Felipe Benavides

Felipe has been working in the Nursery and Garden center for many years and bring extensive knowledge to trees, plants, and landscape design.

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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.

Topics: landscape tips

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.

Topics: landscape tips

Best Evergreens for Summer

Posted by Felipe Benavides on 7/20/2018

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It’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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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.

Topics: landscape tips, knowledge base

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.

Moon Valley Custom Fertilizers

 

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!

Care Guide!

 

 

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!

Topics: knowledge base

Landscape And Garden Tips for July

Posted by Felipe Benavides on 7/3/2018

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Tips to Keep Your Landscape Looking Good All Summer Long

 

It’s summertime, and the living is easy. Well, the heat may be putting a bit of a damper on comfortable living, and our material in our landscape is likely showing heat stress, too. No need to panic as we are here to help!

If you have been following and keeping up with our blog, you probably have the best-looking landscape in the neighborhood. If it’s your first time reading our monthly landscape and garden tips, now is an excellent time to read up on our expert recommended tips. Our nursery pros have covered some important tips for taking care of our trees and other plants this summer.

 

How to Water, What to Plant, and More!

 

The best time to do any gardening is in the early morning or later in the day. The goal is to avoid the heat. So, do your chores when the temperatures are much more comfortable.

Watering: Early risers have an advantage in the summer. We recommend watering early in the morning, between 4 am and 8 am. Watering early in the morning reduces the evaporation loss. Deep watering is the best way to ensure that the entire root zone becomes saturated. When it comes to watering trees, be sure to saturate the soil at least three feet deep and for shrubs, drench the soil at least one foot deep. We will want to deep water with a hose every ten to fourteen days. Water your containers twice a day. If you notice white crust building up in containers, it’s salt buildup; remove and water heavily to flush out salts. 

Keep an eye out for summer drought conditions. We recommend deep watering your flower beds and vegetable gardens two to three times a week.

Fertilizing: Apply a slow-release fertilizer to containers. Feed your roses during the middle of the month to encourage more flowering. Moon Valley Nurseries has developed specialized blends of fertilizers that can give the material in your landscape a helping hand during the summer. Our fertilizers are designed to help trees, palms, and shrubs recover from any heat stress. Purchase our fertilizers at all Moon Valley Nurseries locations.

Protect the Trunk of Your Tree: Did you know that trees can get a sunburn, too? They can, and unlike humans, applying sunscreen is not going to benefit the tree. Young trees will need protection when the temperatures rise. We recommend protecting a new tree from sunburn with a Protective Tree Wrap. It is also smart to stake both young and older trees. Staking the trees will provide some stability when the high winds or monsoon comes in.

Mulching: If you are looking to keep the soil moist all summer long, we recommend applying mulch around the base of the tree. Adding a three to four-inch layer of mulch is an excellent way to retain moisture and keep your soil cool during the summer months. We will also want to keep a thick layer of mulch around the roots of trees and shrubs.

Pruning: This is the time to remove any faded or dead flowers to encourage new growth. We will want to remove annual flowers that have finished flowering.

Vegetable Garden: We will want to plant transplants of tomatoes, eggplants, and peppers. This is an excellent time to start seeding lima beans, pumpkins, and squash.

Tip: If you have garlic and onions, they are ready when their tops start to bend over. After they have dried for a couple of weeks, remove their tops and store in a cool place.

Lawn Care: We recommend raising the mowing height to 2.5 to 3-inches. Also, water your lawn with one inch of water per week.

 

Our Experts Recommend Planting these Trees This Month

 

tipu_1_origTipu (Tipuana tipu): Anyone that is looking for a shade tree is sure to love and appreciate the amount of shade these fast-growing trees can create. These trees are a favorite throughout Arizona. They are water-wise trees that can thrive in intense desert heat. People love their year-round beauty. They feature feathery bright bluish-green foliage and put on a show when the golden blooms appear from late spring to early summer. Of course, in the summer, it’s all about the shade, where Tipuana tipu trees are star performers. Plant them as an excellent street tree or lawn tree or use them as a tree for the patio.

 

live_oak_specimen_SLIDE_1Live Oak (Quercus virginiana): These are long-lived trees with a beautiful spreading canopy that can block sunlight and create shade. Live Oak is an iconic tree that can live for hundreds of years. They are excellent trees for Arizona because they require little water once established. Homeowners rave about their low maintenance features and families are sure to love mature trees that offer plenty of climbing opportunities. If you want to create massive shade and a privacy screen, we recommend planting them in rows!

 

 

 

mesquite-2Chilean Mesquite (Prosopis chilensis): This is a thornless variety of Mesquite, and it’s one that features a wide canopy that can provide light, filtered shade to create a comfortable area outdoors. This tree is classic featuring soft, bright green, fern-like foliage and dark, twisting branches that add visual interest to any landscape. These trees are water-wise, so they are also an excellent choice for a dry rock garden, or planted near pathways and patios where the shade they create is sure to be appreciated by everyone. We recommend planting a few of them together as groves so that they can create a privacy screen complete with shade coverage.

 

chinese_elm_650x650-min2Chinese Elm ‘True Green’ (Ulmus parvifolia): Plant a Chinese Elm tree on your lawn and bask in the shade it can provide! This summertime favorite grows with a wide, umbrella shape that provides a comfortable picnic area. The canopy spreads fast so that it can provide plenty of shade, even at an early age! The foliage is a lovely, dark green color that looks exceptionally beautiful in the summer.  Families are sure to love a mature True Green tree, offering the chance to climb its limbs or attach a tire swing for hours of fun.

 

 

 

ficus-rubiginosa-in-landscape-nice-multi-650X650-MVNFicus: Shade, check. Privacy features, check. Beauty, check. It is easy to see why this is one of our most popular trees! It features dense evergreen foliage with a wide-spreading canopy that creates the shade you need to provide relief in the summer. The dense foliage can also block unwanted views and help to create a private yard. Also, if you live near a busy street, they can act as a natural sound barrier. Moon Valley Nurseries offers the best varieties for our area including Indian Laurel and Rubiginosa.

 

 

 

catawba_crape_myrtle_SLIDE_2Crape Myrtle (Lagerstroemia): Vibrant color in your landscape can make the heat a little more bearable. These small to medium trees bloom in the summertime, creating an abundance of color that paints our landscape with a variety of hues. Summertime colors range from white to red, purple and pink. Homeowners with smaller yards will appreciate its ability to fit in tighter spaces. They are drought tolerant and are sure to add instant curb appeal. Plant them in the front yard and create drama when you highlight the tree with nighttime landscape lighting!

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The World Famous Tipu Tree

Posted by Felipe Benavides on 7/2/2018

 

Tipu Tree: Tree of the Week

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One of the best shade trees you can find anywhere is the Tipu tree! Yes, this semi-evergreen tree with an unusual name is fast becoming a favorite throughout Arizona. In fact, Tipuana tipu is world famous for its high-spreading canopy and attractive foliage that provides shade. Don’t let the blistering sun keep you from enjoying your yard. Yes, if it is shade coverage you are after, there are not too many better trees than this. When talking about this tree, one must mention its feathery, bright bluish-green foliage. The foliage is not the only lovely feature. This fast-growing, colorful flowering tree puts on a show when the golden-colored blooms arrive in late spring and last to early summer. Adding to the colorful show are the butterflies that cannot get enough of the flowers.

A native of South America, Tipu trees thrive in warmer climates, such as what we experience in Arizona. These trees have a fast growth rate, so anyone that is looking to provide cooling shade over a larger space will want to have one planted in their landscape. Their exotic and tropical appearance makes them a perfect fit no matter where they are installed. That said, it is an excellent street tree or lawn tree. This is a fun tree for kids because they will love resting under its high canopy. Also, if you don’t park your car in the garage, park the car next to a Tipu tree – it will help keep cars cool on hot days!

Everyone is looking to save money. In the summer, we might see our bills skyrocket because of too much energy use. After all, the temperatures are soaring, and we want to be able to live comfortably in an air-conditioned room. There is a way to reduce the temperatures inside a home without having to suffer from the heat – plant specimen Tipu trees! With proper planting around a house, the massive amount of shade these trees provide can reduce the heat inside your home because you’ll be using your AC less often! They grow fast, and our landscape design specialist will be glad to show you where to plant them to reduce the temperatures inside of your home!

Besides being beautiful shade trees, Tipuana tipu trees are excellent permaculture trees! They absorb nitrogen from the air and put it in the soil, enriching the health of the soil along the way. These trees are good for the soil, and they can benefit other plants in the garden, too!

How to Grow Tipu Tree in Arizona

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Watering: Deep watering is the best way to help the soil settle around the roots. In our arid environment, it is a good idea to water about two to three times a week. Use a drip or soaker type water hose. Keep the soil moist, but not wet. Applying mulch around the base of the tree can help retain water during the summertime. Once established, they will have a high tolerance to drought.

Light Exposure: Plant these lovely trees in a location that receives full sun exposure. Full sun is at least six hours of direct sun per day.

Pruning: Remove any broken, dead, or diseased branches from limbs. Remove any branches flush with limbs and limbs flush with trunks.

Fertilizer: Feed with a regular diet of our specially blended fertilizers.

Tipu trees can come to the rescue to make our hot summer days a little more bearable. And, besides the shade they can provide, this colorful tree can also help increase property value by adding plenty of curb appeal!

Prepare to get cool – plant a bigger, value engineered Tipu tree! Visit your nearest Moon Valley Nurseries location to view one of these majestic trees for yourself. We will do all the work. That’s right. Our professional planting crew will do the digging and planting!

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Why Hedges are Perfect for Any Landscape

Posted by Felipe Benavides on 6/29/2018

hedges-az-caThe perfect yard should always have privacy in mind. After all, if your goal is to spend lots of quality time outdoors with your friends and family, the last thing you want to worry about are nosy neighbors getting into your business. And, if you have children, private yards can provide some peace of mind when our kids are playing outside. We want to be able to let our kids play in a safe place, away from the eyes of strangers. Hedges are the perfect solution for creating a secure and private play area for everyone in your family!

  • Can block unwanted views
  • Can help reduce road noise
  • Can help create a private landscape
  • Can create shade
  • Can be used as a windbreak
  • Add value and beauty to yards

 

The Perfect Yard Always Starts Out with Privacy

 

We know that no two landscapes are the same. Some properties have huge backyards. Some yards are much tighter. There is a solution no matter what size yard we are working with. Hedges such as Indian Laurel Columns and Italian Cypress are perfect for planting in tighter spaces and creating privacy. Block that unsightly view with something beautiful – plant hedges!

 

Hedges Can Create Shade, Too

 

Planting hedges around a property line does more than create a private area. That’s right. Hedges can also create some of that cool and comfortable shade we need during our blistering hot sunny days of summer! And, guess what? When hedges are installed properly around your home, they can help lower the temperatures inside your home. Lower the heat in your house, reduce energy use and save money!

When it comes to hedges, shade and privacy are definitely high on the list of attributes.  That said, hedges are also highly effective windbreaks. Also, if your property is next to a busy road, our fully-grown hedge specimens can help reduce sound from the street, and may even block that bright street light that keeps you up at night.

 

Our Top Hedges for Arizona Yards!

 

To take full advantage of hedges, we recommend buying them as big as you can. At Moon Valley Nurseries, we are your privacy hedgequarters! We have the largest and nicest-looking hedge specimens that you will find anywhere, ready to create privacy, shade, beauty, and much more!

ficus-nitida-column-36-row-with-alIndian Laurel Columns (Ficus nitida columns): One of the best hedges you will find anywhere is our Indian Laurel Columns. We like to plant them to create a living wall of privacy. These evergreen beauties can create an instantly private landscape and are the ideal choice to create a perfect yard. They thrive in desert environments and are water-wise, so they are well-suited for Arizona landscapes. As a bonus, homeowners love them for the massive amount of shade that they can add! Go ahead and enjoy some time in your backyard. Relax, unwind, or have fun, and do it in the shade, without nosy neighbors getting into your business. Plant these Ficus nitida columns in your yard and take in the dense green foliage that adds a splash of color to our arid environment.

 

bottlebrush_2Bottlebrush (Callistemon citrinus): Plant this evergreen in your yard and create a colorful privacy screen! The Bottlebrush features showy blood-red bottlebrush-like flower spikes that can paint your yard in hues of red! The red blends in beautifully with the blue-green foliage. Line them up along a property line to create a living wall brimming with color. Hummingbirds are attracted to the fragrant flowers, so kick back and enjoy the spectacle of birds humming in your private yard.

 

 

 

Oleander_logoOleander (Nerium oleander): Arizona homeowners know that they can count on this colorful, fast-growing hedge to create privacy. Summertime yards are more exciting thanks to the blooms of white, red, and pink flowers that occur until fall. They are drought-tolerant, so they are ideal for any water-wise landscape. Beautiful flowers and dark-green, leathery leaves make this a top choice for use as a living privacy fence. We like to plant them so that they can block unwanted views in style!

 

 

 

golden_bamboo_slide_2Golden Bamboo (Phyllostachys aurea): Golden Bamboo is a must-have in any Zen garden. Also, in your personal Zen garden, you are going to want to eliminate any unsightly visual distractions to keep yourself at peace and one with nature. Bright yellow stalks and lush green leaves grow together to further enhance the feeling of a tropical Zen garden, complete with privacy. It's easy to create a living wall for privacy when planting Golden Bamboo. These plants grow fast in a clustered growth pattern that creates a barrier in no time at all. Function meets beauty!

 

 

hopseedHopseed (Dodonaea viscosa): This native desert shrub has a similar growth habit to Oleander and can be used as an attractive hedge or privacy screen. Unlike Oleander, there are no colorful flowers. However, Hopseed more than makes up for that thanks to their bright green evergreen foliage that is sure to add vibrant greenery to any yard. They look fantastic and can block unwanted views growing in their natural form or pruning them into a formal hedge. They are very drought tolerant, so they are perfect hedges for any yard in Arizona. Feel free to use this sun-loving shrub as a tall, narrow screen or hedge.

 

 

Hedges are a welcome part of any landscape all year long. A natural fencing solution can increase property value and is always going to be good for the environment. It’s summertime, enjoy your yard with shade and privacy! Moon Valley Nurseries has the hedges you need. We do all the work, too!

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The Moon Valley Difference – Our Service and Our Quality!

Posted by Felipe Benavides on 6/29/2018

mvn_tatum_07-1Anyone that has visited Moon Valley Nurseries is sure to tell you the same thing – they have the biggest and most beautiful trees and plants they have ever seen. And, they will also tell you about the VIP service, and that they can buy the best selection of trees and plants anywhere, at the lowest prices! For instance, our 15-gallon trees are bigger than anyone else’s 24-gallon trees! We save you money and can help you create an instant landscape. With our trees and the help of our landscape design specialists, we can create your dream landscape!

 

The World’s Best Selection of Specimen Trees, Shrubs, and Other Plants

 

Perhaps you have heard about us and are ready to visit our nurseries. Well, the first visit to any of our nurseries is a memorable one. We have the largest and most beautiful trees on the market, all grown in our local climate so that they will thrive in your landscape. We have the bigger shade trees you want to create shade in your yard right now. It is summer after all, and our majestic shade trees, such as our Ficus trees, can help create a much more comfortable outdoor space.

The perfect yard always starts out with privacy. Moon Valley Nurseries is your privacy headquarters. We grow and plant the hedges that can create a private yard, with shade, too! Yep, we grow the things that add beauty and value to yards and properties throughout Arizona. We grow our trees and other plants longer than any other nursery, and we guarantee our products!

There is no doubt that our trees are bigger than anyone else’s. We offer wholesale prices to the public, so we save you money, too. That’s right! We value engineer our products, so you get the absolute best tree at the lowest price! We want our customers to save money because we want to help make the world a better place with our custom-grown trees!

No other nursery can touch the quality of our trees and our services. We are the grower, wholesaler, and retailer that grows hundreds of thousands of trees, palms, shrubs, and other plants. We grow everything so that every person can enjoy a beautiful new yard. We grow the best and biggest trees for our customers!

Landscape Design Specialists

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Bring in your ideas for your dream yard! We know that one of the best ways to increase property value is with a beautiful new landscape. The great thing about a new landscape is that unlike an interior design remodel, plants and trees never go out style. In fact, trees and plants grow fuller and more beautiful as they mature! Of course, knowing how to piece everything together can be a challenge for homeowners. The good news is that with our professional team of landscape design specialists, it cannot get any easier. We have been helping people achieve their dream landscape for over 20 years, and our design specialists work with you to make it all happen. We treat all our customers the way we would want to be treated. Allow our team to help you create the landscape you have always wanted, using the best, value engineered trees and plants on the planet!

Free Planting – You Buy It and We Plant It!

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Thanks to our free planting services, it cannot get any easier to come home to a yard that will be the envy of your neighborhood. Allow our experienced planting crew to do all the work! That’s right. Our “You Buy It, and We Plant It” is a service that no other nursery can touch! Our crew will dig the holes, install the trees, shrubs and other plants in the proper location, and ensure that it will thrive in your landscape. We guarantee the work we do!

Easy Financing!

Did you know that you can have your dream yard while paying over time? It’s true! We offer 12-month zero interest financing on approved credit via Green Sky. Funding a home improvement project with Green Sky will allow you to conserve your money. Plus, unlike many other credit cards, when you fund a project with us, you can typically get a lower interest rate! It is quick and easy to apply. Go ahead, handpick the specimen trees that create instant shade and the palms that can create a backyard tropical oasis! You can do all this without breaking the bank!

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