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Landscape and Garden Tips for January

Posted by Felipe Benavides on 1/4/2018

 Tips to a Healthy New Yard for the New Year!

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Start 2018 off right by taking better care of your landscape! Taking better care of your landscape yields immediate results for a beautiful yard that you will love. The month of January is a great time to prepare your yard for the spring season. We asked our nursery pros and here are some tips and tasks for taking care of your landscape this month.

  • Plant right now! The weather is perfect for planting trees, shrubs, and other plants right now. Planting trees and plants now will give them the time to establish before the temperature really starts to heat up. Giving trees and plants time to develop is beneficial because they can focus on root development.
  • This is also a good time to keep on the winter watering schedule. With cooler temperatures and less sunlight, the soil stays moist for a more extended period so that you can cut down on the amount and frequency of water usage. Your Free Winter Watering Guide!
  • We have had a mild winter. However, changes to our weather are frequent so if you hear about a report for any days of frost, cover plants and trees that are susceptible. Do not use plastic as it can damage the plants. 
  • Because root growth is the primary focus of trees and plants during colder months, it is essential to start fertilizing now so that it can allow the plants to soak up the nutrients and store them for spring growth. Utilize the specialized blends of Moon Valley Nurseries fertilizers such as Super Charged Moon Juice and Super Palm Juice. Both fertilizers are designed to trigger growth responses and supplement the essential micro, and macro-nutrients plants need to thrive. Doing this can give plants a healthy start! Click here for more information on Moon Valley Nurseries fertilizer products.
  • This is a good time to control young and tender weeds in your garden. Remove the weeds before they seed, and you can avoid having them in your landscape.
  • Get your vegetable garden going and plant broccoli, buttercrunch lettuce, snow peas, onions, potatoes, spinach, carrots, and artichokes. Yum!

tipu tree (2).jpgTipu tree (Tipuana tipu) – You’re going to want a beautiful shade tree in your yard, especially in the dog days of summer, and the Tipu tree is the perfect massive shade providing tree. It can produce golden blooms in late spring into early summer creating a beautiful contrast with its delicate-looking bright bluish-gray foliage. These are tough trees that can thrive in intense desert heat and cold so that they are ideal for growing in the Southwest!

 

 

 

fruitless_olive-1.pngFruitless Olive (Olea europaea ‘Wilsonii’) – Fruitless Olive trees such as our Olea europaea ‘Wilsonii’ can produce plenty of shade to any area, and their structural shape gives them a look like living sculptures. Use them as a focal point and add a dramatic look and feel to your landscape highlighting it with nighttime landscape lighting.

 

 

 

sago.pngSago (Cycas revoluta) – These “living fossils” can be utilized in any landscape style and they are also a low maintenance plant that can tolerate neglect, so just let them grow and enjoy the sight of these primitive living seed plants. We like to plant them in groupings and using staggered heights where they can be used as an effective barrier or as a stunning tropical hedge. These cold and heat hardy plants can be grown indoors or out!

 

 

Japanese-Privet-1.pngJapanese Privet (Ligustrum japonica) – These fast-growing evergreens have deep green foliage and in spring bloom showy white/cream/gray flowers followed by attractive blue/black/purple-colored fruit that contrasts beautifully with the foliage. We can plant these shrubs from the coast to the desert, and these are excellent plants to grow in the winter. We like to use them as a privacy hedge, tall screen, or windbreak.

 

 

Indian-Hawthorn.pngIndian Hawthorn (Rhaphiolepis indica) – These evergreens are very cold hardy, and we like to use these shrubs in beds and borders, and they are often used as a hedge. In the spring, they can produce a colorful show with a vibrant display of large clusters of pink flowers. They tend to grow very well in the shade, and we also like to use them as a stylish way to block unwanted views!

Topics: Monthly Tips, Industry Expert

Plant Now for Summer Shade

Posted by Felipe Benavides on 1/4/2018

 

A New Year with a New Yard and Shade!

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Planting trees for the new year can mean that you can have that cooling shade coverage in time for what is sure to be another bright and hot summer. After all, with average summertime temperatures hovering at 100 degrees in Arizona and Las Vegas and plenty of warm days in SoCal, being able to find respite in the heat is welcome no matter where you live. So plant some shade trees now and enjoy your yard for summertime backyard barbecues, parties, and relaxation!

Deciduous or evergreen, both kinds of trees will provide the shade coverage you want. Of course, evergreens such as Live Oak provide shade all year long, while deciduous, such as Jacaranda, drop their leaves in fall so that it can allow the sun to pierce through in the winter. No matter which type of tree you decide on, planting them now is your best bet for summertime shade.

 

Benefits of Planting Trees in January

Yes, you can plant in winter, and this can be an excellent time to plant the trees to provide shade and other benefits such as privacy and windbreak features.

  • Newly planted trees will spend the winter months establishing their root system before spring growth.
  • Thanks to our mild winter climate, soil can retain warmth even when the temperatures outside start to dip.Your Free Winter Watering Guide!

A Well-Planned Landscape

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With the new year upon us, this is the perfect time to create a new yard! With a well-planned landscape, you can do more than provide summer shade outdoors. Carefully positioned trees can also help cool your home so that they might be able to reduce the household’s energy consumption – possibly saving money too! And when planted together, they can even be used as a windbreak that may be able to deflect or lift the wind over your home.

Moon Valley Nurseries makes it easy to have a carefully-planned new yard for the new year! We have the perfect trees available in the sizes you want to create an instant landscape. Our professional landscape design services are available for free at any of our nurseries, and for a small fee, we can come to your site, so all you have to do is handpick the trees you want!

 

Summer Shade: These Are Excellent Trees to Plant Now!

 

tipuana_tipuTipu (Tipuana tipu) – Plant a Tipu tree in your landscape and get ready to bask in the wonderful shade coverage, no matter how sunny it is outside! Yep, Tipuana tipu trees may very well be one of the best shade trees you can find. These trees are colorful too, putting on a unique show of golden blooms from late spring into early summer. Specimen trees work as a natural umbrella so that they can create a cool, shady spot to picnic under and enjoy its feathery, bright bluish-green foliage.

 

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Live Oak (Quercus virginiana) – This mighty oak tree is a family favorite, especially specimen size trees with dense, gray/green foliage and a wide spreading crown that casts the right amount of shade. These evergreens are ideally suited for lawns where they are sure to add curb appeal and when carefully installed around the home, might be able to help lower temperatures inside the house. In addition to being fantastic summer shade providers, they are also drought tolerant and can live for many years so that they can be appreciated by generations to come.

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Arizona Ash (Fraxinus velutina) – This deciduous has attractive, velvety gray-green leaves and can cast a wide umbrella of shade in the summer, and when it drops its leaves in winter, it lets in the warmth of the sun! These trees love the sun and are cold hardy and heat resistant so that they are ideal for growing in our local climate. If you’re looking for a fast-growing shade tree, you’ll love Fraxinus velutina. We like to use them in residential, commercial, and lawn applications.

 

chinese_pistacheChinese Pistache (Pistacia chinensis) – Here’s another incredible deciduous shade tree that lets in the sun in the winter and offers a clean, dark-green umbrella-shaped canopy that can block the sun when you need it to! Before it drops its leaves, it can add beautiful fall color when the leaves turn from luminous orange to red and sometimes yellow. We like to plant them in rows where they can act as a natural privacy screen, and they are also an ideal tree for flanking driveways.

 

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Brazilian Pepper (Schinus terebinthifolius) – These cold hardy evergreen trees bring year-round beauty to landscapes! These are attractive shade trees offering a dark green, dense, umbrella-shaped canopy that provides a picturesque shady spot to rest under or have a family picnic. We also like to use them as a natural privacy screen where they can block unwanted views in style. Brazilian Pepper trees are drought tolerant too, so anyone looking for a water-wise tree is sure to appreciate these colorful specimens.

 

#FreePlanting On All Specimen Trees!

Yes, you read that right, with free planting available on all specimen trees, it cannot get any easier to have the perfect summer shade trees in your landscape! Don’t let the blistering sun keep you from enjoying your yard. Allow our professional planting crew to plant trees now so that you can have the shade coverage you want in the summer!

Topics: Insider, knowledge base

Recycle Christmas Trees and More!

Posted by Felipe Benavides on 12/28/2017

recycle_christmas_treeChristmas is over, and as such, so is the lifespan of that once beautiful, aromatic, real Christmas tree you purchased at one of our Moon Valley Nurseries tree lots. Now, you might be thinking that you can just place it on the curb, especially if your city has curbside collection programs, which, let’s face it, is probably the easiest option, or you can consider some of these environmentally friendly ways to recycle your Christmas tree! After all, real trees are biodegradable so that they can be easily re-purposed and recycled for mulch and other purposes.

Even if your New Year’s resolution is not about doing your part in helping to care for our environment, you can still feel good about recycling or re-purposing the tree. The environment will thank you and so will your neighbors, who might be tired of looking at those sad-looking Christmas trees on the sidewalk.

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Yep, mulch, it’s good for trees and is especially useful in our areas that have not received much rain. Adding mulch may minimize the need for watering because it holds moisture into the ground. If you’ve got a chipper, you’ve got a head start! Remove the branches and place them in the chipper so that you can make mulch to use in your landscape. You can even save money because homemade mulch can last up to two years! Combine the homemade mulch with our specialized Moon Valley Fertilizer products, and you can have plants and trees thrive all year long!

Tip: In some areas with tree recycling/mulching programs, the tree will not only be recycled, but it can also be turned into a bag of mulch – win, win!

Create a Bird Feedersongbird

Do you love Songbirds, Chickadees, and other birds? So do we! Create a bird feeder by sticking a whole Christmas tree into the ground! You can even leave it on the stand. No matter which method you use, the entire family will love the sight of birds enjoying the natural bird sanctuary. One great way to attract a variety of birds is by adding goodies such as cranberries, popcorn strings, and stale bread. Don’t worry, within a year the branches will become so brittle that you can easily break the tree apart by hand. The birds may miss it, but hey, there’s always next year!

Let Your Creativity Shine!coasters

Perhaps you fancy yourself a woodworking hobbyist? If so, then you can cut thin slabs off the trunk and make coasters! We recommend sanding them down, making them nice and smooth, and then applying a thin coat of polyurethane so that it can keep the sap off tables and glassware, and voila, you’ve got some homemade coasters! You can also cut off the branches so that you can use the trunk to edge a garden.

Curbside Collection Programsrecycle

Curbside collection programs are ideal because one, you don’t really need to do much, just place your tree on the curb and two, many of these programs will turn your tree into usable mulch for use in city parks, schools, and more. And since you aren’t driving around looking for the nearest drop-off recycling center, you won’t be burning gas!

You know what you should never do? Never burn your Christmas tree in an indoor fireplace or wood stove!

 

Plant More Trees!professional_tree_planting

Christmas may be over, but that doesn’t mean the gift giving needs to stop. In fact, planting more trees and plants can be a gift to our environment! Moon Valley Nurseries has got you covered whether you are looking to replace the trees and plants the builders chose or you are looking to remodel your yard. We’ve got the greatest selection of premium trees and other plants as well as professional landscape design consultations available for free at any of our nurseries! Give yourself the gift of a beautiful new landscape!

Topics: Christmas Trees

Quick Guide: Chill Hours

Posted by Felipe Benavides on 12/19/2017

stone_fruit_flowersStone fruit trees love cold weather. In fact, stone fruit trees will tend to produce the most fruit when it’s nice and chilly outside, with the right number of winter hours. Well, out here in the Southwest we don’t necessarily have too many cold days that get below 45 degrees, so we tend to miss out on being able to grow many stone fruit varieties. Here’s the good news. Moon Valley Nurseries only grows and uses the low chill fruit varieties that perform the best for our area based on overall fruit quality and chill hours required for the climate and zone. This way, you can enjoy the best tasting stone fruits such as apricots, plums, peaches and more, as well as the beautiful flower bouquets even in our mild weather!

 

What are Chill Hours?

Chill hours are the amount of time the fruit trees have spent below 45 degrees Fahrenheit. Low chill fruit trees, such as stone fruit, as well as nut trees, require a specific number of hours each winter to regulate growth. So, what happens if the tree does not get enough chill hours in the winter? In a scenario such as this, a tree that doesn’t experience enough winter hours may have flower buds that will not open in spring, or they may open unevenly, which can affect the fruit production.

 

Popular Stone Fruits Available at Moon Valley Nurseriesstone_fruit_pit

Stone fruits include peaches, apricots, plums, cherries, and nectarines among others and these are fruits with a large “stone” or pit in the center of the fruit, with a seed inside the “stone.” At Moon Valley Nurseries we grow the juiciest, tastiest stone fruit anywhere, grown at the perfect number of chill hours. Other common low chill fruit trees are apples, and some of the best tasting, crispiest and juiciest apples are grown in our area!

 

Low Chill Fruit Trees We Sell

Moon Valley Nurries carries low chill fruit trees so that they’ll have good fruit production even in our mild climate. Stone fruit trees are beautiful even when they are not producing fruit. Many of these tree varieties will have showy flower bouquets before the fruit, with colors that range from light pink to purple and white! Contact your nearest Moon Valley Nurseries location to find what we have available. We have the perfect trees to choose from!

peachesPeach trees:

Grow the best-tasting safe and ready to eat sweet peaches! We have taken the guesswork out and only sell the best varieties meeting the chilling requirement for our area! Some of the types we sell include Desert gold, Florida Prince, May Pride and more! In addition to producing flavorful, tasty snacks, these are also attractive, easy to grow landscape trees.

 

Apricot trees:apricots

These are beautiful landscape trees, and we sell low chill fruit tree varieties that are the best for our area including Gold Kist and Katy apricots! Once ripe, these golden fruits are bursting with luscious flavor! Eat them whole, can them, or make dried apricot, either way, you can grow the best-tasting, safe to eat fruit in your yard! These trees are easy to grow and can thrive in a location with full sun exposure.

 

plumsPlum trees:

Guess what? One of the best tasting plum varieties also happens to be a low chill fruit tree that we grow and sell – the Santa Rosa Plum! In fact, these are the most popular plums in California and Arizona, and with just one bite of the juicy and flavorful fruit, it’s easy to see why! These easy to grow trees look great in any landscape with or without fruit! Enjoy the sight of the bouquet of white flowers of this self-fruitful tree.

 

Nectarine trees:nectarines

These small low chill fruit trees produce beautiful pinkish-white flowers in early spring before giving way to the juicy and delicious nectarine fruits! These attractive landscape trees add plenty of color to any landscape. We carry the best varieties for our areas such as Desert Delight and Double Delight. These trees are easy to grow and thrive in a location with full sun exposure.

 

Apple trees:apples

Yes, we can grow sweet, crisp and delicious apples in the Southwest! Low chill apple varieties we sell include Dorsett, Anna, Fuji, and Beverly Hills. These beautiful landscape trees are easy to grow and provide showy flowers in early spring. These trees do best when allowed to grow free form so that you can get the best bloom cycle.

 

Fig trees:fig

Eat them fresh or dried, either way, you get a healthy fruit that is an excellent source of fiber and potassium. Moon Valley Nurseries only carries the best varieties for our area including Brown Turkey, Mission, and Kadota. These trees look great in any landscape too and can also be a large shrub for use as a hedge, screen or espaliered as a vine. Fig trees thrive in a location with full sun exposure.

 

pomegranatePomegranate trees:

Technically pomegranates are berries but whatever you want to classify them as there is one thing they certainly are -full of disease-fighting antioxidants and perfect for juicing! Besides being able to produce a healthy snack, these wonderful landscape trees have beautiful, showy bright red flowers that enhance any landscape! These easy to grow trees thrive in a location that gets plenty of full sun exposure.

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Topics: Insider, Expert, Winter Planting, knowledge base

Moon Juice to the Rescue!

Posted by Felipe Benavides on 12/8/2017

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Moon Juice is great for trees and plants all year long! It’s true! In fact, our Super Charged Moon Juice is especially useful in helping trees and plants get through harsh weather conditions, such as extreme cold, heat, damaging winds, and more! Get this - roots are growing when it's cold outside and the ground is warm and using Moon Juice enhances the root growth! Cold weather has got nothing on Moon Juice! After all, it's made to keep roots stronger through the cold weather and helps them fight off damage from overly cold nights!

Click Here to Buy Now!Why Moon Juice is So Great

Our region has tough soils, from clay to sand and mixed soils to name few. That can be an issue, but not with our Super Charged Moon Juice. You see, Moon Juice is designed specifically for growing in our region, so your trees and plants can thrive no matter which type of soil they are growing in. How does it do it? Well, every bottle of our Super Charged Moon Juice contains Furst Liquid Technology. This technology is a proprietary blend of organic enzymes and amino acids so that it can stimulate the growth signals within trees and other plants. That’s not all it does! This blend can also increase nutrient uptake so that it can promote new growth. Also, it can help improve fertilizer efficiency and can be used to help enhance the ability of trees and plants to ward off disease.

This incredible Moon Juice blend is comprised of every tree and plants three most essential micro-nutrients - Iron, Manganese, and Zinc. These are the three most critical micro-nutrients required by every plant, and these nutrients are typically deficient in the soil where we live. Moon Juice comes to the rescue because it not only has the three most essential micro-nutrients required, it also includes Thiamine mononitrate (Vitamin B1), which has a beneficial effect on new plantings!

 

 

 

Using Super Charged Moon Juice Can:

  • Roots are growing when it's cool outside and the ground is warm and using Moon Juice enhances the root growth
  • Keeps roots stronger through the cold weather and helps them fight off damage from overly cold nights
  • Enhance the ability of plants to ward off diseases
  • Enhance the ability to ward off possible infestations and infections from outside sources
  • Helps plants prevent and recover from the stresses caused by extreme events such as heat, frost, freeze, transplanting and other events
  • Maximize tree and plant performance!
You will want to use Moon Juice immediately after new transplanting, freeze or wind damage, stress caused by heat or any other stressful events.

How to Use Moon Juicemoon_juice_application

Don’t worry, using Moon Juice is very easy! In fact, all you have to do is follow the easy to follow directions labeled on the package! Just mix with water and apply to the root area, it really is that easy! The amount you want to use will vary by the size and type of trees and plants, so just be sure to read the usage directions on the bottle label, and you are good to go! Always be sure to water trees and plants thoroughly after applying any nutrients and fertilizers, and that’s it!

Where Can I Get Super Charged Moon Juice?           

Moon Juice is available at any of our Moon Valley Nurseries! Anyone in California, Arizona, and Nevada can take advantage of this amazing blend so that trees and other plants can thrive under a myriad of conditions! Click here to find your nearest Moon Valley Nurseries location and be sure to check out our complete line of fertilizers and nutrients specifically for where we live!

Topics: Insider, Expert, Winter Landscape Tips

The Best Trees of Winter

Posted by Felipe Benavides on 12/6/2017

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Take Advantage of these Prime Planting Conditions!

Right now is the best time to plant the best trees of winter! Unlike much of the east coast, we get to experience mild weather, and since our soil does not freeze over, we have ideal conditions for beautifying our landscape with trees! In December, the soil can retain warmth even if the temperature outside starts to drop. And warmer soil is a boon for newly planted trees because it allows them to spend the winter months establishing their root system.

We recommend planting all kinds of trees and plants so that you can take advantage of the prime planting conditions this time of the year offers. With that said, we compiled a list of a few of our best trees of winter! 

 

Best Trees of Winter to Plant Now

Evergreens are the right choice for anyone looking to add a tree that can provide privacy as well as shade, all year long! And though the weather feels comfortable today, once spring and summer arrive and the temperatures start to soar, you’re really going to appreciate those evergreen trees you planted in the winter! Evergreen trees can produce more than their fair share of oxygen to help lower our carbon footprint, and they can be a stylish addition to any landscape. Moon Valley Nurseries has been growing trees for over 20 years with hundreds of varieties for our area to choose from! Here are a few of our best trees of winter that are sure to bring curb appeal!

Brazilian-PepperBrazilian Pepper (Schinus terebinthifolius): These evergreens can grow to be medium to large trees with an umbrella-shaped canopy that provides a perfect shady spot in any landscape! These are picturesque trees that bring out the festive mood in the winter when showy bright red berries appear, contrasting beautifully with the dark green foliage. This wintertime bloomer is an excellent tree any time of the year! We have them available in a single trunk or multiple trunk forms so visit your nearest Moon Valley Nurseries location to see these colorful evergreen trees for yourself!

 

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Fruitless Olive (Olea europaea ‘Wilsonii'): Fruitless olive trees are perfect for adding interest to any landscape, and since they are fruitless, we can grow them in Arizona and Nevada too! These are medium-sized evergreens that can be used as a focal point in any landscape and with nighttime landscape lighting installed, you can highlight the structure of these trees often dubbed as “living sculptures.” Of course, if it’s shade you’re after, rest easy knowing that this Olive tree variety can bring plenty of shade to your landscape! And for our Southern California customers, we have beautiful fruitless and fruiting olive trees available right now!

 

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Live Oak (Quercus virginiana): These evergreen trees are native to the Western U.S. and are an excellent choice for landscapes throughout the Southwest! Live Oaks have a long-life span and attract small wildlife too, so if you love the sight of birds, we recommend installing bird feeders and owl boxes. We like to plant them in rows so that they can create a natural privacy screen! These trees are also hardy and able to tolerate extreme drought and windy conditions. Of course, it is also an excellent shade tree and one that is very clean and easy to maintain. This majestic beauty is considered by many to be the best oak for planting.

 

Palms to Plant Now   

Palm trees are trademarks of the Southwestern landscapes. They have often been seen lining boulevards, in luxury resorts and upscale shopping centers and helping to create a backyard retreat so that you can feel like you are getting away from it all without having to leave the comfort of your home! Can you imagine what our landscape would look like without palm trees? Yea, we couldn’t either! Good thing we don’t have to imagine that because Moon Valley Nurseries custom-grows the best specimens, from hard-to-find-palms to the more common ones! Plant palm trees and enjoy the sunset while it creates an awesome silhouette without blocking too much of your view!

windmill_palmWindmill Palm (Trachycarpus fortunei): This small to medium-sized palm brings a tropical appeal to any landscape and is one of the most cold hardy palms you can find! These palms have a neat and small-scale size that makes them an excellent choice for small patios, narrow spaces, gardens, side yards, near swimming pools, or as a standalone specimen. Plant them close together in groups so that you can create one of the lushest hedges you can find. Transform your yard into a resort-style property and enjoy the calming nature of a Windmill Palm.

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Mexican Blue Palm (Brahea armata): Break up the greenery in your landscape with the stunning Mexican Blue Palm! This harder-to-find palm features dramatic silver-blue fronds all year long and creates flower plumes and golden braids of fruit in early summer that can make it a crowd pleaser in any landscape. We like to use them to create stunning vertical effects, and as one of the most impressive tropical hedges that you can find! If you’re looking for a palm that can add dramatic colors and textural color to yards, look no further than Brahea armata!

 

Yes, You Can Afford a Beautiful New Landscape!

It’s true! With easy financing available you can pay over time so that it cannot get any easier to replace the trees and plants the builders chose or create that private backyard retreat you have always dreamed of having! Have you tried our virtual landscape designer app? Give it a try, it’s fun, easy and a great way to visualize your new landscape with our premium quality trees and plants! Of course, you can always visit any of our nurseries and take advantage of our free landscape design consultations too. And with #freeplanting available on all box sized trees, you can relax while our professional planting crew does all the work. Come home to a beautiful new landscape today!

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Topics: Winter Planting, knowledge base

Landscape and Garden Tips (December)

Posted by Felipe Benavides on 11/30/2017

landscape_and_garden_tipsNo doubt about it. We’re fortunate to live in the Southwest. While much of the east coast of the USA is busy shoveling snow off their driveways and scraping ice off their car windows, we get to enjoy the sunshine and the great outdoors. Yes, we're often wearing shorts and a long-sleeve shirt hiking one of the 180 miles of trails in the Phoenix area, exploring Red Rock Canyon National Park in Las Vegas or hanging out along the coastline and gorgeous beaches of Southern California. Yep, we got it good! We also get to enjoy our beautiful landscapes and plant some trees, shrubs, and do some gardening! Of course, it can get cold, and homeowners will need to prepare for the colder temperatures.

Since we are still experiencing relatively high temperatures throughout the Southwest, this is a great time for planting. With that said, we spoke with our experts, and we’ve compiled some tips, tasks, and suggestions so that you can keep your yard thriving during December and into the new year.

 

Landscape and Garden Tips That You Can Use for December!

  • Continue watering your plants. However, you’ll want to change the watering schedule for the trees, shrubs, and other plants in your landscape. Since the temperatures are cooler and there is less sunlight, the soil stays moist for a longer period so that you do not have to water as frequently. Make sure you are always watering deeply and allowing time so that the soil can dry out between watering.   
  • If the weather is dry feel free to water your lawn, shrubs, and small trees occasionally.
  • It’s good practice to apply a layer of winter mulch so that it can protect your perennials after the first few freezes.
  • Avoid any major pruning during this time. That said, you’ll want to remove any dead, diseased, or damaged branches from trees and shrubs.
  • You’ll want to fertilize your lawn after the first mowing.
  • Cool-weather vegetables can be planted right now. These vegetables include beets, carrots, chard, lettuce, leeks, peas, potatoes, radishes, spinach, and turnips. You can also plant asparagus, broccoli, cabbage, and cauliflower.
  • This is a great time to prepare the soil for any new shrubs or rose garden. To prepare the soil, you’ll want to dig it up, remove weeds, and add compost.
  • This is an ideal time to design a new landscape and upgrade your garden! Ask us how!

Citrus and Fruit Tree Picks

Grow an edible landscape and toast to healthy eating! Our Fruit and Citrus trees are grown specifically in our local climate so that they are guaranteed to produce! With Moon Valley Nurseries, you can purchase #fruittrees and #citrustrees at fruit producing age, so plant them now, so they are ready for next spring! Of course, you can always visit your nearest Moon Valley Nursery to purchase one or two or three or more of our fruit trees bearing citrus and fruit right now! Call your closest local Moon Valley Nursery to find out what we have in stock!

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Orange Trees (various):

Why settle for just one kind of orange variety when you can have multiple! For instance, at Moon Valley Nurseries you can find the juiciest varieties perfect for eating whole, juicing, or adding flavor to recipes. We carry the best varieties such as Valencia, Blood Orange, Navel and more! All orange trees are attractive in any landscape, and when growing near windows, they can bring the sweet aroma straight into your home. Grow a few and use them to create an aromatic privacy screen that blocks out unwanted views in style!

 

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Tangerine, Tangelo, Grapefruit Trees:

Enjoy a tangerine dream with each juicy bite of this scrumptious fruit! We have taken the guesswork out of finding the best and most reliable ones for growing in our area. We grow the best varieties, including Satsumas, Clementine, and Mandarin! Tangelos are a tangerine and grapefruit hybrid that is full of mouth-watering flavor and juice! And speaking of Grapefruit, we also have the Sweet Ruby Red, Oro Blanco and more that are bursting with healthy juice!   These citrus trees are beautiful landscape trees too, where the combination of orange, yellow and green colors can enhance any yard. Let them grow free form and use them to block unwanted views!

 

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Lemon and Lime Trees:

Eat them whole, slice them up for cocktails or use them in a favorite recipe, any way you slice it you can toast to healthy eating! Lemons and limes can be enjoyed all year long and growing them means you won’t be in a panic the next time there's a lime shortage. And since they are small to medium-sized trees, they are the ideal size for any landscape style or application. Besides growing them for citrus, they can be planted in rows to create a privacy screen or used as an attractive focal point.

 

Deciduous Tree Picks

Deciduous trees are such a great tree to plant in our area – they can let the warmth of the sun in during the winter and can provide a massive amount of shade once the temperatures rise! December is a great time to plant deciduous trees so that they can get roots established and ready for spring!

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Arizona Ash (Fraxinus velutina):

These deciduous shade trees are cold hardy, heat resistant, and can cast a wide umbrella of shade just in time for summer! In the winter, this seedless variety will lose its leaves so that they can let in the warmth of the sun. They have a fast growth rate, and we love their attractive velvety, gray-green leaves that make them a perfect addition to any yard, and when properly placed around a home, mature trees can reduce temperatures inside a house.

 

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Shumard Oak (Quercus shumardii):

Beautiful at any stage of its life, when young it has an attractive pyramidal shape before eventually branching out to create a vase-like shape with a beautiful structure that can also cast ample shade! In late fall, the leaves turn the tree to a vibrant red before shedding its leaves and letting in the sunlight. We like to plant this deciduous as a shade tree, street tree, lawn tree or as a focal point that is sure to attract the right attention.

 

#FREEPLANTING!

That’s right! With free professional planting on all box-sized trees, it cannot get any easier to transform your yard! Now is an excellent time to replace the trees the builders chose or start from scratch! Financing is available, so there is no reason to wait! And with the largest premium-quality selection of trees and plants, and free professional landscape design available at any of our nurseries, Moon Valley Nurseries has got you covered for all your landscaping goals!

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Topics: Monthly Tips, Winter Landscape Tips, landscape tips

Why We Sell the Freshest and Most Fragrant Real Christmas Trees

Posted by Felipe Benavides on 11/27/2017

christmas_tree_lotMoon Valley Nurseries real Christmas trees are the freshest and the most fragrant you will find anywhere! Our premium-quality trees are grown in the Pacific Northwest on sustainable tree farms, cut to order and then lifted out by helicopter. Before we sell them to our customers, we grade them (we take great pride in only selling Premium Grade #1 trees.) From there, we place them on our cooled trucks and then express-ship them within 48-hours of harvesting and cutting so that we can guarantee that you will have the freshest and most aromatic trees in town!

NewsFlash! No Shortage of Real Christmas Trees at Moon Valley Nurseries Tree Lots!christmas_tree_helicopter_lift

Have you heard the news about real Christmas trees? This year, there is a severe shortage of real Christmas trees nationwide. Christmas trees can take up to 8 years to grow, and the recession of 2008 drove many tree farmers in the Pacific Northwest out of business. In fact, some experts in the industry are saying that this is the worst shortage they have seen in decades, which means you might have a hard time finding the perfect real tree to decorate and spread holiday cheer! But wait, here’s the good news! Moon Valley Nurseries has the largest availability of real Christmas trees, from Noble Firs to Douglas Firs, Fraser Firs and more, in a range of sizes! And unlike some other tree lots, we do not raise our prices due to a shortage.

 $6.00 OFF!  ANY FRESH-CUT CHRISTMAS TREE Click Here!

We have the best prices around and the largest availability of Premium Grade #1 Christmas trees because we want you to have the freshest, most fragrant tree so that you can have a Holiday season you will always remember!

Once our fresh, Christmas trees arrive at our Moon Valley tree lots (look for the big white and red striped big top!), we re-cut them and directly stand them in water. You can shop day or night at our tree lots throughout Arizona, Nevada, and California, and find our Premium Grade #1 trees ready for decorations and prepared to fill your home with the look and scent of the season!

happy_family_moon_valley_nursery_real_christmas_tree_lotCreate memories and make us a part of your family tradition. We have the perfect Premium Grade #1 real Christmas tree for you and your family in our lots, waiting to be taken home! All lots are open every day, from 9 am to 9 pm! Stop in and experience the Moon Valley difference! We make it easy! We will help you load your tree up, or we can deliver it to your home! 

General Care Tips:

  • Before you bring the tree home, make sure to find a perfect spot. You will want to place your tree away from direct sunlight, heating vents, and fireplaces.
  • Be sure to stand your tree upright immediately after arrival. You will also want to fill the water basin, and you can use a professional tree preservative that you can purchase at our lots.
  • Be sure to check the water basin every few days and keep it filled with water and the tree preservative.
  • Always remember: Water is the vital element!

FIND YOUR NEAREST CHRISTMAS TREE LOT HERE!

Trees and Plants Make Perfect Gifts!

Posted by Felipe Benavides on 11/21/2017

Give the gift that keeps on giving – trees and plants! That’s right, why not give a gift that grows with you and one that can also bring beauty, privacy, and shade to our landscape. Of course, a beautiful new landscape is also a gift that can increase property value too. When you plant trees, shrubs, palms, succulents, and other plants, you are not only adorning your landscape; you’re also helping the environment by adding living things that can release oxygen and can help to clean the air. It’s a gift for our planet too. You win, and our environment wins!

Did you know that two mature trees can provide enough oxygen for a family of four? And when you hear news like that, you just have to plant more trees! When it comes to creating a beautiful landscape that benefits every one of us, you cannot beat the premium-quality selection of trees and other plants for sale at Moon Valley Nurseries. We have mature trees available right now so that they can release oxygen, provide shade, and block unwanted views in style. Of course, the experience of growing trees and plants is one that creates lifelong memories too. Big or small, gifts that grow make the perfect presents!

P.S. It’s perfectly fine to give the gift of a tree to yourself, and we sell gift cards so that your gift recipient can pick what they want! BUY YOUR GIFT CARD TODAY  Click Here!

Professional Landscape Design Consultations

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When you visit any of our large nurseries, feel free to speak with our expert landscape designers. In fact, our landscape design consultations are free at our nurseries, and for a small fee, we can come to your location. Either way, we can help you with your landscaping goals, whether working from scratch or you want to replace the trees and shrubs the builders chose! Visit us and handpick the perfect trees for the perfect spot in your yard. And if it’s a gift for someone special, bring them along (sure you might spoil the surprise, but when they see all the healthy, beautiful trees in stock, they won't mind!)

Financing Makes It Easy!

Maybe you know someone that has just bought a new home, and you want to give them one of the best housewarming gifts you can find. If you think that you can’t afford big trees or even create a new landscape, think again. After all, we value engineer all our products so that you can get the bigger trees at the lowest price. And with our financing option through GreenSky, it cannot get any easier to buy the perfect trees and plants you want. Yes, if you gift a tree, you’ll have a lifelong friend! Click Here For Easy Financing!

 

Our Top Pick Trees That Make Perfect Gifts!

Brazilian Pepper (Schinus terebinthifolius):brazilian_pepper

Festive trees such as the Brazilian Pepper are made for gift wrap bows! These beautiful evergreen trees feature glossy dark green leaves, and in the winter, they bloom red berries that look as if they’re made just for the holidays. Mature trees can grow a wide-spreading canopy that is dense and able to provide plenty of shade! We like to use them as a focal point in any landscape, and these are also excellent trees for adding privacy. Place a park bench nearby and bask in a peaceful spot so that you can enjoy all the birds and butterflies that are attracted to this tree!

 

Live Oak (Quercus virginiana):live_oak

These evergreens are trees that the entire family will love. Mature specimens offer a picturesque spot for a picnic, and the strong limbs are just begging to be climbed on and explored! Bird feeders and owl boxes are the perfect stocking stuffers, and if there’s a bird watcher in your family, they will love to watch the birds cavorting. Homeowners and landscapers alike appreciate their low-maintenance needs, and they provide plenty of shade to cool off during the blazing hot summer. These are drought tolerant trees with little to no special care required once established. They are also considered by many to be the best oak for lawn planting.

Ficus nitida or rubiginosa (Arizona and California only):

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Ficus nitida and rubiginosa are both reliable trees capable of providing shade and blocking unwanted views! In fact, our Indian Laurel Column specimens are often used to create a thick, evergreen privacy hedge that is almost impossible to see through, which is why they have also been planted near busy streets so that they can filter loud noises. Both types look fantastic in any landscape, and the dense growth habit of the rubiginosa and their compact size makes them an ideal shade tree for smaller yards. Plant any of these Ficus trees and create a stylish backyard retreat.

We do not sell or recommend the Ficus tree for the Las Vegas area. However, keep reading for a viable alternative.

Perfect Tree for Vegas!australian_bottle

Australian Bottle (Brachychiton populneus):

These tall and narrow evergreens are ideal for Nevada, Arizona, and California. We like to plant mature trees in yards for adding a massive amount of shade and privacy. When planted in a row they can also be used as an effective wind barrier. Their bright green leaves are attractive all year long, and people love them because they can thrive with little maintenance required. These trees have an upright, narrow form so that they are perfect for closed-in areas!

 

#FREEPLANTING on all Box Sized Trees

The gift just keeps getting better with free professional planting on all box sized trees! That’s right! Free professional planting makes it easier than ever to have a beautiful new landscape. Of course, we offer free planting on all box sized trees all year long, so when you’re ready to give yourself the gift of trees, you can let our crew do all the work!



Topics: Insider, Monthly Tips

How To Prepare Your Yard For Cooler Weather

Posted by Felipe Benavides on 11/17/2017

watering_.pngWinter is coming, and this means cooler temperatures are headed our way. Our upcoming winter also means that we need to start adjusting water timers for cooler temperatures so that our trees, shrubs and other plants can thrive during this season. We can also do other things to help prepare our yard for cooler weather. Taking the proper steps to protect our trees and plants from the cooler temperatures ensures that they are ready for spring, which will be here before you know it! Don’t wait to get your yard ready for cooler temperatures. Here are some tips to get your yard ready for the winter from our nursery professionals!

When winter comes, we experience colder days and less sunlight. These types of conditions can cause the soil to stay moist for a more extended period. From November to February, we recommend decreasing the number of times you water your trees and plants.

Tip: Factors such as water, plant maturity, type of plant/tree, and soil types affect where to water, how much to water, how fast and how often to apply the water.

What Time Should I Water?

Our experts recommend watering in the morning, as this is when the ground is at its coldest point. In the morning, the temperatures are cooler, and the air is calmer so that these kinds of conditions will keep evaporation to a minimum. And let’s face it, the morning is the perfect time to get out and enjoy our garden!

How Much Water Should I Use?

Knowing the proper watering depths is critical. The goal is to apply enough water so that it can wet the soil. We recommend using a pointed metal rod so that you can test how deep you have watered. Insert the rod into the ground right after watering. You’ll know you have added the proper amount of water if the rod slides effortlessly through the wet soil and becomes difficult to push once it hits the dry soil. For trees, the proper water depth is 3 feet, shrubs 2 feet, and flowers should be 12 – 18-inches.

moon-juice-application.pngWhere Should I Water?

For best results, our experts recommend watering around the tree and not just at the base. We also recommend using Super Charged Moon Juice, which can help accelerate moisture intake so that it also provides the vital nutrients for optimal growth. Using our Moon Juice can also help protect our trees and plants from the colder weather so that they can get a head start when spring comes. Be sure to apply the water only as fast as the soil can absorb it. Adding water too quickly can cause erosion, is a waste of water and compacts the surface of the soil.

Watering New Trees in California (0 – 2 Years from Planting):

Low Water and Waterwise Varieties: Fall: water 1x per week / Winter: water 1x every ten days

Moderate Water Use Varieties: Fall: water 2x a week / Winter: 1x per week

Watering Existing Trees in California (2+ Years from Planting):

Low Water and Waterwise Varieties: Fall: water 1x every ten days / Winter: water 1x every 14 -21 days

Moderate Water Use Varieties: Fall: water 1x every ten days / Winter: 1x every 14 days

Watering New Trees in Arizona and Nevada (0 – 2 Years from Planting):

Low Water and Waterwise Varieties: Fall: water 1x per week / Winter: water 1x every ten days

Moderate Water Use Varieties: Fall: water 2x a week / Winter: 1x per week

Tropical Varieties: Fall: 2x per week / Winter: 1x per week

Watering Existing Trees in Arizona and Nevada (2+ Years from Planting):

Low Water and Waterwise Varieties: Fall: water 1x every ten days / Winter: water 1x every 14 - 21 days

Moderate Water Use Varieties: Fall: water 1x every ten days / Winter: 1x every 14 days

Tropical Varieties: Fall: 1x per week / Winter: 1x every 10 – 14 days

Protect Your Trees and Plants

While our temperatures tend to stay on the comfortable side, we do get those nights and days when the temperatures drop to freezing or frost conditions. When temperatures dip this low, we recommend covering your plants with a frost cloth. A frost cloth can help insulate your trees and plants and can also help them retain ambient heat that comes from the soil. You can also use burlap or other cloth materials. However, NEVER USE A PLASTIC COVER because plastic material increases the chance of freeze damage! Once the sun rises and the temperature has risen above freezing, remove the cover! Once the sun rises and the temperature has risen above freezing, remove the cover.

Topics: Insider, Expert, Winter Landscape Tips

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