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Right Tree, Right Place

Posted by Bo Barrett on 11/6/2019

Helping Phoenix Stay Green

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Moon Valley Nurseries plants over a million trees every year! Recently, we were invited to Partner with SRP and the Arbor Day foundations Right Tree, Right Place program. The goal of this program is to identify trees that are encroaching on power lines, causing potential hazards to SRP customers and the communities they serve. 

The program identifies the trees that need to be removed, SRP’s vegetation management removes them, and we provide THREE replacement trees for every tree removed! 

From the start of the program, in February 2018 to present, Moon Valley Nurseries has provided almost 1500 low-water power line friendly trees to Phoenix and Tempe parks, schools, and communities! With other central desert municipalities following, the RTRP program will continue through the next several years and help make a positive environmental impact on our community.

 Shade trees planted in our desert communities do so much for our urban settings. The goal is to remove potentially dangerous trees, but replanting right away helps accomplish the goals all Phoenicians have, which includes adding shade to provide cooler homes and yards! 

Planting these new trees will provide our communities with some fantastic benefits:

  •  Expands the regional shade canopy providing more shade and reducing the urban heat island effect.
  •  More trees mean fewer Carbon emissions in our air.
  •  Reduces the cost of managing vegetation in our communities.
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Add Shade to Your Yard

You can accomplish this in your homes and gardens too! Plant a large shade tree on the south and west sides of your home to reduce heat and shade your home and driveway. Well placed trees can reduce energy costs by up to 10-15% annually. Planting deciduous shade trees will cool your home in the summer and let the sun come through in the winter to warm your home. Plant small-to-medium trees under power lines and closer to larger windows or patio doors to reduce the heat entering your house. You can plant palms around your pool in clusters to create shade canopies to cool down the deck around your pool. Planting tall hedges will help keep your yard cool and will also reduce noise and unwanted views. 

Design Shade with Moon Valley Nurseries

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 The right tree planted in the right place is essential to any functional landscape plan. Visit us today, and let’s get your new trees planted now to start cooling your home, saving money. Create a more beautiful and healthier landscape and a positive impact on Arizona with Moon Valley Nurseries. 



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Summer Watering in the Arizona Desert

Posted by Bo Barrett on 8/22/2019

Watering in the desert can be tricky 

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It is essential to know when to water, how often, and even more important, how deep to water. These factors are crucial for the success of any landscape type. Here we will discuss these topics and help ensure adequate irrigation throughout the hottest months in the Phoenix area.

The best time of the day to water your trees and plants is in the early morning. The ideal time to turn your drip system on and give your plants a good drink for the day is between 4 am and 6 am. As temperatures rise in the summertime, the trees and plants in your yard will need to maintain adequate moisture to ensure proper growth and root establishment. It also helps to prevent any wilting, burning, or stress associated with higher summertime temperatures. 

Stay away from watering during mid-day, evening, or night time. Midday irrigations are often too late and can cause thirsty trees to stress more. Watering in the evening time, especially during moist or humid nights will promote mold and fungal growth that can affect your plant or your trees overall health.

Now that we know the right time of day to water, it’s necessary to understand how deep, and how often, to water. Most new trees or plants will benefit from being watered every day for the first week.

Watering Depths

For ground covers or smaller shrubs, ensure that your water is getting into the soil at least 12 inches deep.

For medium-to-large shrubs, your water should reach 12 to 18 inches deep.

For trees, the water should reach 2 to 3 feet deep.

To check the depth of the water and make sure it drenches the soil, you can use a piece of rebar, a dowel rod, or one of the two-foot planting flags that we have here at the nursery. You will want to probe the soil and several different areas around the initial planting area and ensure that the water is getting to the depths recommended.

If you are probing the soil and the rods only going down one foot into the ground, probe other areas, and if you’re still reaching a depth of one foot, then you know you are not watering long enough. You can now adjust your system to run longer and then probe again to ensure the proper depth.

Watering Schedule


Tropical varieties should be watered in the summertime when the temperatures above 100° 4 to 5 times a week.

Subtropical varieties should be watered 3 to 4 times a week.

Desert varieties can be watered about two times a week or every third or fourth day.

Making sure that the water is getting down 2 to 3 feet on the trees and saturating the entire root ball is important and will eliminate how often you need to run your system if you’re watering to the proper depth. You can also check the top of the soil. When the soil is dry to the extent of an inch or two, it’s typically time to water again

Lastly, you should water at the drip line (the canopies edge or tips of the canopy), which is where the feeder roots exist. As the tree or plant establishes, move the drip lines to the side of the canopy. This will ensure that your roots continue to grow in the right direction.

For more tips or any questions on watering your trees, call your closest location today or visit us at!

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