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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The Importance of Fertilizing Your Trees in the Summer

Posted by Felipe Benavides on 6/12/18 1:55 PM

Actively growing trees should be fertilized throughout the year. While many of the nutrients are present in the soil, water, and air, supplemental feeding can be an added benefit. Plus, using a fertilizer such as Super Charged Moon Juice can help trees handle the stresses of the summer and heat.

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Crape Myrtle: Beautiful Flowering Trees for Summer!

Posted by Felipe Benavides on 6/7/18 11:22 AM

An explosion of vibrant colors awaits your landscape! One of the best ways to experience the glorious summertime sight of blooming flowers is to plant one of the many Crape Myrtle varieties available. These heat-loving trees bloom longer than most flowering trees, and do it during the time of the year when not much else is blooming!

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Monthly Landscape and Garden Tips for Southern California

Posted by Felipe Benavides on 6/1/18 12:01 AM

June is here, and with it comes the gray days. During this time of year, we’ve got gray skies that might dampen our mood. However, the outlook is looking good for plants. If you have been thinking about planting, this is the month to do it. The overcast mornings, sunny and warm afternoons, and cool nights offer near perfect conditions for planting trees, shrubs, palms and other varieties.

When we plant our trees, shrubs, and other plants now, we are providing them with ample time to get established before the heat picks up in July, August, and September. So, let’s think of this time of the year as the perfect time to plant new trees that can turn any gray day into a pretty day!


Below are a few tips and planting recommendations from our nursery pros


Watering: Irrigate your plants at dawn and dusk. Watering when it’s colder outside is beneficial because there is less water loss from evaporation. Be sure to water deeply so that the entire root system can be saturated. The best way to ensure that the water has penetrated deep into the soil is with slow and long applications.

 See Watering Guide!

Mulching: A practical and easy way of keeping the soil moist all summer long is with mulch. Mulching is easy, does not cost much, and when used correctly can help keep the soil cool during the hot summer months and warm when we experience cooler days. Apply a 3 to 4-inch layer of mulch around the base of the tree.

Weeds: Keep pulling weeds and do it often. And, while yanking weeds is not fun, doing this kind of work when it’s colder outside can make it a bit more pleasant. We can use pre-emergent herbicides, and when applied, we can reduce the number of weeds that need to be pulled!

Deadhead Roses: We love our roses. Roses are beautiful, fragrant and a big part of any landscape. One of the best ways to keep roses looking good is to deadhead them. No, deadheading has nothing to do with the band or its followers. It is actually a technique that is super easy to do. Prune just below the flower and above the next set of new growth, which is a five-leaflet leaf. For best results, always make sure to cut at an angle. It’s a good idea to hose off roses in the early morning to increase humidity.

Fertilizing: The custom-blended fertilizers from Moon Valley Nurseries are specifically designed to trigger growth responses and supplement the essential micro and macronutrients that the plants need to thrive in Southern California. If you have plant material in your landscape that is recovering from any stress, we have fertilizers that can help with that.

Add Instant Color: This is an excellent time to plant colorful summer annuals such as marigolds, petunias, and more. Visit your nearest Moon Valley Nurseries location to see what we have in stock.

Problems to Look For: Some common problems to look for are gray leaf spot, blossom-end rot, lace bugs, and spider mites.

  • We can control gray leaf spot by catching and removing grass clippings where it is a problem. Treat it as soon as possible with a fungicide, such as a copper spray.
  • We can control blossom-end rot by adding high levels of calcium to the soil at planting time. Bone meal, oyster shell, or gypsum works well.
  • Lace bugs can be controlled with beneficial insects such as lady beetles and assassin bugs. We can also use neem oil to control these bugs.
  • Control spider mites by dousing them with cold water. We can also spray infested leaves with a solution of rosemary oil or a rosemary-oil pesticide.

Vegetable Garden: We can plant some edibles this month. Melons, sunflowers, and sweet potatoes are all seeds that can be planted. Plant sweet potato transplants now and be sure to water them both before and after planting.

Pruning: Sun-sensitive plants and citrus trees should NOT be pruned because this can expose them to sunburn. Encourage new growth on plants by removing faded or dead flowers. Remove any unwanted or vigorous branches from trees.


Our Expert Recommended Trees to Plant this Month

Crape Myrtle: You have probably seen neighborhoods throughout Southern California lit up with color. It’s Crape Myrtle time! Yes, these small ornamental trees are starting to bloom vibrant flowers in colors that range from white to pink and red to purple. We offer custom-grown Crape Myrtle trees that are mildew-resistant and drought tolerant. No doubt that the flowers are beautiful. Adding to its impressive features is an attractive bark and a multi-trunk structure that is begging for nighttime landscape lighting. Summertime in SoCal is fun, and the sight of flowering trees such as these is the icing on the cake. Plus, once fall rolls around, you can expect colors such as golden, orange, and red. We custom-grow the best varieties for our area, including Dynamite Red, Tuscarora, Natchez, Catawba, Muskogee, and Tuskegee.

Olive Tree: Fruiting and fruitless olive trees can bring the enchanting look of Tuscany to your landscape. Some of the world’s most beautiful gardens are in the Mediterranean region. Both types are a favorite addition to landscapes throughout Southern California. Their aesthetically pleasing appearance looks good in any landscape. Gnarled trunks and their dreamy metallic-silver foliage makes them the perfect shimmering backdrop to other plants. Plus, when the sun is in full effect, you can find some relief basking in the shade it can create. Our olive trees are custom-grown near Temecula Wine Country; not from the Central Valley. Our disease-free olive trees are ready to thrive in your landscape!


Ficus Rubiginosa: Create cooling shade with this beautiful evergreen tree that is ideal for any landscape. This beauty features glossy, green leaves and a thick, gray trunk that help to make this one of the best street trees and shade trees you can find. They can tolerate salt spray, too, so they are an excellent choice for a beach home. Their dense growth habit makes them an ideal size for smaller yards, and to block unwanted views. A specimen size tree is perfect for families. Ficus Rubiginosa features open branching, making it an excellent tree for climbing and exploring, or attaching a tire swing from one of its sturdy branches. Enjoy the SoCal summer outdoors, under a shade tree!



Piru Queen Palm: Bring the tropical look home! This tree is the classic, feather palm that is a staple in neighborhoods throughout Southern California. They add value to any size property whether planted as a focal point in the front yard or to create a tropical backyard retreat. They have a look that complements any architectural style, and since we are grown with better genetic traits, you can have a superior Queen Palm adorning your yard, creating shade and beauty to the landscape. Our exclusive Piru Queen Palms feature harder trunks and superior durability than any other Queen Palm available! Plus, we carry a total of five varieties of Queen Palms!



King Palm: If you are looking to create a tropical feel in your landscape, you can do no wrong planting a multi-trunk or single-trunk King Palm in your yard! These palms are a favorite throughout Southern California for a reason – they have beautiful dark green fronds that spread wide so that they can add a splash of tropical shade. We have a few varieties available. The Maxima King Palm creates a relaxing atmosphere, especially when planted in clusters near the swimming pool. Create an inspiring front entrance lining them up along a driveway. From the desert to the coast, King Palms are sure to bring the “wow” factor to your landscape!



We Do the Work!

Allow Moon Valley Nurseries to do all the work so that you can enjoy your summer! Our nursery pros will be glad to help you achieve your landscape goals. We have the perfect trees for the perfect spot in your yard for every season!

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Top 5 Flowering Trees for SoCal - Enjoy The Summer Blooms!

Posted by Felipe Benavides on 5/25/18 12:01 AM

Soak up the California sunshine and take in the colorful scene that flowering trees create. Right now, neighborhoods are coming alive with a burst of colorful flowers thanks to a few of our favorite trees. When not much else is blooming in the summer, trees such as Crape Myrtle, Jacaranda, and Magnolia can come to the rescue.

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Top 5 Shade Trees

Posted by Arica Harrison on 5/17/18 12:07 PM

Here in California, we love to live the outdoor life! Whether its relaxing in the pool or barbequing on the back patio, we love to be outside. And to deal with our warm, sunny days, shade trees are essential. But there are more reasons to why shade trees are important. Here are our top reasons to plant shade trees now!

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5 Great Reasons to Plant Citrus and Fruit Trees

Posted by Felipe Benavides on 5/17/18 11:06 AM


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Topics: Homegrown Fruit and Citrus Trees

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