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Pro Tips to Create a Layered Landscape

Posted by Jessica Downs on 9/13/2019

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Create a Layered Landscape in Your Yard

How to create layers in your landscape

Creating layers in your yard is exactly what it sounds like! To design layers, you want to add rows of trees and plants together to add depth to your outdoor space. The most common layered designs are three to four sections with each section descending in height, starting from the back.

Create the Perfect Balance

It can be challenging to start planning out your landscape and create the perfect balance of trees and plants within the layers. It is helpful to add a layer or two that stays repetitive and consistent in the overall design. This can be completed by planting identical, or similar-looking plants in groups or rows to create the consistency and balance in the design.

Be Mindful of Your Space

With a layered landscape, you want to also consider the space you will be using for this project. Without height restrictions, you can plant your back row with a variety of larger shade trees or hedge material. If your property does have height restrictions, you will need to consider smaller shade trees or hedges for that space.

Depending on how much space you have in your yard will decide how many layers you can add. Be sure to measure the available space and compare that to the spacing needs of your new plants and trees. This will help dwindle down the best material to use in your landscape.

Add Depth Between Layers

Mixing up different sizes, textures, and colors create an impressive amount of depth and life to your design. Even if you want your entire layout to be green all year-round, mix it up with plants that offer different shades of green, or mix the textures of your plants to add more of a three-dimensional look.

Landscape Garden Layer Guide

Background Layer

The back row is the background layer that features the biggest trees and shrubs. Trees and shrubs planted in this area are used to block views or to provide shade. To create a balanced backdrop to a layered landscape, we recommend planting hedges that stay green all year and have dense foliage. That dense foliage will create plenty of privacy and add a more dramatic effect to any color in front of it.

oleanders in containers at moon valley nurseriesRecommended Trees and Plants for the Background Layer

Ficus Columns

Ficus Columns, also known as the Hollywood Hedge, offer a dense "living wall" that never drops its leaves and stays green all year. A Ficus hedge will also act as a natural sound barrier so you can enjoy a quieter living space.


Oleanders look great in the background of a layered yard because they keep their leaves all year and produce colorful blooms from spring through fall. We carry pink, white, and red Oleander varieties in dwarf-form to fit different aesthetic needs (pictured above).

Midground Layer

The midground layer (or layers if you are adding more than three) features plants that should be from two to six feet, depending on the height of your back layer.

These plants are medium-to-large size shrubs, tropical shrubs, dwarf varieties, and smaller hedge material. This middle layer takes up the bulk of the landscape space and serves several functions by filling in the area.


Recommended Plants for the Midground Layer


Hibiscus are medium-to-large-sized shrubs that will add beautiful, tropical colors along the middle of your design. These colors are even more dramatic because of the dark foliage, especially if they are planted in front of a background layer like the Hollywood Hedge (pictured above).

Yellow Bells

Yellow Bells are medium-to-large evergreen shrubs with bright yellow flowers that bloom off and on in spring and fall. This shrub will create a pop in your landscape when it produces its trumpet-shaped flowers.  

Foreground Layer

The front layer features plants between the heights of one to two feet. The foreground is always designed with small shrubs, smaller tropical plants, and smaller annuals.

Plants placed in this layer can be planted in mass quantities and can be used to fill in larger spaces created by the midground layer. You can also allow these plants to spill out towards the front to flow into your ground cover.


Recommended Plants and Shrubs for the Foreground Layer

Coral Fountain

Coral Fountain is an excellent foreground option because of how much color it can bring to your landscape. This small-to-medium shrub produces bright coral trumpet-shaped flowers that bloom in waves throughout the year.

Everblooming Gardenia

The Everblooming Gardenia may look as delicate as the white flower they produce, but they are tough against the hot and cold months. This evergreen shrub will add gorgeous white blooms and a beautiful fragrance to the midground layer of your landscape (pictured above).

Ground Layer

The ground cover is the lowest layer of plants and turf that are no more than 12 inches off the ground. This area covers the soil and allows a natural buffer so you're not hugging the foundation with bigger plants or trees that can spill into the street or sidewalk.

The plants and turf used in this area should be selected for their compact growth and can be annuals, ground covers, and low perennials. This area can also provide protection between the foreground and the sidewalk/walkways/lawn.


Recommended Plants for the GROUND COVER Layer


Lantana comes in many different colors, which makes them versatile for use in landscape design. No matter what the customer is trying to create, Lantana will fit in perfectly. Trailing Lantana grows low on the ground and spreads to every direction, filling in any empty space (pictured above).


Myoporum is a great option for ground cover when you are looking for something that is evergreen and spreads rapidly in the landscape. They love full sun exposure and even have small white blooms appear in the summer for a quick display of color.

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September Landscape and Garden Tips

Posted by Jessica Downs on 9/6/2019

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September is the month where lots of things start to change. The kids are settling into school after a fun summer, football parties are starting up, and the weather is starting to change for the better!

We are finally starting to come out of the hot summer and into cooler fall. As much as we are excited for cooler temperatures (and getting to wear your favorite sweatshirt again), our landscape is even more excited!

Fall is the Best Planting Season

Fall is the time when our trees and plants can efficiently establish themselves in their new environment. With the changing of the season, there are a few things we need to remember so that our landscapes and gardens can thrive.

Arizona Homeowners: While the weather is going to be cooling down, there is still a good chance that the heat might come back for a few more days. Be mindful of the temperatures and adjust accordingly for your yard.

Watering Your Landscape

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With the cooler nights and days, it’s important to change our watering routine again. 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.

Multiple factors play into how much you need to water. Those factors include the type of tree or plant and the planting location. 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.

Watering Your Lawn

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.

Check out our watering guide to see what we recommend for your region and your trees.

Fertilizing Your Trees and Plants

Fertilizing your trees, palms, and other plants will help them grow to their full potential through the fall and recover from any heat stress they may have endured over the summer. Now is the perfect time to give additional help with the growing process. Fertilizers allow trees and plants to intake more nutrients and water, along with making nutrients more readily available.

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Moon Valley Nurseries has a line of custom-developed fertilizers, such as Moon Juice pictured above, that can be used on a variety of landscape materials including turf, grass, palms, desert trees, shade trees, and so much more. 

Click here to see our Moon Valley Nurseries custom fertilizers and use what the experts use!

Tree Care

This is the beginning of the season where you will start to see your trees grow more than you have the last few months.

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!

Click here to learn more about Tree Care in the Phoenix region.

Trees to Plant in the Fall

Tipu Tree

tipu-15The Tipu is an excellent tree in any landscape, especially when you want to create massive canopies of shade quickly. Whether it is to cool your home, shade a patio, or protect the other plants in your yard, the Tipu tree is the perfect fit.

It also requires little maintenance as it does extremely well in different types of soil and drought-like conditions. Because of its toughness, it has quickly become a favorite in many areas for public parks and walkways, which helps save money on maintenance while creating a more livable neighborhood.

This is also one of the best waterwise trees to use for xeriscaping and low-water homes due to its ability to withstand drought.

Ficus Indian Laurel Tree


The Ficus Indian Laurel is a beautiful dense shade tree that looks stunning and can be used in your landscape in many ways. It doesn’t hurt that this tree comes in multiple aesthetics such as single trunk, multi-trunk, and column form (perfect for hedges!).

This tried and true tree has shown its ability to thrive in the harsh conditions in Arizona. Because of its durability, beauty, and mass amounts of shade it provides, the Indian Laurel has become the top-selling tree at Moon Valley Nurseries.

Click here to learn why the Ficus Indian Laurel is one of the best options to create a perfect, thick hedge around your property.

Piru Queen Palm Tree

PiruSpecially grown in our Arizona and Southern California farms, the Piru Queen palm is unlike any other Queen palms. Our Piru Queen palms feature thicker and harder trunks, denser and greener fronds, and produce fuller crowns than the ones you will find in other nurseries.

Our Piru Queen Palms can handle hot summers, cold winters, and windy days. The palm is supported by a rounded trunk, which makes it an ideal palm option for tight or narrow spaces around your pool. It does require overhead space as the palm grows to statuesque heights.

Moon Valley Nurseries Landscape Design


Visit any our Moon Valley Nurseries location and get a FREE in-store consultation for your project. Our nursery experts will guide you through the design process and walk you around the nursery to see the best trees for your needs. Once you pick out your trees and schedule a delivery date, we do the rest! Schedule a consultation here.

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Topics: Monthly Tips

Enjoy These Tasty Drinks on Labor Day Weekend (Recipes Included!)

Posted by Jessica Downs on 8/30/2019

Labor Day weekend is here! This is a time to gather your friends and family, enjoy conversations and laughter, and eat delicious foods in your backyard. BBQ is a big deal this weekend, and so is entertaining. Whether you are hosting the celebrations or going to a friend’s place, having a winning recipe is crucial!


Use Ingredients from Moon Valley Nurseries

We are lucky to be living in a region that allows different varieties of fruit and citrus trees to grow and produce delicious fruits. Growing your own food has many benefits. The fruit you harvest will be healthier and cheaper than anything you purchase in grocery stores.

Growing and harvesting fruit is also a rewarding family experience, and everybody can participate from watering, fertilizing, picking fruit, and prepping the food!

Whether you prefer lemon, orange, grapefruit, fig, lime, peach, or something else, talk to our nursery professionals near you to see which tree varieties do best in your home.

Below are some delicious drinks you can try out this Labor Day Weekend. Enjoy them by the pool, while you’re grilling, or while you watch your favorite team play.

Let us know which your favorite drink is!

Drinks for the Adults (alcoholic)


Limoncello Sangria Cocktail

This cocktail recipe adds a different twist to the traditional sangria that you usually drink!  It has a lighter taste with a super refreshing blast of citrus. To make this drink, you will need to buy Limoncello or make your own. To make up to seven cups of Limoncello, you will need ten lemons.

Classic Gin Fizz Cocktail

Be sure to offer your guests a classic cocktail that is sure to be a popular choice this weekend. The Classic Gin Fizz will be a hit! All you need is some fresh-squeezed lemon juice, gin, club soda, and sugar. It only takes minutes to make, which leaves you with more time to spend time with family.

Spicy Grapefruit Margarita Cocktail

For those who love to kick it up a notch, the Spicy Grapefruit Margarita will do the job. This cocktail gets its spice from the slice of jalapeno that is stirred into the drink. This margarita tastes best with fresh lime and grapefruit juice mixed with the tequila of your choice and some delicious agave nectar.

Drinks for Keto


Vodka Mojito Cocktail

This low-carb and sugar-free drink is perfect and straightforward. If you don’t like mint, then this might not be your drink (look below for another Keto option). If you LOVE mint, then you are in luck! This drink is made with fresh mint, fresh lime juice, and your favorite vodka and is the perfect addition to a casual day by the pool.

Sex on the Beach Cocktail

It can be hard to find keto recipes, especially alcoholic drink recipes, but they do exist, and the Sex on the Beach cocktail is one of the most delicious drinks that fit into the keto diet. It is packed with tropical flavor, including cranberry, peach, and lime.

Drinks for the Kids

Old-Fashioned Lemonade Recipe


Lemonade is one of the easiest drinks to make, and kids love to get involved with the process. This is the ideal drink for a three-day weekend that kids and parents can enjoy together. The best cup of lemonade is always made with freshly squeezed lemons.

Pink Lemonade Recipe Pink Lemonade Lemon-2

For something a little different than the old-fashioned recipe, make some pink lemonade! At Moon Valley Nurseries, we grow a citrus variety known as the Variegated Pink Lemon. This lemon tree stays pretty small and grows delicious pink lemons that will make your mouth water! 

Plant a Lemon tree in your yard today and always be ready for the best glass of lemonade.

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Planning a New Landscape This Fall?

Posted by Jessica Downs on 8/30/2019

Arizona Weather in the Fall


The fall season is the prime time to start prepping and planning for any new trees and shrubs you have wanted to include in your landscape. The weather is getting more comfortable every day for you to start enjoying the outdoors more, starting with your yard!

Fall Creates Great Planting Conditions

Temperatures in Arizona are Cooling Down

As we enter September, the temperatures are going to start steadily dropping to create the perfect mixture of sunlight and heat for newly planted trees and other plant material.

With less sun and heat shining down on them, your new trees won’t require as much water as they have been needing the last few months. Trees planted in the next two-three months can significantly benefit from the colder weather.

Arizona Soil will Stay Warm through Fall

While the temperatures are getting lower by the day, the ground is still warm from the consistent, hot days over the last few months. That heat buildup makes the perfect environment for newly transplanted trees to have the most successful root growth.

The warm soil also decreases the chances of transplant shock to the plant. When planting and while the root continues to establish, we recommend using our custom Super Charged Moon Juice monthly for added supplementation.

Plan Now for the Perfect Spring Landscape

Planting in the fall also guarantees that the roots will have the most time to establish into the soil and be ready to start focusing on top growth once spring arrives.

Adding plants in the fall also makes for a more enjoyable time for you now that the mosquitos are going away, so come into a nursery and find the trees that are perfect for your yard. Our nursery professionals recommended a few trees below that they love showing to customers right now. At our nurseries, there are thousands of varieties of trees and plants to choose for your yard.

Start Designing Your Yard for Fall Planting

Arizona Ash

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The Arizona Ash is a fast-growing deciduous tree that offers striking, smooth, bright green leaves. This tree grows out and can cover a good portion of your yard with shade due to its spreading canopy. Native to Arizona and other southwestern states, this tree loves the sun and our regional climates.

This ash variety is cold-hardy and heat-resistant, so it is ideal for planting in Phoenix, Tucson, and even up to Northern Arizona. Because it’s a deciduous tree and the leaves drop by late fall/early winter, it will help keep your home warm in the winter!



The semi-evergreen Tipu tree is  one of our most popular selections in the southwest region for its fast growth and attractive stunning yellow flowers that bloom through the summer months.

It only takes a couple of years for the Tipu tree to reach peak maturity height. That rapid growth means that it will quickly grow a large canopy of shade for your home, patio, or any areas of your landscape that would benefit from shade.

Planting a Tipu tree is also a fantastic way to guard other smaller plants in your yard from the hotter, longer days in the summer. This tree doesn’t require substantial upkeep, and it thrives nicely in different kinds of soil and drought-like conditions.

Live Oak


The Live Oak tree is a clean evergreen shade tree with dense dark green foliage that can add plenty of shade over your yard. It features stiff limbs for attaching a tire swing, building a treehouse, or climbing for hours of fun. This hardy oak tolerates windy conditions and drought, too.

While the Live Oak is known as the “mighty oak of the South,” it looks right at home in Arizona. This oak is one of those trees that can create lifelong memories. We recommend getting a specimen Live Oak to get the best benefits of this tree from day one!

Free In-store Design Consults at all Moon Valley Nurseries Locations

When you come to Moon Valley Nurseries, you receive the VIP service from the moment you enter our nursery. Our experts can handle every part of your landscaping project, whether you need to add shrubs to your home or remodel an entire commercial property!

Our most popular service offered is our FREE in-store consultations. One of our nursery experts works with you to figure out the best design for your home or property. All you need to do is visit us or schedule a consultation with your nearest landscape designer.

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3 Designs That Will Instantly Upgrade Your Yard

Posted by Jessica Downs on 8/23/2019

Transform your Landscape

blog_main_pic_landscaping_around_poolsWith all the varieties of trees and plants available from Moon Valley Nurseries and our knowledgeable landscape design experts, there are infinite ways to put together an entire yard design just for your home.

Our favorite designs are the ones that completely transform our customer's yards overnight. Keep reading to find out how you could renew your yard with only a few trees. No matter what type of design style you are looking for, our design experts can create your perfect yard.

Add a Tropical Background Around Your Pool

Benefits of Planting Palms by the Pool

If you have a pool in your yard, then you are already halfway to having the ultimate tropical landscape. Good job! To finish off the look and bring the tropical island vibes to your home, you want to add some palms around your pool or yard.

Our nursery professionals recommend two ways to add palms to your yard and pool. The first way we might design around your pool is to plant palms close together to create a dense backdrop focused on your pool.

Another favorite design concept is planting palms more spread out throughout the yard to cover the landscape with palms and bring the resort-feel throughout your property.

Three of our ideal palms to add to this type of design are our Piru Queen, Date, and Mediterranean Fan palm varieties.

Palm Variety Suggestions for Arizona

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Date palms are the ultimate pool palm! You can find Date palms at most resorts and shopping centers. Around pools, Date palms provide excellent shade due to their full fronds and they have practically no litter, keeping your pool cleaner!

The Date palm looks excellent when planted in clusters of 3 to 5 and is hardy to cold and heat, and drought-tolerant.


med fanMediterranean Fan Palm

The Mediterranean Fan palm is a great palm that grows in multiple trunks and is considered slow-growing compared to other palm varieties.

These work great in areas where you do not need a ton of height and need something that will not outgrow its planting location. These palms are incredibly tolerant of numerous elements.

Piru Queen Palm

The Piru Queen palm is an exclusive tree from Moon Valley Nurseries. We specially designed our Piru Queen palms for our desert climate. They are custom grown at our farms to be extra hardy in heat and cold.

These palms have distinctive appearances compared to other palms that you will see, and their thicker trunks and fuller crowns make these stand out when compared to the rest. These palms are excellent when planted in groups to add shade and are fantastic in tight planting locations.

Create a Privacy Hedge Around Your Home

Benefits of Planting Hedges to Maximize Privacy

If you feel like you do not have the privacy you want in your home, hedges are one of the best design options that will solve your problem. They even add more benefits to your property as a greener yard, higher property value, and increased curb appeal.

Privacy is one of the most important things to us, and that we get to come home to a place that feels safe and away from the world. Not only does that apply to your home, but also your yard. Some of our favorite plant materials to use for privacy are our Carolina Cherry, Italian Cypress, and Indian Laurel Columns.

Hedge Material Suggestions for Arizona

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Indian Laurel Columns are our most popular choice for use as a formal landscape hedge. These massive evergreens provide ample shade and perform great when planted along property lines for blocking the sun, noise, wind, and unwanted views.

The Indian Laurel Columns have lush, dense foliage and strong softwood branches. They can be pruned into almost any shape and handle the warmer summer months very well.

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Native to the Southeastern United States, the Carolina Cherry has become a popular choice for its minimal maintenance, natural upright conical shape, and ability to tolerate heat, drought, and wind.

The Carolina Cherry is a small to medium-sized evergreen with dark green, lustrous wavy-edged foliage on brown thornless stems. The foliage can handle regular trimming and be sheared into a tall screen or sound barrier which make them a near-perfect option for many homes.

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Used for formal entrances, borders, and backdrops, the Italian Cypress is unmistakable with its lush green foliage and tall narrow upright form. Italian Cypress thrive in sunny climates with minimal water, making them a popular choice for just about any landscape.

This hedge material brings immediate formal appeal to your home with a bit of aesthetic from the European countryside.

Start Your Personal Orchard in Your Yard

Benefits of Growing Your own Fruit

The benefits of growing your own fruit include being able to produce fruit that tastes better, knowing that your fruit is pesticide-free, and having multiple varieties of citrus and fruit right in your yard!

Besides the harvest that they bring you annually (sometimes more often!), our citrus and fruit trees grow large enough to create shade in your yard and cool down your yard to grow shrubs and groundcover near your fruit trees. Three varieties that love the Arizona region are lemons, oranges, and apple trees.

Fruit Tree Suggestions for Arizona

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Meyer lemons are a favorite due to their many culinary uses and their thin peel that makes squeezing the freshest lemon juice a breeze!

A pitcher of fresh-squeezed lemonade is coming right up to make the summer even better.


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You don’t have to live in the Valley too long before you realize how popular Orange trees are around here. From the East Valley to the West, orange groves can be found all over the Phoenix area, from Mesa to Glendale.

Our Naval variety is considered an early fruit producer and typically ready for harvest in late fall through winter.

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Low-chill apple varieties that grow best in our area include Anna, Fuji, and Dorsett (Golden). When it’s hot and bright outside, these trees can also provide shade coverage.

These are excellent landscape trees that can add beautiful color to any yard.


Start Designing with the Moon Valley Nurseries Team

Click here to learn more about our landscape design consultations and schedule a consult today.

Visit us at the location nearest to you and let us help you get your project started!

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Get Ready for Your Moon Valley Nurseries Visit

Posted by Jessica Downs on 8/16/2019

Taking the Stress Out of Choosing a Tree


Have you ever walked into a store and quickly became overwhelmed with everything you are seeing, the options in front of you, or interactions you were not expecting to have or prepped for? Most of us have probably had this happen a few times in our lives!

Customer service is our top priority, and we want to make sure you get the best service from start to finish when you work with us. We often see customers come in, unsure about what to focus on or trying to do too many things and getting swamped in the process.

When you come to Moon Valley Nurseries, we want to do as much as we can for our customers so they can take a breath and let us handle the project in any way they need!

Keep reading to find out what to expect when you come to the nursery and how we can help you every step of the way from getting your project started and protecting your trees, even long after we plant them!

1) Questions, Questions and more Questions

TXDesignConsultWhen you come to the nursery, you will notice plenty of knowledgeable nursery professionals ready to help you figure out what you need and get your project started.

Our top priority is to help our customers whether they need to finish an incomplete yard, design a completely new landscape, solve issues with your plant material, and everything else in the nursery world!

Our nursery professionals will walk you around the nursery to give you an idea of the type of trees we carry and our large inventory of HUGE trees (you can only find trees this big at Moon Valley Nurseries!) and get to know you and what brought you to our nursery. 

We like to ask questions on our walk to find out more about your goals and individual preferences. This information is vital in being able to narrow down the choices of selecting the right trees.

Do you need or want shade? Privacy? Maintenance? Location? HOA requirements? These questions are absolutely essential to getting started. It can be very easy to get confused or overwhelmed if you see every tree in our nursery, which is why we want to narrow down the options and show you the right trees. This process saves time and gets your new trees to your yard sooner!

2) Specimen and Exclusive Trees

specimen AZ CAOnce you and our experts narrow down the selection, they will walk you over to our biggest beautiful trees so that you can see what you will have in your yard soon.

The reason we show our customers the largest trees is because it makes a perfect visual aid for them. This will show them the future canopy, the size, and color of the leaves, the trunk, the shape, and ultimately what their choice will look like in their yard.

After each tree that fits their needs has been evaluated, the customer can now easily decide not only on which tree they want to purchase, but also the size and age of the tree. Moon Valley has trees in almost every size and certainly for every budget!

Moon Valley Nurseries has many varieties of specimen and exclusive trees at our nurseries such as palms, flowering, desert, and fruit trees. You can essentially fill your entire property with trees that only Moon Valley Nurseries grows and carries! 

3) Moon Valley Nurseries One-Year Extended Warranty Program

jacaranda landscapeWhile all our trees come with a short-term warranty, we recommend adding our one-year extended warranty program. This program become a popular service that our customers add on to each tree because of the excellent benefits that come with it.

Moon Valley Nurseries offers an unprecedented extended warranty for our trees. This means that when a customer invests in our products, we will not only safeguard your investment from weather or uncontrollable situations, we also shield you from the anxiety of regret.

Our extended warranty allows customers to change their mind. If homeowners find themselves in this particular scenario, it is as simple as picking up the telephone and calling your design specialist to change out the tree for another, no questions asked.

For full terms and conditions of our one-year extended warranty program, click here.

Visit Moon Valley Nurseries Today!

In conclusion, when you decide to come in to see the nursery, do not fear the task of purchasing trees. We are all trained design specialists and nursery professionals that want to make this not only an enjoyable experience for you but also one that will eliminate any undue stress of getting your project started and completed with Moon Valley Nurseries!

Now that you know what to expect when you come to the nursery, all that is left is to come visit us at the location nearest to you or schedule a consultation today. We can’t wait to help you get your dream yard started.

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August Landscape and Garden Tips

Posted by Jessica Downs on 8/9/2019

Keep Your Landscape Healthy

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Time is flying this year and the summer season is already coming to an end. Now that people are coming home from vacation, kids are going back to school, and everybody is falling back into their regular routine, it’s time to check on your yard! Follow the tips below and make sure your yard is looking great and ready for any last-minute pool parties or a family get-together.

Watering Tips

Arizona, especially Central Arizona, is now officially in the middle of monsoon season. We have had enough rainstorms come through southern Arizona and the Phoenix area that every day feels a bit more humid than we are accustomed to for this area.

The extra rain over the last few weeks has helped our landscapes through some hot temperatures. It may have also severely thrown off your watering schedule for your yard.

If you have turned off, or paused, your sprinkler system, be sure to examine your lawn, trees, and plant material. Resume your watering schedule as you have been throughout the summer months. During more rainfall, monitor your landscape in case of potential instances of overwatering of any plant material.

For more watering information and instructions for new and mature trees, click here.

Fertilizing Tips

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Between the hot days and the tough storms, your lawn and landscapes could use some extra pampering and attention. This is exactly why we created, and love to use, our Super Charged Moon Juice.

Super Charged Moon Juice is a custom blend that contains a one-of-a-kind liquid technology. Moon Juice works great for all trees and plants in your landscape by boosting growth from the root system and helping plant material recover quickly from seasonal stress.

If your landscape consists mostly of palms, ask about our Super Palm Juice that was made specifically for the needs of palm tree varieties. It contains the same custom liquid technology as our Moon Juice. Palm Juice also contains a full nutrient profile perfect for all palms and other tropical varieties. This fast-acting liquid gets nutrients to the palms quickly for immediate optimization.

Tree Trunk Protection

Young trees, especially citrus, need protection from the sun during the summer months, when the sun is hotter and out longer! You can protect the trunk of a new tree from sunburn with a coat of paint or with specific protective tree wrap.

Click here to watch a Moon Valley Nurseries expert demonstrate both options properly.

Mulching Tips

Adding mulch to your trees and plants is perhaps the easiest thing you can do right now to give them a little help through the heat. If done right, a layer of mulch can even add to the curb appeal of your yard. Adding a few inches of mulch can help keep your soil cool during the warmer summer months and warm during the cooler days. Mulch is available at any Moon Valley Nurseries location. 

August Landscape Design Tips

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Crape Myrtle Tree

At Moon Valley Nurseries, we offer many varieties of Crape Myrtle trees that come in a single-trunk or multi-trunk form. The Crape Myrtle trees grown at Moon Valley Nurseries are superior thanks to mildew resistance, which you will not find anywhere else outside of our nursery.

In addition, the Crape Myrtle's foliage will turn a showy bright orange during the fall season. The flowers bloom throughout the entire summer with color options from red, white, purple, and pink ready to fill your yard.

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Tipu Tree

The Tipu tree is one of the most popular trees we offer at Moon Valley Nurseries, and it is everywhere around the Phoenix Valley, from Chandler/Queen Creek to Glendale/Peoria. Tipus are fast-growing trees that have an upright growth pattern creating a large shaded area to the surrounding landscape or home.

These trees are also drought-tolerant, once established. They can handle even the hottest summer days. It produces a unique show of golden blooms from late spring and into early summer that contrasts beautifully with its feathery green foliage. If you are looking for shade, color, and a tree that needs minimal assistance to flourish, the Tipu is your tree!

More Moon Valley Nurseries…

Click here to learn more about some of our favorite desert trees to plant and which ones are exclusive to Moon Valley Nurseries.

Click here to find out which hedges might be perfect for your home for ultimate privacy.

Click here to find out how Moon Valley Nurseries can help with any Monsoon damage.


Topics: Monthly Tips, landscape tips

Top 3 Hedges to Give Your Home Privacy

Posted by Jessica Downs on 7/26/2019

Add Privacy to Your Property Now

Privacy is one of the most important things to us and it is important that we get to come home to a place that feels safe and away from the world. Not only does that apply to your home, but also your yard.

If you feel like you do not have the privacy you want in your home, hedges are one of the best design options that will solve your problem and add even more benefits to your home such as a greener yard, higher property value, and increased curb appeal!

Whether you are looking for a pure green “living wall” or something more colorful, we have many hedge options to fit your design needs! Learn more about some of our top hedges that our Arizona customers love to plant in their properties.

Indian Laurel Columns

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Indian Laurel columns, also known as ‘Ficus nitida’ are our top sellers when designing a formal privacy hedge. They are fast-growing and evergreen, which means they stay green and thick all year long! This giant hedge performs great when planted along property edges to block the sun, noise, wind, and any unwanted views.

The Indian Laurel hedge has lush, dense foliage and strong branches that can be pruned into almost any shape. Once established, these columns become very water-wise and thrive in full sun, which only adds to their appeal for Arizona property owners.





Oleanders are super drought-tolerant, so they are ideal for any landscape across Arizona. This tall, Oleander bush can be used, and looks great, as a colorful fast-growing privacy hedge. Oleander privacy hedges can be designed with different bloom colors such as red, pink, and white oleander flowers. They bloom from spring through fall, giving your home a lively “living wall”.

Because of their tolerance to drought, we love to use them in water wise, or low-water, designs. The oleander is a great addition to these types of yards because it brings foliage and colorful blooms and contrasts with the other plant materials around.



Bottlebrush Tree


The Bottlebrush tree, also known as the Lemon Bottlebrush tree, is one of few hedge options with such bright red pops of color. This evergreen shrub works as a colorful hedge that makes for a fantastic addition to any landscape. With a height and width span of 3-10 feet, these will surely grow into a gorgeous privacy hedge.

The Bottlebrush blooms in spring with some off-season blooms in the fall and can sometimes even go into the winter, creating a festive look. The Bottlebrush likes to be in full sun and only needs occasional deep watering, a bit more so in our hotter summer months.


Get Your Privacy Hedge Designed Today!

The first step to creating the perfect hedge for your yard is to come into Moon Valley Nurseries and check out the best hedge material grown locally to create your ideal privacy barrier.

The next step is to talk to a designer to get the best FREE design consultation in the industry.

Topics: hedges

What to do After a Monsoon Hits

Posted by Jessica Downs on 7/23/2019

Moon Valley Nurseries is here to help you recover from the Monsoon season that we experience every summer. From growing trees to tree maintenance, we never stop working on keeping the trees in your homes and our communities in the best shape and health possible.

Use Moon Juice After the Monsoon Rain

Now is the best time to apply Moon Valley Nurseries custom-blend Super Charged Moon Juice to your trees and plants. Between Moon Juice and the added hydration boost they just received, your plant material is ready to thrive again and be stronger for the rest of monsoon season.

This incredible Moon Juice blend is comprised of every tree and plants three most essential micro-nutrients - Iron, Manganese, and Zinc. These are the three most critical micro-nutrients required by every plant, and these nutrients are typically deficient in the soil where we live. Moon Juice comes to the rescue because it not only has the three most essential micro-nutrients required; it also includes Thiamine mononitrate (Vitamin B1), which has a beneficial effect on new plantings!

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Using Super Charged Moon Juice Can:

- Trigger growth response and nutrient uptake
- Enhance the ability to ward off possible diseases, infestations and infections from outside sources
- Helps plants prevent and recover from the stresses caused by extreme events such as storms, heat, frost, freeze, transplanting and other events
- Maximize overall tree and plant performance!

Order Moon Juice online and get it delivered straight to your home!

You can also find it at any Moon Valley Nurseries location near you! 

Woke up to Tree Damage? Call the Tree Care Division Today

Our Tree Care Division is ready to help you clean up your damaged trees and get them back to being healthy and looking gorgeous.

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Our Tree Care team offers the following services:

- Trimming/Pruning
- Removal/Stump Grinding
- Fertilization 

Click here to learn more about our Tree Care Division and get an estimate for your yard today.

Topics: Tree Care

Arizona State Tree: The Palo Verde

Posted by Jessica Downs on 7/19/2019

At Moon Valley Nurseries, we carry multiple varieties of Palo Verdes so you can find the perfect option for you! Come to your nearest nursery and see them in person. Watch the video below to learn more about our state tree, the Palo Verde. 


The Palo Verde with out a doubt one of the most popular trees in Arizona. People love its greenish yellow foliage its something that you can eventually wean of water its ideal for desert landscapes, so easy to grow, so easy to take care of it grows really, really well here it grows in either a single trunk that will be a beautiful tree or a multi trunk that will add character to any landscape there are hybrid varieties that will give you a different color. There are hybrid varieties that will provide more coverage and less bloom so they’re great for any yard. Come to Moon Valley Nursery we will help you out with it.