we have our own dedicated crew of professional planters to deliver and install all your new trees and plants.

 

Spring Landscape and Garden Tips

Posted by Jessica Downs on 3/15/2019

backyardWe are only days away from entering the spring season (it officially starts March 20th). For Arizona, our spring season is even looking to match up with the rest of the country’s schedule! We have had rain consistently over the last few months, and it’s even been raining this week. With all that rain and the sunny days showing up off and on, you might see that some parts of your landscape, if not all, are already starting to noticeably grow again.

Spring is the time of year when your lawn, your trees, your shrubs, your roses – almost everything in your landscape comes back to life. This is also the best time to start prepping your yard.

Prepping, cleaning, and feeding your landscape now lets you take control of the growth before it gets out of hand and makes yard maintenance so much easier in the summer months when its too hot to be outside doing anything, let alone yard work!

We have put together an overview of landscape tips we recommend for spring in Arizona. For more detailed information, check out our monthly landscape tips on our blog, like our tips for March.

Everything Grows in Spring

Unless it is already happening in your yard, you will soon see lots of activity with new growth from your shrubs, the flowers blooming, butterflies and hummingbirds visiting, and the grass (and weeds) growing overnight.

Spring is the busiest time of the year for yard maintenance and we want to make sure we help you out, so you have the healthiest and best-looking yard all spring.

Landscape To-Do List

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April

In April, you will probably continue to see weeds pop up in your yard and your lawn. We recommend pulling them as soon as you see them, so they have less time to drop their seeds. Once you clear out the weeds in your yard, it is good to get into a routine of using pre-emergent herbicides to lessen weed growth.

Now that the sun is out longer we can start to trim our trees and shrubs, especially if any of them have been damaged by frost this past winter. Once trimmed, fertilize the trees and shrubs.

Spring is an excellent time to plant any desert landscaping materials, new citrus trees, shrubs, and ground cover.

May

By May, our average temperature will be in the mid-90s. This is an important month to make sure your watering schedule is set up correctly. The rise in temperature will quickly let you know which plants need more water. Stay on top of this because the next few months only get hotter and can cause some severe damage if your landscape is not watered properly. Water slowly and water deep!

Continue to look for weeds and pull them out as soon as possible. By now, weed growth should be slowing down and not be such a nuisance to homeowners.

June

June is the first month of the year where the hot sun can start doing some real damage to your landscape. Continue to check your plants and trees to see if their water intake needs to be adjusted.

If you have young, newly planted trees, you might need to protect the trunk from sunburn. Reach out to one of our nursery professionals to discuss how you can protect your trees better and which of your trees might need extra attention.

Adding mulch around plants that are sensitive to heat will help keep moisture around the roots and keep it cooler throughout the day.

Lawn To-Do List

April

If you seeded your lawn with Rye grass for the winter, this is the time of year to transition back to your Bermuda grass, if it has not happened already.

Cut your lawn short to assist in the transition. Re-adjust your sprinklers or watering system as the temperatures increase throughout the month.

May

Your Bermuda grass should be back and ready for fertilizing! We recommend fertilizing before it gets too warm.

Your watering schedule will need to increase by this month. Once we hit triple digits your lawn might even need daily watering, preferably early in the morning or soon after the sun sets.

June

Be sure to monitor your lawn and increase its water intake as needed. The temperatures will be over 100 degrees daily, so your lawn will need more water. Every yard is different, so you will have to find out what works best for you to have the healthiest lawn!

Shrub Ideas for Spring Planting

Below are some suggestions from our landscape designers that are great for spring planting and popular for Arizona landscapes. We even have an awesome offer on all our pottery, so you can plant your new shrubs in your new landscape decor!

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Bring the awe-inspiring look of sea coral to a dry landscape! Sticks on Fire have an interesting and unique coral structure that gets better looking in stressful situations! They can explode with color from winter to summer - bright fiery red/orange and green colors go back to a lighter green hue. We like to use them in rock gardens and as a beautiful addition to beds and borders.

 

Indian HawthornIndian Hawthorn

This shrub looks good almost anywhere it’s planted! It stays small and grows slowly, which means it can keep the same look with very little maintenance all year long. Indian Hawthorn grows in a perfectly round form and produces pink and white flowers every spring. Because it is an evergreen plant, they are amazing to plant as small hedges and borders.

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One of the most versatile plants for any landscape, the Cape Honeysuckle has bursts of bright orange, trumpet-shaped blooms. This shrub trims into a medium to large bush or hedge and is frequently used as a vine to cover posts or fences. Cape Honeysuckle thrives in well-prepared soil with good drainage. Be sure to water moderately and fertilize with Moon Dust mid-spring through early fall to keep them looking their best.

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This evergreen shrub has become more and more popular in the southwest because of how durable it is and how many different forms it comes in. Depending on your landscape needs, you can add upright, ground cover, or trailing rosemary into your design. It can produce flowers that grow blue, white, pink, and purple that have a defined aroma.

 

Moon Valley Nurseries Tree Care

Moon Valley Nurseries is proud of all our trees we grow for our customers, and we don’t stop after we sell them. We have our own skilled tree care team that can trim, fertilize, stump grind, or remove your trees. Click here to get more information and reach out to us with questions or to schedule a consultation.

25 years of Moon Valley Nurseries and How We Got Started

Posted by Jessica Downs on 3/8/2019

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This year commemorates a significant milestone for Moon Valley. We have been growing trees, creating and rebuilding landscapes, and changing lives for 25 years!

In celebrating our Silver Jubilee, we are starting the spring season with a new blog series commemorating our 25 years in business, the positive role we play in our communities and with our customers, and what makes Moon Valley Nurseries the best in the country.

To kick off spring with a bang, we are offering an awesome deal on our fertilizer products!

4 for $119 Fertilizer Coupon

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Before Moon Valley Nurseries

The beginning of Moon Valley Nurseries started way before our first store opened its doors. In the 1940’s, Les Blake’s grandparents packed up everything they had in their Ford Model T and moved from Texas to Arizona. Once they were settled in Phoenix, they traded in that Model T for 5 acres of citrus and fruit trees and would go on to grow more varieties of trees and open nurseries run by the entire family.

Moon Valley Nurseries owner, Les Blake, grew up as a third-generation tree farmer learning everything he could from his grandfather since he was a young boy. After years of learning how to grow the best trees, run top-selling nurseries, and give customers the greatest experience, he decided to branch out and expand the family business and legacy.

How Moon Valley Nurseries Started

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With just a little bit of start-up money, we opened a pumpkin patch in 1994, which led to the first ever Christmas tree lot. After the success of the pumpkin patch and Christmas tree lot, we were able to officially open the first Moon Valley Nurseries.

The first store opened in the Moon Valley neighborhood in North Phoenix, hence where we found our name, and it did not take long before we become the nursery to go to for the Central Arizona region.

We soon focused on building more farmland to grow more of our own trees and now grow almost every tree you find in our nurseries from the Pacific coast of California to Houston, Texas.

How Moon Valley Nurseries Has Grown

After 10 years in Phoenix, we had grown from one store in North Phoenix to seven stores across the Valley of the Sun and we were not stopping there! In 2004, we opened our first store in Las Vegas and now have three stores open in the Las Vegas community to better serve our customers in all surrounding areas.

By 2010, we were up and running in Southern California and Texas. Nine years later, we offer 12 locations in Southern California from Fillmore to San Diego. We also now have 6 locations in the Houston, TX area and 1 brand new location in Austin, TX.

 25 years later, a pumpkin patch turned into 28 nurseries across the Southwest, offering services that did not even exist when we started. These unique services are the staple of our nurseries and make us one of a kind in the industry!

The Future of Moon Valley Nurseries

Keep reading to see what we are up to in your neighborhood this year!Tatum-1

Arizona

This year, we will be having a Grand Re-opening at our Tatum nursery in Phoenix. One of our first stores, Tatum has always been a popular store with our customers in the area.

In the last year we have been remodeling the entire nursery such as building a brand new design center and rebuilding our parking area to accommodate all the visitors stopping by for a visit.

For the 19th year, Moon Valley Nurseries has been voted as the #1 nursery in Arizona!  

California

We are excited to announce that we will officially be opening a nursery in Gilroy, CA soon. Located in Northern California, we are finally able to offer our customers in the area a store of their own!

Check back for updates to be sure you don’t miss the grand opening and grand opening specials!

Nevada

For all Las Vegas residents, be sure to check out our Charleston nursery in Central Las Vegas. We are almost done with a complete remodel of our design center that better serves our customers when they come in for design consultations and planning!

Texas

We have been busy in Texas! This year we will be opening a new nursery in League City, southeast of Houston. This nursery will expand our reach in the area to be able to help more residents in the Houston metropolis with all their landscape needs.

Moon Valley Nurseries is now officially in Austin, TX and have appreciated how welcoming the Austin community has been and cannot wait to continue growing positive relationships with our customers.

Visit a nursery today and keep checking in to see what surprise specials we will be offering all year long to give thanks to our loyal customers that have gotten us here.

We can’t wait to see what the future has in store for us!

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Popular Ways to Use Your Stone Fruit

Posted by Jessica Downs on 3/8/2019

Benefits of Growing a Personal Fruit Garden

Backyard farming and gardening have become a popular hobby over the last decade. There are many reasons that could factor into the huge upward trend of growing our own food these days such as convenience and safety. With the constant concern about what is being used to grow our fruit at a commercial level, people have slowly been turning into their own grower.

Some popular reasons homeowners are planting their own fruit trees are because:

  • Homegrown fruits are higher in nutrients,
  • You can choose to use little to no pesticides,
  • Growing your own food saves on grocery bills,
  • Gardening gets you outside more and increases your physical activity.

While those reasons are all great on their own, there are still even more benefits to your private orchard. On an environmental level, fruit trees provide shade and privacy to your yard, most waste can be used for composting, and each tree provides enough oxygen for two people and cleans the air around your home at the same time!

Since we are a nursery that grows our own trees, we understand the need to know where our trees have been and how they have been taken care of since they were seedlings. Because of this, we make sure that every fruit tree is in optimal health so that you can be guaranteed that you are getting the best tree for your yard.

The health of your tree leads to the health of your fruit and we want to make sure that Moon Valley stone fruit trees are always able to give our customers the best fruit production.

Tasty Stone Fruit Treats

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Plum Curd

If you harvest your plum trees this year and have too many plums left over, making Plum Curd is a great and different way to use your harvest. The most popular fruit to use when cooking curd is usually lemon but plums have higher fruit content and a taste that is not too overwhelming compared to the tartness of a lemon.

Get the recipe here to make your own Plum Curd.

Glazed Apple Critters

The name itself will probably get your mouth watering as you read it but that is only the beginning. Not only is this pretty much a donut with a surprise inside (the surprise is the apples) but this recipe specifically tells you to deep fry the donut!

Healthy? Probably not. Tasty? Definitely!

Be sure to get the recipe here.

Delicious Drinks with Stone Fruits

Pomegranate Mimosaspomegrante

If your tired of normal mimosas, or need a decorative drink for your events, a pomegranate mimosa will solve your problems. All you need is pomegranate juice, champagne, and some extra pomegranate seeds for added décor. It only takes 5 minutes to have your drink ready.

For the recipe for this drink, click here.

Strawberry Pomegranate Sangria

This recipe not only calls for the seeds of one entire pomegranate but 2 bottles of red wine. With both of those mixed up, this drink is another great option for fun events, such as summer get-togethers and pool parties!

For the recipe for this drink, click here.

Apricot Slush

There is not much to this drink. It is easy and delicious! This drink mixes apricots, pineapple juice, fresh lime juice, cherry syrup, and as much ice as you want to add. Blend all those ingredients together and enjoy!

For the recipe for this drink, click here.

Storing and Preserving your Stone Fruits

If you already preserve fruits and veggies, go you! It is not a common activity, but it is happening more now that many of us are growing our own foods. Canning, drying, and freezing are the most popular methods used.

To can your fruit, place it in airtight jar, fill the jar with boiling water with an inch of room left at the top of the jar, and close the lid. Canning can preserve your fruits for years.

To dry your fruit, set your oven on low and place your fruit on a pan. Place the pan in the oven with the door open so that the moisture is not trapped in the oven. Once dried, you can store them in a pantry.

To freeze your fruit, place them in plastic boxes or jars with thick glass in temperatures below zero. Freezing is the best method when you want to retain the original taste of the fruit.

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Moon Valley Nurseries Fruit Trees

Moon Valley Nurseries founder, Les Blake, has a long history with fruit trees. His grandfather began custom growing citrus and fruit trees over 50 years ago. Over these years, Les and his grandfather developed custom rootstock that is guaranteed to produce excellent tasting fruit and a plentiful harvest.

Come visit one of our many nurseries and see how decades of love and attention has led Moon Valley Nurseries to have the perfect fruit trees for our customers!

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March Landscape Tips for your Arizona Yard

Posted by Jessica Downs on 3/1/2019

Moon Valley Nurseries Yard March To-Do List

It is kind of hard to believe that it is already March, especially since Arizona was hit with lots of rain, and even snow! From Flagstaff to Scottsdale to Tucson and many other areas of Arizona - we either saw the snow with our own eyes or saw plenty of pictures all over Instagram!

None the less, spring is just a few weeks away and warm days are on the way. This is usually the time of the year where we recommend putting in a bit more effort toward your yard now. We are especially excited because all the rain that dropped on our yards is a bonus for helping our yards succeed sooner and stronger.

(As we recommend using our SuperCharged Moon Juice after a rain storm, I personally can’t wait to use it in my yard!  Anybody else excited? You will be! More on Moon Juice later in the post.)

Below are a few tips and tricks every yard can benefit from this month…

Landscape Clean-Up

Weeding

While you may not have seen too many weeds growing in your yard during the winter, the warmer weather (and all that rain) will give them the boost they need to pop out of your soil and grow inches overnight.

When weeds are young, it is a smart idea to remove them before they become established. Once they have grown, they can start dropping seeds and that leads to more weeds! Most people do NOT want to pull weeds ever, but I am sure they would rather pull them now, while it is still cool outside, than later.

When you pull all the visible weeds in your yard, using pre-emergent products will help keep your yard weed-free. Consistently using pre-emergent herbicides will make your yard a piece of cake to take care of, which you will be thankful for as the temperatures hit triple digits.

Every Moon Valley Nursery has pre-emergent products available for you to purchase and nursery pros that can help you pick the right products for your specific needs.

Pruning/Trimming

This time of the year is the best time to prune your trees for shape and shade before they experience spring growth. Pruning not only helps develop strong crowns but also promotes strong root growth. After pruning, be sure to fertilize with Moon Juice to get much-needed nutrients into the tree as it recovers from its haircut.

Arizona Tree Care Service

If you are looking for some tree care advice, suggestions, or need some professional tree care help, check out our Tree Care page.

Right now, we are even offering a discount off any of our tree care services such as trimming, removal, soil fertilizer injections, and more!

Recover and Regrow

Our certified Tree Care team can help your landscape recover from the recent storms and any frost damage your trees may have sustained in the last few weeks. This is the best time of year to focus on your trees, so they are healthy and booming this spring! Click below for more information.

Moon Valley Tree Care

 

Landscape Prep

Fertilizing

Fertilize your landscape to give your trees and shrubs a boost and capitalize on the spring growing season. I am sure you have already started to notice the changes in your yard, or you will be seeing them very soon!  

Moon Valley Nursery has developed highly specialized blends of fertilizer like SuperCharged Moon Juice and Super Palm Juice which are designed to trigger growth responses and supplement the essential micro and macro nutrients that plants need to thrive in the Western United States.

4 for $119 Fertilizer Coupon

(Print coupon and bring to your nearest nursery)

Check out all our fertilizer products here and learn more about which ones are right for your yard.

Planting

With all the rain that has fallen across Arizona, it is a great time to plant new trees and shrubs. The soil is hydrated and enriched from the recent rains, which makes planting easier and creates a calmer transition and less shock for your plants as it grows accustom to its new home and becomes established in your soil.

Landscape Maintenance

Watering

This time of the year usually kicks off the start of longer and warmer days. It is important to keep an eye on your current watering schedule and start to transition from winter to spring as everything on your landscape will probably need more water soon, if not already! 

For specific information on watering schedules, click here to learn more about the watering needs for your new and mature trees.

Lawn Care Tips for your Yard

If you let your grass go dormant through winter, you have probably noticed it is slowly coming back. If you haven’t seen any new growth, there is still time! If you planted winter grass, you might be noticing that it is starting to die away and that is okay! The transition in your lawn is starting, whether it’s visible yet or not, and the little things we do now will make a big difference (and save you lots of work later) in the long run. It will also give you more time to enjoy your yard and entertain more this year. We have put together a few tips to help you focus some attention on your lawn this month.

  • Removing and preventing weeds from your lawn is the first step to bringing it back to perfect health.
  • Remove any thatch on your lawn that you can see to help get water and nutrients deeper in the soil and grass roots.
  • Aerate your grass to loosen the soil and allow for water, nutrients, additional grass seed, and fertilizer to get all the way to the roots.
  • Fertilize your lawn with our Moon Royale Turf Fertilizer to bring back that healthy green lawn that has been dormant all winter.
  • Water your lawn, as needed for your yard. Be sure to start paying attention to your lawn this time of year so you can adjust the watering schedule depending on how quickly the weather starts to change.

 

Suggestions for Trees to Plant in March

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This vigorous tree can add fantastic color to any type of landscape. This tree produces white flowers in late winter and early spring and grows as a small to medium tree, so it can be planted almost anywhere. Even without blooming flowers, this tree has a unique look that everybody will notice. 

 

 

PalmsMex Fan Palm

Almost every palm is ready to go and get planted this time of year. Our Mexican Fan Palm and Date Palm trees are perfect examples of palms ready for planting now! These palms are easy to care for all year and add instant tropical vibes to your landscape, especially if you have a pool! While it is not illegal to own a pool with no palms, it’s just not fair to the pool.

 

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This highly sought-after shade tree is easy to maintain and grows fast, so you will be covered in shade in no time! Our Majestic Ash trees are grown specially by Moon Valley Nurseries as a seedless variety, which means no mess! This will definitely impress your neighbors that have to deal with seeds all over the driveway.

 

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Ready to start growing your own food? Planting citrus or stone fruit is the best way to start. These trees are easy to take care of and yet they give you so much! Citrus and Stone fruits handle March planting like champs. Some of our favorite citrus and stone fruits to plant now are oranges, lemons, peaches, plums, and apples. I can go on and on, but we recommend just coming to a nursery and seeing all the varieties with your own eyes. We will even let you pick some and taste it yourself!

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This deciduous tree produces an abundance of showy light pink flowers in spring. It also features dark purple foliage that helps to make it an ideal accent tree. We like to plant them in front yards, where they are sure to attract all the right attention, or in rows as an eclectic border option. These ornamental trees can make a bold and beautiful color statement no matter how we choose to plant them!

 

THE MOON VALLEY DIFFERENCE

We love that we can offer our customers a one-of-a-kind experience at our nurseries. We truly do it all from growing the trees to helping you create the best landscape to making sure that landscape stays in perfect shape for you to enjoy for years to come.

Visit us this weekend to check out all the trees we have to offer and find the best fit for you.

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