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

Landscape Around Your Pool!

Posted by Arica Harrison on 8/10/2018

The Best Plants for Pool Landscaping

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We all know the importance of landscaping around our homes; it increases property value and brings a personal touch to each home. But what about landscaping around your pool? It is just as beneficial.  Not only does it add more property value, it can also cool down the water within a pool by shade provided by trees. Refreshing!

Summer is the perfect time to update your pool area and relish the relief from the summer sun. By planting in the summer, your new landscape will be established before the colder winter weather. Don’t want to dig and plant in the summer? No problem, we have you covered! Moon Valley Nurseries has seasoned planting crews that work year-round and will make sure your new pool paradise is perfect.

No matter the style or design you have in mind, we can do it. Our nursery pros can help you select all the right palms, trees, and plants for your dream look. Moon Valley Nurseries custom-grows all our inventory from our own local grow farms, to ensure that your perfect palm, tree, or plant will thrive in the Arizona area. So, why not have yourself a stay-cation and enjoy your own personal oasis! Keep on reading to see what our pros suggest for landscaping around a pool.

 

Palm Trees

Want the look of a resort or tropical oasis? Palm trees it is! Palm trees are great choices for around a pool since they are very clean, there is very little to no litter. Another aspect worth mentioning is that palms have small fibrous root systems, so the roots won’t crack concrete surrounding the pool. Piru Queen Palms have the go-to tropical look that we all love! This durable evergreen palm has classic feathery, glossy, bright green palm fronds that provide much needed shade. Pygmy Date Palms are ideal for tight spaces or as a container palm. We love to use these to fill in under taller palms and trees. Mexican Fan Palms have large, fan-shaped, bright green fronds with shorter leafstalks that feature a red streak on the underside, adding interest to any landscape. These are perfect palms for tropical or resort style landscapes. Sago Palms are smaller in size and have a slow growth rate, make it an ideal choice for any landscape around your pool. We like to use them under bigger palms and trees as well as planted in pots.

 

Shade Trees

Shade is a welcome addition to any pool retreat, especially in 100+ degree weather we so often get in Arizona. By planting a shade tree or two around a pool, you can naturally cool down the water; making it even more refreshing! One of our absolute favorites is the Ficus due to its versatility and ample amounts of shade. This evergreen, single or multi-trunk tree features white bark and lush green foliage that goes well with variety of landscape styles, so feel free to plant with palms.  Evergreen Ash, or Shamel Ash, is a large, fast-growing shade tree that is easy to grow and maintain. It has classic, large-leaved, green foliage that creates ample shade and is a staple in any landscape. Fruitless Olive trees will bring the look of the Mediterranean to any home. This drought tolerant evergreen tree is a great focal point around a pool and will provide plenty of shade to enjoy.

 

Picture-Perfect Additions

There is more to landscapes than just trees and palms. Want to add color and texture? Moon Valley Nurseries has what you need. Birds of Paradise are great for pops of color around a pool. This large, tropical, ornamental plant produces eye-catching bright orange and blue flowers that add a tropical splash to any landscape. We also have Tecoma shrub species that are great for adding color and for planting in the summer. These shrubs bloom trumpet-shaped flowers that are sure to bring the right touch of character to your landscape – we carry Bells of Fire and Orange Jubilee. Another option for color are our varieties of Ruellia. Ruellia is a very easy-to-grow shrub with flowers that constantly bloom. Depending on the variety, bloom colors range from purple, white, and pink. Add a few succulents to create the ideal Arizona look! Succulents are great additions to poolside landscapes due to their low maintenance needs and low water use. And, with varieties of colors and textures, what’s not to love? We carry a large selection of aloes, agaves, and so many more types of succulents.  

 

Want to see more? Visit your local Moon Valley Nurseries to see even more options for landscaping around your pool. Our nursery pros can help you select trees, palms, and plants and design your perfect poolside getaway. Let us help make your stay-cation dreams come true!

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Landscape and Garden Tips for August

Posted by Felipe Benavides on 8/3/2018

augustLandscaping in August may seem challenging. After all, going outside can feel like you’ve just stepped inside an oven. However, this is a great time to enjoy your trees and plants that attract birds and butterflies to your yard. After all, they don’t seem to mind the heat! How about your trees and plants? The extreme Arizona heat can be tough on some of our landscape material. There is some good news on the horizon. Yes, cooler days will be here before we know it! However, until those better weather days arrive, we still need to pay close attention to our landscape.

Moon Valley Nurseries is a local Phoenix tree nursery that has been around for over 20 years, so we know how to handle the heat better. Our nursery pros live and work here, too, and have the perfect tips and suggestions for a healthy landscape during the grueling month of August. Read our tips, and most importantly, hang in there!

 

Tips for a Healthy Landscape

 

Watering: We have probably noticed the Monsoon clouds building and the humidity soaring. The climate in the Phoenix area can change in minutes. The temperatures are going to be high, so we will want to apply water to our landscape. Read about our Best Watering Practices by clicking on this link – it can answer some of the most common questions, such as “how much water do I use” and “how often do I water.”

Trunk Protection: With so much sunlight in the summer, getting sunburnt is more prevalent this time of the year. We can prevent sunburn by applying sunscreen on our bodies, and recover with some Aloe Vera. What about the trees in our landscape? Young trees, particularly citrus, need some protection. We can provide protection and prevent sunburn to our trees with a Protective Tree Wrap. We also recommend staking any age tree to provide stability when the high winds arrive.

Fertilize: The material in our landscape is dealing with the stressors of August. All those higher temperatures are causing the trees and shrubs in our landscape to show stress. Moon Juice can help with the heat stress, and when applying it, can also prime the roots for fall feeding.

Lawn Care: This is the right time to raise the mowing height to 2.5 to 3-inches. For our Bermuda lawns, we will want to water 1-inch per week. We can also give our lawns a boost with our fast-acting Moon Royale turf fertilizer. For our palms showing stress, we will want to apply our Super Palm Juice.

Mulch: Make sure to check the mulch around your plants. If you notice there is little or no mulch, be sure to put in a 3 to 4-inch layer, which can conserve moisture. Mulch any area that is receiving direct sunlight on the dirt. Mulching allows the roots to keep moist and cool.

Garden: This is the time to start your fall vegetable garden. Plant vegetables such as broccoli, Brussels sprouts, Chinese cabbage, carrots, collards, lettuce, and other cool-season vegetables. We will also want to remove any old vegetable plants that have stopped producing; doing this will help to eliminate pests and diseases from your garden. Make sure to stay on top of weeds, remove them, and do not let them go to seed.

 

 

Recommended Trees for the Month of August

 

We can plant trees that can liven up our Arizona landscape. Besides beautifying our yards, these trees can also provide lots of shade that can bring some relief during these long and hot, sun-filled days!

 

AZ tree of week 31 ficus column  (7)Indian Laurel (Ficus): It’s summertime, and Indian Laurel trees can come to the rescue in more ways than one. This Ficus tree is valued by many for its capability to provide shade. These evergreen trees thrive in a location with plenty of full sun exposure. People throughout Phoenix appreciate the wide-spreading canopy and lush green foliage that adds color and plenty of shade to landscapes. Buy a few mature specimens and have them properly placed around your home so that they can help reduce the temperatures inside your home. Do you want to make your yard much more private? Our Indian Laurel Columns are ideal evergreens for creating privacy. Line them up along a fence line and get ready to enjoy a yard without nosy neighbors getting into your business. And, those with homes near busy streets are sure to appreciate the way that these trees create a natural sound barrier. These beauties can handle the summer heat, too!     

tipu tree bloomsTipu (Tipuana tipu): If you are looking for one of the best shade trees you can find, look no further than the Tipu tree. These are colorful flowering trees, and mature specimens can provide lots of shade. These tropical-looking trees grow fast, feature feathery, bright bluish-green foliage, and have a high canopy that offers a beautiful resting spot to escape the sun. They also put on a show when the golden blooms arrive, covering the tree in vibrant hues that transform the look of any environment. These are ideal trees for our environment as they thrive in intense desert heat. We can plant Tipuana tipu trees as street trees, near the patio, and in any place where a beautiful shade tree is desired!

 

 

Tuscaora Crape (7)Crape Myrtle (Lagerstroemia): Bring a splash of vibrant color to your landscape – plant Crape Myrtle trees! We custom-grow the best-quality Lagerstroemia trees with flower colors that range from dark purple, dark pink, white, and red! They bloom from late spring through the summer, creating a happier landscape that can help us during the summer. They please the eyes year-round thanks to its attractive bark and fall color. These stylish, smaller trees are the perfect size for any landscape. Crape Myrtle trees love fun sun exposure, and they are drought-tolerant once established. We are the grower that only grows the best Lagerstroemia for our area – ours are mildew resistant varieties!

 

 

_piru_queen_palms_Piru Queen Palm (Syagrus romanzoffiana): Every backyard oasis needs a Piru Queen Palm. Our Queen Palm is used to create a tropical paradise, complete with shade! These palms are heat tolerant and feature dark green palm fronds that add a calming vibe to any environment. These are low-maintenance trees that can fit into any landscape style. They are also prized for having a look that complements all types of architectural homes and buildings. Add curb appeal by planting them in the front yard. Our Piru Queen Palms are grown from superior seedlings with better genetic traits, so you get the hardiest palm you will find.

Click Here! Free Queen Palm Care Guide!

 

Vitex_Vitex (Vitex agnus-castus): Summertime is the right time for Vitex. Get ready for the butterflies. During the summer months, it puts on a show as the purple blooms arrive at every growth tip. This purple delight is the perfect size for any landscape. It features turning, twisting trunks and a statuesque appearance that makes it an excellent choice to light up with nighttime landscape lighting. In addition to its bright flowers are its long, dark grayish-green leaves that make them a favorite for yards in Arizona. We like to plant them as a single lawn specimen, in rows along a border or driveway, and as a small patio tree. Easy to grow and maintain. Plus, it is very drought-tolerant once established.

 

 

Allow the Moon Valley Nurseries planting crew to do all the work! We offer free planting on mature specimen trees and larger so that it cannot be any easier to have the yard you have always wanted, no matter what season we are in.

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How to Keep Trees and Plants Looking Amazing in the Summer

Posted by Felipe Benavides on 7/26/2018

Moon Juice and Bedding (8)It’s summer, and this can be a stressful time for trees and plants. After all, the days are longer and the sun is stronger. Here in Arizona, it’s well over 100 degrees outside. In fact, it seems like a hot air blow-dryer is on full force for three months straight. No doubt that this time of the year can be tough on the material in our landscape. Heat stress is no joke for humans, as well as trees and plants in our landscape.

So, what is the best time to fertilize in the summer? Just like watering, we will want to fertilize the trees and plants that need it early in the morning. Fertilizing early in the morning can reduce the possibility of burning plants. Be sure to read the label and apply it correctly.

All hope is not lost. Before we know it, we’ll have that beautiful weather once again. But, let’s talk about the weather we are having right now and its effect on our landscape. If your trees and plants are showing the signs of stress, we have a solution – Super Charged Moon Juice! Our Moon Juice fertilizer is easy to use and does wonders for trees and plants.

Use Moon Juice Immediately After:

  • New Transplanting
  • Heat Stress
  • Freeze or Wind Damage
  • Any other stressful event

 

Why Moon Juice is Beneficial to Plants and Trees in the Summer and All Year Long!

 

Using a fertilizer such as our Super Charged Moon Juice can ensure that your trees and plants stay healthy and protected from heat stress all summer long. In warm weather soils, the earth is deficient in the three most important micronutrients that every tree and plant needs – Iron, Manganese, and Zinc. Here’s where the Moon Juice benefits kick in. This fertilizer contains these three most important micronutrients, with the added nutrient of thiamine mononitrate (Vitamin B1), which has beneficial effects on new plantings.

Moon Juice is formulated with our proprietary Furst liquid technology, which helps to maximize the potential of the trees in your landscape. This proprietary formula includes a blend of organic enzymes and amino acids which can stimulate the growth signals within the plant. It can also help with nutrient uptake and it enhances the plant’s ability to ward off disease. And, one of the most important things for this time of the year – it helps trees and plants recover from the stresses that are caused by extreme heat!

What makes Moon Juice even better is that it is so easy to use. Simply mix with water and apply it to the root area. Make sure to read the easy-to-follow instructions as application rates vary by the size and type of plant. Remember to always water your trees and plants thoroughly after applying any fertilizer and nutrients.

Fertilizer for Lawns

_moon_royale_Summer can be the toughest time for our lawns. Besides the heat taking its toll on our beautiful lawn, we also need to deal with insects. We can protect our lawns from the summertime heat and insects in so that we can continue entertaining our guests in the backyard. Encourage new growth when you apply fertilizer. Do not over-fertilize and be sure to apply the fertilizer to the grass in the evening or early in the morning.

 

 

 

Don’t Forget to Add Mulch

mulch-1People tend to overlook the benefits of mulch. Mulching is an excellent way to care for your trees and plants in the summer. First, it can help keep the soil cool and reduce surface evaporation. Reducing surface evaporation increases the soils ability to retain moisture; doing this can cut down on the amount of watering you need to do. Eventually, mulch breaks down, which will then provide nutrients to the soil. Last, but not least, mulch can keep weeds to a minimum. Less weeds in the landscape is always going to be good news. After all, no one likes to pull weeds in the summer!

 

Don’t let the heat of the summer keep you from enjoying a thriving landscape. Visit your nearest Moon Valley Nurseries location and pick up some Super Charged Moon Juice! Also, be sure to check out our entire line of beneficial fertilizers for summer, fall, winter, and spring. We have got you covered for all your landscape beautification needs.

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Best Evergreens for Summer

Posted by Felipe Benavides on 7/20/2018

Chilean_Mesquite_in_Box-2_AZCANV_650x650ps6-1It’s summertime, and while it’s hot and dry, some drought-tolerant evergreen trees can keep their good looks all summer long. These trees are some of the best evergreens for summer because they can add a splash of color to our arid environment. Of course, we could always use a shady spot in our landscape. Shade trees can provide relief from the blistering sunlight. The great news is that many of these drought-tolerant evergreens also offer plenty of shade.

Evergreen trees with low-water usage requirements are always going to be welcome in Phoenix. Growing drought-tolerant trees is an excellent way to make your landscape more resistant to dry weather. 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.

 

Evergreen Trees for Summertime in Arizona

 

We custom-grow the best trees and plants in our local climate so that they will thrive in your landscape. We have the biggest trees in the smallest boxes so it cannot be any easier to have an instant landscape. Here are five of our best evergreens for summertime in Arizona.

tipu tree bloomsTipu (Tipuana tipu): Once established, these drought-tolerant beauties provide a massive amount of shade to your landscape. This colorful flowering tree thrives in intense desert heat and adds a tropical look to any scene. Yep, Tipu trees are tropical looking, so we can bring the calming vibe of the tropics to our arid Phoenix landscape. When the sun is in full-force, we can find some relief under its high canopy of feathery, bright bluish-green foliage. Late spring brings the arrival of the golden blooms that has made Tipuana tipu trees famous.

 

 

 

CHILEAN_MESQUITE_NURSERY_AZ-2_650x650 (1)Chilean Mesquite (Prosopis chilensis): These heat-loving, drought-tolerant trees are a superb addition to any dry rock garden or water-wise landscape. They are perfect for the summertime as they can provide light filtered shade. And, while they are the perfect tree for a drought-resistant garden, they are also ideal for adding tropical flair to any landscape. Plant them in natural groupings to create a privacy screen or as a single beautiful specimen for the front yard or back patio.

 

 

 

 

live_oak_specimen_SLIDE_1Live Oak (Quercus virginiana): You want shade, look no further than a beautiful Live Oak tree! These summertime favorites are evergreen and feature a spreading canopy that can block harsh sunlight. These long-lived trees are just waiting to be explored. Enjoy the sight of their glossy, dark green leaves for generations to come. This is a tree the entire family will love. Attach a tire swing or just rest under the shade provided by this famous evergreen tree.

 

 

 

 

mexican_fan_650x650-minMexican Fan Palm (Washingtonia robusta): The Mexican Fan Palm is the classic tall and slender palm often seen lining streets and avenues across the Southwest. Plant them in groupings to create an oasis or create an impressive landscape scene lining them up along long driveways. Once established, they have minimal watering needs, so they are an excellent water-wise tree for summertime in Arizona. Their large, fan-shaped, deep green fronds and slender form add a tropical atmosphere to any landscape. This evergreen also looks great against very tall buildings, helping to soften oppressive walls.

 

 

_mediterranean_fan_palm_Mediterranean Fan Palm (Chamaerops humilis): These are the hardiest of all palms, so they can easily handle the Arizona summer. We like to plant them poolside because their slow growth rates mean that they will rarely outgrow their space. These are heat-loving palms that do well in the reflected heat and glare around swimming pools and spas. These evergreens are water-wise, so once established, they have little watering needs. We like to use them as a focal point in a tropical garden or in a group. Are you looking to create privacy? We can use Mediterranean Fan Palms to create a tropical hedge that can block unwanted views. Plus, these palms can be used as a windbreak, too.

 

 

We Do the Planting in the Summertime!

It’s hot outside. Here's the good news - we do the landscape work, such as the digging and planting, even in the blazing hot summer days! That’s right. With professional planting services, you don’t have to lift a finger. In fact, you can stay in your air-conditioned home, call us, and allow our nursery pros to select the perfect evergreen trees of summer for you! We deliver and plant the trees that are beautiful all year long. We make it easy to create the landscape you have always wanted. Call us and place your order or visit us, it’s all good!

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Superior Fast-Growing Evergreen Trees

Posted by Arica Harrison on 7/20/2018

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Summer can be a rough time, the heat and the sun bearing down on us. Plants and trees tend to lose their vibrancy. Our AC is on at all times, making our utility bill soar. Well, we have a solution. Plant some evergreen trees! Evergreen trees bring back the interest to our drying yards and create much needed shade. By planting evergreens correctly around your home, you can cut the cost of your utility bill by naturally cooling your home. That’s pretty great. And, what’s even better is that at Moon Valley Nurseries, we have evergreen varieties that grow quickly, meaning more shade and more relief sooner.

Here at Moon Valley Nurseries, we have been custom growing superior evergreens for the past 20 years, grown to thrive in Arizona at our local farms. Whether your focus is shade, privacy, or just adding year-round interest, we have the perfect evergreen for you. And since summer is here, why not plant a tree that will help you survive the sun and cut down on utilities? Fast-growing evergreens are the ideal choice for any landscape and yard; giving you all the benefits without the long wait. Below are our favorite fast-growing evergreens.

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Ficus (Ficus nitida) – One of our top sellers! Native to Asia and Hawaii, the Ficus brings the tropics to any landscape or yard. Thrives in full sun exposure and is drought tolerant. This tropical tree has a wide spreading canopy that provides dense shade that can naturally cool a home when planted in the proper location. We like to plant them in rows to create a natural privacy wall and block unwanted views. Ficus trees handle pruning into many shapes, so create the look you want! This evergreen tree thrives in desert environments, perfect for Arizona landscapes!

 

 

 

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Brazilian Pepper (Schinus terebinthefolius) – This vibrant evergreen is sure to give any landscape year-round beauty. Available in both single or multi-trunk, Brazilian Pepper trees are water-wise and require little water once established. The glossy, dark green leaves create a wide spreading canopy that creates an abundance of shade. A perfect choice for Southwest environments due to its love of heat and its drought tolerance. During winter, bright red berries appear that are commonly used as holiday decorations. As a bonus, the Brazilian Pepper tree attracts butterflies, so sit back in the shade and appreciate the wondrous site.

 

 

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Indian Laurels (Ficus nitida ‘Columns’) – This column variety of the Ficus grows into a medium to large tree that adds instant privacy. Indian Laurels are both heat and drought tolerant, and it tends to grow faster once the heat hits – a perfect summer tree! This water-wise tree can be pruned into any shape and looks great planted in rows along driveways or property borders. So, let them grow tall and bushy or keep them smaller and narrow, giving you the exact look you want. The dense green foliage creates much needed shade during our hot summer months.

 

 

 

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Timber Bamboo (Phyllostachys bambusoides) – Bamboo is a great addition to any landscape, especially those with a tropical or Zen style. Timber bamboo has bright green foliage that grows dense with fat bamboo sticks. This is the most common clumping bamboo variety, perfect for a windbreak or privacy screen. Well suited for urban landscapes due to its upright growth habit. We love to plant this easy-to-grow tree in groups for a living wall or single planting for a focal piece in a yard. Want to create a relaxing backyard retreat or your own meditation garden? Bamboo is the way to go!

 

 

We Can Help!

Don’t hesitate to reach out to our nursery pros. Not sure which evergreen to choose or where to put it? No worries, we can help! Our pros can help you select the perfect trees and will do a free in-nursery design consultation to determine the perfect spot for those evergreens. Want to make sure your new trees grow to their full potential? We can help with that, too! Moon Valley Nurseries has developed custom fertilizers for our Arizona environment, like our amazing Moon Juice and Moon Dust. Just ask any of our nursery pros at your local Moon Valley Nurseries location for help!

 

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Types of Evergreen Trees

Posted by Arica Harrison on 7/20/2018

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Looking for a tree that will stay green all year round? You want an evergreen tree! Evergreen trees keep their green leaves throughout the year, providing much needed color to our landscapes. Whether you need a tree for cutting utility cost by cooling your home or privacy from neighbors or blocking unwanted views or maybe a nice shady spot for entertaining or for your kids to play under, Moon Valley Nurseries has you covered! We have been custom-growing trees for over 20 years locally at our grow farms, ensuring that our trees will thrive in your landscape. There are many varieties of evergreens to choose from, and our nursery pros can help select the perfect evergreen tree for you. Here are some of our favorites:

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Live Oak (Quercus virginiana) – A great staple for any yard. Also known as “Southern Live Oak,” these trees are drought tolerant and require low water once established, perfect for our hot Arizona areas. Live Oaks have dark green leaves that make up the dense, wide spreading canopy that provides massive amounts of shade that brings us relief from the sun’s rays. Use the giant canopy as a shady spot for a picnic or let the kids climb up the strong limbs. Live Oaks are a clean tree so they make for great lawn trees. We also like to use them as a living privacy wall, blocking unwanted attention from neighbors or busy streets. Bonus points for their ability to tolerate extreme wind conditions!  With long lives, it will be around for generations to enjoy.

 

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Fruitless Olive (Olea europaea ‘Wilsonii’) – Moon Valley Nurseries grows Fruitless Olive strain that is certified truly fruitless. This drought tolerant, medium sized tree is perfectly suited for a Mediterranean Southwest landscape style. Make this Fruitless Olive a focal point and install nighttime lighting in and around this tree to show off its interesting multi-trunk structure. The foliage is a stunning gray/green and silver coloring. Fruitless Olive trees thrive with full sun exposure and are able to tolerate poor, stony, shallow soils; so, you can plant this tree on a variety of land conditions. With very little water requirements once established, this hardy evergreen can grow with a wide spreading canopy, making this a great tree for use as a shade tree for a backyard entertaining area or bringing shade to sun facing rooms.

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Ficus (Ficus nitida) – Homeowners love this tree! Native to Asia and Hawaii, the Ficus brings the tropics to any landscape or yard. Thrives in full sun exposure and is drought tolerant, perfect for those looking to conserve water use. A wide spreading canopy provides dense shade that can naturally cool a home when planted in the proper location. We like to plant them in a yard as a specimen tree to use as a focal point in the landscape. Ficus trees handle pruning into many shapes, so they can fit the look you want! This evergreen tree thrives in desert environments, just like our Arizona landscapes!

 

 

 

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Brazilian Pepper (Schinus terebinthefolius) – This vibrant evergreen is sure to add value to any home. Brazilian Pepper trees are water-wise and require little water once established. Their glossy, dark green leaves create a wide spreading canopy that provides an abundance of shade. A perfect choice for Southwest environments due to its love of heat and its drought tolerance. During winter, bright red berries appear that are commonly used as holiday decorations; this is where its other common name, Christmasberry, comes from. If you are looking for a tree that brings in pollinators, this tree is for you. Butterflies will flock to this beautiful tree. Available in both single or multi-trunk.

 

 

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Indian Laurels (Ficus nitida ‘Columns’) – This column variety of the Ficus grows into a medium to large tree that can add instant privacy. Indian Laurels are both heat and drought tolerant, and it tends to grow faster once the heat hits – a perfect summer tree! The dense green foliage creates much needed shade during our hot summer months. It is water-wise once established. Indian Laurels can be pruned into any shape and looks great planted in rows along driveways or property borders. Depending on the look you want, let them grow tall and bushy for creating shade or keep them smaller and narrow for a more formal look.

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5 Best Front Yard Landscape Trees

Posted by Felipe Benavides on 7/19/2018

evergreentreesYou can sense it when it feels like you’re on display in your personal outdoor space. It’s a feeling that can make it a little harder to relax and enjoy your front yard. With the right evergreens, you can create a fortress that feels peaceful, and most of all, private. Planting for privacy is a breeze with evergreen trees.

Using trees to create privacy in your front yard means that you can add color, texture, form, and you can incorporate them into your landscape’s design. It’s a natural privacy solution that provides plenty of peaceful solitude.

Yes, you could install an expensive fence or build a wall made from brick, stone, or some other solid material. The thing is, those tall fences and walls can make us feel confined in our space. Not to mention that there could be restrictions based on height, placement, and style. Plus, many man-made fences and walls can become an unsightly eyesore over time.

 

Some Benefits that Evergreen Trees Bring to the Front Yard

 

  • Instead of, or in addition to, fences or walls, they can create a natural yard boundary.
  • They can block viewpoints from neighbors or street traffic and unwanted views.
  • They can create a natural windbreak to protect your property from high winds.
  • Can create a natural sound barrier – ideal for properties near busy streets.
  • Enhances the architectural design of your landscape design.

 

Five Best Evergreens for Your Yard in Arizona

 

Evergreen trees hold onto their leaves all year long so that their foliage can add wall-to-wall privacy year-round. As they mature, evergreens create a consistent look that makes them an ideal privacy screen. They do much more than create a private yard. Evergreen trees help absorb ambient noise, too. Privacy never looked so good! Here are five of the best front yard landscape trees for front yards in Arizona – all available at your nearest Moon Valley Nurseries location.

ficus-nitida-column-36-row-with-alIndian Laurel (Ficus nitida): One of the best evergreens you can find is also one of the best trees for making a privacy hedge. Yes, our Indian Laurel Columns are a favorite throughout Arizona. We use them to block out unwanted views, road noise, and create a private front yard. They are super green, so we like to plant them along a fence where they create instant privacy with a lush green background. These evergreens are water-wise trees that love the heat and thrive in our desert environment. There is no doubt that Indian Laurel Columns are perfect for creating a living wall. They are also ideal for providing shade. Ask us about how proper placement around the home can create privacy and help lower your utility bill.

 

 

carolina_cherry_Carolina Cherry (Prunus caroliniana): These evergreen trees love the heat and thrive with full sun exposure, so they are perfect for yards in Arizona. We offer the ‘Compacta’ strain, which is more densely branched and easily tamed so that it is an ideal tree for creating a living privacy screen. Its dark green foliage forms a lush background. Many people feel that its bright green foliage has a scent reminiscent of maraschino cherries. Plus, beautiful white flowers bloom in spring, with a fragrance that is pleasing to the senses. Plant them along a border as a solid privacy barrier that is also a superb windbreak.

 

 

live_oak_specimen_SLIDE_1Live Oak (Quercus virginiana): Live Oak is another of our beautiful evergreen trees to consider for privacy. These are long-lived trees with dense, gray/green foliage that can block unwanted views. Besides creating privacy, these evergreens feature a wide-spreading crown that can provide lots of shade. These trees are also noted for being very drought tolerant once established, and for the minimal care required to keep their good looks intact. Plant one in your front yard and let your children explore the sturdy limbs without nosy neighbors getting into your business.

 

 

 

fruitless_olive-1Olive Tree (Olive europaea): Fruitless olive trees are ideal evergreens for Arizona landscaping projects, especially if the job is to create privacy. These trees have been cultivated for over 6,000 years and can bring the look of the Mediterranean to your home. We like to plant them in rows along a fence to create a beautiful living wall. Their gray-green and silver colored foliage is visually exciting and can provide shade, too. You can create drama highlighting their multi-trunk structure with landscape lighting. At Moon Valley Nurseries, we only grow guaranteed disease-free olive trees.

 

 

Oleander_logoOleander (Nerium oleander): Plant Oleander in your front yard and create a beautiful privacy hedge. This evergreen can make your yard feel cozy and look beautiful! Its dense, upright growth habit makes it an excellent screening plant. Plant them as a tidy hedge or privacy wall. Its narrow leaves are dark green, leathery, and semi-glossy. From late spring to fall, it blooms fragrant flowers, clustered at the twig or branch ends. The flowers range in color from pink to red, white and salmon, so they are a colorful addition to any yard in Arizona. Plant them along property lines, lining walkways, or driveways. Oleander creates a private front yard no matter where you choose to plant them. 

 

 

We Do the Work – Come Home to a Private and Beautiful New Yard!

 

It’s hot outside, let our Moon Valley Nurseries planting crew do all the work! Speak with our nursery pros and allow us to help you select the perfect evergreens to make your yard private. Plus, many of the evergreen trees and plants we grow can provide lots of shade, too. We have what you need to create a natural privacy solution, whether you have a big or small yard. Relax on your front porch and enjoy the sight of your children playing in a private yard. Plant evergreen trees for privacy and spend more quality time in your front yard.

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Unique Small Evergreens for Landscape

Posted by Felipe Benavides on 7/11/2018

small unique hedges-1Small evergreens can bring lots of color and character to any size landscape. These are some of the most valued plants in the landscape because they retain their color all year. And, if you have a smaller yard, don’t worry! There are plenty of unique small evergreens that take up little room and hold onto their leaves year-round so that they can add plenty of color and personality to your landscape.

 

 

Our Recommend Small Evergreen Trees for Landscaping in Arizona

We have some of the most beautiful and interesting evergreens available that thrive in our arid environment. Homeowners and landscapers alike rave about being able to form them into interesting shapes for formal gardens. Some homeowners choose to let them grow as a hedge. We can use them to hide things, create privacy hedges, or to create a stunning landscape design.

For instance, topiary Junipers are popular because of their dense foliage. Junipers are an excellent choice for shaping into spirals, pom-poms, poodles, and more. The Wax Leaf Privet is another unique small evergreen. Wax leaf displays beautiful white blooms in the spring. They also feature glossy green foliage that is easily pruned into topiary forms. When talking about small evergreens, we need to mention our semi-dwarf citrus trees. Citrus trees provide lots of colors, emit a pleasant fragrance, and bear the sweetest and tastiest fruit!

Use these plants to enhance your landscape, and you can make your outdoor living space more colorful and intimate, too.

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Wax-Leaf-Privet-24box-650x650-MVNWax Leaf Privet (Ligustrum japonicum ‘Texanum’): This evergreen is highly adaptable to topiary forms. They are a must-have in topiary gardens and look lovely in pyramid form flanking walkways and gateways. People also like to use them in neat, vertical poodle forms in elegant pots, placing them near the front door or porch steps. Springtime yields a profusion of fragrant, white flowers. The glossy evergreen foliage is its key feature, so we like to use them as a lush background foliage. We can also use them as a large-scale windbreak. Ligustrum ‘Texanum’ have a fast growth rate and a compact form that makes them one of the most versatile evergreens in a landscape.

 

 

juniper_pruned_mvn_650x650Junipers (Juniperus): Few plants can match the versatility of this evergreen. We can use them as a ground cover, privacy screen, or in vertical forms. These are very durable specimens that are built to thrive in our desert climate. We have many varieties available, in different sizes and shapes. If you are looking to add artistic flair to your landscape, consider using our Juniper topiaries. You can find them at our nurseries! They feature attractive needle-like and/or scale-like leaves that can bring plenty of year-round color to landscapes. Once established they require little water!

 

 

braided_hibiscus_Braided Hibiscus (Hibiscus rosa-sinensis): Bring the look and feel of the tropics to your landscape! Our braided Hibiscus have had their stems trained together early in their growth, to create an appearance that is sure to attract all the right attention. These plants are a work of art! They produce the large and bold blooms that hibiscus is noted for in shades of red, orange, yellow, pink, and bicolor.  They stay small so that they can fit virtually anywhere in your landscape. Their exposed trunks add an element of style. With their lush, glossy foliage and beautiful flowers, it is easy to see why these are favorites for using as an entryway focal point or to brighten up a sunny corner in your landscape.

Plumeria-650x650Plumeria (Plumeria var.): Plant Plumeria in your landscape and enjoy the colorful show of summertime flowers! The bloom is not just pretty, they are also fragrant, exuding scents of jasmine, citrus, spices, gardenia, and more! These are tropical trees with a gorgeous display of green leathery leaves and thick stems. They like to be planted in a sunny location in your landscape so that they can bloom properly. We can plant them nearly anywhere. There is a wide range of varieties and colors available, so visit any of our nursery locations and allow our nursery pros to help you find the perfect small tree for your landscape!

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CITRUS-INSTACitrus: Our semi-dwarf citrus tree is a beautiful, compact tree that is going to fit well in any situation in your yard. With this evergreen tree, you get the benefit of the flower, the fruit, and the compact size. We like to use them for shade, privacy, and of course, the nutritious fruit! The citrus trees at Moon Valley Nurseries are grown from Carrizo rootstock. This vigorous rootstock is resistant to many diseases and produces the sweetest tasting fruit anywhere. Plant these evergreens near windows and enjoy the view and aroma! Some of our favorites include:

 

 

 

Lemons: We sell the best varieties for our area, Meyer, Lisbon, and Eureka! These small trees have green foliage and bear juicy fruit ideal for cocktails and meals.

Tangerines: Sweet tasting tangerines are bursting with juicy flavor! We sell the best varieties for our area including Satsumas, Clementine, Mandarin, and Sunburst.

Oranges: Orange trees are a must-have in any edible garden. And at Moon Valley Nurseries, we have been growing the best varieties from only registered rootstock for over 20 years! These are magnificent landscape trees, and when the flowers bloom, you can’t help but be taken by the fragrance!

Kumquats: The “little gold gem” of the citrus family, Kumquats offer numerous health benefits including anti-oxidants and essential oils. These beautiful landscape trees are shrubby and compact so that they are ideal for any size yard.

 

We Can Plant Unique Small Evergreen Trees That Make a Positive Impact in Your Landscape

Increase property value with our value-engineered evergreen trees. Moon Valley Nurseries has been custom-growing the world’s best trees for over 20 years. We have the smaller trees available that are lush, beautiful, and ready to adorn your landscape. Allow our nursery pros to help you find the perfect tree for the perfect spot in your yard.

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The Moon Valley Difference: Our People and How We Grow and Plant the World’s Best Trees

Posted by Felipe Benavides on 7/3/2018

Nursery2Moon Valley Nurseries only hires the best of the best! Every year, we take top honors as the best nursery, voted on by the residents in the area. It is not just our amazing services and an incredible selection of trees, palms, shrubs, and other plants that make us America’s best nursery – it’s our people, too!

Our People

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Our people love working here. In fact, we were voted one of the best places to work in Phoenix! We have dedicated employees that have been with us since day one – that’s twenty-plus years and counting!

You see, we take great pride in our nursery pros because they know what it takes to help our customers achieve their dream landscape. Every one of our employees is an expert and knowledgeable on all things trees and plants. Also, when it comes to designing yards, no one can match our experienced nursery experts that know all about the trees and plants that thrive where our customers live. From xeriscape to Mediterranean and tropical landscapes, our staff knows what grows best in our desert environment – we live here, too! Our landscape design specialists have created dream yards and beautified neighborhoods throughout the Phoenix area, from Arcadia to Paradise Valley, Ahwatukee and all the great communities in our beautiful state!

A visit to any of our Phoenix area nurseries is a fun and rewarding experience, whether you come alone or bring your family. Our team members will be glad to show you around our beautiful nurseries. Allow us to help you handpick the perfect trees for the perfect spots in your yard. From Canary Island Date palms to Ficus, Tipu trees, and a wide assortment of cacti and succulents –  feel free to ask our nursery pros about anything that we sell!

And, after you have completed the process of selecting the exact trees, our nursery pros will maintain and care for your tree so that it is just as perfect as when you first laid your eyes on it. Our nursery crew takes pride in their work and is passionate about taking good care of trees and plants. The proof is in our massive inventory of amazing-looking trees, palms, shrubs, hedges, and other plants. Plus, we employ our own experienced planting crew that goes above and beyond so that you will love the look of your beautiful new yard!

 

How We Grow

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Buying a tree from Moon Valley Nurseries is one of the best things you can do for your landscape. After all, we value engineer our products to save you money. Other nurseries in the area sell much smaller trees and price them as though they are bigger trees. We don't! We sell bigger trees at the lowest prices. We grow our trees for you, our valued customers. Our trees are grown in containers, which have a higher survival rate and no shock when planted in the summer. Plus, if you prefer a younger tree so that you can watch it grow, container trees grow much faster than field dug trees. Our trees are grown from our selected mother trees in our labs, and in our local climate. So, it’s a tree that we will always guarantee. 

When you purchase a tree from Moon Valley Nurseries, you are getting the finest-quality trees that are custom-grown to thrive in your landscape!

How We Plant

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Relax and allow our experienced crew to do all the work. You Buy It, and We Plant It! How great is that? Let’s face it, we know what works, which is why we are a favorite tree nursery throughout the Southwest. Since we grow our trees in a container, they are much easier to load, unload, and plant. When we install our trees, they are guaranteed to be planted at the right depth because the container is set into the hole. And, compared to field dug trees, we will always have a much greater selection of trees available during most times of the year. Our professional planting includes doing all the hard labor work, such as digging and planting. But that’s not all. We also apply mulch and our world-famous Moon Juice. Everything we plant is guaranteed to grow!

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