March Landscape Tips for Your Arizona Yard

Posted by Jessica Downs on 3/1/2019

Moon Valley Nurseries Yard March To-Do List

It is kind of hard to believe that it is already March, especially since Arizona was hit with lots of rain, and even snow! From Flagstaff to Scottsdale to Tucson and many other areas of Arizona - we either saw the snow with our own eyes or saw plenty of pictures all over Instagram!

None the less, spring is just a few weeks away and warm days are 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 all the rain that dropped on our yards is a bonus for helping our yards succeed sooner and stronger.

(As we recommend using our SuperCharged Moon Juice after a rain storm, 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


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.


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.

Arizona Tree Care Service

If you are looking for some tree care advice, suggestions, or need some professional tree care help, check out our Tree Care page.

Right now, we are even offering a discount off any of our tree care services such as trimming, removal, soil fertilizer injections, and more!

Recover and Regrow

Our certified Tree Care team can help your landscape recover from the recent storms and any frost damage your trees may have sustained in the last few weeks. This is the best time of year to focus on your trees, so they are healthy and booming this spring! Click below for more information.

Moon Valley Tree Care


Landscape Prep


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.


With all the rain that has fallen across Arizona, 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 and 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


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 it’s 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 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 in March

Flowering Pear

Flowering Pear

This vigorous tree can add fantastic color to any type of landscape. This tree produces white flowers in late winter and early spring and grows as a small to medium tree, so it can be planted almost anywhere. Even without blooming flowers, this tree has a unique look that everybody will notice. 


Mex Fan Palm

Almost every palm is ready to go and get planted this time of year. Our Mexican Fan Palm and Date Palm trees are perfect examples of palms ready for planting now! These palms are easy to care for all year and add instant tropical vibes to your landscape, especially if you have a pool! While it is not illegal to own a pool with no palms, it’s just not fair to the pool.


Majestic Ash


This highly sought-after shade tree is easy to maintain and grows fast, so you will be covered in shade in no time! Our Majestic Ash trees are grown specially by Moon Valley Nurseries as a seedless variety, which means no mess! This will definitely impress your neighbors that have to deal with seeds all over the driveway.


Citrus and Fruit Tree


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!

Purple Leaf PlumPurple-Leaf-Plum-4

This deciduous tree produces an abundance of showy light pink flowers in spring. It also features dark purple foliage that helps to make it an ideal accent tree. We like to plant them in front yards, where they are sure to attract all the right attention, or in rows as an eclectic border option. These ornamental trees can make a bold and beautiful color statement no matter how we choose to plant them!



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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