Top 5 Fall flowering trees and plants

Posted by Jessica Downs on 9/21/2018

Ready to treat your yard to some color this fall? Any yard or landscape can benefit from having some color thrown in to it somewhere. An accent plant (or twenty!) will get the attention of anybody who sets their eyes on it. If you choose the right plant or tree, you might even catch the attention of some pollen and nectar-loving insects that will be happy to enjoy your yard with you!

Check out these five great flowering trees and plants you can pick for your yard.

crape myrtle-1Crape Myrtle (Lagerstroemia)

These versatile trees are one of the best flowering trees for Arizona and are incredibly colorful when in bloom. The Crape Myrtle tree flowers into shades of white, red, purple, and pink that will help decorate your yard in an accent of colors.

These trees are not only drought-tolerant, but they love the heat! When the high temps arrive, get ready for your yard to be showing off the beautiful shades of color. These small to medium trees offer amazingly reliable bloom cycles so we can enjoy the show from spring through fall!

Even when the flowers are not in bloom, the multi-trunk structure with grey to light brown spotted bark are still impressive to the eye.

 

vitexVitex (Vitex agnus-castus)

The Vitex, also known as the Chaste Tree, is a favorite flowering option for its unique purple blooms on long points that form at every growth tip during the late spring and into the summer. This fast-growing, small to medium sized tree is a great choice to add color to a garden or for patio use.

The flowering spikes on the Vitex tree are a favorite for our pollinating friends like butterflies and hummingbirds. In addition to the stunning flowers, the trunk of the tree, often and unfortunately overlooked, has a twisted and tangled growth pattern that gives this tree a majestic appearance in any yard or landscape.

The Vitex tree needs full sun and low to moderate water, which makes it perfect for our desert region.

 

tipu-5Tipu (Tipuana tipu)

The Tipu tree is one of the best trees you can plant if you’re looking to add shade in your yard and here’s why! These trees grow into medium to large sizes with a high canopy and do well in our intense desert heat. They would be perfect planted along the street, in the lawn, or on the patio.

Another great feature of this tree is that it can produce a lush layer of golden blooms in the spring through the summer. Tipu trees also offer thick foliage that feature bright bluish-green hues. You might also get the attention of your neighborhood butterflies with the abundance of nectar that this tree offers. All these features will enhance the look of any landscape.

A Tipu is a convenient tree for a wide variety of landscape designs! So, kick back, relax under the shade coverage, and enjoy the vibrant blooms that they bring every year.

 

hibiscusHibiscus (Hibiscus rosa-sinenses)

The Hibiscus shrub is a very well-known plant, even to people who have no experience with plants or landscaping. These medium to large growing shrubs are just that impressive!

They bloom large bright tropical flowers with colors such as white, yellow, red, orange, and purple (just to name a few!). The beautiful flowers give off an even brighter look thanks to the full, dark foliage that surrounds them.

They thrive in partial sun but can build up strength to full sun quickly. Hibiscus shrubs can be planted as a hedge, a colorful accent piece, or in a pot. No matter how you plant them, with well-drained soil, your hibiscus will be good to go!

Fertilized monthly from March through September, these plants will have the best growth and a productive blooming season.

 

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Everblooming Gardenia (Gardenia jasminoides ‘veitchii’)

The gardenia shrubs are well-known to most people. Some know them from their sweet fragrance and can sniff them out before they even see the plant. Others know them from the large white flowers that cover the plant. Either way, this plant is quite impressive!

Gardenias grow into a low to medium sized mounding shrub. They do best with partial to full sun exposure, which works out well for Arizona gardenia enthusiasts. They like a well-drained soil, which will help keep the roots from getting too damp.

Even without the flowers, the bright green leaves create a picture-perfect shrub that could easily be used like a hedge. But of course, the flowers are the main event for any type of Gardenia. The Everblooming gardenia flowers from late spring through the fall and adds a classic feel to the landscape.

 

The upcoming fall season is the ideal time to plant. If you have any questions regarding any of these beautiful trees or plants, be sure to contact one of our nursery experts at any of our Moon Valley Nursery locations and ask them about our FREE professional planting services.

Topics: Insider, Flowering Trees

Tips and Tricks to Reseeding For Winter grass

Posted by Jessica Downs on 9/19/2018
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RESEEDing your LAWN for winter

Arizona is a beautiful place in the middle of the southwestern desert. While the desert and succulents can be pretty, we welcome any greenery to the area!  Whether it is to play a game of golf, toss a ball around with your kids, or just appreciate the way the greenery looks in your yard, we all have a reason to enjoy a healthy lawn year-round.

Keeping it green and healthy all year long takes a bit of effort, but the end result is its own reward.

Continue reading below to learn how to properly reseed your lawn for winter and achieve the best possible results!

DAMAGE CONTROL FROM SUMMER HEAT

Moon Valley Nurseries recommends using Perennial Ryegrass for over-seeding or reseeding your lawn in the winter. Ryegrass grows into a beautifully dark-green lawn. Many Arizonans even prefer the more attractive look of winter grass than their summer lawn!

When is the best time to reseed for winter lawn? In our area, the cool fall nights allow for the perfect planting weather. In fact, once the temperatures in Arizona drop down anywhere from the low 70’s and into the 60’s, we can start the seeding! Reseeding once the nights cool down to the right temperature will give you peace of mind that the sun won’t burn the seedlings. However, don’t wait too long to start the reseeding process or the nights might get too cold to grow new seeds. Aim for early to mid-October!


RESEED FOR WINTER LAWN: YOUR STEP-BY-STEP GUIDE 

  1. Dethatching

For your lawn to have the right amount of room to grow new seed, you will need to cut the summer grass as low as you can go. The removal of thatch and leaf buildup ensures that the seed gets down to the soil.

Set your mower blades to a 1/4-inch to 1/2-inch height. You might have to mow an extra time or two to reduce the thatch as much as possible. This should leave you with a nice brown lawn ready for step 2.

  1. Seeding

Once the grass is dethatched, you can start to spread the Ryegrass seed. Spread the seeds half in one direction and the other half in a direction that is perpendicular to the first direction. Spreading the seeds in that way will lessen seed overlap and catch any missed areas. It is important to spread the seeds as evenly as you can.

  1. Fertilizing

Before you start watering, be sure to fertilize! Feel free to reach out and speak with your local Moon Valley experts. We will be happy to help you select the perfect fertilizer for you and your yard.

  1. Mulching

We recommend applying mulch if:

  • You do not have a good irrigation system -OR-
  • You do not have an easy way to water 4-5 times a day -OR-
  • The temperatures have cooled down too fast

A well-composted mulch (available at Moon Valley Nurseries) will help retain moisture and heat which will aid with germinating perennial Ryegrass. Once you have spread the seed, you will want to spread the mulch evenly over the entire lawn and do it to a 1/8-inch to 1/4-inch thickness.

  1. Watering

Maintaining a moist environment for your seeds is crucial for healthy growth. Water about four to five times a day but be sure not to leave any puddles or dry spots. Don’t worry, once the seed has germinated and grown to a height of 3/4-inch to 1-inch, you can reduce the watering to two to three times and day. After 10 to 14 days, you can reduce watering to once a day. Once your new lawn is established, it just needs to be watered every other day in the winter. More watering might be needed if the nights start warming up.

  1. Mowing

After all that hard work, your new beautiful winter lawn is finally here, and it is time to mow again! The first mowing should happen on the 10th to 14th day after germination. You will want your first cut to be at the height of about 3/4-inch to 1-inch. To prevent pulling out your new seedlings, never remove more than 30 percent of the leaf at one time.  If you like a higher lawn, wait a little longer for the first mow, around 14 to 21 days, after germination.

  1. Nutrition

Winter lawns require feeding just like that summer lawn does. We recommend using a fertilizer monthly to keep your lawn in the best condition. Be sure to ask any of our Moon Valley Nursery experts for the best fertilizer to feed your new beautiful winter lawn!

RATIO guide

Seed (always lay a little more):

1 pound per 100 sq. ft at min.

Topper:

1 cu ft per 100 sq. ft

Mulch:

2 cu ft per 100 sq. ft

Starter Fertilizer:

1 pound per 200 sq. ft

Moon Royale Fertilizer:

1 pound per 200 sq. ft

Moon Green Supplement:

1 gallon per 500 sq. ft

 

Topics: Winter Landscape Tips, knowledge base

Fall Landscape Prep Guide

Posted by Jessica Downs on 9/13/2018

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Plant and Tree Care

With the summer temperatures dropping a little more each day in Arizona, fall is a great time to start prepping your yard and taking care of those trees and plants.

When it comes to trimming trees or pruning plants make sure to only get rid of what is needed to give them a clean look and increase their health potential. When you are trying to figure out how much you should cut off, get rid of no more than 20% of the tree or plant.

If you need more help or have any questions, please reach out to Moon Valley for any and all tree care needs. Our certified arborists are ready to give out free estimates across the valley.

Now that everything is trimmed back, it is time to add some nutrients to your trees and plants. Fall is the best time to fertilize trees because the cooler temperatures help promote root growth. That growth will be at full potential with the right fertilizer.

Our Moon Valleyʼs Moon Dust packs a one-two (and three) punch with the perfect blend of Nitrogen, Phosphorus, and Potassium that your biggest trees and smallest shrubs will love and appreciate.

For year-round care, Moon Valleyʼs Super Charged Moon Juice is a liquid fertilizer that can help maintain your trees and plants through heat, frost, and even help fend off disease annually.

Lawn Care

After another Arizona summer, your lawn is ready to be pampered. With record heat bearing over it for months, your lawn is probably in need of some nutrients to bring it back to top shape.  Moon Valleyʼs Moon Royale Turf fertilizer not only makes your lawn greener in days, but it also helps keep weeds and insects away for better growth.

Best Trees to Plant in the Fall

crape_2_origCrape Myrtle

For customers looking to add some color into their landscape, the Crape Myrtle tree is a great option that blooms in pink, purple, white, and red and transitions into an orange shade in the fall season.  It is a small-medium flowering tree that offers various bright colors perfect for front and back yards. The Crape Myrtle is also an easy tree to maintain and does not need much water to flourish.

 

 

RAYWOOD_ASHRaywood Ash

A Raywood Ash is a great addition to any Arizona yard. It loves the sun and grows in a round shape that creates nice spots of shade. Not only is it great for creating a shady landscape but the coloring it provides is perfect for the autumn season when its leaves turn to a burgundy-red color.

 

 

 

 

red-oak_origShumard Oak

The Shumard Oak is a perfect tree for an Arizona landscape. This type of oak tree is drought-tolerant and adapts well and quickly to where it is planted, which makes it easy to grow. Its leaves are long and turn a stunning lively red in the fall that will surely get some attention from neighbors.

 

 

 

tipu-2Tipu Tree

The Tipu tree is a great option in the Phoenix area due to its drought-tolerance and ability to grow in most soils. The Tipu tree produces yellow-golden flowers throughout the summer and bloom in the fall. It is a medium- large tree that is perfect for creating shade environments.

Topics: Expert, knowledge base

From our farms to your yard! No one does it better

Posted by Jessica Downs on 9/13/2018

Moon Valley Nurseries has got you covered whether you have a battered landscape or are looking for one of the best ways to increase property value with an improved yard. In fact, no one does it better than us. You see, we value engineer all our products so that you can rest assured that you are getting the absolute best quality trees at the best price. Let’s face it, time is precious, and most of us do not want to wait 20 to 25 years for trees and other plants to grow to a size that makes your yard look complete and beautiful. Buy specimen trees, and the wait is over!

OUR MOON VALLEY FAMILY FARMS

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We grow the finest trees anywhere, following our own strict quality control measures to produce locally grown trees and plants that will thrive in the area you live! Everything is value engineered, so not only are they grown from our selected mother trees in our labs, but they are also always guaranteed. Our huge grow farms in Arizona, California, and Texas include everything from Olive trees to Ficus trees, citrus and fruit, agaves and cacti, rare and hard-to-find cycads, palm trees, and so much more. While our farms are not open to the public, you can always make an appointment to come check us out!

HOME OF SPECIMEN TREES READY TO THRIVE!

If you want an instant landscape, you will want big trees, palms, shrubs and other plants. If you want privacy, consider trees such as our Ficus nitida, also known as the Hollywood Style Hedge, are a great tree that will block out unwanted views and noise in style. Indian Laurel Columns may be another name that you know these by, but no matter what you call them, they are a fantastic tree choice.

Are you looking for drought- tolerant trees? We grow them too! Take a look at the Desert Museum Palo Verde for a tree that is sure to get your yard noticed for all the right reasons! How about palm trees that bring a tropical look to your home? We have them too, such as our lush Foxtail Palms and Mexican Blue Palms! Are you seeking a look with more foliage? We grow deciduous trees, such as Red Push Pistache trees that bring the look of a New England landscape to your Southwest home! Looking for trees that can provide massive amounts of shade? You will love our variety of Ash tree specimens!

Much More than Premium Trees at the Best Price!

In addition to our incredible selection of premium trees at the best price, we are proud to offer professional landscape design consultations. Our experienced landscape design pros are available to help you create your dream landscape. This service is free at any of our nurseries! For a nominal fee, we are happy to come to you and help you create a beautiful landscape.

Moon Valley Nurseries sweetens the deal even more with FREE PLANTING! Yup, you read that right! We deliver the trees straight to your house and plant them for you. With free planting and professional design, Moon Valley Nurseries makes it easy to achieve the yard of your dreams.

CHECK OUT THESE SPECIMEN TREES READY TO GO FROM OUR FARMS TO YOUR YARD!

CHINESE_PISTACHERED PUSH PISTACHE (PISTACIA x ‘red push’):

These medium deciduous trees are grown from cuttings and are guaranteed to have that lovely red fall color! These low-maintenance trees are an excellent choice for adding shade to your yard. The Red Push Pistache tree is drought-tolerant so that they are ideal for landscapes anywhere in the Southwest!

 

 

 

 

date palms-1DATE PALM (Phoenix dactylifera):

These palms will create a luxurious feel to any property! Not only do they look great, but they are able to handle any weather conditions you can throw at it. The palm leaves grow out into a large umbrella-shape for shade. Date palms will add a resort-feel wherever they are planted. They are even great additions near pools as they make almost no mess in its surroundings!

 

 

 

 

oranges-4CITRUS AND FRUIT TREES:

Grow your own fruit and reap the benefits! We have extra-large fruit and citrus trees available right now, bearing fruit and adding plenty of beauty to any yard, small and large. We offer Peach, Apricot, Apple, Nectarine, Orange, Lime, Plum trees, and more! Visit us and find the perfect citrus and fruit trees to create an edible landscape today!

 

tipu-2TIPU TREE (TIPUANA TIPU):

If you need shade, you cannot go wrong with a colorful Tipu tree! These medium-to-large trees put on a show when the leaves bloom into a golden hue creating a beautiful contrast with the feather, bright bluish-green foliage. The Tipuana tipu is one of the best shade trees you can find and is sure to add year-round beauty to landscapes.

 

 

 

We Are Growing and Expanding!

We want everyone in America to be able to have a beautiful landscape with our custom-grown, value engineered trees, shrubs and other plants. We are growing and expanding, bringing our incredible specimen trees, shrubs and other plants, as well as our renowned customer service and design consultations across America.

We opened our first nursery in a neighborhood north of downtown Phoenix, known as “Moon Valley”. Since the beginning, Moon Valley Nursery has offered its “You buy it, we plant it” tree deals and continue to this day. We now have multiple locations in Arizona, California, Nevada, Texas, and Florida!

Visit us today and experience the Moon Valley difference!

Topics: Industry Expert, knowledge base

September Landscape and Garden Tips

Posted by Arica Harrison on 9/7/2018

blog bannerThe growing season is upon us! We are finally starting to come out of the hot summer and into cooler fall. We will greatly appreciate the cooler weather and our landscapes will, too. Fall is the time when our trees and plants can effectively establish themselves into their environment. With the changing of the season, there are a few things we need to remember so that our landscapes and gardens can thrive.

Watering: With the cooler nights and days, it’s important to change our watering routine. For fall, we need to water less often than we do during the hot summer. Typically, once our daytime temperatures reach 85-100 degrees, we move away from our summer watering schedule. There are factors that play into how much you need to water; those factors are the type of tree or plant, and the planting location. Check out our watering guide to see what we recommend. If you would like more help, don’t hesitate to reach out to one of our nursery pros at your nearest Moon Valley Nursery location. Now’s a great time to help cut the amount of water we use by reducing the frequency that we water our lawns. With cooler weather, our lawns will retain more moisture longer, cutting back on our usage. So, we need to cut back on the frequency of watering, not the actual amount used when watering.

Fertilizing: It’s time to fertilize! Fertilizing will help your trees, palms, and other plants grow to their full potential. Now is the perfect time for giving additional help with the growing process, fertilizers allow trees and plants to intake more nutrients and water along with making nutrients more readily available. Moon Valley Nurseries has a line of custom developed fertilizers that can be used on a variety of landscape materials – turf, grass, palms, desert trees, shade trees, and so much more. Click here to see our fertilizers.

Tree Care: Make way for new growth! That’s right. Trim off the dead or damaged branches so that new growth has room to bloom. Proper tree care is vital for strong growth in this fall season. Were the monsoons rough on your landscape? No need to worry. Our professional tree care team is here to help. They can remove any dead, damaged, or overgrown branches. Let us clean up your landscape!

What to Plant

crape myrtleCrape Myrtle – If you want color, this is the tree for you! Blooming large clusters of flowers throughout all seasons, the Crape Myrtle will deliver year-round interest. We custom grow our Crape Myrtles to be mildew resistant, making them the strongest Crape Myrtle you can find. With low maintenance needs, low water use, and the variety of colors of flowers, it is easy to see why the Crape Myrtle is one of the most popular flowering trees for any yard. This drought tolerant tree grows in a vase shape, with vibrant flowers popping against shiny, bright green leaves. The multi-trunk looks impressive with nighttime lighting, adding even more interest to a landscape.

 

 

tipu-2Tipu – This fast-growing shade tree is the solution for adding shade and beauty to any yard. Its large canopy is created with feathery, bright bluish-green foliage. The Tipu tree features a fissured bark texture and, in late spring, lovely golden blooms appear. Tipus are water-wise, drought tolerant, and grows well in many soil conditions. These trees require little maintenance. And, as a bonus, the nectar of the Tipu attracts butterflies and other pollinators to your yard or garden.

 

 

 

chinese elm-1Chinese Elm – The Chinese Elm is also known as the “Evergreen Elm”. In very mild winters, Chinese Elms can retain their leaves throughout the season. The foliage is dark green and creates an umbrella-shaped canopy that produces mass amounts of shade. The Chinese Elm is ideal for use as a picnic spot, for climbing, or for attaching a tire swing for the kids to enjoy. This tree thrives in full sun and is very tolerant of poor soil and poor weather. Moon Valley Nurseries carries the ‘True Green’ strain which does not weep.

 

 

ficus columns-1Ficus Columns – Indian Laurel Columns are an excellent choice for creating a living wall. Need privacy? Look no further. These Ficus Columns have dense evergreen foliage that works well for blocking unwanted sights and noises. They even create shady areas. Once established, Indian Laurel Columns are drought tolerant and water-wise. They are easy to prune, so you can keep them small and topiary or tall and majestic – whichever fits your style. Grown to thrive in desert environments, Ficus Nitida Columns are sure to add greenery to our arid Arizona landscapes.

 

 

queen palms-1Piru Queen Palm – Our Piru Queen Palms feature thicker and harder trunks, denser and greener fronds, and fuller crowns.  These evergreen palms thrive in full sun and can handle heat or cold exposure. Very low water requirements make this a perfect palm for desert landscapes. Our Piru Queen palms will bring the feel of the tropics and resort living straight to your yard. These beautiful palms can grow up to heights of 35 feet and can have 10-15-foot fronds. Plant in your front yard for a focal point and use nighttime lighting to bring the wow factor!

 

 

pygmy palmsPygmy Date Palm – It can be grown in shade, is slow growing, and its roots are non-invasive. This allows the pygmy Date palm to be a fantastic option for planting under larger palms or trees, in between palms, or in a cluster. Its versatility and dwarf growth pattern allow the Pygmy Date palm to be planted in tight spaces; perfect around pools, patios, courtyards, and in pots. This stunning palm features multiple trunks of varying height or it can be grown with just a single trunk; depending on your need. Moon Valley Nurseries has custom grown our Pygmy Date Palms at our farms to ensure that the palms generate thicker trunks and fuller crowns.

 

Topics: Monthly Tips, landscape tips

TOP 5 FERTILIZERS & HOW TO USE THEM IN THE FALL

Posted by Kyle Shipp on 9/5/2018

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With fall just around the corner, we want to keep our yard growing healthy. Now is the time of year when everything on your landscape will need the essential micro and macro-nutrients to help them thrive all year long in our native soils. It doesn't matter what types of plants or trees you have on your landscape as palm trees, desert trees, tropical plants, fruit and citrus, shrubs, and evergreen trees all need these nutrients to grow healthy and strong.

With so many fertilizers on the market, it can be overwhelming trying to find the correct one for your landscape. Fortunately, the nursery pros at Moon Valley Nurseries have eliminated the headaches and guessing game for you by developing highly specialized blends of fertilizer designed to trigger growth responses for our native soils. Our pros have been growing and planting trees and shrubs in our region for more than 40 years. These fertilizers have been time and tested, and our pros use all of these fertilizers on our thousand acre grow yards all year long.

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Using the correct fertilizer is vital, and below are a handful of fertilizers that our pros recommend

moon_juice_fert_better_2Supercharged Moon Juice 

When to use: New planting, freeze/frost damage, wind/physical damage, and heat/summer stress

Our Supercharged Moon Juice was designed specifically for growing in the tough soils in our region. Every bottle of Moon Juice contains Furst Liquid technologies which include a proprietary blend of organic enzymes and amino acids to stimulate the growth signals within the plant. It increases nutrient uptake, promotes new growth, helps improve fertilizer efficiency, and it enhances the ability to ward off disease. Supercharged Moon Juice also contains the three most essential micro-nutrients required by nearly every tree and plant. Iron, Manganese, and Zinc is a part of Moon Juice because they are typically deficient in most warm weather soils. Also, thiamine mononitrate (Vitamin B-1) is included for its beneficial effects on new plantings. Purchase here.

 

palm_juice_fertSuper Palm Juice

When to use: New planting, stressed or yellowing palms, heat stress

Our Super Palm Juice was created to fertilizer every palm in your landscape. Palms have special nutrient requirements, and the formula in our Super Palm Juice provides them with a variety of different major and micro-nutrients including potash, manganese, iron, sulfur, zinc, copper, and boron. This combination of nutrients provides well-balanced nourishment as they grow and mature. Also included in our Super Palm Juice is Furst Liquid technology, which triggers a natural response in the palm to allow it to take in more available nutrients in the soil. This reaction increases fertilizer efficiency, palm health, yield potential, and the overall quality of the palm. When used as directed, Super Palm Juice helps produce thicker, stronger trunks, while maintaining the fronds with a healthy, dark green appearance that results in lush, dense crowns. Purchase here.

 

moon_green_fertMoon Green

When to use: Reduce soil alkalinity, neutralize caliche or tight clay soil, make thick and fuller hedge plants, darker green leaves

Our Moon Green was created as a super easy and safe solution for yellowing trees and plants. Iron Chlorosis is a problem for many homeowners in our region, and Moon Green helps reduce soil alkalinity, neutralize caliche/tight clay type soils, and promotes darker and greener leaves and grass. Infusing Moon Green with Furst liquid brings the critical organic enzymes and amino acids that help stimulate the growth signals within plants. These nutrients help stimulate root hair growth and stronger cell development, allowing water and essential micronutrients to pass through to stems and leaves much more efficiently. Purchase here.

 

moon_dust_fertMoon Dust

When to use: Vigorous root growth, rich green leaves, strong new growth

Our Moon Dust Fertilizer is an organic blend developed especially for tough, compact alkaline soils. Moon Dust provides vital nutrients like Nitrogen, Phosphorus, and Potassium. These are essential elements in a perfect horticultural ratio that will benefit all of the trees and plants in your landscape. Moon Dust helps trees and plants grow faster, stronger and flourish with less water, Citrus and fruit trees produce larger and tastier crops, Flowering shrubs have longer and more abundant bloom cycles and makes bedding plants and groundcovers more vibrant. Purchase here.

 

soil_conditioner_fertSoil & Water Conditioner

When to use: Reduce effects of salt present in water and soil, encourage deeper root growth, loosen the tight/heavy soil

One of the most challenging aspects of growing trees and plants in Arizona is the hard, compact soil and high Ph found in our soil and water. This alkaline condition prevents major and minor nutrients from converting into compounds that are available to living plant roots, and the compact soil prevents proper drainage of water. To counteract the problematic soil in our region, Moon Valley Nurseries has developed a Soil and Water Conditioner that contains two special elements: Sulfur reduces the high Ph by flushing out the excess salt buildup in the root system. The removal of the excess salt creates a soil base that converts nutrients easily. Gypsum is the other special element, and it will loosen soil leading to better drainage and healthier soils. Several applications per year will make a noticeable difference. Purchase here.

Remember to fertilize all your trees and plants monthly from now all the way through the fall. We know your landscape is an important investment for your home and family, and that’s why we’re always here to help – feel free to visit or call our nursery with any of your questions. Neglected trees are the most common cause of death, and healthy trees will withstand the elements much better. Taking just a few moments once a month to feed your trees is the easiest way to protect your investment…you wouldn’t let your pet starve, so why let your trees and plants? Click here to map a nursery location near you.

Topics: Insider, Industry Expert

LABOR DAY RECIPES

Posted by Arica Harrison on 8/31/2018

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Labor Day weekend is here! This is a time to gather friends and family, enjoy conversations and laughter, and eat delicious foods in our backyards. BBQ is a big deal this weekend, and so is entertaining. Whether you are hosting the big get-together or going to a friend’s place, having a winning recipe is key. Well, we are here to help.  Previously, we have posted a few recipes that are sure to be a hit – Lime Focused, Refreshing Cocktails, and BBQ Essentials.  Since you are already planning to serve up some yummy dishes, why not join our Labor Day Weekend Contest! The winner of the contest will be awarded a $100 gift card. To enter, simply do the following:

  1. Follow @MOONVALLEYNURSERIES on Instagram or like the @MOONVALLEYNURSERY page on Facebook (chances to win are  better if you do both!)
  2. Make one of our recipes
  3. Snap a picture, tag us, and use the hashtag #MOONVALLEYNURSERYEATS

The contest will go all weekend long, then we will draw a winner on September 4th at noon (PST). So, join the fun! We’d love to see you in your beautiful backyard, enjoying one of our favorite recipes!

We have even compiled a few more tasty recipes that are perfect for this Labor Day weekend:

Spicy Lemon Shrimp Skewers – An easy and healthy grill option! Using lemons from a Moon Valley Nursery lemon tree is sure to amp up the flavor! This light shrimp dish will be a welcome dish among heavier choices. Click here for the recipe.

Mixed Citrus & Arugula Salad – Nothing like a big dose of Vitamin C! Change up your normal green salad and add a trio of citrus.  Nice mixture of peppery greens and acidic citrus. Click here for the recipe.

Summer Fruit Crostata –  Don’t make a traditional pie, switch it up with this rustic tart-type dish. We like to use peaches, nectarines, and plums – but you can swap in whatever you prefer. Click here for a recipe.

Citrus Lemonade – This is a fun twist on the classic lemonade! A must-have for any citrus lover; it contains lemon, orange, and grapefruit – all are available at Moon Valley Nurseries, waiting to enhance any yard and recipe! Click here for recipe.

Let’s see those pictures! Moon Valley Nurseries wishes you a relaxing Labor Day weekend!

Moon Valley Nurseries offers a variety of custom grown citrus and fruit trees ready to thrive in your yard, giving you your own selection of juicy fruits. From lemons to limes, oranges to grapefruits, peaches to plums, and more, Moon Valley has what you need!

Topics: Homegrown Fruit and Citrus Trees

Top 5 Palms for Landscapes

Posted by Arica Harrison on 8/31/2018

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Want to add a stunning focal point to your landscape? Or, perhaps, you want to bring a little bit of that tropical vacation feeling to your home. Whatever the reason, palm trees are the perfect choice for adding value to your home as well as creating a beautiful view. Palm trees grow well in our warm Arizona weather and love the sun. We have plenty of that! At Moon Valley Nurseries, we custom grow our palms to thrive in our local Arizona area – meaning they are the best you can find and ready to update your yard. Below are our top five palms that are perfect for landscapes.

pineapple palmPineapple Palm: Also known as the Canary Island Date Palm, it is characterized by its dense canopy of dark green fronds, a stout trunk, and a pineapple-like crown – where the name Pineapple Palm came from. The distinct diamond pattern on the trunk lends to its majestic look. This low maintenance and slow growing palm loves full sun exposure and warm climates, just like what we have in Arizona! When planted in groups, this palm provides a nice shady spot. No matter the size you get, this palm is sure to bring a majestic presence to any landscape. Pineapple Palms will add long-lasting character to any landscape.

 

 

 

date palmDate Palm: A great addition to any landscape, Date Palms bring the look and feel of the upscale resort. Ours are certified disease free. We love planting them around swimming pools, where their reflection can be admired in smooth water. Uplighting creates a stunning silhouette against light colored walls and adds nighttime drama in any landscape. We also love to plant these palms in groupings and line them up along a long driveway or create regal accents by using staggered heights.  Date Palms are also the perfect specimen for landscaping larger areas. Planting them in groups and rows creates a cool canopy of shade, a welcome relief from the sweltering heat and harsh sun.

 

 

med fanMediterranean Fan Palm: The Mediterranean Fan Palm features blueish gray, fan-shaped fronds and a unique multi-trunk vertical growth – making it one of the best landscape palms for night lighting! It is considered the hardiest of all palms.  It is a low maintenance palm, requiring minimal cleanup; so, place a few around swimming pools or spas. And since they are slow growing, they will rarely out-grow their space. We like to use Mediterranean Fan Palms as fillers underneath larger palms or as a tropical barrier or hedge. These palms are also a great choice for containers, too. A Mediterranean Fan Palm is a must-have for anyone with a tropical or Mediterranean-themed yard!

 

 

queen palmPiru Queen Palm: Our Piru Queen Palms are grown from superior seedlings with better genetic traits, so you get the hardiest palm you can find. These palms are heat tolerant and feature dark green palm fronds and a fuller crown which provides shade. These are low-maintenance trees that can fit into any landscape style. They are also prized for having a look that complements all styles and types of landscapes. Add curb appeal by planting them in the front yard as a focal point or lining a driveway, creating a grand entrance. Our Queen Palm is perfect to create a tropical paradise around pools and backyards. Make them even more stunning by adding nighttime lighting!

 

 

pygmy palmPygmy Palm: This is the palm to use to fill those tight spaces in your landscape. This versatile dwarf palm has a slow growth rate and can develop into a small sized palm topped with a dense head of fine-textured, curving, bright green pinnate leaves. A fantastic option to add a tropical feel to your yard. The Pygmy Date Palm is our most popular selling dwarf palm and for good reason. This fine, feather leaf palm can grow both indoors and outdoors. Pygmy Palms can grow in a variety of different soils, is drought tolerant once mature, and requires low to moderate water use once established.

 

 

As fall gets closer, it’s time to start planning for the fall planting season. Visit your nearest Moon Valley Nursery location to select the perfect palms for your landscape and book your fall planting date! While you’re there, don’t forget to pick up some Super Palm Juice to help your new or existing palms to flourish in the fall season and recover from the summer stressors.

Topics: Industry Expert, knowledge base

Top 3 Ways to Recover From Summer

Posted by Arica Harrison on 8/24/2018

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This summer has been a hot one and your plants need some help recovering and getting ready for fall! After many 100+ days and monsoons, our landscapes needs a little loving. How can we help our yards recover? We have asked our nursery professionals and have compiled the top three ways to help our trees and plants while also getting ready for fall.

 

  1. Moon Juice and Soil & Water Conditioner

Are your plants looking a bit yellow? Has the heat gotten the better of your landscape materials? That is what happens here in Arizona. The best way to help combat the heat stressors and help your trees and plants grow healthy is to use fertilizers. Fertilizers help trees, palms, and other plants grow to their full potential and to grow healthy – healthy trees and plants will handle the changing weather much better than those still weak from heat stress. In Arizona, the soil is higher in salt, by using Moon Valley Nursery’s Soil & Water Conditioner, you can help prime your soil to provide more water to your plants. This conditioner is a great help in making sure your trees and plants get as much nutrients possible. Our Super Charged Moon Juice is specially formulated with Furst liquid technology including a blend of organic enzymes and amino acids that help stimulate the growth of trees and plants, along with new root hair growth which helps plants increase moisture intake. Create a thriving, healthy landscape – fertilize your trees, palms, and plants.

  1. Watering

Watering is one of the most important aspects of keeping trees and plants healthy. You want to make sure you are watering the proper amount. As we transition from summer to fall, the weather will change. Soon, we will have shorter days and cooler nights; so, we want to be careful that we are not over-watering. We will want to also transition our water systems from summer to fall settings as it starts to cool down. While it is still hot, early mornings or late evenings are the best times for watering. How much you should water and how often depends on the size and age of the tree, palm, or plant. Click here to see our watering chart for mature trees (2+ years since planting); or, click here for our watering chart for newly planted trees. Don’t forget that proper watering is the deep and thorough saturation of the entire root system and allowing it to dry between waterings.

  1. Tree Care

Monsoon season can be a rough time on our trees, palms, and plants. Now that monsoon season is almost to a close, it’s a perfect time to clean up the damaged trees and make way for new growth. Our Tree Care team of professionals is ready to help you! Our team is staffed with ISA Certified Arborists and Certified Nursery Professionals. They guarantee the highest quality of services for your trees and landscapes. Whether you need safe tree or stump removal, trimming, or other tree care, we can do it. Let us do all the work of cleaning up the monsoon mess and clearing space for the new growth of the fall season. For an removal estimate, click here.

 

Even though we still have warm weather, it’s time to get ready for fall. By applying fertilizer and watering correctly, your trees and plants will recover from our tough Arizona summer – they will regain their greenness. Our Tree Care team is ready to help you clean up from the summer; you can remove any fallen or damage trees from the monsoon season, you can clear the way for new growth. Now is the time to plan for fall – bring some more color to your landscape. At Moon Valley Nurseries, we offer a variety of trees and plants that will bring a lovely variety of colors and textures to your home, perfect for fall. Take advantage of our current Labor Day deal and get your yard looking great again.

No matter how hard your landscape was affected by the hot Arizona summer, Moon Valley Nurseries is here to help. Visit your nearest Moon Valley Nursery location and see what we have to offer for yourself!

Topics: Insider, Expert, landscape tips

Essentials To Landscaping

Posted by Paul Popoff on 8/16/2018

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The perfect yard starts with the perfect plan. Let’s think about this for a second. No one wants to have an ugly or inadequate landscape. It makes your home, your most valued possession, look bad; it certainly won’t help you with home value and forget about curb appeal! So, let’s go back to that first statement again – the perfect yard starts with the perfect plan!

Completing a landscaping project can be overwhelming without doubt, especially doing it by yourself. Where to start? What to do first? Who to call? These are the most common questions nursery pros get in the landscape industry. We’ll break these down for you and get you started on that perfect yard.

The first thing you should do to get started with your perfect yard is to take some photos and general measurements of the area you are needing to have landscaped. If this is the backyard, front yard, side yard, around a patio or a pool, or anywhere else, you need to have a starting point for the plans; measurements and photos are crucial for this. Once you have done some homework, now it is time to contact a nursery pro.

Using a reputable nursery pro like those found at Moon Valley Nurseries is a great place to start. All our nursery pros have gone through extensive training to be able to provide our customers with the best service and trees available. Using a nursery pro that understands proper placement and who works with you to accomplish your goals is the first step to success.

The next step is to start thinking of what you want the finished product to look like and, more importantly, how you want your landscape to function. Are you trying to create privacy from a nosey neighbor, creating a tropical backyard for resort-style staycations, do you need to reduce the cooling cost of your home in the summer, or are you just trying to add some pop and curb appeal?

Once this is figured out, speak with your nursery pro and they will begin to get your dreams working into a reality. Nursery pros at Moon Valley Nurseries are trained experts in design and are extremely capable of taking your landscape to the next level. They will help with choosing the perfect trees and shrubs for your landscape and putting the correct tree in the correct space. Once your nursery pro has gotten everything figured out for you with creating a design and selected the perfect trees for their new homes in your landscape, the next step is to schedule a time to have expert planters come out and install everything perfectly.

Our expertly trained staff of nursery pros and installation experts will give you the exclusive Moon Valley Nurseries VIP experience. From the moment you step into the store or make that first call, you’ll notice the Moon Valley Difference.

Topics: Industry Expert, landscape tips

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