Luke Kalawsky has a passion for all things trees, plants, and landscape design. He has designed numerous landscapes as the head designer in the Surprise, Arizona region until he became a manager of our Central Phoenix Nursery. He now dedicates his knowledge, expertise, and creative capabilities to help the masses discover how to design, plant, and maintain their landscapes with his writings.
March is here, and the warm days are on the way, making right now the best time to pick your trees and plants to put in your yard because everything is growing and blooming! Now is the time of year we recommend getting a little more work done in your yard. We promise it’ll be worth the beautiful new plant growth that’s on the way! Keep reading to learn a few tips and tricks your yard can benefit from these next few weeks. Between the rain we have had in the last couple of months and these landscape tips from , your yard will explode in new growth come this spring!
We were lucky to get a good amount of rain recently, and with the temperature warming up, now is the best time to plant new material in your landscape. The extra water enriches the soil, which allows for easier planting and creates a calmer transition with less stress on your plants. This will let your trees and shrubs grow accustomed to their new home and establish into the soil.
the necessary nutrients that give trees and shrubs a boost to help during the spring growing season. Moon Valley Nurseries has custom blends of fertilizer and nutrient products like to maximize tree performance and health. March is also the time to start using monthly until October to make sure your landscape is healthy through the seasons.
To help your trees mature faster and healthier during the growing period, trim them in the spring. Remove broken or damaged branches to promote better overall growth and tree health as well as shape the canopy for a full, beautiful umbrella of shade. After pruning, supplement with to get that much-needed boost of micronutrients to the plant as it prepares to push new growth after the pruning cuts.
These products will keep them from even developing into a weed! If weeds have started to appear already, remove them as they show up, so they don’t spread more seeds. After you pull all the visible weeds around your home, using post-emergent products will help gain control of your yard again.
Whether it’s visible yet or not, the transition in your lawn from winter to spring has started, and the little things you can do now will make a big difference () in the long run. Below are some tips we put together to help keep your lawn looking great all spring!
- Like we mentioned earlier, preventing and removing weeds that you find in your lawn and landscape is the first step to bringing it back to perfect health.
- Remove the thatch that lays on top of the lawn to help get water and nutrients deeper into the soil and grass.
- Aerate your grass to loosen the soil for better water and nutrient intake, new grass growth, and allowing fertilizer to get all the way to the roots.
- Apply lawn fertilizer, such as our , to bring your dormant lawn back to life!
- Water your lawn as needed for your yard. You might have to adjust the watering schedule a few times during spring as the temperatures continue to rise.
BEST TREES TO PLANT IN MARCH
This beautiful tree produces a showy display of light pink flowers in spring, and has dark purple foliage, making the Purple Leaf Plum perfect for when you need a stunning ornamental tree in your landscape design. These flowering accent trees make a bold and vibrant statement, wherever you plant them in your yard!
The Majestic Beauty Ash, is a Moon Valley Nurseries Exclusive that we developed with the goal of creative the best ash tree variety for our area. Because we own all of our farms where we grow our trees and shrubs, our arborists have been able to develop a premium specimen that produces no seeds and are super easy to grow. It has a formal upright growth rate that allows it to be planted as a focal point or in a row if you're seeking additional privacy as well. The unique, large, dark green foliage compliments the wide umbrella-like canopy with its dense growth. Minimal light will pass through this tree, which allows many of our homeowners to plant colorful partial-sun shrubs underneath the tree that will be protected from the sun.
Specially grown at our farms for our region, the Piru Queen Palm is unlike other varieties. Our Piru Queen Palms feature thicker and hardier trunks, more dense and greener fronds, and produce fuller crowns. This palm can handle hot summers, cold winters, and windy days like a champ. These palms feature a tall, resort style look, that make them ideal to showcase in spaces you would like an upscale feel, or around your pool for a tropical atmosphere.
Imagine hand-picking the sweetest and juiciest oranges, lemons, peaches, plums, apples, and more from the comfort of your own backyard! Thanks to our climate, we can grow fruit almost all year long, making growing your own orchard easy! At Moon Valley Nurseries, we custom grow the best selection of citrus and fruit so that you are always going to get the best-tasting fruit for juicing, cooking, or eating whole! Quit going to the store to buy lemons, oranges, grapefruits, peaches, limes, tangerines, tangelos, kumquats, nectarines, apricots, plums, and figs. We have thousands of trees already at their fruit producing age, so there is no need to wait to enjoy homegrown fruit any more!