‘Tis The Season for Christmas Trees

Posted by Jessica Downs on 12/7/2018

Moon Valley Christmas Trees are back

Moon Valley Nurseries is happy to offer our community the best Christmas trees once again this year! These are the freshest trees you will find anywhere – just come in and smell the difference! Our premium-quality trees are grown in Oregon on sustainable tree farms and cut to order. Then the trees start their journey from the Pacific Northwest to Arizona. We place them in our super cold trucks and express-ship them straight to our Christmas tree lots. From the moment they are harvested to the minute they go home with you; our trees are kept cool under burlap and stood up in a water basin to keep the foliage green and ready for decorations. Because they are available within days of harvesting and cutting, we can guarantee that you will have the freshest and most aromatic trees in town! You might even catch a glimpse of some Pacific Northwest snow on the trees when they arrive!

Not only do we offer the freshest trees at our Christmas lots, we have the best staff waiting to help you with the perfect tree for you. The moment you step on the lot, we are here to help you find the tree that fits your needs best. Once you have chosen your Christmas tree, our staff will cut and trim the tree, secure it to your vehicle, or even deliver it straight to your door for you!

TOP CHRISTMAS TREES

Noble Fir

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Key Features: Symmetrical, stiff branches, used to make wreaths and garland decorations, blueish-green needles with silver tint, most popular Christmas trees.

The Noble Fir is a holiday favorite for the Christmas season. Noble Firs are beautifully-shaped with symmetrical branches that make them ideal for hanging both light and heavy ornaments. The open branching also helps decorating go easier and faster than other trees. People also love them because of their longevity - their attractive bluish-green needles can be enjoyed throughout the Christmas season. Their stiff branches can also offer excellent greenery for wreaths and garland decorations.

At Moon Valley Christmas lots, you can find freshly cut Noble Fir trees as small as table tops and as tall as 20 feet. If you appreciate the aroma of a fresh-cut tree, you’ll love that we have the longest-lasting fresh-cut trees you can find in town. We make it easy to have the perfect tree that is ready to adorn your home with holiday spirit and Christmas cheer.

Douglas Fir 

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Key Features: Blueish-Green needles, soft needles, sweet fragrance, full body, great for tinsel decorations.

If you love the pleasing smell of a freshly harvested Christmas tree, you will love our Douglas Firs. This Christmas tree has a beautiful display of 1 to 2-inch green/blue-green needles that release the most potent fragrance of all other trees. The Douglas Fir is instantly recognized by the crisp, sweet fragrance and the needles that create a full, thick look. It is so thick that sometimes you can’t even see the trunk! Best part of this tree is that there is no such thing as over decorating thanks to their ability to hold a lot of decorations!

The Douglas Fir is the Christmas tree that plays a role in creating long-lasting memories and helps remind us of our own childhood. One look and a deep whiff of its scent and it’s easy to see why this is one of the most popular Christmas tree species in the United States! Moon Valley Nurseries has the Douglas Fir trees in nearly all sizes, from small table-top sizes to trees up to 15 feet tall.

Christmas Tree Care Guide

  • Make sure to find a perfect spot for your tree before you bring it home.
    • You will want to place your tree away from direct sunlight, air vents, and FAR AWAY from fireplaces. Trust us, it will be much easier to pick a spot before you have the tree!
  • Stand your tree upright immediately after arrival.
    • You will want to fill the water basin once the tree is secured. You can also purchase a professional tree preservative that you can purchase at our Christmas lots.
  • Check and fill the water
    • Check the water levels every few days and keep it filled with water and the tree preservative (if purchased). This is the most important step to keep you tree healthy through the holidays.

Find A Moon Valley Christmas Tree Lot Near You

Moon Valley Nurseries is proud to be able to offer our Arizona community the best Christmas trees in the state! We have eight locations across the valley from Peoria to Queen Creek and everywhere in between. Come by any day between 9 am to 9 pm and let us help you find the best tree for the best time of year!

Click here for Arizona location details and more!

Ask us about our delivery options!

 

The Perfect Yard Starts with the Perfect Hedge

Posted by Jessica Downs on 12/7/2018

Fall Hedge over Heels with Your New Yard

Hedges are great additions to your yard and useful for a number of reasons! They help reduce noise from roads, nearby parks, and loud neighbors. They block the view of two story homes around you. They also make incredible wind barriers and some of the larger ones can offer several feet of thick shade for your yard. Outside of their amazing practical uses, they also make classic looking property borders and impressive entryways when planted to lead up to your front door.

No matter what your reason is for considering adding hedges to your yard, I think we can all agree that they always look amazing, aesthetically enhance any outdoor space, and increase the value of the property. How could you resist your very own living wall?!

BUY 5 HEDGES, GET 1 FREE

Here at Moon Valley Nurseries, we love hedges and how awesome they can be when added to any landscape. From privacy to sound and weather barriers, our hedges are so versatile. On top of all that, they add instant appeal to your yard and some added value to your property. Who can say ‘no’ to all those incentives?

Come in and see our selection of hedge materials and get yours planted now! For a limited time, we are offering 1 free hedge for every 5 purchased.  

Don’t miss out - Check out the list below to pick out your favorite hedges and fall into savings!

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Best Hedges to Create Your Perfect Yard

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Ficus Nitida columns are our top sellers for use as a formal landscape hedge. They are fast-growing and evergreen, which means they stay green and thick all year long! These gigantic plants provide plenty of shade and perform great when planted along property edges for blocking the sun, noise, wind, and any unwanted views. The Ficus Nitida Column has lush, dense foliage and strong softwood branches. It can be pruned into almost any shape and handles our warmer summer months very well. Once established, these columns become very water-wise, which only adds to their appeal in the Southwest.

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Carolina Cherry

Native to the Southern region of the United States, the Carolina Cherry has become a popular choice when customers are looking for a hedge for their yard with a classic appeal. This hedge is great due to its minimal maintenance, natural vertical conical shape, and ability to tolerate heat, drought, and wind.

The Carolina Cherry is a small to medium-sized evergreen with dark green, shimmering wavy-edged foliage on brown thorn less stems. They can be easily sheared into a tall screen or sound barrier which make them a near-perfect option for many homes looking for privacy.

Italian Cypress

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This hedge shrub is often used for formal entrances, borders, and backdrops due to its impressive and unique look. The Italian Cypress is unmistakable with its lush green foliage and tall narrow vertical form. Italian Cypress thrive in sunny climates with minimal water, which makes them a popular choice for just about any landscape, especially when designing a water-wise landscape. These long-lived specimens of splendor are well suited to modern and Mediterranean designs. A big perk is how little space they take up in your yard and yet how big of an impact they make on your landscape.

 

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The Japanese Privet is an ideal choice for anybody who is looking for an evergreen, low maintenance shrub that is perfect for creating a living wall in your yard. This amazing hedge option grows quickly, which will help keep your hedge dense with foliage all year long. It grows oval-shaped shiny green leaves that have a leathery feel to them. The Japanese Privet produces small flowers in the late spring season that offers a temporary pop of color to your landscape. This shrub does well in our hot months and prefers partial to full sun.

 

The Moon Valley VIP Design Experience

Moon Valley Nurseries knows how time-consuming and stressful the design process can be when you tackle it on your own. We always try to help every step of the way from the instant you walk into our nursery to the moment we drive away from your freshly planted new yard! You can find our expert designers available at every nursery location for in-store and at-home consultations. From planning to free planting, we make sure we have everything covered to get your yard done fast and done right!

From dense shade to flowering hedges, we’re sure to have the perfect hedge for your landscape. If you have any questions be sure to contact one of our nursery experts at any of our Moon Valley Nursery locations. Don’t Hedge-itate on your new hedges!

 

 

 

December Landscape and Garden Tips

Posted by Jessica Downs on 11/30/2018

End of Year Care Tips to Keep your Yard Looking Great

 There is no doubt about it - we are lucky to get to live in the Southwest and enjoy such different and remarkable weather year-round. Arizona is especially awesome in the winter season for its amazingly pleasant temperatures. While the east coast is busy shoveling snow and scraping ice off their windshields all day, we get to enjoy the sun and all the great outdoor activities that Arizona has to offer, like hiking in our national parks or checking out the animals at the Phoenix Zoo.

We also get to enjoy the beautiful landscapes right around us and plant some new trees and shrubs - maybe do some more gardening! Because of our warm weather we get most of the year, this cooler time is a great opportunity for updating parts of your yard, or even the whole thing! We spoke with nursery experts and designers to bring you some tips, suggestions, and ideas below to keep you busy and keep your landscape healthy this winter.

Watering Tips

  • For Low Water varieties, water 1 time and do this every 10 days (New Trees, water 1x a week).
  • For Moderate Water varieties, water 1 time every 10 days (New Trees, water 2x a week).
  • For Tropical varieties, water 1 time per week (New Trees, water 2x a week).

We suggest that you continue watering your plants, but you will want to change the watering schedule to accommodate the changes in temperatures and potential rainfall that comes this month. Since the temperatures are cooler and there is less sunlight, the soil stays moist for a longer period so that you do not have to water as frequently. Make sure you are always watering deeply and allowing time between sessions so that the soil can have enough time to dry up. If the weather is exceptionally dry feel free to water your lawn, shrubs, and small trees occasionally. Monitor your lawn during the month. If you have any issues, call your nearest Moon Valley Nursery and we can help you with your specific landscape!

Click here to read more about our Watering Guide Schedule.

Fertilizing Tips

Using the proper fertilizer during this crucial time ensures that your landscape is regaining all necessary nutrients. Your landscape is getting a nice break from the heat now and it needs a bit of extra attention. Our Moon Juice is a great addition to your yard care routine. It can be used on all your trees, flowers, vegetables, and any other plants all year long in Arizona.

Click here for all our fertilizer products and see which ones best fit your lawn care needs!

Tree Care Tips

Avoid any major pruning during this time. Do not do any more major pruning to freeze sensitive varieties. Hacking or cutting away large portions will leave the tree exposed and susceptible to any potential frost damage.

Garden Tips

December is a good time to plant new roses, flowers, and other annuals into your garden. We suggest not watering roses this month, unless the temperatures are a bit warmer than usual.

Citrus and Fruit

We love helping people add citrus and fruit trees to their yard and this time of the year is when we suggest planting them! Our hot summer season has its pros and cons but one of the pros is how warm it heats up the soil and that warmth lasts long after the hot days are gone. Between that and the cooler temps overall, new citrus and stone fruit trees have the best chance for optimal root development while it establishes itself in the soil. You will be rewarded for this in the spring when you can start enjoying the tasty and healthy fruit right off the branch.

Our Fruit and Citrus trees are grown specifically in our local climate, so they are guaranteed to produce. With Moon Valley Nurseries, you can purchase Specimen-sized fruit and citrus trees at fruit producing age, so plant them now, so they are ready for next spring!

Moon Valley VIP Design Experience

At Moon Valley Nurseries we know how time-consuming and stressful designing your own yard can be when you try to tackle it all on your own. From the moment you walk into our nursery to the moment we drive away from your freshly planted new yard, we can handle every step of the design process for you. You can find our expert designers available at every nursery location for in-store consultations, or schedule an at-home consultation. Our designers can get your whole yard done from shrubs to trees, we do it all and we do it right! From planning to free planting on all specimen-sized trees, we make sure we have everything covered for you!

Moon Valley Christmas Trees are Back!

It’s that time of the year again where Christmas trees start migrating south and Christmas tree lots start popping up on every empty corner! At Moon Valley Nurseries, you will find the freshest trees around. We ship them to your nearest location the day it gets cut down and never let it sit without water. We have some of your favorite trees like the Douglas Fir and the Noble Fir, and many other types and sizes! Come by and pick out your Christmas tree soon. Click here for more information and a Christmas Coupon!

Moon Valley Recommendations for December Planting

Tipu Treetipu tree,  moon valley nurseries, landscape design

Because of its amazingly fast growth rate, the Tipu tree is a fantastic option for winter planting as the tree will establish its root system quicker and grow quickly in time to offer shade to your landscape. In the spring, the Tipu tree will show off a fabulous display of golden blooms mixed in with its layered canopy shape. These trees absolutely thrive in the warmer Arizona heat, most soils, and requires little upkeep throughout the year.

Majestic Ash Tree

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The Majestic Ash is an evergreen seedless variety that stays greener than other ash trees. Because these trees are low-maintenance and virtually pest-free, it makes them ideal for any yard or street plantings. This is the ultimate shade tree and Arizona can never get enough shade! If you're looking for a tree with 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.

 

 

Brazilian Pepper Tree

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One of our favorite evergreen trees for winter planting is the Brazilian Pepper. The Brazilian Pepper thrives in the desert and requires little care or maintenance, once established. Its red colored peppers (that are sometimes mistaken for berries) and dark green umbrella shaped foliage makes this a must have for any landscape. This beauty will even attract some birds and butterflies into your yard every once in a while!

 

Indian Laurel Columns

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These are one of the best trees you can plant for privacy from unwanted views, a sound barrier from your surroundings, and a great weather barrier. It’s easy to see why these are one of our best-selling trees! When properly placed around your home, these Hollywood-Style Hedges can provide enough shade to cool hot rooms and make an outdoor area more enjoyable for entertaining guests. Hedges will turn your space into the perfect yard!

 

 

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The Raywood Ash tree is a popular choice for the Arizona desert. It is known for its extraordinary display of dark red to deep reddish-purple foliage in the fall that gives any landscape a unique look for the season. During the summer, this ash offers much-needed shade with its large canopy. Its dark green foliage provides a sharp distinction to any landscape and looks great when it is planted as a focal point for a yard, where it can easily be admired.

 

 

Stop by and check out all our best trees for winter planting at any of our Moon Valley Nursery locations. Our nursery pros are available to handle any landscaping questions, requests, and needs you may have for your yard and get some #freeplanting started and get your whole yard done today!

 

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Moon Valley’s Absolute Evergreen Collection

Posted by Jessica Downs on 11/23/2018

Natures Privacy Screen - All Year. All Green.

If you are looking for a tree to add to your landscape that will stay green all year round, you want a Moon Valley Absolute Evergreen tree! Evergreen trees keep their green leaves throughout the year, providing much needed color to our landscapes. Whether your goals for your evergreens are for cooling your home in the summer, privacy from neighbors, or blocking unwanted views, Moon Valley Nurseries has you covered! Evergreen trees are a highlight to any yard with their year-round green foliage and low maintenance needs. These trees can stand up to heat waves and handle any water restrictions. Plus, these evergreens are sure to be a beautiful addition to your yard.

Indian Laurel

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There are many reasons why our Indian Laurel trees and columns are best sellers at Moon Valley Nurseries. They create instant shade, privacy, and curb appeal quickly (even faster if you get a specimen size!). The Indian Laurels are an amazing evergreen option that performs well in any landscape and will keep its dark, dense and lush foliage all year long. They handle the Arizona sun very well and are drought-tolerant, once established. They grow fast so it won’t take long to see their amazing traits in action. Once the Indian Laurel is at your desired size, you can prune it to almost any shape or size that is best for your landscape needs.

We offer three different variations of Indian Laurel: Single-trunk, Multi-trunk, and Column. All three forms are great choices to act as barriers for blocking sun, noise, and wind. The foliage is so dense, it could probably even stop a golf ball from going into your yard!

Brazilian Pepper

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The Brazilian Pepper tree is a gorgeous evergreen that is known for its merged leaves and shiny red peppercorns. This tree provides year-round shade and privacy with its thick and dark foliage and spreading canopy of crisscrossing branches that support its finely toothed and dark green oblong-shaped leaves. The Brazilian Pepper tree blooms eye-catching small red peppercorns throughout the fall, often mistaken for red berries. Its dark-green foliage and red color make it an extremely popular tree to plant in any landscape seeking instant color.

This tree is a great choice for planting in the Phoenix region because it loves the heat! Not only is it a great tree with an amazing pop of color, but it also attracts birds and butterflies to your yard for some fun entertainment.

True Tuscan Fruitless Olive

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Our certified fruitless strains and disease-free olives have grown their entire lives in the hot and dry inland climate at one of our own Moon Valley tree farms. Our growing process not only makes them a far more superior tree but one of a kind. They can grow to be medium-sized trees so that they are the perfect fit for any landscape! These evergreens can grow with a wide-spreading canopy, which makes them the ideal option to choose as a shade tree in your yard or even just as a silhouette against homes and fences. Fruitless Olive trees need full sun and can tolerate a variety of soils, including poor, stony, shallow soils, which makes almost any planting location possible! So, we like to plant them in a place where they are sure to add plenty of evergreen interest.

They also have an impressive multi-trunk structure that makes them an excellent choice for display by landscape lighting, where they add drama, curb appeal, and super cool shadows to any yard!

The Gift that Keeps on Growing

Ever get stressed out when you’re trying to think of the perfect gift for somebody that is going to be meaningful and long-lasting? There is nothing better than giving the gift of a new tree to somebody or gifting one to yourself! By gifting a tree, you are giving a one-of-a-kind gift to the persons in your life, truly making it a unique and personal choice. You can also feel good about gifting a tree for the positive effects it has on the world around it. Just one tree can make the air around it cleaner, therefore helping anybody that lives nearby.

Come by your nearest Moon Valley Nurseries location and check out our amazing selection of trees in all sizes and don’t forget about our #FreePlanting!

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The Many Possibilities of Landscape Styles

Posted by Jessica Downs on 11/16/2018

Which Landscape is Best for You?

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Starting a landscape design is both very exciting and very scary at the same time. With a potential 28% increase in property value, it is one of the best home projects to jump on! Getting started might be the hardest part with so many things to decide such as which plants you might want, if you want a lawn, if you want to entertain, what style you want, and soooo many more!

When you’re planning on designing a new yard or redesigning an existing yard, there are many factors to consider and it can get overwhelming fast. Influential considerations can be anything from pet ownership, kids playing in the yard, wanting to entertain outside, creating a relaxing place for you to escape to, and how much time you must give to your yard. You want to know that your new yard is going to not only fit your existing lifestyle but the one you might have 5...10...even 15 years down the road.

Moon Valley DESIGN PROCESS

Moon Valley Nurseries knows how time-consuming and stressful the design process can be when you tackle it on your own. We have always tried to help every step of the way from the moment you walk into our nursery to the moment we drive away from your freshly planted new yard! You can find our expert designers available at every nursery location for in-store and at-home consultations. From planning to free planting, we make sure we have everything covered for you!

Tropical

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The Tropical landscape style is one of the most popular designs for yard renovations. This design is known for full, tropical plants that can take you away to another world – the more plants you have, the closer to paradise you are! You can fill your yard with palms like Mexican Fan, Piru Queen, and Pineapple Palm to add breezy sounds into your yard that will make you think the beach is only blocks away. For some contrast to palms, the Indian Laurel (ficus nitida) tree not only does the job, but it makes for an impressive focal point for your yard as well. If are you also designing around, or near, a pool, it will only add to the tropical feel you create. While you might think a luscious green tropical yard would be a lot of work, think again. Palms are very strong and low-maintenance trees.

Mediterranean  

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While a Mediterranean styled landscape has similarities to a Classic style, such as neat rows and symmetry, that’s where the likeness ends. The biggest difference is that the Mediterranean style creates a vision of an old European countryside in the-middle-of-nowhere Greece or Italy. This style is great for a look that is simultaneously casual and sophisticated. To create some focal points in your yard, we recommend Mediterranean Fan Palm and Fruitless Olive trees. The latter also make amazing shade trees when spread throughout your yard or around borders. Roses and Oleander will add a bit of color and help break up the texture. The Oleander can even be used as a living wall to break up areas of the yard.

Classic

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The traditional look of the Classic style is the most common type of design used nowadays. As mentioned above, it shares some similar features to a Mediterranean yard such as creating mirrored symmetry and having tons of green foliage spread out throughout the yard. However, a yard with a classic style will have a more formal look than the others mentioned here. Trees we recommend to create a lush, green look are the Majestic Ash, Tipu, and Brazilian Pepper . These trees can also be planted so that they are focal points for the yard itself. This type of look is usually filled with plants to emphasize the greenery, but a splash of color never hurts! Tecoma shrubs will add a bit of color and be used as a small shrub or large hedge, depending on the variety.

Modern

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This style of landscape design has a history that goes back to the 1960’s, when the focus was more on linear design, clean cuts, and an overall organized aesthetic in the design. The modern design is at its best when it can be aesthetically pleasing AND functional at the same time and our Indian Laurel Columns (ficus nitida) check both of those boxes with their ability to grow into a large living privacy wall that can create walls in your yard or borders for your property. For some symmetrical ground covering and splashes of color, we also recommend planting ornamental grasses, such as Regal Mist or Purple Haze.

Our Tree Care team is always ready to help you out with any questions or concerns regarding tree removal, trimming, fertilizing, and more!

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 come by your nearest Moon Valley Nurseries locations and check out these trees! It’s not too late for #FreeFallPlanting

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November Landscape & Garden Tips

Posted by Jessica Downs on 11/9/2018

Get your Yard Ready for the Winter Holiday Season

This is the time of year when the weather is finally beginning to change in Arizona and shifting into winter. Some trees are starting to change colors as they adjust to the cooler winter temperatures and others are pushing out new growth all over the place! One of the most overlooked practices this time of year by homeowners is watering and fertilizing. Maybe because of the cool weather and lower temperatures, you think less effort is needed but these are the perfect conditions to care for your yard. The November weather creates an environment that allows for the most efficient root growth (and foliage growth, depending on what type of plant you have in your yard). The weather changing also means that you must update your watering schedule to match those changes.

Trimming

When you are starting to trim trees or prune plants make sure to only get rid of what is needed to clean them up or to trim them back for healthier growth. A good thing to look out for are any branches that are not doing so well that might be taking nutrients from other branches around them. Pruning those branches/sections will help keep the rest of the plant strong!

When you are trying to figure out how much you should cut off, a good rule of thumb is to get rid of no more than 20% of the tree or plant.

For assistance or answers to any questions you might have, please reach out to our expert tree care team at Moon Valley Nurseries!

Fertilizing

Fertilizing everything in your landscape and “hardening them up” as we say in the industry is a great way to give your landscape one last push through the upcoming winter months. Fertilizing your palms, shade trees, evergreen trees, flowering trees, and even your dormant trees now gives them the best chance of not only surviving, but thriving, through the cold winter. This extra attention will be worth it once the spring temperatures come back.

We recommend using our custom blended fertilizers for your landscape needs as they are specifically formatted for our soil and weather conditions.

Watering

During the cooler months it is important that you update your watering schedule and lessen the watering frequency. This allows trees, plants, and even your lawn 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 infestation from any insects that might be around.

It is important to still continue watering deeply each and every time you water and remember that different plants will require different watering frequencies.

Gardening

Fall and winter are great times to be planting your winter veggies and annuals in Phoenix. That’s plenty to keep you busy this growing season! These should all be planted or transplanted 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 will help them develop good strong roots through post production. 

Top 5 Trees Recommended for November Planting

Tipu Treetipu tree

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

Live OakLive Oak tree

When you want to add a lot of shade and beauty to your yard, you cannot go wrong with a Live Oak tree! They have dark green foliage and a wide-spreading canopy that can provide a refreshing and large shady spot in the landscape. Specimen sized trees are ideal for families – the limbs are just begging to be climbed and explored! You can also create a natural privacy screen when you plant a few of these gorgeous oaks in a row.

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Plant Raywood Ash trees now so they are ready to give you summer shade! As it matures, this large tree grows its bold round-headed canopy shape that can cast the perfect amount of shade to cool down home temperatures and create a refreshing lounge spot in your landscape. These deciduous trees also feature dark green foliage that transforms to an attractive wine-red color in the fall. They do not need much water, but they do love the sun, so they need to be planted in a location that gives them full sun.

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This vibrant evergreen is certain to give any landscape year-round attractiveness. Available in both single or multi-trunk varieties, Brazilian Pepper trees are water-wise and require little water once established. 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. As a bonus, the Brazilian Pepper tree attracts butterflies, so sit back in the shade and appreciate the wondrous site.

Evergreen Ashevergreen ash

Sometimes known as a Shamel tree, they are a favorite throughout Arizona and the Southwest. They are known for growing a large canopy that can create a considerable amount of shade over your yard. They love the sun and have a fast growth rate, so you will not have to wait too long to enjoy the benefits of a mature Evergreen Ash tree. Plant this classic-looking tree to shade a hot side of a home or as a beautiful street tree.

 

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 come by your nearest Moon Valley Nurseries locations and check out these trees! It’s not too late for #FreeFallPlanting.

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Our VIP Tree of Fall – The Majestic Ash

Posted by Jessica Downs on 11/2/2018

The Perfect Tree for the Perfect Yard

This Majestic Ash tree is an evergreen seedless variety that stays greener than other ash varieties. They feature large, glossy green leaves and its narrow, upright shape makes it an ideal shade tree for any potential planting locations. Because these trees are low-maintenance and virtually pest-free, it makes them ideal for a yard or street plantings.  

This is the ultimate shade tree and Arizona can never get enough shade any time of the year! 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.

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You can plant the Majestic Ash as a focal point in your yard or in a row for a wall of shade. A row of these trees will also give your yard additional privacy as well. The classic, larger-leaved green foliage compliments the canopy as well with its dense and unique 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. 

Our Tree Care team is always ready to help you out with any questions or concerns regarding tree removal, trimming, fertilizing, and more!

The Moon Valley Experience

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John and Susan recently bought a new home but quickly realized how hard it was to keep the air cool in their home and how unbearable it was to spend time outside in their yard. With windows on all sides of their house, it was impossible to escape the intense sun every day. They tried to fix the issue with easy and quick ideas hoping that it would help cool the home down but to no avail. 

At this point, they realized that they needed to add shade outside of their home to really fix the problem. They visited Moon Valley Nurseries to speak with one of our expert designers and discussed the issues they were having and their failed attempts to solve the problem. The designer suggested that they add shade trees around their property, which would allow them to not only enjoy a cooler home (and lower electric bill) but to enjoy their backyard and entertain as they please.

The designer suggested the evergreen shade tree, Majestic Ash, to start them off and they fell in love with the glossy green leaves and dense canopy it had to offer. Our designer helped pick the perfect planting locations that would benefit John and Susan the most. After being planted only a few weeks, it was obvious John and Susan had found a winning solution. Not only did this help with cooling their home down year-round and letting them enjoy their backyard, but it also created privacy and curb appeal to their property, including an increase in overall value.

At Moon Valley Nurseries, we are not just the sellers majestic ash-1

From seed to tree, we grow our Majestic Ash trees on one of our many farms in Arizona and other Southwestern states to be ready for planting in your yard. Because of this, we guarantee to have the perfectly-sized tree for your yard. We have been growing premium specimen trees at our farms for decades across the 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 tree is a grafted cultivar that is grown especially by our nursery professionals. The best part of this tree variety is how it does not produce seeds thanks to our expert growing process. It should go without saying (but I’m going to say it!) - this is quite the clean tree!

Head over to your local Moon Valley Nurseries today and check out our large inventory of Majestic Ash.  Our nursery experts have years of experience and can assist you with any and all projects you can imagine!

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Best Privacy Hedges to Plant in Fall

Posted by Jessica Downs on 10/26/2018

Build Your Private Oasis Before it’s Too Late to Plant 

Hedges are one of the best ways to add value to your home and create a classic look to your landscape. With so many options to choose from, it gives you the opportunity to decide between a formal or informal look that could vary in height, size, color, and shape!

Some of the biggest reasons for a homeowner to want to add hedges into their landscape include:

  • Making a sound and weather barrier
  • Creating a dramatic entryway
  • Adding a wall of color
  • Forming a living border

The number one reason should be no surprise (hint: it’s in the title!) to anybody. The biggest reason most people decide to add hedges in their yard is for the amazing privacy it creates around their home. We have compiled some of our favorite hedges to plant for our current fall season. Keep reading and see which hedge is right for you and your yard!

Indian Laurel Columns (Ficus nitida columns)

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One of the most ideal, and best, hedges you will find anywhere is our Indian Laurel Columns, sometimes known as the Ficus Nitida. We like to plant the Indian Laurel Columns to create a living wall of privacy- the ultimate Hollywood-Style Hedge. These evergreen trees can create an immediate privacy screen for your landscape and are the ideal choice to create a perfect yard with a classic look. They thrive in desert environments and are require little water, so they are well-suited for our Arizona weather and landscapes. As a bonus, we love them for the massive amount of shade that they can add! Relax, unwind, have fun, and do it in the shade, without nosy neighbors getting into your business. Plant these Indian Laurel Columns in your yard and take in the dense green foliage that adds some nice colors to our desert surroundings.

Bottlebrush (Callistemon citrinus)

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It is easy to see why these hedges are a common sight throughout the Valley. They can bloom showy bottlebrush-like flower spikes that can paint a landscape with bright red and blue-green colors. The Bottlebrush plant can easily add a splash of color to our arid environment, and attract hummingbirds and butterflies, too. These evergreen shrubs are a great way to create a colorful privacy screen when several are lined up along a property border. Another hedge option idea for the Bottlebrush shrub is to create small hedges around a backyard garden or a focal point in the yard. The Bottlebrush blooms in spring with some off-season blooms in the fall.  This shrub does fine in partial to full sun. We recommend fertilizing consistently from spring through fall to gain the darkest green foliage and reddest flowers from our Bottlebrush.

Oleander (Nerium oleander)

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Oleanders not only add a large amount of color, such as white, red, and pink, to any yard but are also extremely hardy and resilient as they can bounce back from almost anything the elements can throw at them. These shrubs just love the hot summer months, which makes them an ideal flowering option for your Arizona landscape. The Oleander shrub displays a long-lasting bloom that comes in clumps of red, white, and pink. The blooms are lively and can extend into the cooler winter months. Preferably planted in groups or rows, the Oleander is a great tree for homeowners who are seeking privacy hedges, area screens, and property borders because of the trees ability to grow and maintain a thick coat of dark green leaves throughout the year. 

hopseed-2Hopseed (Dedonea)

The Hopseed bush is a perfect shrub to add to any Arizona yard. While not the most traditional looking plant to be considered hedge material, it does the job perfectly. At Moon Valley Nurseries, we offer both the Green Hopseed and the Purple Hopseed bush for you to choose from based on your landscaping needs. Both varieties are quite similar except for one major difference – their coloring. When creating a privacy hedge, the Purple Hopseed will create a unique wall of color that contrasts well with surrounding foliage. These fast-growing shrubs grow upright, which makes them easy to install in almost any location.

Feel free to stop by your local Moon Valley Nurseries, speak with our nursery professionals, and schedule a landscape design consultation. Let us do the work for you from planning, designing, delivering, and #freeplanting.

Topics: Fall Tips, landscape tips

Best Fruit Trees to Plant Now (And Care Tips)

Posted by Jessica Downs on 10/19/2018

Get to Planting Now for Some Delicious Fruit Right in Your Yard

If you couldn’t tell, we love the fall season! Not only is it finally cool enough to enjoy the weather in Arizona, but it’s the best time of year to plant new trees and shrubs in your yard. Some of the best trees we love planting right now are fruit trees. These trees can grow beautiful fragrant flowers, create great summer shade, and bring you tasty fruit right in your yard!

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Pomegranate

The first tree on this list is one of the best and easiest to grow in our Arizona climate. The deciduous Pomegranate tree is just as amazing once it is established due to how low maintenance it is compared to other trees. It only requires low to moderate water, is drought tolerant, and flourishes in full and partial sun. Since it only grows to be a small tree, the Pomegranate tree can be planted anywhere.

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Plum

Fruit trees are a great choice for the Phoenix-area and Plum trees are a popular addition for local yards. Like other fruit trees, this one is easy to grow in our area too! It should be planted somewhere that gets full or partial sun and benefits from fertilizer right before the new growth starts in Spring. Another cool feature of this tree that shows up in the spring time is the abundance of white flowers that appear. On top of growing your own food, Plum trees can be used as a stunning focal point in a large yard or small garden.

peach, peach tree, fruit  trees, moon valley nurseriesPeach

Just the idea of having a Peach tree in your yard should cause you to start craving one. If you don’t, then maybe you don’t like peaches at all (and that’s okay- kind of weird, but totally okay, no judgement). This is an easy growing, deciduous tree that grows small with a wide-spread canopy of dense foliage. It also produces colorful showy flowers throughout the spring season creating an attractive landscape. The beauty of this tree makes it perfect for any sized yard!

 

Five Fall Tips for Tree Care

Now that we have an idea of what we are going to plant, it is time to prepare ourselves for what we should be doing to make sure we have the best tree. Tree care is especially important when it comes to fruit trees because you will literally be able to taste the work and effort you put in to it.

For specific questions or concerns, please reach out to our Tree Care team and one of our I.S.A. Certified Arborists will be ready to help!

Plant New Trees

We’re quite lucky to be living in Phoenix as we have two amazing planting seasons. Even though the spring season is a good time to plant, the fall season creates the perfect growing environment to plant new trees and shrubs. In the colder months, newly planted trees and shrubs convert their energy to root growth. Planting in the fall allows up to five months of root development.

Once spring arrives, the tree or shrub that was planted in the fall will have a very established root system and be better prepared for the incoming heat. With the root system established, the tree or shrub will focus its energy on top growth to bring back healthy foliage. Trees and shrubs planted now in Phoenix will have plenty of time to grow a shade canopy before the summer high temps arrives next year. 

Add Fall Annual Colors

While the rest of the country is not looking forward to the cold winter days, residents in Phoenix are spending more time outside working hard on their landscape. Fall annuals are a fantastic and easy way to add striking color to accent areas, garden beds, and eye-catching borders. For more abundant bloom cycles this fall, pick up a bag of our Moon Dust Organic Blend which creates great results because it was developed especially for our tough, compact, and alkaline soils. 

Check Watering Systems

Whenever the seasons change, you need to check your watering system and most likely, readjust some or all the settings. At this time of the year, the biggest change will probably need to be how often you water certain areas of your yard. Make sure that you check each sprinkler head and any emitters you have installed are still working properly and replace any that are not. Now that the temperatures are cooler, less water is needed but make sure you adjust properly for each individual plant. Your Peach tree and shrubs probably won’t survive on the same schedule!

Trim Your Trees

Now that the monsoon season is over, it’s time to check on the status and health of the trees in your landscape. Staking your trees after the strong winds and heavy rain during the monsoon season is extremely important as the adverse weather conditions may have damaged the foundation of your tree. After planting, the single stake will be enough for three to six months of growth. We recommend switching to double stake harness for the next year. If your tree was planted in the spring, we highly recommend double staking this fall. 

You can safely prune a tree in the fall, and you’re going to want to do it before the winter cold sets in. If the temperature shows early indications of cold weather, be careful when pruning your tree. You do not want to hack your tree as this will affect the health of your tree, and it will leave it exposed and susceptible to any potential frost damage. 

Reach out to our Tree Care team for any questions or assistance!

Fertilize, Fertilize, Fertilize

The best and most ideal time to fertilize your landscape is in the fall because trees and shrubs are still growing underneath the soil. Colder temperatures are a signal to trees that they should stop top growth and focus on root development. Fertilizing with Moon Valley Nurseries’ Super Charged Moon Juice and Moon Dust Organic Blend allows organic enzymes and amino acids to stimulate new root system growth and stronger cell development while helping the tree grow faster and recover quicker from stressful events (such as an Arizona summer).

These essential nutrients will be absorbed by the root system of your tree. Your tree will then use these nutrients to grow its root system and ward off any disease in the fall. Excess nutrients are then stored in the roots and will be available for vital top growth once spring arrives.

For questions about watering, trimming, and fertilizing, feel free to ask any of Nursery Professionals! Call your nearest Nursery today!

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THE TREES OF FALL

Posted by Jessica Downs on 10/12/2018

Fall is here and it's time to plant some trees! 

The fall season is here, school is back in session, football is back on Sundays, and your excuses for working out in the yard are quickly fading away! It's getting cooler and nature is slowly but surely turning bright and in a variety of colors! Many of our trees at Moon Valley Nurseries have the outstanding fall reds, purples, yellows, and oranges that we have come to expect and love this time of year. Not only is this the best time to add some fall color to your yard but the cooler weather is an excellent time to plant new trees and plants (for you and your plants!)

Raywood Ash (Fraxinus oxycarpa ‘Raywood’)

raywood ash tree, fall trees, trees, moon valley nurseriesA popular choice when landscaping your yard in the Arizona desert is the Raywood Ash Tree. It is known for its extraordinary display of dark red to deep reddish-purple foliage in the fall that gives any landscape a unique look for the season. The leaves of the Raywood Ash drop off soon after the fall season, allowing for an easy clean up just once a year. During the summer, the Raywood Ash offers a much-needed service with the shade that it brings to a yard! When the leaves come back, it becomes a perfect shade tree that grows upright more than it grows wide. It has dark green foliage that provides a sharp distinction to any landscape and looks great when it is planted as a single specimen, such as a focal point for a yard, where it's brilliant beauty and color can be admired.

 

Arizona Ash (Fraxinus velutina)

arizona ash tree, trees, moon valley nurseries, fall treesThe Arizona Ash is a deciduous tree that has striking, smooth bright green leaves and can cover a lot of area in your yard with shade in the summer. Once winter shows up, the leaves drop and lets in the warmth of the sun! Native to Arizona and other southwestern states, this tree loves the sun. It is cold hardy and heat resistant, so they are ideal for planting in our desert climate. If you’re looking for a fast-growing shade tree, you’ll love the Arizona Ash Tree. We find the Arizona Ash to be very adaptable for all uses such as being planted for shade, which keeps your house cool in the summer. Because it is a deciduous tree and the leaves drop by late fall, it will also help keep your house warm in the winter!

 

Shumard Oak (Quercus shumardii)

shumard oak, oak trees, fall trees, moon valley nurseriesAnother awesome fall choice to include in your landscape for ultimate shade is the Shumard Oak Tree. This oak tree is a medium to large sized tree and grows into a canopy with a wide spreading reach, which creates a large area of shade all around it. This tree is a fast-growing species of oak that is very tough and long-living, so it will be part of the family for generations! This tree is known for its antique look with large dark green leaves that can grow up to eight inches long. Another benefit of having the Shumard Oak is the beautiful vibrant red orange colors that take over tree during the fall season that will get you into the holiday festivities!

 

 

Crape Myrtle (Lagerstroemia)

crape myrtle tree, fall trees, moon valley nurseries, fall seasonAdding some splash of color to their landscapes is a common reason our customers start looking for new plants and trees. With so many choices of plants and varieties of each plant to choose from, preparation can be difficult! One of the best choices for striking bursts of color throughout your yard is the Crape Myrtle Tree. These trees bloom from the spring through the fall months and are the perfect addition to any front or back yard. In the fall season, the Crape Myrtle Tree produces exquisite flowers that come out in many colors such as pink, purple, red, and white. The colorful flowers contrast with the fall foliage. Because the Crape Myrtle stays small to medium in size, they can be planted almost anywhere. They will look lovely if they are planted in clusters or in an accent location in your yard. For ultimate blooming potential, we recommend pruning in the winter while the tree is dormant.  

 

What do you think of our favorite trees of fall? Share your favorite with us below!

Find a Moon Valley Nurseries location near you and come check these trees out soon and you will see the colors in full vibrant action! Our trees come with #freeplanting, so you don't have to do all the hard work! So, check out these fall favorites and one of our experts will help you get the perfect plants in your yard!

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