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Top 5 Fall flowering trees and plants

Posted by Jessica Downs on 9/21/2018

Ready to treat your yard to some color this fall? Any yard or landscape can benefit from having some color thrown in to it somewhere. An accent plant (or twenty!) will get the attention of anybody who sets their eyes on it. If you choose the right plant or tree, you might even catch the attention of some pollen and nectar-loving insects that will be happy to enjoy your yard with you!

Check out these five great flowering trees and plants you can pick for your yard.

crape myrtle-1Crape Myrtle (Lagerstroemia)

These versatile trees are one of the best flowering trees for Arizona and are incredibly colorful when in bloom. The Crape Myrtle tree flowers into shades of white, red, purple, and pink that will help decorate your yard in an accent of colors.

These trees are not only drought-tolerant, but they love the heat! When the high temps arrive, get ready for your yard to be showing off the beautiful shades of color. These small to medium trees offer amazingly reliable bloom cycles so we can enjoy the show from spring through fall!

Even when the flowers are not in bloom, the multi-trunk structure with grey to light brown spotted bark are still impressive to the eye.


vitexVitex (Vitex agnus-castus)

The Vitex, also known as the Chaste Tree, is a favorite flowering option for its unique purple blooms on long points that form at every growth tip during the late spring and into the summer. This fast-growing, small to medium sized tree is a great choice to add color to a garden or for patio use.

The flowering spikes on the Vitex tree are a favorite for our pollinating friends like butterflies and hummingbirds. In addition to the stunning flowers, the trunk of the tree, often and unfortunately overlooked, has a twisted and tangled growth pattern that gives this tree a majestic appearance in any yard or landscape.

The Vitex tree needs full sun and low to moderate water, which makes it perfect for our desert region.


tipu-5Tipu (Tipuana tipu)

The Tipu tree is one of the best trees you can plant if you’re looking to add shade in your yard and here’s why! These trees grow into medium to large sizes with a high canopy and do well in our intense desert heat. They would be perfect planted along the street, in the lawn, or on the patio.

Another great feature of this tree is that it can produce a lush layer of golden blooms in the spring through the summer. Tipu trees also offer thick foliage that feature bright bluish-green hues. You might also get the attention of your neighborhood butterflies with the abundance of nectar that this tree offers. All these features will enhance the look of any landscape.

A Tipu is a convenient tree for a wide variety of landscape designs! So, kick back, relax under the shade coverage, and enjoy the vibrant blooms that they bring every year.


hibiscusHibiscus (Hibiscus rosa-sinenses)

The Hibiscus shrub is a very well-known plant, even to people who have no experience with plants or landscaping. These medium to large growing shrubs are just that impressive!

They bloom large bright tropical flowers with colors such as white, yellow, red, orange, and purple (just to name a few!). The beautiful flowers give off an even brighter look thanks to the full, dark foliage that surrounds them.

They thrive in partial sun but can build up strength to full sun quickly. Hibiscus shrubs can be planted as a hedge, a colorful accent piece, or in a pot. No matter how you plant them, with well-drained soil, your hibiscus will be good to go!

Fertilized monthly from March through September, these plants will have the best growth and a productive blooming season.



Everblooming Gardenia (Gardenia jasminoides ‘veitchii’)

The gardenia shrubs are well-known to most people. Some know them from their sweet fragrance and can sniff them out before they even see the plant. Others know them from the large white flowers that cover the plant. Either way, this plant is quite impressive!

Gardenias grow into a low to medium sized mounding shrub. They do best with partial to full sun exposure, which works out well for Arizona gardenia enthusiasts. They like a well-drained soil, which will help keep the roots from getting too damp.

Even without the flowers, the bright green leaves create a picture-perfect shrub that could easily be used like a hedge. But of course, the flowers are the main event for any type of Gardenia. The Everblooming gardenia flowers from late spring through the fall and adds a classic feel to the landscape.


The upcoming fall season is the ideal time to plant. If you have any questions regarding any of these beautiful trees or plants, be sure to contact one of our nursery experts at any of our Moon Valley Nursery locations and ask them about our FREE professional planting services.

Topics: Insider, Flowering Trees

Tips and Tricks to Reseeding For Winter grass

Posted by Jessica Downs on 9/19/2018


RESEEDing your LAWN for winter

Arizona is 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 the 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 reseeding process or the nights might get too cold to grow new seeds. Aim for early to mid-October!


  1. Dethatching

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.

  1. Seeding

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.

  1. Fertilizing

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.

  1. Mulching

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.

  1. Watering

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.

  1. Mowing

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.

  1. Nutrition

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 to feed your new beautiful winter lawn!

RATIO guide

Seed (always lay a little more):

1 pound per 100 sq. ft at min.


1 cu ft per 100 sq. ft


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, knowledge base

Fall Landscape Prep Guide

Posted by Jessica Downs on 9/13/2018


Plant and Tree Care

With the summer temperatures dropping a little more each day in Arizona, fall is a great time to start prepping your yard and taking care of those trees and plants.

When it comes to trimming trees or pruning plants make sure to only get rid of what is needed to give them a clean look and increase their health potential. When you are trying to figure out how much you should cut off, get rid of no more than 20% of the tree or plant.

If you need more help or have any questions, please reach out to Moon Valley for any and all tree care needs. Our certified arborists are ready to give out free estimates across the valley.

Now that everything is trimmed back, it is time to add some nutrients to your trees and plants. Fall is the best time to fertilize trees because the cooler temperatures help promote root growth. That growth will be at full potential with the right fertilizer.

Our Moon Valleyʼs Moon Dust packs a one-two (and three) punch with the perfect blend of Nitrogen, Phosphorus, and Potassium that your biggest trees and smallest shrubs will love and appreciate.

For year-round care, Moon Valleyʼs Super Charged Moon Juice is a liquid fertilizer that can help maintain your trees and plants through heat, frost, and even help fend off disease annually.

Lawn Care

After another Arizona summer, your lawn is ready to be pampered. With record heat bearing over it for months, your lawn is probably in need of some nutrients to bring it back to top shape.  Moon Valleyʼs Moon Royale Turf fertilizer not only makes your lawn greener in days, but it also helps keep weeds and insects away for better growth.

Best Trees to Plant in the Fall

crape_2_origCrape Myrtle

For customers looking to add some color into their landscape, the Crape Myrtle tree is a great option that blooms in pink, purple, white, and red and transitions into an orange shade in the fall season.  It is a small-medium flowering tree that offers various bright colors perfect for front and back yards. The Crape Myrtle is also an easy tree to maintain and does not need much water to flourish.




A Raywood Ash is a great addition to any Arizona yard. It loves the sun and grows in a round shape that creates nice spots of shade. Not only is it great for creating a shady landscape but the coloring it provides is perfect for the autumn season when its leaves turn to a burgundy-red color.





red-oak_origShumard Oak

The Shumard Oak is a perfect tree for an Arizona landscape. This type of oak tree is drought-tolerant and adapts well and quickly to where it is planted, which makes it easy to grow. Its leaves are long and turn a stunning lively red in the fall that will surely get some attention from neighbors.




tipu-2Tipu Tree

The Tipu tree is a great option in the Phoenix area due to its drought-tolerance and ability to grow in most soils. The Tipu tree produces yellow-golden flowers throughout the summer and bloom in the fall. It is a medium- large tree that is perfect for creating shade environments.

Topics: Expert, knowledge base

From our farms to your yard! No one does it better

Posted by Jessica Downs on 9/13/2018

Moon Valley Nurseries has got you covered whether you have a battered landscape or are looking for one of the best ways to increase property value with an improved yard. In fact, no one does it better than us. You see, we value engineer all our products so that you can rest assured that you are getting the absolute best quality trees at the best price. Let’s face it, time is precious, and most of us do not want to wait 20 to 25 years for trees and other plants to grow to a size that makes your yard look complete and beautiful. Buy specimen trees, and the wait is over!



We grow the finest trees anywhere, following our own strict quality control measures to produce locally grown trees and plants that will thrive in the area you live! Everything is value engineered, so not only are they grown from our selected mother trees in our labs, but they are also always guaranteed. Our huge grow farms in Arizona, California, and Texas include everything from Olive trees to Ficus trees, citrus and fruit, agaves and cacti, rare and hard-to-find cycads, palm trees, and so much more. While our farms are not open to the public, you can always make an appointment to come check us out!


If you want an instant landscape, you will want big trees, palms, shrubs and other plants. If you want privacy, consider trees such as our Ficus nitida, also known as the Hollywood Style Hedge, are a great tree that will block out unwanted views and noise in style. Indian Laurel Columns may be another name that you know these by, but no matter what you call them, they are a fantastic tree choice.

Are you looking for drought- tolerant trees? We grow them too! Take a look at the Desert Museum Palo Verde for a tree that is sure to get your yard noticed for all the right reasons! How about palm trees that bring a tropical look to your home? We have them too, such as our lush Foxtail Palms and Mexican Blue Palms! Are you seeking a look with more foliage? We grow deciduous trees, such as Red Push Pistache trees that bring the look of a New England landscape to your Southwest home! Looking for trees that can provide massive amounts of shade? You will love our variety of Ash tree specimens!

Much More than Premium Trees at the Best Price!

In addition to our incredible selection of premium trees at the best price, we are proud to offer professional landscape design consultations. Our experienced landscape design pros are available to help you create your dream landscape. This service is free at any of our nurseries! For a nominal fee, we are happy to come to you and help you create a beautiful landscape.

Moon Valley Nurseries sweetens the deal even more with FREE PLANTING! Yup, you read that right! We deliver the trees straight to your house and plant them for you. With free planting and professional design, Moon Valley Nurseries makes it easy to achieve the yard of your dreams.



These medium deciduous trees are grown from cuttings and are guaranteed to have that lovely red fall color! These low-maintenance trees are an excellent choice for adding shade to your yard. The Red Push Pistache tree is drought-tolerant so that they are ideal for landscapes anywhere in the Southwest!





date palms-1DATE PALM (Phoenix dactylifera):

These palms will create a luxurious feel to any property! Not only do they look great, but they are able to handle any weather conditions you can throw at it. The palm leaves grow out into a large umbrella-shape for shade. Date palms will add a resort-feel wherever they are planted. They are even great additions near pools as they make almost no mess in its surroundings!






Grow your own fruit and reap the benefits! We have extra-large fruit and citrus trees available right now, bearing fruit and adding plenty of beauty to any yard, small and large. We offer Peach, Apricot, Apple, Nectarine, Orange, Lime, Plum trees, and more! Visit us and find the perfect citrus and fruit trees to create an edible landscape today!



If you need shade, you cannot go wrong with a colorful Tipu tree! These medium-to-large trees put on a show when the leaves bloom into a golden hue creating a beautiful contrast with the feather, bright bluish-green foliage. The Tipuana tipu is one of the best shade trees you can find and is sure to add year-round beauty to landscapes.




We Are Growing and Expanding!

We want everyone in America to be able to have a beautiful landscape with our custom-grown, value engineered trees, shrubs and other plants. We are growing and expanding, bringing our incredible specimen trees, shrubs and other plants, as well as our renowned customer service and design consultations across America.

We opened our first nursery in a neighborhood north of downtown Phoenix, known as “Moon Valley”. Since the beginning, Moon Valley Nursery has offered its “You buy it, we plant it” tree deals and continue to this day. We now have multiple locations in Arizona, California, Nevada, Texas, and Florida!

Visit us today and experience the Moon Valley difference!

Topics: Industry Expert, knowledge base

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