March Landscape Tips for your Southern California Yard

Posted by Jessica Downs on 3/1/19 8:01 AM

Moon Valley Nurseries Yard To-Do List

It is kind of hard to believe that it is already March, especially since Southern California was just hit with rain and is probably going to be getting more! Despite what our surprise weather is doing, spring is just a few weeks away and warm days are, in fact, on the way. This is usually the time of the year where we recommend putting in a bit more effort toward your yard now. We are especially excited because the rain that dropped on our yards is an amazing bonus for helping our yards succeed sooner and stronger.

(As we recommend using our SuperCharged Moon Juice after some rain, I personally can’t wait to use it in my yard!  Anybody else excited? You will be! More on Moon Juice later in the post.)

Below are a few tips and tricks every yard can benefit from this month…

Landscape Clean-Up

Weeding

While you may not have seen too many weeds growing in your yard during the winter, the warmer weather (and all that rain) will give them the boost they need to pop out of your soil and grow inches overnight.

When weeds are young, it is a smart idea to remove them before they become established. Once they have grown, they can start dropping seeds and that leads to more weeds! Most people do NOT want to pull weeds ever, but I am sure they would rather pull them now, while it is still cool outside, than later.

When you pull all the visible weeds in your yard, using pre-emergent products will help keep your yard weed-free. Consistently using pre-emergent herbicides will make your yard a piece of cake to take care of, which you will be thankful for as the temperatures hit triple digits.

Every Moon Valley Nursery has pre-emergent products available for you to purchase and nursery pros that can help you pick the right products for your specific needs.

Pruning/Trimming

This time of the year is the best time to prune your trees for shape and shade before they experience spring growth. Pruning not only helps develop strong crowns but also promotes strong root growth. After pruning, be sure to fertilize with Moon Juice to get much-needed nutrients into the tree as it recovers from its haircut.

Landscape Prep

Fertilizing

Fertilize your landscape to give your trees and shrubs a boost and capitalize on the spring growing season. I am sure you have already started to notice the changes in your yard, or you will be seeing them very soon!  

Moon Valley Nursery has developed highly specialized blends of fertilizer like SuperCharged Moon Juice and Super Palm Juice which are designed to trigger growth responses and supplement the essential micro and macro nutrients that plants need to thrive in the Western United States.

        4 for $119 Fertilizer Coupon        

(Print coupon and bring to your nearest nursery)

Check out all our fertilizer products here and learn more about which ones are right for your yard.

Planting

With all the crazy weather that has fallen from Hollywood to Escondido, it is a great time to plant new trees and shrubs. The soil is hydrated and enriched from the recent rains, which makes planting easier. It also creates a calmer transition and less shock for your plants as it grows accustom to its new home and becomes established in your soil.

Landscape Maintenance

Watering

This time of the year usually kicks off the start of longer and warmer days. It is important to keep an eye on your current watering schedule and start to transition from winter to spring as everything on your landscape will probably need more water soon, if not already! 

For specific information on watering schedules, click here to learn more about the watering needs for your new and mature trees.

Lawn Care Tips for your Yard

If you let your grass go dormant through winter, you have probably noticed it is slowly coming back. If you haven’t seen any new growth, there is still time! If you planted winter grass, you might be noticing that it is starting to die away and that is okay! The transition in your lawn is starting, whether its visible yet or not, and the little things we do now will make a big difference (and save you lots of work later) in the long run. It will also give you more time to enjoy your yard and entertain more this year. We have put together a few tips to help you focus some attention on your lawn this month.

Removing and preventing weeds from your lawn is the first step to bringing it back to perfect health.

Remove any thatch on your lawn that you can see to help get water and nutrients deeper in the soil and grass roots.

Aerate your grass to loosen the soil and allow for water, nutrients, additional grass seed, and fertilizer to get all the way to the roots.

Fertilize your lawn with our Moon Royale Turf Fertilizer to bring back that healthy green lawn that has been lying dormant all winter.

Water your lawn, as needed for your yard. Be sure to start paying attention to your lawn this time of year so you can adjust the watering schedule depending on how quickly the weather starts to change.

 

Suggestions for Trees to Plant Now

Palms Mex Fan Palm

Almost every palm is ready to go and get planted this time of year. Our Mexican Fan Palm tree is a perfect example of a palm that is ready for planting now! Our palms are easy to care for all year and add instant tropical vibes to your landscape, especially if you have a pool! And while it is not illegal to own a pool with zero palms, it’s just not fair to the pool.

 

Citrus and Fruit TreesCitrus-5

Ready to start growing your own food? Planting citrus or stone fruit is the best way to start. These trees are easy to take care of and yet they give you so much! Citrus and Stone fruits handle March planting like champs. Some of our favorite citrus and stone fruits to plant now are oranges, lemons, peaches, plums, and apples. I can go on and on, but we recommend just coming to a nursery and seeing all the varieties with your own eyes. We will even let you pick some and taste it yourself!

Ficus NitidaFicus Nitida - Multi

These fast-growing trees are evergreen, which makes them perfect for added shade and privacy all year long. You can find these in our nurseries in single-trunk, multi-trunk, and columns form. Depending on your needs, they can make an impressive focal point or even be a living wall/barrier for your home. No matter how you choose to use them, their dark green foliage will surely pop!

 

PodocarpusPodocarpus-3

This fern pine is a low maintenance, evergreen tree that can be grown into any size you need it to be! One of the densest trees we offer at Moon Valley Nurseries, the Podocarpus thrives in full sun to partial shade and is a great option for any landscape. This single-trunk evergreen needs a bit more water in the first year but cuts back once it is established in the soil.

 

 

THE MOON VALLEY DIFFERENCE

We love that we can offer our customers a one-of-a-kind experience at our nurseries. We truly do it all from growing the trees to helping you create the best landscape to making sure that landscape stays in perfect shape for you to enjoy for years to come.

Visit us this weekend to check out all the trees we have to offer and find the best fit for you.

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