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Fall Trees for Fall Planting

Posted by Jessica Downs on 11/8/2019

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Fall Planting in Arizona

Where has the time gone? Just like that, the temperatures are dropping quickly, and the year is almost over. School is in full swing, Sundays are all about football, and we can go hiking and explore our beautiful surroundings again!

When you imagine fall colors, do you think of beautiful east coast towns covered in gorgeous fall colors all over the landscape? Well our fall is here too, which means you can have the picturesque fall color in your yard instantly this season too!  

Benefits of Arizona Fall Planting

When it comes to successful fall planting, you need two things – a great region like Arizona and Moon Valley Nurseries.

Moon Valley Nurseries custom grows every tree to adjust to our Southwestern regions through every season. We acclimate them by growing them right here in the Southwest! We are also continually improving all our trees with stronger specimens as often as we can to create stronger trees every growing period.

Arizona is one of the best places to live when it comes to adding more trees and building up your existing landscape or designing a completely new yard. It is one of the best places because planting can be done all year long. When it comes to fall planting, it can be done for longer periods in the Southwest compared to anywhere else in the country due to our amazing climate!

So, if you're looking to add that fall season feel to your yard today, be sure to consider one of these five trees below! Not only do they make the best backdrop for fall, but they will also look great all spring and provide plenty of shade through the summer.

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Five Trees to Plant in Fall


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Arizona Ash

The Arizona Ash tree is one of the best-suited trees for the Southwest region. It is grown to handle all extreme temperature changes. In the fall, this deciduous tree's foliage turns into a vibrant golden color. The Arizona Ash is seedless and only requires one cleanup once the leaves drop.

The tree grows its leaves back quickly in the spring, which provides maximum shade in the summer months. Its canopy of shade covers a large amount of territory, and its flowers form in small clusters in the spring.

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Raywood Ash

The Raywood Ash is a popular tree for landscapes across the Southwest. This Ash tree is known for its breathtaking display of vibrant red to deep burgundy foliage in the fall that gives any landscape a unique touch for the season. Its leaves drop off quickly after the fall season, allowing for an easy one-time cleanup.

During the warmer months, the Raywood Ash is an ideal shade tree that grows more upright than it does wide. Its dark green foliage provides a sharp contrast to any landscape and looks great as a stand-alone or specimen shade tree.


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Chinese Pistache

A fast-growing tree that provides piercing beauty to any landscape, the Chinese Pistache is known for its bright red and orange leaves in the fall. This color show makes it a reliable favorite for fall color every year.  The tree produces a towering canopy of shade while displaying showy and attractive dark green leaves during the summer.

The Chinese Pistache is drought and cold-tolerant and can grow in full sun. Due to the Chinese Pistache's size, the tree is ideal when planted in an area where shade is needed.

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Flowering Pear

Known and desired for its fiery-red fall color, the Flowering Pear is an ornamental tree that performs well in many landscape applications. This tree is a moderate-to-fast grower that only needs low-to-moderate watering once established. The Flowering Pear can be left alone or pruned in any specific shape or size you need for your yard.

From late winter or early spring, the Flowering Pear produces deep green foliage with snow-white flower coverage that gives the tree incredible depth for long periods. This tree will keep your landscape lively through each season!

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Purple Leaf Plum

If you want to turn heads on your landscape, the Purple Leaf Plum is an excellent pick. This deciduous tree features magnificent deep-purple foliage and breathtaking blooms of puffy pink flowers in early spring.

Though it can be planted alone, this cold and heat-tolerant tree really stands out in accent locations and against green backdrops. This lets its purple foliage really stand out in your landscape.

The Purple Leaf Plum produces no fruit and practically no litter, which makes it an effortless ornamental tree too! This tree is an excellent addition to any space where intense color is desired.

Learn More about Fall Planting from Moon Valley Nurseries

Click here to learn which palms to plant this fall in Arizona.

Click here to find out why fall is the best time to plant in your region.

Click here for three design ideas that will instantly upgrade your yard and transform your landscape.

 

 

Topics: Fall Tips, Planting

Did You Know? [Aloe Vera]

Posted by Jessica Downs on 11/5/2019

Learn More about Aloe Vera

 

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Aloe Vera Facts

Aloe Veras are popular plants in the Phoenix area due to their low water usage, making them perfect for desert yards that could use some extra color and beauty. They are native to the Southwest and love outdoor spots that will give them full sun exposure throughout the day.

Aloe Vera Medicinal Benefits

The Aloe Vera plant is also popular because of the medicinal benefits that come from the gel found inside their curving green leaves. Many people use them for skin conditions such as sunburns!

To learn more about our Aloe Vera plant, click here.

To find the location nearest you, click here.

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Topics: Did You Know

November landscape and Garden Tips

Posted by Jessica Downs on 11/1/2019

Best November Landscape Tips for Arizona

November is here, and that means we get to spend more time outside with family and friends and enjoy the weather right in our own backyard! Not only can you smell fall in the air, but you can also smell more cookouts and fire pits being turned on all over the neighborhood!

In the last couple of months, you may have noticed how much your yard, and the landscapes around you, have been growing and filling the streets with lush foliage and fall color. We love this time of year because we know you are spending more time in your yard and enjoying the beautiful surroundings you created for your home.

We want to make sure it stays that way through the fall, the holidays, and beyond! Keep reading to learn about the essential areas to take care of this month, such as November watering, fertilizing, and which trees can be planted today. Now is the best time to care for your yard and give it the best health boost through the rest of the year.

Monitor Your Watering Schedule

Watering Basics for Your New Trees

The cooler months are the time we get to reduce the frequency in which we water our landscape. It is still important to make sure you are watering deeply to give root systems enough water to continue growing strong and deep. This watering routine will produce the strongest possible root system and keep them thriving through the winter.

Watering Basics for Your Established Trees

By the next growing season, those strong root systems will bring your landscape vigorous plant growth, creating thicker foliage, brighter flowers, and greener lawns. A healthy root system also keeps your trees and plants more resistant to local pests or disease infestations. 

Prevent Weeds

Nobody wants to spend more time doing unnecessary yard work than needed. So, take preventative measures now and make your life easier this month! Apply pre-emergent herbicides as directed regularly to maintain a clean yard and keep the weeds away.

This will give you more time to hang out with family and less time trying to fight off new weed growth. November, and going into the winter, is an excellent time to continue using preventative measures to keep weeds from growing in your yard and stealing nutrients from your plants and lawn.

Our nursery professionals can help you choose the best product for your yard. Stop by your nearest nursery and let us help get your yard in perfect shape!

Fertilizers

Keep Your Landscape Fertilized

Fertilizing your shade trees, evergreen trees, flowering trees, palms, and even your dormant trees in the fall gives them the chance to go through the winter in top health. We recommend using our custom blended fertilizers for your landscape needs as they are formatted explicitly for common conditions found across California.

Now is the perfect time to apply Moon Valley Nurseries custom fertilizer, Moon Dust, and feed everything in your yard from your most massive tree to your potted plants. For an extra boost before and during the winter season, our Super Charged Moon Juice can be used monthly. This will keep your trees and shrubs thriving and developing stronger roots.

For all the palms in your yard, we carry an exclusive product specifically to get the perfect blend of nutrients for every palm. Our Super Palm Juice optimizes palm tree performance, helping create thicker trunks and greener, healthy fronds.

Maintain a beautiful green winter lawn with our Moon Royale Turf Fertilizer. Our fertilizer blend helps break down any hard soil in your grass while enhancing a deep, vibrant green color across your landscape.

To make sure your plants are getting the most out of our fertilizers and supplements, apply Soil and Water Conditioner to help amend the soil and allow more nutrient absorption to your plants.

These and other custom products can be purchased at all Moon Valley Nursery locations or online here.

Finish any Last-minute Planting Projects

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Chinese Elm

The Chinese Elm, or True Green Elm, is one of the best shade trees to give your home a break from the Arizona sun. This elm is an attractive tree that can be planted as the focal point in any landscape, front or back, and loves full sun exposure.

Our variety is a fast-growing tree that grows upright and round, for maximum shade coverage. Its leaves are small and grow densely into each other, creating a gorgeous green canopy.

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Brazilian Pepper

The Brazilian Pepper is one of the best water-wise trees we carry at Moon Valley Nurseries, and it absolutely thrives in our sun and heat. It's lush and wide-spreading canopy is supported by its dense branches that crisscross around and spread out from the main trunk.

This Brazilian native can produce white flowers in late spring. In the fall and winter, it bears pinkish colored fruits in clusters. For some holiday repurposing, many homeowners use these berries during the holidays for crafty, festive displays.

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Majestic Ash

The Majestic Ash is an evergreen tree that stays glossy green all year and doesn’t produce any seeds, saving you time with no mess to clean up! Its narrow, upright shape makes it an ideal shade tree for a wide range of landscapes.  

This ash variety can give your yard and home more privacy and shade when planted in groups or rows. Once established, the Majestic Ash requires less water and is great for a low-maintenance style.

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Schedule a Tree Care Consultation for Your Trees

Our Tree Care Division is available to help with any of your tree care needs or concerns. Our ISA Certified arborists and nursery professionals can handle any job such as storm clean-up, tree trimming/pruning, tree and stump removal, and deep root fertilizer injections.

Now is the best time to prep your trees so they can stay strong through the winter months and bounce to life by spring! Click here to check out our Tree Care Division and schedule a consultation or ask any questions you may have about your tree maintenance.

Learn More from Moon Valley Nurseries

Click here to learn more about fall planting season and why it’s the best time to plant trees in Arizona.

Click here to learn more about our consultation process. See how easy we make it for our customers to get the job done right and get it done fast.

Click here to find out what to expect when you visit Moon Valley Nurseries.

Topics: landscape tips

Get your Yard Prepped for the Holidays

Posted by Jessica Downs on 10/25/2019

Tackle Your Last-minute Landscape Issues

The holidays are getting closer, which can be very exciting and very scary at the same time. While the dinners, decorations, and family visitors are the fun parts of the holiday, the prep can be overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be – we can help!

We can’t grocery shop for you or babysit your kids while you run errands, but we can make sure your yard is ready to go for you and your family over the next couple of months and through the winter season.

Make sure your yard is picture-perfect this holiday season. Keep reading to see which fertilizers and supplements are best for your trees, plants, and lawn! Now is the best time to plant and add what’s missing to your yard, such as a gorgeous focal point or hedges, large and small!

What to Plant to Instantly Boost Yard Appeal

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Italian Cypress

The Italian Cypress will not only boost the appeal of your home, it will bring a dash of elegance to it as well, just in time for the holidays! This cypress tree grows narrow in a column form that can be planted in tight spaces or lined up along borders or driveways for a formal appearance. These fast-growing evergreens can be planted in your landscape to add more depth and distinctive foliage to the design.

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Purple Leaf Plum

The Purple Leaf Plum is a small-to-medium ornamental tree the produces a dark purple/burgundy foliage. The trunk structure grows upright into an interesting branch pattern that could create breathtaking shadows with lighting aimed up into the foliage. With pink blooms in the spring, you can plant this showy tree as a focal point in your yard or near a sitting area for added shade next summer.

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Japanese Privet

The Japanese Privet is a low-maintenance evergreen shrub that looks great in any yard. It is a medium-to-large plant that spreads out wide as it grows, which makes it a great screen in your front yard. It can be planted along walkways for a small hedge or near property lines for a privacy hedge. When planted in rows, this privet is perfect for laying holiday lights across the top and making a big impact for your festive décor!  

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How to Instantly Boost Landscape Health

Super Moon Juice

Moon Juice

Use it on: Trees, Palms, Shrubs, Vines, Bedding plants, Potted plants

When to use: New planting, freeze/frost damage, wind/physical damage, and heat/summer stress

Our Supercharged Moon Juice was designed specifically for growing in the tough soils in our region. Moon Juice is a growth-enhancer that utilizes a patented Furst liquid technologies blend, which includes an exclusive mix of organic enzymes and amino acids that stimulate growth signals within the plant.

Applying Moon Juice this time of year will help stimulate growth through the winter, decreasing the chances of any frost or cold damage and allowing for a speedy recovery. Moon Juice also makes watering more effective because it helps open the plant roots to uptake more water and nutrients. This can help reduce the amount of water your plants will need making them more waterwise.

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Moon Green

Use it on: Trees, Palms, Shrubs, Lawn

When to use: Reduce soil alkaline levels and loosen clay soil, make thick and fuller hedge plants, darker green leaves

Our Moon Green was created as an easy-to-use solution to fix any yellowing leaves and ugly foliage you spot in your yard. With the holidays around the corner, you don’t want a yellowing shrub or unsightly branch to throw off your beautiful yard when people are admiring your decorations! Like our Moon Juice, Moon Green is also infused with Furst liquid helps stimulate the growth signals within plants.  It can also help reduce soil alkalinity, promote darker and greener leaves, and bring a lawn back to life quickly!

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Moon Royale

Use it on: Lawns

When to use: We recommend applying Moon Royale every four-to-six weeks to keep your lawn healthy through the multiple growing seasons.

Our Moon Royale Professional Turf Fertilizer is designed to produce thick, long-lasting, and healthy grass in our native soils. The main reason why our Moon Royale was created was that we needed something that could break up our tough soil for a healthier landscape. Once you amend your soil, your trees and plants will absorb more nutrients efficiently.

Within days of applying Moon Royale to your lawn, you will see the grass getting greener and looking lusher. After a few weeks, the grass will be in top condition through winter and perfect for entertaining or taking family photos this holiday season. 

Let the Professionals Handle Your Tree Care

Our Tree Care Division can get any job done, including:

·       Trimming/Pruning

·       Removal

·       Stump grinding

·       Disease and Pest issues

·       Fertilizer soil injections

Schedule a free consultation with our professionally trained and certified arborists today!

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Learn More from Moon Valley Nurseries

Click here for Part 1 of “Tackling Your Landscape Issues” that focuses on building a landscape for new homes and adding privacy to your yard.

Click here for Part 2 of “Tackling Your Landscape Issues” that focuses on how to gain back privacy, block out noises, and cover unsightly areas in your yard and around your home!

Click here to see some of the most popular landscape styles in Arizona.

Topics: Winter Landscape Tips, Planting

Tips to Reseed and Care for Winter Grass [Updated 2019]

Posted by Jessica Downs on 10/22/2019

Best Tips for a Beautiful Lawn All Winter

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RESEED your LAWN for winter

We get to live in such a beautiful place in the middle of the southwestern desert. While the desert and succulents can be pretty, we welcome any greenery to the area!  Whether it is to play a game of golf, toss a ball around with your kids, or just appreciate the way the greenery looks in your yard, we all have a reason to enjoy a healthy lawn year-round.

Keeping it green and healthy all year long takes a bit of effort, but the end result is its own reward. Continue reading below to learn how to properly reseed your lawn for winter and achieve the best possible results!

Moon Valley Nurseries recommends using Perennial Ryegrass for over-seeding or reseeding your lawn in the winter. Ryegrass grows into a beautifully dark green lawn. Many Arizonans even prefer the more attractive look of winter grass than their summer lawn!

When is the best time to reseed for winter lawn? In our area, the cool fall nights allow for the perfect planting weather. In fact, once the temperatures in Arizona drop down anywhere from the low 70’s and into the 60’s, we can start seeding! Reseeding once the nights cool down to the right temperature will give you peace of mind that the sun won’t burn the seedlings. However, don’t wait too long to start the process or the nights might get too cold to grow new seeds. Aim for late October to early November


RESEED FOR WINTER LAWN STEP-BY-STEP GUIDE 

Dethatch Your Grass

For your lawn to have the right amount of room to grow new seed, you will need to cut the summer grass as low as you can go. The removal of thatch and leaf buildup ensures that the seed gets down to the soil.

Set your mower blades to a 1/4-inch to 1/2-inch height. You might have to mow an extra time or two to reduce the thatch as much as possible. This should leave you with a nice brown lawn ready for step 2.

Spread New Seeds

Once the grass is dethatched, you can start to spread the Ryegrass seed. Spread the seeds half in one direction and the other half in a direction that is perpendicular to the first direction. Spreading the seeds in that way will lessen seed overlap and catch any missed areas. It is important to spread the seeds as evenly as you can.

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Fertilize the Lawn

Before you start watering, be sure to fertilize! Feel free to reach out and speak with your local Moon Valley experts. We will be happy to help you select the perfect fertilizer for you and your yard. 

Learn more about all our fertilizer and landscaping products here. We carry and use our custom products at every nursery.

Add Mulch

We recommend applying mulch if:

  • You do not have a good irrigation system -OR-
  • You do not have an easy way to water 4-5 times a day -OR-
  • The temperatures have cooled down too fast

A well-composted mulch (available at Moon Valley Nurseries) will help retain moisture and heat which will aid with germinating perennial Ryegrass. Once you have spread the seed, you will want to spread the mulch evenly over the entire lawn and do it to a 1/8-inch to 1/4-inch thickness.

Water Often the First Few Weeks

Maintaining a moist environment for your seeds is crucial for healthy growth. Water about four to five times a day but be sure not to leave any puddles or dry spots. Don’t worry, once the seed has germinated and grown to a height of 3/4-inch to 1-inch, you can reduce the watering to two to three times and day. After 10 to 14 days, you can reduce watering to once a day. Once your new lawn is established, it just needs to be watered every other day in the winter. More watering might be needed if the nights start warming up.

Mow Your New Winter Grass

After all that hard work, your new beautiful winter lawn is finally here, and it is time to mow again! The first mowing should happen on the 10th to 14th day after germination. You will want your first cut to be at the height of about 3/4-inch to 1-inch. To prevent pulling out your new seedlings, never remove more than 30 percent of the leaf at one time.  If you like a higher lawn, wait a little longer for the first mow, around 14 to 21 days, after germination.

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Use the Best Nutrients for a Healthy Lawn

Winter lawns require feeding just like that summer lawn does. We recommend using a fertilizer monthly to keep your lawn in the best condition.

Be sure to ask any of our Moon Valley Nursery experts for the best fertilizer, such as our Moon Royale Turf Fertilizer and Moon Green, to feed your new beautiful winter lawn!

 

 

 

You can find our Ratio Guide below to help make your project easier! 

Seed (always lay a little more):

1 pound per 100 sq. ft at min.

Topper:

1 cu ft per 100 sq. ft

Mulch:

2 cu ft per 100 sq. ft

Starter Fertilizer:

1 pound per 200 sq. ft

Moon Royale Fertilizer:

1 pound per 200 sq. ft

Moon Green Supplement:

1 gallon per 500 sq. ft

 

Topics: Winter Landscape Tips

Tackle Your Landscaping Issues [Blocking Noise and Unsightly Areas]

Posted by Jessica Downs on 10/18/2019

Take Back Control of Your Surroundings

The best part about owning a house is that it’s yours, and you can make changes, add new things, and re-invent it to be your perfect home. In part 1 of “Tackle Your Landscaping Issues,” we focused on trees and plant suggestions for adding privacy and creating landscape designs for your new home. This time we are focusing more on blocking out noise and unsightly views in your front and back yards. While this can be a new homeowner issue, it also applies to older homeowners!

As a new homeowner, you may not have noticed just how close your home was from a local park or school or that your street has more traffic than you expected. For older homeowners, you may be dealing with similar problems that have escalated over the years and you need help blocking noise and views.

To reduce noise around your home and block out unsightly areas, we have a wide selection of trees and shrubs that can get the job done. We can even help you design your beautiful landscape upgrade! Keep reading for some of our favorite trees and plants to help you with your landscape goals.

Trees and Plants for Blocking Noise

Maybe you didn’t realize your home was located so closely to noisy areas such as parks, schools, busy streets, or loud neighbors, or perhaps these issues have slowly increased over time.

Whatever the problem is, a well-organized design can help reduce noise around your home and let you feel more at home than before! Planting trees and large shrubs in a hedge-like order or designing a living wall, to construct a solid barrier will be most useful for noise reduction.

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Ficus Columns

Our improved Ficus Nitida Columns are perfect for creating a dense barrier to block out anything you want! They love the heat and get more drought-tolerant as their roots establish. They grow quickly and are easy to take care of throughout each season.

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Podocarpus

Podocarpus is a low-maintenance tree that is most often used in landscapes as a screen. This fast-growing tree can handle regular trimmings to fit your exact design needs or neighborhood restrictions.

When left alone, they can grow large and create a dense structure of branches and foliage to help block out noise and increase privacy.

Trees and Plants for Blocking Unsightly Areas

Another landscape issue we hear about in our nurseries is that our customers have an unsightly spot in their yard or their neighbors’ yard that they want to cover up. Some issues that you might run into are noisy pool pumps and A/C units, or bland block fence.

As important as they are to your home, you don’t need to see them every day, and there are many ways to block them from sight with attractive plants from palms to shrubs. 

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Pygmy Date Palm

The Pygmy Date Palm is a small palm that can fit in tight spaces and bring a unique look to your yard. This palm can be grown in single and multi-trunk form. The Pygmy can grow in full sun to partial shade and require little maintenance.

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Hopseed

The Hopseed is a sun-loving shrub that can fit easily into any landscape as a filler plant to make sure your pool pump is well disguised! Hopseed can grow as tall as eight to ten feet and block out quite a bit of unsightly space!

Our Green Hopseed variety will add bright green foliage to your landscape while our Purple Hopseed variety adds a pop of purple that will contrast beautifully with your other plant material.

Ask a Nursery Professional

Now is a great time to plant! Stop by Moon Valley Nurseries and speak with a nursery pro about where to get started with your new landscape project. We can help you pick out the perfect plants for your specific situation and design the best set-up for your yard.

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More from Moon Valley Nurseries

Click here for PART 1 of “Tackle Your Landscape Issues [New Homes and Needed Privacy].”

Click here to learn more about our consultation process. See how easy we make it for our customers to get the job done right and get it done fast.

Click here to find out what to expect when you visit Moon Valley Nurseries.

Visit Moon Valley Nurseries Near You

Click here to find your nearest nursery and check out these and other gorgeous plant material options in person. Our nursery professionals are ready to help you find the best plants for your home and landscape today.

Topics: landscape tips

5 Evergreen Trees for Front Yard Privacy

Posted by Jessica Downs on 10/17/2019

Benefits of Planting Evergreen Trees in Your Front Yard

  • Add instant curb appeal to your home and neighborhood.
  • Blocks viewpoints from neighbors or street traffic and unwanted views.
  • Increase the value of your home tremendously.
  • Creates a natural sound barrier – ideal for properties near busy streets.
  • Enhances the architectural design of your landscape.
  • Adds shade to your yard and can help cool down your home during the summer.

You can sense it when it feels like you’re on display in your personal outdoor space. It’s a feeling that can make it a little harder to relax and enjoy your front yard. With the right evergreens, you can create a personal fortress that feels peaceful, and most of all, private.

Planting for privacy is a breeze with evergreen trees. Using trees to create privacy in your front yard means that you get to add color, texture, form, or anything else you can envision! We carry a wide selection of evergreens that can create any aesthetic for your landscape design and provide you and your family with plenty of peaceful solitude.

Yes, you could install an expensive fence or build a wall made from brick, stone, or some other solid material. The thing is, those tall fences and walls can make us feel confined in our space. Not to mention that there could be local laws or HOA restrictions based on height, placement, and style. Over time, those fences start to show wear and tear that can be expensive to fix or replace.

Five Best Evergreens for Arizona Yards

Evergreen trees hold onto their leaves all year long, so their foliage can add wall-to-wall privacy year-round. As they mature, evergreens create a consistent look that makes them an ideal privacy screen.

They do much more than just create a private yard. Evergreen trees also help absorb ambient noise. Privacy never looked so good! Here are five evergreen trees for front yards in Arizona – all available at your nearest Moon Valley Nurseries location.

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Ficus Indian Laurel

The Ficus Indian Laurel, also known as Ficus Nitida, is a medium-to-large tree that grows in single and multi-trunk form and thrives in full sun. The Ficus produces a wide-spreading and dense canopy that creates a beautiful privacy screen around your yard.

Ficus trees handle pruning into many shapes, so you can trim the foliage any way you need to fit perfectly into your landscape. To give you the most privacy, we suggest planting these fast-growing trees in rows along the borders of your front yard.

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Live Oak

Live Oak, sometimes known as Southern Live Oak, is another of our beautiful evergreen trees to consider for privacy. These are long-lived trees that grow at a moderate rate. The produce dense, gray/green foliage that will block unwanted views, especially from larger homes nearby.

Besides creating privacy, these evergreens feature a wide-spreading canopy that will provide lots of shade for your yard and home. Live Oak trees are also noted for being very drought-tolerant once established, and for the minimal care required to keep their good looks intact all year.

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Ficus Columns

Ficus Nitida (or Indian Laurel) Columns are one of the best evergreens you can find and perfect for building a living privacy "fence." Our Indian Laurel Columns are a favorite throughout Arizona! Plant them along a fence or border to create instant privacy and a lush, dense backdrop.

These evergreens are water-wise and love the heat, which means they can thrive in our desert environment. There is no doubt that Indian Laurel Columns are perfect for creating a living wall. Not only do these columns create a private oasis for your front yard, but they also block out neighbors and reduce local noise.

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Oleander

Oleanders are an excellent choice for adding privacy and combining different colors to your design.  From late spring to fall, it blooms fragrant flowers that cluster at the ends of the branches. The flowers range in color from pink to red, white, and pink, so you can use one color or add different colors for a more unique, informal hedge.

Its dense, upright growth habit makes it an excellent screening plant. Its narrow leaves are dark green, leathery, and semi-glossy.  There are many ways you can plant them in your landscape for privacy. Plant them along property lines, lining walkways, or driveways. Whichever way you let them grow, Oleanders will add privacy and color to your landscape.

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Carolina Cherry

Sometimes called the Cherry Laurel, the Carolina Cherry is an evergreen tree that makes an outstanding privacy screen. It features bright green foliage and small, fragrant, cream-white flowers that bloom in late winter to spring.

It has a dense, compact growth habit that is ideal for screening and helping to create a private front yard. Everyone loves their near-perfect shape and low maintenance requirements. You can line them up along a fence line to build a natural wall or against an existing fence to block more vertical space.

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Speak with our nursery pros today and allow us to help you select the perfect evergreens that will give you the privacy you need. Plant evergreen trees for privacy and spend more quality time in your yard. Not only will you gain privacy, but you will also add so much more shade to the area and have another reason to spend more time in your front yard!

Topics: landscape tips

Bringing Color into Your Landscape

Posted by Jessica Downs on 10/14/2019

Design Color into Your YARD

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The best part of designing your landscape is that you get to make it your own. You could create a landscape filled with green foliage or add plants that bloom in all the colors of the rainbow! At Moon Valley Nurseries, you will find anything to complete your dream yard. From flowering trees, shrubs, vines, and flowers - we can help you finish your design. 

Where to Place Your Plants

It’s best to find the right plants for your space, initially based on certain conditions. Once you know what type of colors you want in your yard, you can start to decide where you will install your new plants and trees.

Figure out how much sun the plant would be getting, what kind of soil and drainage there is, and a proper watering schedule and process. Mostly everything with a flower will need a minimum of at least four hours of sun to bloom in the Phoenix area. Once you’ve considered all of these factors, you’re one step closer to finding the perfect plant to add the best color to your yard! 

So now, you know where to place your plant that offers plenty of sun exposure in your yard, and you’re willing to commit to a watering schedule (or just installing a drip system). Now you’re ready to get that dramatic backyard oasis of your dreams and pick the best plants.

Plants to Add Warm Colors

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There are many plants that you can use in your yard if you want to add warm colors to the environment. Some of the best shrubs that will bring warm tones of color to your yard are Arizona Yellow Bells (pictured above), Little John Bottlebrush, Bougainvillea, and Lantana

Plants to Add Cool Colors

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If you want to add cool colors into your yard, such as blues and purples, you are in luck! Some of our favorite cool-colored shrubs are Ruellia, Purple Fountain Grass, and Plumbago. Of course, you’ll also get plenty of year-round green with any evergreen shrub/tree you plant in your landscape.

Adding Annual Flowers

Though they only last about six months of the year, the best go-to plant for instant, vibrant color would be annual flowers. The many shades of Vincas, Angelonias, and Pentas add fantastic color in the summer months, while also withstanding our intense heat. 

For fall through spring, you can enjoy the endless color choices that geraniums, petunias, and many more have to offer! Annuals are also a great addition to add as a “filler” around other flowering perennials! 

Design for Contrasting Colors

While some people want to fill their yards with dense, green foliage or bright pops of red and orange all over the yard, an important design factor to consider is how your plants, and the color they bring, will contrast with each other. 

Red contrasts with green colors, that one was easy! Yellow contrasts with purple and blue contrasts with orange. You can utilize this information and choose flowering plants that will simultaneously play off of each other while still creating an overall balance.

Add Color to Your Hedges

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A fun idea to add a twist on a privacy hedge would be doing a gradient effect with Oleander! We have white, pink, and red oleanders available at Moon Valley Nurseries, which are just the colors we need to obtain this optical illusion. 

Simply start with a couple white oleanders along a wall, add a light pink, add another white, and then a couple more light pink, and so on. Make a similar pattern to have the colors fade into the red oleander, and bingo! By having the three colors gradually fade into each other, over time, they’ll grow and make the transition even more fluent. If you have a longer wall you’re covering, you can multiply the number of plants needed to fit. 

The effects you can create, and things you can do with plants are limitless and ever-growing! These are just a couple of simple ideas to get your creative juices flowing and thinking of ways your space can come to life with color! 

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Topics: Design

3 Palms To Plant for a Fall Paradise

Posted by Jessica Downs on 10/11/2019

Fall Palm Planting

Fall is here, and the conditions are perfect for planting palms in your yard. The weather is nice again, and the soil is warm, which means your newly planted palms will have more time to establish a strong, healthy root system.

At Moon Valley Nurseries, we custom grow our palms to thrive in our desert region – meaning they are the best you can find and ready to be delivered and planted. Below are three palms that are perfect for planting in Arizona this fall.

Palms to Fit Any Landscape

Pygmy Date Palm

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The Pygmy Date Palm is a great option to use when you need to fill those tight spaces in your landscape. This versatile dwarf palm has a slow growth rate and can develop into a small-sized palm topped with a dense head of fine-textured, curvy, bright green fronds. A fantastic option to add a tropical feel to your yard.

The Pygmy Date Palm is our most popular selling dwarf palm and for good reason. This fine, feather leaf palm can grow both indoors and outdoors. Pygmy Palms can grow in a variety of different soils, is drought-tolerant and requires low-to-moderate water use, once established.

Piru Queen Palm

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Piru Queen Palms are prized for having a look that complements all styles of landscapes. Our Piru Queen Palms are grown from superior seedlings with better genetic traits, which gets you the hardiest palm you can find!

These palms are heat-tolerant and feature dark green fronds that grow into a fuller crown, helping add shade to your yard. Add curb appeal by planting these low-maintenance palms in the front yard as a focal point, lining a driveway to create a grand entrance, or around your pool for a tropical backdrop.

Mexican Fan Palm

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The Mexican Fan Palm is a classic resort style palm tree that features a single trunk and is easy to grow in Arizona. It can handle cold weather and thrives in the sun. Our “cigar-cut” Mexican Fan Palms give a smooth texture around the trunk that highlights the deep green and unique colors of this palm tree.

Mexican Fan Palms are a stately addition to any landscape and mix well with both large and smaller sized palm trees. We carry all sizes from the small starter palms to the giant, instant resort-style palms for whatever your goals might be for your new yard.

Palm Design Tip: Add landscape lighting to palms to create a beautiful nighttime appearance while highlighting the attractive features of your palms.

Keep your Palms Healthy

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Keep your palm looking healthy all year with the proper fertilizers. We created a perfect blend of fertilizer that works on every part of your yard, including palm trees. Moon Dust is an all-purpose tree and plant fertilizer that supplies your palms with needed nutrients to stay healthy and flourish.

Our custom blended Super Palm Juice is specifically made for palm trees in our region. Our blend includes magnesium, which can prevent it from developing an iron deficiency. Palms love this easy-to-apply liquid.

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Topics: Palms

Add Instant Fall Color with these Fall Favorites

Posted by Jessica Downs on 10/10/2019
Add Instant Fall Color with these Fall Favorites

Bedding Plants to Bring your Garden to Life

There are many advantages to living in Phoenix during the fall and winter seasons. The obvious and number one reason why is the gorgeous weather we get this time of year. While most of the country is starting to get cold and people are staying indoors, we’re enjoying our weekends outside.

Another advantage of living in Phoenix and one that is often overlooked is the fall color around us. Deciduous trees are dropping their leaves and showing us that the seasons are actually changing in Phoenix.  Unlike most other parts of the country, our gardens and landscapes are coming back to life with a wide range of blooming flowers and new foliage that produce striking colors all fall season.

If you are looking to add more color to your yard, check out our bedding plants, herbs, and annuals. Keep reading to learn about some of our favorite plants that are ready for fall planting!


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Geranium 

The Geranium thrives in the winter months through spring, producing white, pink, red, or purple flowers in dense clusters on long stalks. The Geranium is exceptionally tolerant of all soils and looks fantastic in bedding areas and pots where instant color is needed. The Geranium grows in full to partial sun.

Fight off Mosquitos

If you have mosquitos taking over your property, Geraniums can help you enjoy your yard again by repelling them away! It has even become a popular ingredient to natural over-the-counter medicines to repel insects.

Petunias

PETUNIAS PURPLE WHITE BEDING PLANTS

Petunias will bring long-lasting color to your landscape and add a lovely fragrance to the air. These plants can flower from fall to very late spring when temperatures start to rise again. You can find Petunias with blooms of white, purple, pink, and red flowers. They can grow in full to partial sun, so you can plant them anywhere you need a pop of color.

Cyclamen

CYCLAMEN BEDING PLANTS

Cyclamen is a small plant that doesn’t get taller than a foot but produces plenty of colors. In the fall and winter, Cyclamen bloom in shades of pink, white, and red. The small sweet-smelling flowers grow upright on long stems. They like full to partial sun exposure to optimize their blooming season.

Daisies

Daisy BEDING PLANTS

Daisies are a must-have for your yard when you want to add fun color and a classic look. Daisies spread out a bit as they grow, covering more areas with their yellow centers and bright white petals. You can plant these low-maintenance Daisies in full sun to partial shade.

Snapdragon

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If you’re looking for an overwhelming display of annual color, the Snapdragon is the perfect flower for your landscape. Snapdragons thrive in temperatures below 80 degrees with flowers ranging in colors from white, yellow, orange, salmon, pink, red, and burgundy. The flowers grow on stalks in lobes that are divided into upper and lower 'jaws'. Snapdragons perform well in full to partial sun and require regular water.

Marigold

Marigold

Known for its large "pom-pom" like flowers, the Marigold is an ideal fall annual for the our region. The Marigold grows best in full sun and it's flower's grow on stems in tight vivid colors from yellow to orange. Able to handle various soil conditions, the Marigold can greatly increase its bloom and blooming times by removing spent flowers.

Alyssum

Alyssum

Very easy to grow, the "sweet" Alyssum produces small flowers in tight clusters of white, purple. pink and light blue. The Alyssum can tolerate various soil conditions and only requires light watering. It can grow in a flower bed, pot, or even hanging basket. For best results, plant the Alyssum in full sun.  

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Topics: Fall Tips