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Best Hedges to Plant in the Winter

Posted by Jessica Downs on 1/18/2019

Hedges are very popular and there are several different types of bushes and trees that can be used to create a beautiful hedge. Hedges are useful for several reasons:

  • They help reduce noise from roads or loud neighbors
  • They block the view of two story homes & high-rise buildings
  • They help reduce dust and litter from blowing into your yard
  • The larger ones can offer several feet of thick shade
  • They block harsh weather and can be used as a windbreaker

Below is a list of 5 types of trees and shrubs that make great options when you are wanting to set up a hedge in your yard. These plants have also been chosen by their durability with winter planting. Keep reading and see which hedge/hedges are best for your designs!

 

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The Hopseed bush is a great addition for any Arizona yard. While it may not be what you think of when you are considering a plant for hedge material, it does the job perfectly. It also adds some unique texture and different look to your yard than a traditional hedge. At Moon Valley Nurseries, we offer both the Green Hopseed and the Purple Hopseed bush, which gives you different options depending on your landscaping needs. Both the Green and Purple Hopseed are quite similar except for one difference that you have probably already noticed – They are different colors.

When creating a privacy hedge, both Hopseed varieties will add a unique wall of color that contrasts well with surrounding foliage or when planted together. These fast-growing shrubs grow upright, which makes them easy to install in almost any location.

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The Carolina Cherry has become a popular attractive tree for many homeowners in our desert region. The Carolina Cherry has a natural upright cone-like shape and its malleability to being trimmed makes it a great plant for hedges, short or tall. This tree can be pruned into other shapes as well and can handle topiary pruning. It is drought and heat tolerant, and requires minimal watering once established.

Its foliage is dark green, and it blooms small, creamy white flowers in the spring. The dense foliage and tall growth potential makes it perfect to block out everything from harsh weather and neighbors that are just too close. They can be easily sheared into a tall screen or sound barrier which make them a near-perfect option for many homes.

Oleanderoleander,  moon valley nurseries, landscape design, tree nursery, arizona, hedges

A hedge of Oleanders will surely create an exciting view for you and your neighbors. They grow great in Arizona and can grow anywhere from as short as 3 feet to as tall as 20 feet, depending on which variety you plant and what type of hedge you want for your yard. Oleanders are extremely tough and can recover from almost anything the elements throw at them. These shrubs love the hot summer months, which makes them an ideal flowering option for your Arizona landscape.

The Oleander shrub displays a long-lasting bloom that comes in clumps of red, white, and pink. The blooms are lively and can extend into the cooler winter months. Preferably planted in groups or rows, the Oleander is a great tree for homeowners who are seeking privacy hedges, area screens, and property borders because of the trees ability to grow and maintain a thick coat of dark green leaves throughout the year.

Lemon Bottle Brushlemon bottlebrush,  moon valley nurseries, landscape design, tree nursery, arizona, hedges

It is easy to see why Lemon Bottle Brush plants are often used as hedges throughout the Valley. With our natural landscape being mountain and desert color shades, the pop of red that comes from this plant makes any yard more interesting! They can bloom showy bottlebrush-like flower spikes that will paint a landscape with colors of bright red from the flowers and dark green from the foliage.

The Bottlebrush not only adds a splash of color to our desert environment, they attract hummingbirds and butterflies, too. These evergreen shrubs are a great way to create a colorful privacy screen when several are lined up along a property border. A great hedge design idea for the Bottlebrush shrub is to create small hedges around a backyard garden or a focal point in the front yard. The Bottlebrush blooms in spring with some off-season blooms in the fall. 

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Native to the Mediterranean area, the Italian Cypress is well-known and often found in hedge form announcing formal entrances, borders and backdrops for impressive properties all over the world. Unmistakable with their lush green foliage and tall, narrow upright form, these long-living specimens of magnificence are well suited for modern living and vintage Mediterranean design styles.

Their natural ability to thrive in sunny climates on a minimal amount of water makes them a popular choice for just about any landscape. We recommend these often for two-story homes as they grow tall and can block views from other homes nearby and give you a more relaxing view from your property.

Moon Valley Nurseries - FREE PLANTING

Not only do we have the best trees on Earth, we can deliver them to your home and plant them for you too. We offer every service that you might need when designing a new yard or redesigning an existing landscape, whether its 2 trees or 200, Moon Valley Nurseries has you covered! Make sure to ask us about free planting when you stop by your nearest location.

Topics: Winter Planting, hedges

Top 5 Trees and Palms of Winter

Posted by Jessica Downs on 1/11/2019

Get a New Yard with New Trees for the New Year

We love planting trees all year long, no matter what time of the year it might be! It doesn’t hurt that we live in an amazing part of the country that lets us plant and care for our landscapes, even in the winter months! Along with the great weather, we also grow our own trees and palm trees, so we get to pamper them from the moment we plant the seedling on our farm to the day we plant the tree in your yard. Our trees and palms are always at optimal health and ready to be planted even during the colder months (“colder” for Arizona). Below is a list of what we consider the best cold-hardy trees to plant during the winter season. Check it out….

Pineapple PalmPINEAPPLE

Also known as the Canary Island Date Palm, it is characterized by its dense canopy of dark green fronds, a stout trunk, and a pineapple-like crown – where the name Pineapple Palm came from. The distinct diamond pattern on the trunk lends to its regal look. This low maintenance and slow growing palm loves full sun exposure and warm climates, just like what we have in Arizona! When planted in groups, this palm provides a nice shady spot. No matter the size you get, this palm is sure to bring a grand presence to any landscape. Pineapple Palms will add long-lasting character to any landscape.

 

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The Mediterranean Fan Palm features blue-gray, fan-shaped fronds with unique multi-trunks– making it one of the best landscape palms for landscape lighting! This palm is considered the hardiest of all palms. It is a low maintenance palm that requires very little cleanup through the year. We like to use Mediterranean Fan Palms underneath larger palms to add more texture and foliage, around swimming pools, or as a tropical barrier hedge on landscape borders. These palms also do amazingly well in containers, which would add flare into a small yard or patio garden. A Mediterranean Fan Palm is a must-have for anyone with a tropical or Mediterranean style yard!

 

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This is the Mighty Oak of the South, which is obviously why it’s named Southern Live Oak tree and it fits right at home in any Arizona yard. This is a clean evergreen shade tree with dense dark green foliage that can make plenty of shade in your yard. This is one of those trees that can create lifelong memories. It features strong limbs for attaching a tire swing or climbing for hours of fun. This hardy evergreen can handle windy conditions and drought, too. We recommend buying our Specimen sized Live Oaks to get to enjoy them as soon as they are planted in your landscape!

 

 

Brazilian Pepper TreeBRAZLIAN PEPPER-3

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

 

Majestic Ash TreeMAJESTIC

The Majestic Ash tree is an evergreen shade tree and Arizona needs that around! Because these trees are low-maintenance and nearly pest-free, it makes them ideal for planting in a yard or street plantings. You can plant the Majestic Ash as a focal point in your yard or in a row for a wall of shade. A row of these trees will also give your yard additional privacy. The classic, larger-leaved green foliage compliments the canopy as well with its dense and unique growth. This Majestic Ash tree originates from Mexico, so it will have no problem in any Arizona setting!

 

 

Moon Valley Nurseries Specimen Tree Sale

DON’T FORGET! We are offering an amazing deal on all our specimen-sized trees. Purchase any specimen tree and get half off right there and then! If you buy two, you’re getting two for the price of one and so on and so on. Now is the time to get new trees planted in your yard that are already matured so you can enjoy them from the day they arrive. Come in soon and get this amazing savings while it lasts! Click here for more information on our Specimen trees.

From Planning to Planting – Moon Valley Nurseries VIP Design

We are one of the only nurseries around that can take on every aspect of the design process for our clients from beginning to end. Our designers are available at every location with the knowledge and experience to take your dream yard and turn it into a special outdoor reality! Not only do we offer design services to set up your new yard, we have our own dedicated crew of professional planters to deliver and install all your new trees and plants.

Topics: Winter Planting

Jump into the New Year with a New Yard

Posted by Jessica Downs on 1/4/2019

NEW YEAR, NEW YARD

Starting a new year is amazing and comes with all the possibilities of what it can bring for you, your family, your friends, and even your yard. We love to start out the new year ready to help you reach your landscaping goals for this year. You might want to completely re-design your yard to entertain more, to let kids and pets run around, or to have a quiet relaxing space for yourself. Whatever your reasons may be, we are here for you!

We recommend starting any landscaping projects now so that you will be done and ready by the time the weather gets warmer. Now is also a great time for your landscape design project because we are currently offering 50% OFF ALL SPECIMEN TREES, while supplies last. Not only will you save more on trees, you will get fully matured trees from the moment they are planted. That means there is another perk to your landscape makeover – a high home value increase thanks to your new manicured yard!

LANDSCAPE DESIGN THEME IDEAS

When you are considering starting a new design, or re-designing, project, it’s good to have an idea of the type of theme you want to achieve for your yard. Figuring out this one aspect could help the rest of the planning come together really fast!

Based on whether you want a Tropical, Classical, or a Mediterranean style to your yard tells us which plants, trees, flowers, and general design layout you might be interested in and lets us narrow down your options for you!  

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This type of design is easily recognizable based off its signature look. That look includes adding tropical plants and trees with bright green leaves and strong accents of colors throughout the landscape. For a tropical vibe, we recommend different varieties of palms, Hibiscus, Bird of Paradise, and more.

This style is meant to mimic the tropical paradises of the Hawaiian Islands, Belize, or Fiji. It will instantly take you to a relaxing oasis. All you have to do is sit back and enjoy, listen to the wind go through the palm leaves, and transport yourself to your own personal oasis. Add this landscape theme around your pool and it will feel like your private little island.

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Some people might not find the tropical setting as relaxing as others and that’s okay. There are plenty of ways to design a yard! Another popular design we are often asked about during the design process is the Mediterranean style. This theme is often wanted for the low-key sophistication that it brings to the environment. For this style, we always suggest planting hedge materials, Italian Cypress, Bougainvillea, Mediterranean Fan Palms, and Olive trees.

This style has become popular with the fans of old European landscape, specifically in the Italian, French, and Spanish country and coastal towns. These yards were designed on the goal to spend more time outside, whether enjoying the yard and gardening or spending time with family and friends outside.

Classic Style

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This style is the more traditional option that has become more and more popular through the years. As a home owner, sometimes you must think about the long-term effect of how it will help or hinder your chances of selling your home later depending on the landscape style you choose. This is a style that seems to be enjoyed by most people.

The design is so simple and yet each yard with a classic theme can still look so unique. The classic style is impressive because of how balanced the yards are with trees and plants spread out evenly through the yard in a pattern-like setting. We love to plant different varieties of hedges in a classic yard to give a formal linear look and different color roses for pops of color.

Moon Valley Design Process

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With expert designers at every store, we are ready to help all our customers with any questions they have about landscape designing and everything that comes with it. Moon Valley Nurseries is the only place around that offers a full design service from planning your design layout to planting your trees and plants into your yard.

Consultations allow us to see what exactly our clients want for their new yard. We want to get to know you and understand how you use your yard or how you want to start using it this year, how long you plan on staying at your home, and so on. Depending on all these factors and more, we can start to suggest and design a yard that will fit your exact needs.

At-Home Consultation

We are proud to be able to offer an at-home consultation for our clients. The design experience is personal and different when we can come to your home and see the actual land that you want to update with our own eyes. One of our professional designers will come to your home and walk your property with you.

They will consider factors like how the sun hits your home throughout the day, which way your home faces, slopes or uneven ground, and will be able to make the best suggestions for your yard based on those factors. They will also be able to show you the best places in your yard to plant the trees and plants that you are interested in adding to your landscape.

In-Store Consultation

No matter which Moon Valley Nurseries you decide to visit, you will find an expert designer happy to help you with all your design questions. For in-store consultations, we recommend bringing in photos of your yard for us to see. We can even check out your property though programs like Google Earth, which helps us get a general idea of the size of your yard.

Once we discuss the type of yard you are looking to create, you and your designer can walk around the nursery and start tagging the trees and plants to be included into your yard. Once you have chosen what you want, we will set up a delivery time and get you one step closer to your new yard!

Tree Care Warranty

When you buy trees from us, you have the option to get an extended warranty with your purchases! This warranty lasts for a whole year starting from the day your tree is planted and comes with proper staking of your tree, as needed. The warranty covers issues such as frost, wind, heat stress, and other weather-related damage. If the damage is too bad to fix, we will even replace your tree with a new tree of similar size.

For more information on our tree warranty, click here or ask our designers.

Topics: Design

January Landscape and Garden Tips

Posted by Jessica Downs on 1/4/2019

Make any Landscaping or Gardening Resolutions?

If you’re thinking that you want to be outside more and try new things with your yard, you have come to the right place. We love hearing about new projects, seeing finished yard installations, and helping create designs for our customers that last them a lifetime.

With the new year here, it’s time to start thinking about your yard. Should you add some new plants to the back? Or redesign a section? Or get a whole yard makeover?

Watering Tips

With the low temperatures this time of year, it is good for homeowners to be diligent about how much water plants are receiving and how often. During the colder months, it’s best to water in the morning so that the water has time to absorb into the soil throughout the day. You will still want to water the same amount for each watering session. You just don’t need to water as often!

Click here to read more about our Watering Guide Schedule.

Fertilizing Tips

Using the proper fertilizer during this crucial time ensures that your landscape is regaining all necessary nutrients. Your landscape is getting a nice break from the heat now, but it needs a bit of extra attention during the cold weather. Take note of your plants, trees, and lawn to determine if they need light fertilizing to get them through the winter. The better care they receive now, the quicker they will bounce back when spring is here again.

Click here for all our fertilizer products and see which ones best fit your lawn care needs!

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Our nursery experts recommend using SuperCharged Moon Juice prior to the cold weather hitting your yard. Moon Juice helps accelerate moisture intake along with providing vital nutrients that plants might be losing because of the cold. This will help protect your trees and plants from the freezing temperatures and give them a jump start when spring arrives.

Tree Care Tips

The winter season is a good time to trim off any dead or damaged branches that may have suffered from cold damage. Make sure to also cut back any excessive branches and sucker branches so that the tree is getting optimal sunlight and warmth.

Click here for more information on all the tree care services we offer in Arizona.

Moon Valley Design Tips

At Moon Valley Nurseries we know how time-consuming and stressful designing your own yard can be when you try to tackle it all on your own. As soon as you walk into our nursery to the moment we drive away from your freshly planted new yard, we can handle every step of the design process for you. You can find our expert designers available at every nursery location for in-store consultations or schedule an at-home consultation. Our designers can get your whole yard done from shrubs to trees, we do it all and we do it right! From planning to free planting on all specimen-sized trees, we make sure we have everything covered for you.

Best Citrus Trees for Winter Planting

Everyone loves the feeling of growing their own food and Arizona is a great place to grow nearly anything and everything for your dinner table. Citrus trees are a popular addition to your yard and they produce fresh fruit throughout the year. Below are some of our favorite that do best when planted this time of year.

Orange orange-3

Orange trees are one of the most popular citrus trees to grow in the southwest region. There might even be neighborhoods around you named after the old orange farms that existed, or still exist, in that area. Our weather conditions make for the perfect growing environments for this citrus tree. Some of the best varieties to grow in our region are Navel, Sweet, Tangerine, and Tangelo oranges – all delicious!

 

Lemon

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Lemons are one citrus variety that can be considered ever-bearing as they often produce two crops per year. Meyer lemons are a favorite due to their many culinary uses and their thin rind that makes squeezing the freshest lemon juice a breeze! Some other great varieties to plant are Lisbon and Eureka lemons.

Lemon trees need a lot of sun, so they do best when planted somewhere that lets them have full sun exposure through the year and they can adapt to most types of soil, so the focus is making sure they get sun on them!

Grapefruit

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 Red Grapefruits are another tree that can be planted to increase the length of time you can harvest fresh citrus from your yard. These fruits are typically ready January through May and are again ready for harvest later in the year.

The most popular types of grapefruits to plant and grow are the Red and White varieties. Grapefruit trees can be fast growers with the perfect combination of rich soil and full sunlight. Some can even grow up to 24 inches in a year depending on the type of tree.

 

 

All Specimen Trees are 50% Off

For a limited time, Moon Valley Nurseries is offering an amazing deal on all our specimen-sized trees. If you purchase any specimen tree, you will get half off! If you buy two, you’re getting two for the price of one and so on and so on. Now is the time to get new trees in your yard that are already matured so you can enjoy them from the day they are planted.

Stop by and check out all our best trees for winter planting at any of our Moon Valley Nursery locations. Our nursery pros are available to handle any landscaping questions, requests, and needs you may have for your yard and get some #freeplanting started and get your whole yard done today!

Topics: Monthly Tips, Winter Landscape Tips

Protecting Your Landscape from Freezing Winter Temperatures

Posted by Jessica Downs on 1/2/2019

Don’t Let your Shrubs Fall Victim to the Frost

After a very enjoyable fall and early winter, the weather forecast for the upcoming weeks in the Valley is calling for some very cold nights. In fact, we are already beginning to see some frost and very cold temperatures in areas around town. After your trees and plants have thrived throughout the fall season it is important to take the proper steps to protect and care for them, so they will be healthy once spring shows up and reach their full potential.

We receive many questions from our customers regarding tree and plant protection and about what should and shouldn’t be covered, when it should be covered, for how long, what to cover it with, and if there are other protective steps you can take to protect your landscape. Our Nursery Professionals and Tree Care team have provided us with some great tips and protective measures to ensure everything in your yard makes it through these next few weeks.

Susceptible Plants

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The first step is figuring out which plants and trees are going to need protection, and how much protection they will need to survive. The most common plants damaged by cold weather are tropical varieties that are not used to temperatures that fall below 35 degrees. (Based on this logic, us Arizona natives are probably at a high risk for frost damage too so bundle up!)

Plants and shrub materials such as Bougainvillea’s, Lantana, Hibiscus, Tropical Bird of Paradise, Boxwood Beauties and younger Citrus trees are some of the more common landscape items that are affected by the cold weather. If you don’t know the types of plants you have, take some photos and bring them down to the nursery so we can help you figure out which ones might need extra protection this winter.

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One of the easiest ways to prep your plants for a cold night is to water them heavily the night before a freeze. Once covered this will create humidity, which means that the air will retain a little more warmth than dry air. Coupled with our protective blanket you can create a small micro climate for your landscape that will provide even more protection.

Our experts also recommend using SuperCharged Moon Juice prior to the cold weather hitting your yard. Moon Juice helps accelerate moisture intake along with providing vital nutrients that plants might be losing because of the cold. This will help protect your trees and plants from the cold weather and give them a jump start when spring arrives.

Heat Lighting

You can also use incandescent lighting (older warming bulbs) to help protect trees from frost damage. Focusing the light onto the tree will create heat that will stop frost from forming on the tree. Unfortunately, incandescent bulbs are becoming harder to find but they are other options such as infrared heat lamps.

Covering Trees and Plants

Cover your planfrost clothts before sundown and make sure to secure the covering against wind that might rip it off the plant during the night.  When covering your plants our experts recommend using our Plant Protecting Blanket, which can be found at all our Moon Valley Nursery locations. The Plant Protecting Blanket has been designed to be lighter, yet provide better protection, than traditional materials used for landscape fabric. This cloth blanket helps insulate your trees and plants and retain heat and moisture. At the same time, it will help retain heat coming from the soil.

Burlap or cloth materials can also be used, but never use plastic as a cover for any plants or trees.  Leave your plants covered until the sun has risen and temperatures are above freezing. Repeat this process daily during freezing temperatures.

 And one more time for safe measure - DO NOT USE PLASTIC AS A COVER.

Frost Supplies

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Moon Valley carries all the material and supplies you need to help protect everything in your yard. From ready-to-use Cloud Cover to bulk Plant Protection Blankets that can be cut to order, we have you covered. Call our tree care team today with any questions you might have or bring in photos of your plants to the nursery, so we can make sure you have everything you need to protect your plants this year.

We don’t always get below freezing temperatures, but when we do, Moon Valley Nurseries is ready and here for you. Knowing what to do during these few weeks of super cold nights will keep your landscape looking great throughout the winter, keep it healthy, and ready for the spring!

 

Topics: Winter Landscape Tips, Products

Top 10 Most-Asked Questions about Hedges

Posted by Jessica Downs on 12/28/2018

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Why would I want hedges for my yard?

The most obvious reason you want to have hedges added to your landscape is how awesome they can transform your home and give your yard a formal classic style.  This is a guaranteed way to increase your home value as well, with the instant curb appeal that hedges like the Italian Cypress offer.

There are many practical reasons to plant hedges too. There are varieties that grow tall, which adds privacy between your home and busy streets or neighbors that might be just a few feet away. Some varieties are great to plant for added security due to how dense the hedges grow and intertwine to each other. The density that hedges offer work great as wind and sound barriers as well.

How can I get an instant privacy hedge?

The best way to get an instant privacy hedge is to buy hedges that are a few years old already. While you can buy younger plants, you will have a waiting period as they grow. Some hedges grow much faster than others (and we will talk more about that below), however it will never be as fast as planting our specimen-sized hedges. Our specimen-sized hedges will give you the privacy and beauty you want and need from the first day they are planted.

When can hedges be trimmed?ITALIAN CYPRESS-1

For the most part, hedges can be trimmed at any time depending on how you use them in your landscape. Many hedge shrubs look great when grown naturally and left alone but many owners like to keep their hedges trimmed with a classic clean look. If you want a formal look, regular trimming will keep hedges neat and will train them to grow the way you want for your yard.

**If your hedge is a flowering shrub, we recommend pruning once their flowering season is ending or ended.

Can hedges grow in containers?

Yup! Hedges can be grown in containers. Not all varieties would do well in a container due to lack of space for the root system, but many do just fine. When you plant hedges in a container, you can plant them any time of the year if they are getting partial sun throughout the day. The only downfall is that the container will limit the growth potential of the hedge.

Can hedges grow in shade?

Overall, most hedge materials thrive in full sun exposure. They can tolerate shady spots, but they prefer to bathe in the sun. For shadier spots in your yard, hedges such as Carolina Cherry and Indian Laurel Columns are good choices if they can get some sun during the day.

Which hedges grow fast?

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With so many options to choose from for your hedge, there are many that grow quickly, especially when properly cared for and given top nutrients and fertilizers. Our Indian Laurel Columns are our most popular shrub to use as a hedge and can grow almost 2 feet a year.

Our customers usually ask about the fastest-growing shrubs we have because they want to benefit from their new hedge as soon as possible so it makes sense to want the varieties that grow fastest, right? Yes and no.

It is good to buy fast-growing shrubs if you like to play around with the size and shape or yard work is relaxing to you but if you want a fast grower because you want a privacy wall and don’t want to wait, then it might be best to consider our specimen-sized shrubs. Regardless of how slow they grow; the older plants will already be the size you want for your yard.

Why are my hedges dying?

The most common reason for plants in our landscapes to start dying is probably improper or too little care. It can be hard to keep up with the needs of your plants, especially when seasonal changes completely alter those needs every few months!

If you have an unhealthy-looking shrub, check out the trunk, branches, and leaves for any potential insect damage or disease. If everything looks good, it might be time to test the soil pH and see which nutrients your shrub might be missing. Lightly prune dead or weak branches to allow the sun to reach the bottom of your hedges better. Mulch can also help retain moisture to the roots during those hot months.

Choosing a disease-resistant shrub, such as a Japanese Privet, helps minimize the chances of having health issues in the future.

Which hedges produce colorful flowers?

Most people will picture the straight and formal look of a pure green hedge first but some of the best hedges are the informal kind that grow out naturally in their environment and produce flowers throughout the year. Flowering hedges are excellent options if you are looking to create a hedge with some flair.

One of our favorite flowering shrubs we use for hedge material is the Lemon Bottlebrush. It can be grown as a small tree and trained as a hedge. This shrub stays green all year but grows amazing red flowers that will surely catch your neighbor’s attention.

Why should I choose a hedge instead of a fence?

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Hedges are a much better option than a boring fence and for multiple reasons! A hedge will bring life and texture to your yard, an increase in property value, and peace to the whole world. Ok ok ok… you might not create world peace just by planting a hedge in your yard. But you will feel at peace once you’re in your private oasis surrounded by a living evergreen wall. Plus, you will be contributing to cleaning up the air around you and no fence can do that.

Hedges do everything a fence can do better. They create a private space for you, help keep noise and weather interruptions to a minimum, and can last for years and years. Fences can be unsightly and do not usually increase property value the way any landscape additions would. They also start to wear and will eventually need to be replaced. You might be paying for multiple fences or you could invest in hedges, which are more cost-effective from the beginning.

Where Do I Start?

The first step to creating the perfect hedge for your yard is to come in to Moon Valley Nurseries and check out all our hedge material options for yourself. Our nursery professionals are around to answer any questions and walk with you to show you the best options based on your needs. Once you have an idea of some varieties that you like, our designers can help you find the right variety for your yard. With some photos of your yard, or a visit to your home, they will have everything they need to complete your design. Click here for more information on landscape consultations.

Don’t forget about our Tree Care services in Arizona! We have a team dedicated to all your arbor needs such as removal, trimming, fertilizing, stump grinding, and anything else a tree might need.

Topics: hedges, Design

3 Things to Do for Your Yard in 2019

Posted by Jessica Downs on 12/21/2018

A new year brings so many new ideas, new plans, new goals, new everything! With the end of the year just around the corner, I’m sure most of us are starting to come up with those new year’s resolutions for the next year already. I bet some of the Type A personalities might even have their new goals already planned out on paper and are ready to get started.  

Some people might be planning out their new workout that they swear they are starting on the first Monday of the year, learning to cook healthier, or prepping their tools to practice their D.I.Y. skills around the house. However, there are many things that people just cannot take on themselves, no matter how many YouTube videos they swear they have watched.  

1. RIGHT NOW - 50% - 70% Off Specimen Trees - WHILE THEY LAST!specimen AZ CA

Right now, while they last, we are offering huge deals on some of our biggest trees. Come in and see which Specimen trees are perfect for your yard. Our Specimen trees range from 6 – 40 years old and have all been grown in our tree farms in Arizona and California. We have taken the best care of these trees from the day they were seeded, and they are ready for their forever home! Because we are the direct growers, we can pass savings on to you; 50% to 70% off to be exact!

Because of our amazing weather, the winter does not slow us down when it comes to our yards. This is still a great time to plant new trees in your yard. Specimen trees are perfect for planting right now because of their strong root ball system. They are also great to plant in landscapes and will make the yard look more mature overnight!   

2. Contact A Moon Valley Designer TodayDesign-2

Landscape design and landscaping installation is one of the hardest projects to try to take on by yourself because there are so many things to consider such as:

  • choosing the right plants and trees for your home,
  • which areas get the best sun,
  • how to fix bad soil,
  • how to set up a watering system,
  • which watering system is the right system,
  • ... And so many more!

Moon Valley Nurseries is the only nursery around that can handle every aspect of the design process for our clients from start to finish. We have designers at every location with the knowledge and experience to take your dream yard and turn it into a special outdoor retreat, whatever your needs might be!

Not only do we offer design services from planning to planting, we also have our own crew of professional planters and nursery pros to carry out each part of the design process. For your convenience, we can work directly with any other parties involved, such as contractors or H.O.A.’s, so you have less to worry about and less to do.

3. Moon Valley Free PlantingFree Planting-3

One of our most popular services we offer every client that comes in is our Moon Valley Free Planting (#Freeplanting). This service is completed by Moon Valley planting pros, which means they know exactly what your design plan is and should be. They also have instant access to any, and all, designers and managers involved so that the final steps are done right.

When you take advantage of our free planting, we are not just digging a hole, throwing a tree in, and calling it a day. Our planting crew makes sure that every plant install is carefully measured, that the soil is healthy, that the plants are installed with proper soils and nutrients, and the yard is put back together better than before!

THE MOONIE COMMUNITY

With 2018 almost at an end, we like to look back on all the designs we made and landscapes we transformed all over Arizona. We are truly grateful for our amazing clients that we have met this year and every year before. It is amazing to be able to drive around the Phoenix area and see yards we designed 20 years ago still looking beautiful!

What are your landscape goals for the new year? Let us know below. We love hearing about new design ideas or fun projects you completed in 2018. We also love seeing them, so make sure when you are posting pictures on Facebook and Instagram that you tag us too!

Topics: Winter Planting, Winter Landscape Tips, Design

Moon Valley’s Top 5 Absolute Evergreen Hedges

Posted by Jessica Downs on 12/14/2018

Bring in the New Year with a new Hedge!

Hedges are such an amazing plant that can be added in any landscape and make it look 10 times better, no matter how great it was before the hedges came along! There are multiple reasons that you might decide to add a hedge to your yard or add to your existing hedges.

The most popular reason people consider adding hedges is that they are seeking privacy from their surroundings for a more secluded vibe or to create a quieter retreat. Some may even want to add privacy hedges to use their front yard similarly to the backyard such as a small patio area, or another outdoor space for kids to play safely.

Whatever your reasons might be for wanting to add new hedges or spruce up existing hedges in your yard, our Absolute Evergreen hedges are a must for an all year, all green look.

Indian Laurel Columns

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Indian Laurel Columns, also commonly known by their scientific name - ficus nitida, are our most popular hedge material shrubs when customers are looking for a formal landscape hedge. These potentially large (depending on how you want to prune them) evergreens provide plentiful shade and perform great when planted along property lines for blocking everything! Well, it blocks almost anything like the sun, noise, wind, and unwanted views.

Indian Laurel Columns have lush, dense foliage and strong softwood branches. It can be pruned into almost any shape, but we love to let these grow large and tall for ultimate privacy. This plant also handles the warmer summer months very well, so it won’t need much special care during our hot months, except maybe a bit more water.

Italian Cypress

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The Italian Cypress are known for their dramatic look and how you can find them planted while they lead you to formal entrances or lining a long driveway. This plant is unmistakable to most, with their lush green foliage and tall, narrow upright form. These long-lived specimens of magnificence are well suited to modern living as well. Their natural ability to thrive in sunny climates on a minimal amount of water makes them a popular choice for just about any landscape, especially ours.

Plant these columnar evergreens in a row and create an attractive natural property divider. You can plant these narrow fast-growing privacy hedges in your yard to bring the look of the Mediterranean to landscapes throughout the Phoenix area. Their elegant and classy appearance makes them a landscaping favorite!

Carolina Cherry

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Native to the Southeastern United States, the Carolina Cherry has become a popular choice due to its minimally needed upkeep, natural upright conical shape, and ability to tolerate some of our common weather issues - heat and drought. This hedge variety enjoys the full sun but can also be planted in areas that receive partial shade.

The Carolina Cherry is a small to medium-sized evergreen with dark green, lustrous wavy-edged foliage on strong, brown branches. They can be trimmed easily into a tall screen or sound barrier, which make them a near-perfect option for many homes. The Carolina Cherry is a fast grower and can easily live for over 50, if not 100, years. These hedges will increase your property value for generations!

Lemon Bottlebrush

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The Lemon Bottlebrush is the only hedge option on this list that grows strong pops of color all throughout its foliage. This evergreen shrub works as colorful hedge that makes for a fantastic addition to any landscape as a complete hedge, or as part of a hedge to add accents. The showy red flowers can stay that way nearly the whole year. With a height and width span of 3-10 feet, these will surely give you a lively and thick hedge, once established.

The Bottlebrush blooms in spring with some off-season blooms in the fall that attract pollinating insects and hummingbirds. The Bottlebrush likes to be in full sun and only needs occasional deep watering, a bit more so in our hot summer months. Train it while it’s young and it will shape into nearly any size desirable. 

Japanese Privet

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The Japanese Privet is an ideal solution for those who want an evergreen and low maintenance hedge. While there are Japanese Privet trees that can add some textured green to your yard or maybe even create a floating hedge above your fence, most customers use them to create living privacy walls. This shrub can add be pruned into a more formal look but looks amazing when allowed to keep its natural, informal shape.

Japanese Privets are great additions to your yard and love the southwestern weather. They do best when planted in partial sunlight and is tolerant of the low desert temperatures come winter. For a short time in late spring, this privet will produce white flowers, offering a bit of extra color to your landscape.

 

Moonie Community

Do you have any of these hedges in your yard? Let us know how you like them! Using other shrubs in your hedge? Share them with us. We love to learn how our customers are doing with their own yards! 

The Moon Valley Difference

At Moon Valley Nurseries, we are proud of the quality hedge material we have to offer to our customers and we love how amazing a hedge is when added to your landscape and how easy it is for them to fit into almost any style.

Whether you are looking for dense shade or flowering hedges, we’re sure to have the perfect hedge material for your landscape. If you have any questions be sure to contact one of our nursery experts at any of our Moon Valley Nursery locations.

Topics: hedges, knowledge base, Winter Planting

‘Tis The Season for Christmas Trees

Posted by Jessica Downs on 12/7/2018

Moon Valley Christmas Trees are back

Moon Valley Nurseries is happy to offer our community the best Christmas trees once again this year! These are the freshest trees you will find anywhere – just come in and smell the difference! Our premium-quality trees are grown in Oregon on sustainable tree farms and cut to order. Then the trees start their journey from the Pacific Northwest to Arizona. We place them in our super cold trucks and express-ship them straight to our Christmas tree lots. From the moment they are harvested to the minute they go home with you; our trees are kept cool under burlap and stood up in a water basin to keep the foliage green and ready for decorations. Because they are available within days of harvesting and cutting, we can guarantee that you will have the freshest and most aromatic trees in town! You might even catch a glimpse of some Pacific Northwest snow on the trees when they arrive!

Not only do we offer the freshest trees at our Christmas lots, we have the best staff waiting to help you with the perfect tree for you. The moment you step on the lot, we are here to help you find the tree that fits your needs best. Once you have chosen your Christmas tree, our staff will cut and trim the tree, secure it to your vehicle, or even deliver it straight to your door for you!

TOP CHRISTMAS TREES

Noble Fir

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Key Features: Symmetrical, stiff branches, used to make wreaths and garland decorations, blueish-green needles with silver tint, most popular Christmas trees.

The Noble Fir is a holiday favorite for the Christmas season. Noble Firs are beautifully-shaped with symmetrical branches that make them ideal for hanging both light and heavy ornaments. The open branching also helps decorating go easier and faster than other trees. People also love them because of their longevity - their attractive bluish-green needles can be enjoyed throughout the Christmas season. Their stiff branches can also offer excellent greenery for wreaths and garland decorations.

At Moon Valley Christmas lots, you can find freshly cut Noble Fir trees as small as table tops and as tall as 20 feet. If you appreciate the aroma of a fresh-cut tree, you’ll love that we have the longest-lasting fresh-cut trees you can find in town. We make it easy to have the perfect tree that is ready to adorn your home with holiday spirit and Christmas cheer.

Douglas Fir 

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Key Features: Blueish-Green needles, soft needles, sweet fragrance, full body, great for tinsel decorations.

If you love the pleasing smell of a freshly harvested Christmas tree, you will love our Douglas Firs. This Christmas tree has a beautiful display of 1 to 2-inch green/blue-green needles that release the most potent fragrance of all other trees. The Douglas Fir is instantly recognized by the crisp, sweet fragrance and the needles that create a full, thick look. It is so thick that sometimes you can’t even see the trunk! Best part of this tree is that there is no such thing as over decorating thanks to their ability to hold a lot of decorations!

The Douglas Fir is the Christmas tree that plays a role in creating long-lasting memories and helps remind us of our own childhood. One look and a deep whiff of its scent and it’s easy to see why this is one of the most popular Christmas tree species in the United States! Moon Valley Nurseries has the Douglas Fir trees in nearly all sizes, from small table-top sizes to trees up to 15 feet tall.

Christmas Tree Care Guide

  • Make sure to find a perfect spot for your tree before you bring it home.
    • You will want to place your tree away from direct sunlight, air vents, and FAR AWAY from fireplaces. Trust us, it will be much easier to pick a spot before you have the tree!
  • Stand your tree upright immediately after arrival.
    • You will want to fill the water basin once the tree is secured. You can also purchase a professional tree preservative that you can purchase at our Christmas lots.
  • Check and fill the water
    • Check the water levels every few days and keep it filled with water and the tree preservative (if purchased). This is the most important step to keep you tree healthy through the holidays.

Find A Moon Valley Christmas Tree Lot Near You

Moon Valley Nurseries is proud to be able to offer our Arizona community the best Christmas trees in the state! We have eight locations across the valley from Peoria to Queen Creek and everywhere in between. Come by any day between 9 am to 9 pm and let us help you find the best tree for the best time of year!

Click here for Arizona location details and more!

Ask us about our delivery options!

 

The Perfect Yard Starts with the Perfect Hedge

Posted by Jessica Downs on 12/7/2018

Fall Hedge over Heels with Your New Yard

Hedges are great additions to your yard and useful for a number of reasons! They help reduce noise from roads, nearby parks, and loud neighbors. They block the view of two story homes around you. They also make incredible wind barriers and some of the larger ones can offer several feet of thick shade for your yard. Outside of their amazing practical uses, they also make classic looking property borders and impressive entryways when planted to lead up to your front door.

No matter what your reason is for considering adding hedges to your yard, I think we can all agree that they always look amazing, aesthetically enhance any outdoor space, and increase the value of the property. How could you resist your very own living wall?!

BUY 5 HEDGES, GET 1 FREE

Here at Moon Valley Nurseries, we love hedges and how awesome they can be when added to any landscape. From privacy to sound and weather barriers, our hedges are so versatile. On top of all that, they add instant appeal to your yard and some added value to your property. Who can say ‘no’ to all those incentives?

Come in and see our selection of hedge materials and get yours planted now! For a limited time, we are offering 1 free hedge for every 5 purchased.  

Don’t miss out - Check out the list below to pick out your favorite hedges and fall into savings!

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Best Hedges to Create Your Perfect Yard

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Ficus Nitida columns are our top sellers for use as a formal landscape hedge. They are fast-growing and evergreen, which means they stay green and thick all year long! These gigantic plants provide plenty of shade and perform great when planted along property edges for blocking the sun, noise, wind, and any unwanted views. The Ficus Nitida Column has lush, dense foliage and strong softwood branches. It can be pruned into almost any shape and handles our warmer summer months very well. Once established, these columns become very water-wise, which only adds to their appeal in the Southwest.

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Carolina Cherry

Native to the Southern region of the United States, the Carolina Cherry has become a popular choice when customers are looking for a hedge for their yard with a classic appeal. This hedge is great due to its minimal maintenance, natural vertical conical shape, and ability to tolerate heat, drought, and wind.

The Carolina Cherry is a small to medium-sized evergreen with dark green, shimmering wavy-edged foliage on brown thorn less stems. They can be easily sheared into a tall screen or sound barrier which make them a near-perfect option for many homes looking for privacy.

Italian Cypress

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This hedge shrub is often used for formal entrances, borders, and backdrops due to its impressive and unique look. The Italian Cypress is unmistakable with its lush green foliage and tall narrow vertical form. Italian Cypress thrive in sunny climates with minimal water, which makes them a popular choice for just about any landscape, especially when designing a water-wise landscape. These long-lived specimens of splendor are well suited to modern and Mediterranean designs. A big perk is how little space they take up in your yard and yet how big of an impact they make on your landscape.

 

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The Japanese Privet is an ideal choice for anybody who is looking for an evergreen, low maintenance shrub that is perfect for creating a living wall in your yard. This amazing hedge option grows quickly, which will help keep your hedge dense with foliage all year long. It grows oval-shaped shiny green leaves that have a leathery feel to them. The Japanese Privet produces small flowers in the late spring season that offers a temporary pop of color to your landscape. This shrub does well in our hot months and prefers partial to full sun.

 

The Moon Valley VIP Design Experience

Moon Valley Nurseries knows how time-consuming and stressful the design process can be when you tackle it on your own. We always try to help every step of the way from the instant you walk into our nursery to the moment we drive away from your freshly planted new yard! You can find our expert designers available at every nursery location for in-store and at-home consultations. From planning to free planting, we make sure we have everything covered to get your yard done fast and done right!

From dense shade to flowering hedges, we’re sure to have the perfect hedge for your landscape. If you have any questions be sure to contact one of our nursery experts at any of our Moon Valley Nursery locations. Don’t Hedge-itate on your new hedges!