Unique Small Evergreens for Landscape

Posted by Felipe Benavides on 7/11/18 11:41 AM

Small evergreens are ideal for bringing abundant colors and character to any size yard. They can retain their color all year, which helps to make them some of the most valued plants in the landscape. Smaller sized yards are a common sight in Southern California. If you have a tiny yard, don’t worry! The good news is that there are plenty of unique small evergreens that take up little room and create an oasis. These plants will hold onto their leaves year-round so that they can add plenty of color and personality to your landscape.

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The World Famous Tipu Tree

Posted by Felipe Benavides on 7/3/18 2:34 PM


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Landscape & Garden Tips for Southern California (July)

Posted by Felipe Benavides on 7/3/18 10:48 AM


Tips to Keep Your Landscape Looking Good All Summer Long


Summertime in Southern California is one of the best times of the year. Yes, many of us are taking it easy, and enjoying all that SoCal has to offer. Of course, it does get hot where we live, and not everyone welcomes the heat. For instance, the material in our landscape is likely showing heat stress. We are here to help!

If you are a regular follower of our blog, then the chances are good that you have the best-looking landscape in the neighborhood. If this is your first time reading, you are in luck because this week we have our monthly landscape and garden tips. Read about the important tips for taking care of your trees and other plants this summer!


How to Water, What to Plant, and More!


Avoid gardening in the heat, do your chores in the morning or later in the day, such as after supper.

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

We recommend deep watering your flower beds and vegetable gardens two to three times a week. Be aware of drought conditions.

Fertilizing: Use a slow-release fertilizer for containers. Roses should be fed during the middle of the month to encourage more flowering. Use the Moon Valley Nurseries specialized blends of fertilizers. They are developed so that they can give the material in your landscape a helping hand during the summer. These fertilizer products are designed to help trees, palms, and shrubs recover from any heat stress. Visit all Moon Valley Nurseries locations to purchase fertilizers.

Protect the Trunk of Your Tree: Trees can get a sunburn. Also, unlike humans, applying sunscreen is not going to help them. Young trees will need protection when the sun and heat are at its most potent. We recommend protecting a new tree from sunburn with a Protective Tree Wrap. Also, stake both young and older trees. Staking the trees will provide some stability when the high Santa Ana winds or monsoon arrives.

Mulching: Keep the soil moist all summer long by applying mulch around the base of the tree. Adding a three to four-inch layer of mulch can retain moisture and keep your soil cool during the warm, summer months. We will also want to keep a thick layer of mulch around the roots of trees and shrubs.

Pruning: Remove any faded or dead flowers to encourage new growth. Remove annual flowers that have finished flowering.

Vegetable Garden: It’s an excellent time to plant tomatoes, eggplants, and pepper transplants. This is also the perfect time to start seeding lima beans, pumpkins, and squash.

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

Lawn Care: We recommend raising the mowing height to 2.5 to 3-inches. It’s a good idea to water your lawn with one inch of water per week.


Our Experts Recommend Planting these Trees This Month


Tipu (Tipuana tipu): If you want a beautiful shade tree, look no further. These fast-growing trees can create a massive amount of shade in no time at all. These trees are a favorite throughout Southern California, where they add beauty and help to cool down homes! They are water-wise trees, so they are ideal for SoCal yards. Homeowners rave about their year-round beauty. These attractive trees feature feathery bright bluish-green foliage. They put on a show when the golden blooms appear from late spring to early summer. In the summer, it’s all about the shade, and Tipuana tipu trees are star performers in any landscape. Use them as an excellent street tree or lawn tree, or as a tree for the patio.



Live Oak (Quercus virginiana): Generations upon generations will be able to enjoy this long-lived tree. They have a beautiful spreading canopy that can block sunlight and create plenty of shade. These are excellent trees for Southern California because they require little water once established. Homeowners and landscapers alike appreciate their low maintenance features, and families are sure to love mature trees that offer plenty of climbing opportunities. We recommend planting them in rows to create privacy and shade!




Chilean Mesquite (Prosopis chilensis): These beauties are a favorite Mesquite variety because they are thornless. They also have a wide canopy that can provide light, filtered shade to create a comfortable spot outdoors. Their soft, bright green, fern-like foliage and dark, twisting branches can add visual interest to any size landscape. Since they are water-wise, they are also an excellent choice for a dry rock garden or planted near pathways and patios. Create a privacy screen with shade coverage when they are planted together as groves.




Chinese Elm ‘True Green’ (Ulmus parvifolia): If you are looking for a shade tree that offers a comfortable picnic spot, Chinese Elm can do it! This is a favorite tree in the summer thanks to its umbrella shape. These trees can provide shade even at an early age. The canopy spreads fast! Lovely dark green foliage adds lots of color to landscapes in the summer. These trees are also family favorites. Mature True Green Elms are ideal for climbing or attaching a tire swing.





Indian Laurel: Homeowners throughout Southern California love the shade, privacy, and beauty features Indian Laurel possess. They feature dense, evergreen foliage so that they can block unwanted views and provide plenty of shade, too! If you live near a busy street, plant a few of these trees - they can act as a natural sound barrier. Moon Valley Nurseries offers the best varieties for our area including Ficus Rubiginosa.





Crape Myrtle (Lagerstroemia): It’s Crape Myrtle time! Summertime comes alive with blooms that can range in color from white to red, purple and pink! They are small to medium trees that are ideally suited for smaller yards or a sweet spot in the corner of your landscape. They are drought tolerant, too, so they are ideal for SoCal! Add instant curb appeal when you plant them in the front yard. Create drama highlighting the tree with nighttime landscape lighting!

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The Moon Valley Difference: Our People and How We Grow and Plant the World’s Best Trees

Posted by Felipe Benavides on 7/3/18 9:32 AM

The residents of Southern California are getting to know us as the top nursery in all the land. It is easy to see why! It is not just our amazing services and an incredible selection of trees, palms, shrubs, and other plants that make us America’s best nursery – it’s our people, too!

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Why Hedges are Perfect for Any Landscape in Southern California

Posted by Felipe Benavides on 6/29/18 1:11 AM

When one imagines the perfect yard, privacy always comes to mind. It’s summertime, and in Southern California, it means spending lots of quality time outdoors with your friends and family. When we are with our loved ones, the last thing we want to worry about are nosy neighbors getting into our business. Providing our children with a safe and private place to play is high on any family home to-do list.

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The Moon Valley Difference – Our Service and Our Quality!

Posted by Felipe Benavides on 6/29/18 1:11 AM

Anyone that has visited Moon Valley Nurseries in Southern California is sure to tell you the same thing – the biggest and most beautiful trees and plants they have ever seen are there. People also rave about the VIP service, and that they can buy the best selection of trees and plants anywhere, at the lowest prices anywhere! We value-engineer our products. For instance, our 15-gallon trees are bigger than anyone else’s 24-gallon trees! We save you money and can help you create an instant landscape by doing all the work necessary. With our trees and the help of our landscape design specialists, we can create your dream landscape!

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5 Tips for Caring for Palm Trees in California

Posted by Felipe Benavides on 6/21/18 10:04 AM

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It’s hard to imagine the Southern California landscape without palm trees. They are an iconic part of our region. They can be seen lining boulevards, adorning yards, and helping to create a backyard tropical oasis from Los Angeles County to San Diego County.

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How To Properly Plant Palms

Posted by Felipe Benavides on 6/21/18 9:49 AM

Bring a slice of paradise to your yard – plant palm trees! These trees are landscaping favorites throughout Southern California. They are resistant to storm winds, offer excellent shade coverage, and have a calming nature that is hard to resist. And, once established, they are low-maintenance, fuss-free plants.

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King Alexander Palm - Create a Tropical Atmosphere in Your Own Backyard

Posted by Felipe Benavides on 6/20/18 3:03 PM

Are you dreaming of a far-off destination? A place where you are surrounded by palm trees, barefoot, soaking up the calming nature of the tropics? Turn that dream into a reality! If you are looking to create a tropical atmosphere in your backyard, a King Alexander Palm is one of the world’s most beautiful trees, palms or not! There are six different species in this genus, and they are all beauties sharing the common name of King Palm.

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Foxtail Palms - A Tropical Showstopper for SoCal Landscapes

Posted by Felipe Benavides on 6/13/18 2:48 PM

Homeowners give lots of praise to Foxtail Palms because they are among the best medium sized palms for adding beauty to any landscape. They are just as fantastic as palms for planters, and many people rave about using them as indoor palms. It’s easy to see why people all over the world love these palms. Their appearance is one that offers lush beauty no matter where they are placed. They feature sturdy, feathered leaves with hundreds of fishtail leaflets attached along the rib of the leaf. The leaf looks like a fox tail, which helps to explain how it got its name!

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