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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: landscape tips, Monthly Tips

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: landscape tips, Expert, Insider

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!

Topics: landscape tips, Industry Expert

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!

 

Topics: knowledge base, Expert

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.

Topics: knowledge base, Industry Expert

The Importance of Fertilizing Your Trees in The Summer

Posted by Arica Harrison on 6/14/2018

moon-juice-nvAs summer is here in Arizona, we need to act now and fertilize our trees before it’s too hot. Yes, trees need a little help just like our flowers and other plants. It is important to make sure we are using fertilizer to assist in the healthy growth of our planted trees. At Moon Valley Nurseries, we understand the need and importance of fertilizing and have compiled some key information to pass along to you. 

 

What is Fertilizer?

First off, let’s start off with the basics – what is fertilizer? Fertilizer is any substance, natural (organic) or chemical (inorganic), that is added to soil or plant tissue to increase its health and nutrients. Most fertilizers contain essential micro and macro nutrients that trees and plants need that might not be present in the soil. Macro-nutrients are the substances needed in large quantities, some are found in air and water – Carbon, Oxygen, and Hydrogen. The main macro-nutrients usually needed in addition are Nitrogen, Phosphorus, and Potassium; Nitrogen is the most likely to be deficient in our soil.  The secondary nutrients which are less likely to be missing from soil are Calcium, Magnesium, and Sulfur. Among the common micro-nutrients (nutrients needed in much smaller amounts) are Zinc, Manganese, and Iron.  

 

Why is Fertilizer Important?

Urban and suburban trees need additional nutrients than what is provided in the surrounding environment. Unlike trees growing naturally in forests, our planted trees have more stressors and deficiencies. Forests provide naturally occurring fertilization due to animals and decomposing material found within their environment. Our trees do not have those same opportunities as we usually rake away fallen leaves and must deal with city stressors and construction. By using a fertilizer, we can provide the much-needed micro and macro nutrients that are deficient in our arid Southwest environment. When growing, trees need a steady supply of nutrients, fertilizing achieves that. By supplementing essential nutrients, we can assure that our trees will grow healthy and strong. Fertilizers help trees protect themselves from pests and disease – mush like how eating helps our immune systems. Healthy trees can withstand damage from their environment, like wind and heat stress.  It is important to fertilize our trees so that they can grow healthy and we can enjoy them instead of stressing over them. 

 

When Should We Fertilize?

Here is Arizona, now is the perfect time to fertilize your trees to get them the essential nutrients to help them thrive during our hot summer months. By fertilizing now, we can give our trees a better chance at fighting against heat and summer stressors. Last chance before it gets too hot! After it gets over 110 degrees, we suggest that you don’t do normal fertilizing but use Moon Juice, a liquid variety to help summer growth, every month. And every other month, to use Moon Valley’s Soil & Water Conditioner. 

It is important to set up a regular fertilizing program to ensure that you will have healthy trees all year round. We suggest fertilizing or using Moon Juice monthly to help with our warmer weather and dryer climate. If you want to have clear guidelines and timeframe, don’t hesitate to reach out to our knowledgeable pros at your local Moon Valley Nursery. Our custom blended fertilizers are designed to trigger growth responses so they can be used at any time, even after the ideal springtime growth season. 

Here are some signs of things to look for that fertilizers can help with: 

- Yellowing leaves that are smaller than normal. Overall growth is stunted – possible Nitrogen deficiency. 

- Small leaves with scorched edges, may be purplish or blue-green in color. Leaves may fall early. Overall growth seems weakened and reduced – possible Phosphorus deficiency. 

- Tips and edges of leaves are yellow and look scorched with brownish-purple spotting underneath – possible Potassium deficiency. 

- Leaves turn dark starting at the base and going outward then die – possible Calcium deficiency. 

- Leaves are yellow between the veins which stay green – possible Iron deficiency. 

- Center of leaves turn yellow or reddish in color. Dead spots appear – possible Magnesium deficiency. 

- Upper leaves turn yellow in the center between the veins – possible Manganese deficiency. 

- Veins are a lighter color than the tissue in between – possible Sulfur deficiency. 

 

Choosing a fertilizer can seem like a daunting process, as there are many varieties and choices out there. At Moon Valley Nurseries, we have developed highly specialized blends of fertilizers that we use throughout our growing farms and nurseries. Grower proven and grower approved. We want to remove any guesswork and confusion during the decision process. Any of our nursery professionals can help you select the perfect fertilizer for your tree’s needs. Below are a few of our recommended picks for trees. 

moon_juice_fert_better_2Supercharged Moon Juice –  Perfect for all trees and plants. Moon Juice has Furst liquid technology which helps maximize your tree’s potential. It includes a proprietary blend of organic enzymes and amino acids that stimulate the growth signals within a plant or tree. Moon Juice contains the three most important micro-nutrients – Iron, Manganese, and Zinc. It also has Vitamin B-1, thiamine mononitrate which is beneficial for new plantings. Moon Juice enhances a tree’s ability to recover and prevent issues from stresses caused by extreme heat, transplanting, and other events. Supercharge your trees! 

 

palm_juice_fertSuper Palm Juice  Palm trees are a major staple in Arizona landscapes. And just like the unique look they bring, palm trees need a unique blend of nutrients. Moon Valley’s Super Palm Juice is custom blended as a liquid to include Potash, Manganese, Iron, Sulfur, Zinc, Copper, and Boron. This super easy-to-use liquid will help produce stronger, thicker trunks and dark green fronds creating a healthier palm. Use Super Palm Juice to correct yellow, weak, or disfigured fronds. 

 

 

moon_dust_fertMoon Dust  All-purpose tree & plant fertilizer! A custom, organic blend that contains the three macro-nutrients needed, Nitrogen, Phosphorus, and Potash (Potassium). This is a quick dissolving granular fertilizer that is beneficial for all plants and trees. Moon Dust was especially developed for tough, compact, and alkaline soils. Designed for the desert, so perfect for Arizona, Moon Dust contains perfect amounts of Sulfur and Gypsum to fight the effects of salt in the soil. The #1 all-purpose fertilizer in the US!  

 

 

moon_green_fertMoon Green  Say goodbye to yellowing foliage! Moon Green is a safe and easy-to-use solution for yellowing trees and plants, which is a common problem here in the Arizona desert. Developed to help fight Iron Chlorosis (deficiency), we combined Iron with our Furst liquid technology for an easy fix. Along with being a liquid Iron supplement, Moon Green also helps reduce soil alkalinity and neutralize caliche clay soils. But most of all, it promotes greener and darker leaves (and grass)! Use Moon Green to bring greenness back into your landscape during our hot summers. 

 

soil_conditioner_fertSoil & Water Conditioner  Use this to make watering and fertilizing more efficient. Ideal for use with any fertilizers as it helps optimize soil conditions. Desert soil can be the most difficult part in growing trees as it is hard and has a high pH level. Moon Valley’s Soil and Water Conditioner helps breakup the salt buildup and loosens tough soil. The Sulfur contained will reduce the high pH level and lets the salt flush out of the root system. Gypsum leads to better drainage and loosening of the soil. By using the Soil & Water Conditioner every other month, your soil will be healthier which will allow your trees to access needed nutrients and water. 

 

Wait no longer! Call or visit your nearest Moon Valley Nurseries location to pick up the perfect fertilizer and supplements for your trees (and palms) today. Use the knowledge of our nursery pros to help select a fertilizer and plan a regime to keep your trees healthy and thriving! 

Let’s not forget to keep our lawns healthy and growing all summer long with Moon Royale Turf Fertilizer! This pilled homogeneous fertilizer is easy to apply to lawns and acts quickly. Get healthy, green grass with fewer weeds and damage with regular fertilization every four to six weeks. 

 

 

 

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Think before you Irrigate!

Posted by Arica Harrison on 5/17/2018

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Think Before You Irrigate

As summer quickly approaches, and temperatures are starting to rise, we should get outside and do all those yard projects we have saved up. There are many things that go into re-doing a yard or creating one. While irrigation is key to keeping all things in a yard thriving, there are a few items you should handle first.

  1. Have a Plan for Your Yard: Before you start any work, you need a plan. Pretty straight-forwards, right? It is important to know what you want the end-product to look like; whether you want big shade trees, cactus, or pops of color. You might also want to think about what kind of style or feel you want. Maybe something like a tropical getaway or minimal and clean. Whatever you want, you should start with a plan. At Moon Valley Nurseries, our knowledgeable design pros are available to help you create your vision. They can either point you in the right direction, or they can do all the work for you!
  1. Plant First: It might seem like a good idea to lay all the groundwork and irrigation before planting, but it can create more work for you. Planting all your trees, shrubs, and other plants first can help the project go smoothly. By planting first, you will be able to know exactly where you will need the irrigation system to go and which areas are important. This means that you know where the trees will be, so you know where the water needs to go. If you do the irrigation system first then plant your tree, there’s a chance you will decide the tree looks better elsewhere before planting. This could mean that all that hard work installing the pipes, valves, and everything else would need to be changed. So, plant your trees first, then install the irrigation system.

Moon Valley Nursery pros are available to help your dream landscape come together! By having one of our passionate designers assist you, they can help you find the perfect trees and create a plan for where both the trees and irrigation should go. Call or stop by today to see what Moon Valley Nursery can for you and your yard!

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Top 5 reasons to plant shade now

Posted by Arica Harrison on 5/17/2018

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There’s nothing like sitting under a big shade tree to get away from the hot summer sun. We can all attest to that. But there are many other reasons why shade trees are great. Below are our top reasons to plant them now.

  1. Save on Your Utilities by Properly Planting a Tree-It is possible to greatly reduce the cost of air conditioning by up to half by planting trees. In order for this to be effective, we need to plant a few trees strategically around our homes to achieve natural cooling. Ask a Moon Valley nursery pro on the proper places to plant shade trees to cut your utility costs, and start saving!
  1. Trees Block Unwanted Things and Create Privacy-Trees and plants are often used for privacy hedges or walls, but they can do so much more. Trees can also be used as sound barriers from noisy streets or busy parks. Planting trees around our homes can also help block such things as wind and dust from bothering us. Is the view from your backyard unappealing? Trees can be used to disguise unwanted views and creates a beautifully, calming canopy of green.
  1. Trees Increase Property Value-By creating a beautiful and well-designed landscape, we can increase the property value of our homes by as much as 15 percent. And who doesn’t want that? It’s an easy way to make a good investment.
  1. Trees Mark the Seasons-Every passing season brings new things. And this is very evident with trees. By planting trees, we can add variety to our landscapes. Spring brings bright green colors, while fall gives us vibrant colors of reds and oranges. Wondering when the seasons will change? Look to your trees and witness the exchange first-hand!
  1. Trees Create Cooler Environments-Over the last 50 years, average temperatures have risen about 6 degrees. This is due to increase production of roads and buildings which are heat-absorbing, and the decline in tree coverage. By planting trees, we can help cool our environments by creating shade for our homes and streets. Trees help cool our cities, so why not do our share and plant some trees?

At Moon Valley Nurseries, we grow our trees on our own local farms to ensure the greatest quality of trees. And, since we grow locally, our trees are custom to thrive in the Arizona environment. Below are some of our favorite shade trees for Arizona landscapes.

specimen tipu treesTipu (Tipuana tipu) – This fast-growing, semi-evergreen thrives in intense desert heat and loves full sun exposure. It’s feathery, bright bluish-green foliage along with its golden blooms gives year-round interest to any yard. As a bonus, Tipu trees attract butterflies, creating a beautiful environment for relaxation.

 

 

 

 

 

42Box-Ficus-Nitida-with-PersonFicus ‘Nitida’ (Ficus microcarpa ‘nitida’) – With dense, lush green foliage, this evergreen tree provides ample amounts of shade to any landscape. The white, multi-trunks pop against the green canopy which grows into an attractive, open natural shape. Perfect for blocking out neighborhood sounds and creating privacy.

 

 

 

 

 

5Live Oak (Quercus virginiana) – Also known as “Southern Live Oak”, this shade tree is a classic that the whole family will enjoy. Children love to use this tree to climb, and due to its long life, go ahead and carve your initials into it for later generations to find! Live Oaks have dense, dark green leaves that make up the large crown that spreads wide around the dark trunk. These trees are extremely drought tolerant and require low water, perfect for the Arizona climate.

 

 

 

 

EVERGREEN_ASH_MESA_993x625Evergreen Ash (Fraxinus udhei) –  Can’t go wrong with a park-style tree! Evergreen Ash trees, also known as Shamel Ash trees, have thick trunks with full canopies of glossy, long, dark green leaves. This tree requires minimal maintenance and pruning, making it simple to grow! It is fast-growing so you won’t have to wait long to enjoy large amounts of shade.

 

 

Chinese-Elm-2Chinese Elm ‘True Green’ (Ulmus parvifolia) – The Chinese Elm tree is perfect for the Southwestern areas! This large, and easy-to-care-for tree thrives in full sun and loves hot areas. Moon Valley carries the ‘True Green’ strain that does not weep. The wide, umbrella-shaped canopy creates massive amounts of shade, perfect for a sitting beneath for a picnic or hanging up a swing for the kids to enjoy! True Green elms have an upright, rounded growth habit and small, deep green leaves that are a favorite among homeowners.

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