Spring Planting Season Starts Now!

Posted by Jessica Downs on 3/22/2019

fallplantingThe 2019 spring season is now officially here, and the weather could not be more perfect! Most of you are probably enjoying spring training games, going camping, and having barbeques in the back yard this time of year. Since you have been spending more time outside, you may have been looking closely at your own yard and starting to think of ways to update the landscape.

First things first - make sure you are taking care of your existing landscape. Right now, we are offering a special deal on all our fertilizer products. Click below to get the coupon you need to get 4 fertilizer products, such as our SuperCharged Moon Juice and Super Palm Juice, for only $119!

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What do you see when you look around your yard right now? You could add some trees that offer shade to certain parts of your yard or add bright shrubs or flowering tree to add some diversity to a bland area. You might notice you can see your neighbor’s window more than you thought before and need a tree to block that view!

Keep reading to see which trees our Arizona nursery experts recommend for planting in the spring. Don’t forget we have trees in all different sizes. If you want to start enjoying your tree sooner, ask us about all of our specimen-sized trees.

Which Trees are Best for Spring Planting?

Purple Leaf Plum Tree

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The Purple Leaf Plum tree produces an abundance of showy light pink flowers in spring and features exceptional dark purple foliage. Because this tree stays small, it is great to use as a colorful accent tree in tight areas. It also looks great when used as a focal point in small yards or patio homes. These ornamental trees can make a bold, beautiful, and lively statement no matter how you choose to plant it! 

Shamel Ash Tree

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This is the perfect park-style tree that offers large amounts of shade and is very easy to grow in almost any landscape style. The Shamel Ash has large leaves and is a fast-growing variety that will help cool your home and add more shade to your yard. No matter where you plant this attractive water wise tree, you can expect years and years of comfortable shade and beauty.




Pygmy Date Palm

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Its versatility and small size allow the Pygmy Date palm to be planted in tight spaces making them perfect around pools, patios, courtyards, and in containers. The Pygmy Date can be grown in shade and its roots are non-invasive. This allows it to be a fantastic option for planting under larger palms or trees, in between palms, or in a cluster. This stunning palm features multiple trunks of varying height or it can be grown with just a single trunk.



Ficus Nitida

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This evergreen tree performs well in any landscape and almost any environment. It creates a very dense canopy of thick, rounded dark green leaves all year that create a very dense shade. Trees like the Ficus Nitida, can keep your cooling costs down in the summer and give you proper overall shade on your property. This very clean tree handles the heat very well and can be pruned to any shape. We offer three different variations of Laurel: Single-trunk, multi-trunk, and column.

 

 

Brazilian Pepper Tree 
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This vibrant evergreen is certain to give any landscape year-round attractiveness. The Brazilian Pepper tree is a beautiful tree that is known for its compound leaves and shiny red berries.  The silky, dark green leaves create a wide-spread awning that creates an abundance of shade. This is a perfect choice for the Arizona desert environment due to its love of heat and its drought tolerance. Available in both single or multi-trunk varieties, Brazilian Pepper trees are water-wise and require little water once established. 

 

Let Moon Valley Nurseries Help with Your Tree Care

Your trees are definitely starting to grow more every day, leaf by leaf. This is a great time of year to get your trees taken care of for the summer. Giving your trees a trim or fertilizer injections that go straight to the root will have them ready and healthy when the heat skyrockets in these next few months.

Click below to receive a special offer on all tree care services. Call us or fill out our Tree Care form and we will contact you.

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Call our tree care team today and ask about which of your trees should be trimmed and fertilized now!

Benefits of Planting in Spring

· Add Shade and Privacy

Now that the sun is out longer, you might notice that your yard could use more shade or privacy so that you can hang out comfortably any time of the day.

· Ready for Summer

We recommend planting mature trees in spring so that you can enjoy the benefits from them immediately. Planting them now will also help the trees roots establish themselves in the soil. Root establishment will keep your tree strong during the summer.

· Many Trees to Choose from

Now is the time to go visit your nearest nursery! We have truckloads of trees being delivered daily daily from our farms to our Arizona locations, so we can guarantee that we have your future tree (if we don’t, we will find it for you!).

Looking for New Pottery for the New Season?

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Click below to receive your special offer on all pottery found in our nurseries. You can update your yard with new pottery and containers perfect for planting new shrubs or small trees.

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We have all types, colors and shapes so you will be sure to find a few things that you like. We even have dinosaurs hanging around some of the nurseries!

You Buy it, We Plant it!

We are one of the only nurseries around that can take on every aspect of the design process for our clients from beginning to end. Our designers are available at every location with the knowledge and experience to take your dream yard and turn it into a special outdoor reality! Not only do we offer design services to set up your new yard, we have our own dedicated crew of professional planters to deliver and install all your new trees and plants.

 

Spring Landscape and Garden Tips

Posted by Jessica Downs on 3/15/2019

backyardWe are only days away from entering the spring season (it officially starts March 20th). For Arizona, our spring season is even looking to match up with the rest of the country’s schedule! We have had rain consistently over the last few months, and it’s even been raining this week. With all that rain and the sunny days showing up off and on, you might see that some parts of your landscape, if not all, are already starting to noticeably grow again.

Spring is the time of year when your lawn, your trees, your shrubs, your roses – almost everything in your landscape comes back to life. This is also the best time to start prepping your yard.

Prepping, cleaning, and feeding your landscape now lets you take control of the growth before it gets out of hand and makes yard maintenance so much easier in the summer months when its too hot to be outside doing anything, let alone yard work!

We have put together an overview of landscape tips we recommend for spring in Arizona. For more detailed information, check out our monthly landscape tips on our blog, like our tips for March.

Everything Grows in Spring

Unless it is already happening in your yard, you will soon see lots of activity with new growth from your shrubs, the flowers blooming, butterflies and hummingbirds visiting, and the grass (and weeds) growing overnight.

Spring is the busiest time of the year for yard maintenance and we want to make sure we help you out, so you have the healthiest and best-looking yard all spring.

Landscape To-Do List

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April

In April, you will probably continue to see weeds pop up in your yard and your lawn. We recommend pulling them as soon as you see them, so they have less time to drop their seeds. Once you clear out the weeds in your yard, it is good to get into a routine of using pre-emergent herbicides to lessen weed growth.

Now that the sun is out longer we can start to trim our trees and shrubs, especially if any of them have been damaged by frost this past winter. Once trimmed, fertilize the trees and shrubs.

Spring is an excellent time to plant any desert landscaping materials, new citrus trees, shrubs, and ground cover.

May

By May, our average temperature will be in the mid-90s. This is an important month to make sure your watering schedule is set up correctly. The rise in temperature will quickly let you know which plants need more water. Stay on top of this because the next few months only get hotter and can cause some severe damage if your landscape is not watered properly. Water slowly and water deep!

Continue to look for weeds and pull them out as soon as possible. By now, weed growth should be slowing down and not be such a nuisance to homeowners.

June

June is the first month of the year where the hot sun can start doing some real damage to your landscape. Continue to check your plants and trees to see if their water intake needs to be adjusted.

If you have young, newly planted trees, you might need to protect the trunk from sunburn. Reach out to one of our nursery professionals to discuss how you can protect your trees better and which of your trees might need extra attention.

Adding mulch around plants that are sensitive to heat will help keep moisture around the roots and keep it cooler throughout the day.

Lawn To-Do List

April

If you seeded your lawn with Rye grass for the winter, this is the time of year to transition back to your Bermuda grass, if it has not happened already.

Cut your lawn short to assist in the transition. Re-adjust your sprinklers or watering system as the temperatures increase throughout the month.

May

Your Bermuda grass should be back and ready for fertilizing! We recommend fertilizing before it gets too warm.

Your watering schedule will need to increase by this month. Once we hit triple digits your lawn might even need daily watering, preferably early in the morning or soon after the sun sets.

June

Be sure to monitor your lawn and increase its water intake as needed. The temperatures will be over 100 degrees daily, so your lawn will need more water. Every yard is different, so you will have to find out what works best for you to have the healthiest lawn!

Shrub Ideas for Spring Planting

Below are some suggestions from our landscape designers that are great for spring planting and popular for Arizona landscapes. We even have an awesome offer on all our pottery, so you can plant your new shrubs in your new landscape decor!

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Bring the awe-inspiring look of sea coral to a dry landscape! Sticks on Fire have an interesting and unique coral structure that gets better looking in stressful situations! They can explode with color from winter to summer - bright fiery red/orange and green colors go back to a lighter green hue. We like to use them in rock gardens and as a beautiful addition to beds and borders.

 

Indian HawthornIndian Hawthorn

This shrub looks good almost anywhere it’s planted! It stays small and grows slowly, which means it can keep the same look with very little maintenance all year long. Indian Hawthorn grows in a perfectly round form and produces pink and white flowers every spring. Because it is an evergreen plant, they are amazing to plant as small hedges and borders.

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One of the most versatile plants for any landscape, the Cape Honeysuckle has bursts of bright orange, trumpet-shaped blooms. This shrub trims into a medium to large bush or hedge and is frequently used as a vine to cover posts or fences. Cape Honeysuckle thrives in well-prepared soil with good drainage. Be sure to water moderately and fertilize with Moon Dust mid-spring through early fall to keep them looking their best.

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This evergreen shrub has become more and more popular in the southwest because of how durable it is and how many different forms it comes in. Depending on your landscape needs, you can add upright, ground cover, or trailing rosemary into your design. It can produce flowers that grow blue, white, pink, and purple that have a defined aroma.

 

Moon Valley Nurseries Tree Care

Moon Valley Nurseries is proud of all our trees we grow for our customers, and we don’t stop after we sell them. We have our own skilled tree care team that can trim, fertilize, stump grind, or remove your trees. Click here to get more information and reach out to us with questions or to schedule a consultation.

25 years of Moon Valley Nurseries and How We Got Started

Posted by Jessica Downs on 3/8/2019

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This year commemorates a significant milestone for Moon Valley. We have been growing trees, creating and rebuilding landscapes, and changing lives for 25 years!

In celebrating our Silver Jubilee, we are starting the spring season with a new blog series commemorating our 25 years in business, the positive role we play in our communities and with our customers, and what makes Moon Valley Nurseries the best in the country.

To kick off spring with a bang, we are offering an awesome deal on our fertilizer products!

4 for $119 Fertilizer Coupon

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Before Moon Valley Nurseries

The beginning of Moon Valley Nurseries started way before our first store opened its doors. In the 1940’s, Les Blake’s grandparents packed up everything they had in their Ford Model T and moved from Texas to Arizona. Once they were settled in Phoenix, they traded in that Model T for 5 acres of citrus and fruit trees and would go on to grow more varieties of trees and open nurseries run by the entire family.

Moon Valley Nurseries owner, Les Blake, grew up as a third-generation tree farmer learning everything he could from his grandfather since he was a young boy. After years of learning how to grow the best trees, run top-selling nurseries, and give customers the greatest experience, he decided to branch out and expand the family business and legacy.

How Moon Valley Nurseries Started

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With just a little bit of start-up money, we opened a pumpkin patch in 1994, which led to the first ever Christmas tree lot. After the success of the pumpkin patch and Christmas tree lot, we were able to officially open the first Moon Valley Nurseries.

The first store opened in the Moon Valley neighborhood in North Phoenix, hence where we found our name, and it did not take long before we become the nursery to go to for the Central Arizona region.

We soon focused on building more farmland to grow more of our own trees and now grow almost every tree you find in our nurseries from the Pacific coast of California to Houston, Texas.

How Moon Valley Nurseries Has Grown

After 10 years in Phoenix, we had grown from one store in North Phoenix to seven stores across the Valley of the Sun and we were not stopping there! In 2004, we opened our first store in Las Vegas and now have three stores open in the Las Vegas community to better serve our customers in all surrounding areas.

By 2010, we were up and running in Southern California and Texas. Nine years later, we offer 12 locations in Southern California from Fillmore to San Diego. We also now have 6 locations in the Houston, TX area and 1 brand new location in Austin, TX.

 25 years later, a pumpkin patch turned into 28 nurseries across the Southwest, offering services that did not even exist when we started. These unique services are the staple of our nurseries and make us one of a kind in the industry!

The Future of Moon Valley Nurseries

Keep reading to see what we are up to in your neighborhood this year!Tatum-1

Arizona

This year, we will be having a Grand Re-opening at our Tatum nursery in Phoenix. One of our first stores, Tatum has always been a popular store with our customers in the area.

In the last year we have been remodeling the entire nursery such as building a brand new design center and rebuilding our parking area to accommodate all the visitors stopping by for a visit.

For the 19th year, Moon Valley Nurseries has been voted as the #1 nursery in Arizona!  

California

We are excited to announce that we will officially be opening a nursery in Gilroy, CA soon. Located in Northern California, we are finally able to offer our customers in the area a store of their own!

Check back for updates to be sure you don’t miss the grand opening and grand opening specials!

Nevada

For all Las Vegas residents, be sure to check out our Charleston nursery in Central Las Vegas. We are almost done with a complete remodel of our design center that better serves our customers when they come in for design consultations and planning!

Texas

We have been busy in Texas! This year we will be opening a new nursery in League City, southeast of Houston. This nursery will expand our reach in the area to be able to help more residents in the Houston metropolis with all their landscape needs.

Moon Valley Nurseries is now officially in Austin, TX and have appreciated how welcoming the Austin community has been and cannot wait to continue growing positive relationships with our customers.

Visit a nursery today and keep checking in to see what surprise specials we will be offering all year long to give thanks to our loyal customers that have gotten us here.

We can’t wait to see what the future has in store for us!

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Popular Ways to Use Your Stone Fruit

Posted by Jessica Downs on 3/8/2019

Benefits of Growing a Personal Fruit Garden

Backyard farming and gardening have become a popular hobby over the last decade. There are many reasons that could factor into the huge upward trend of growing our own food these days such as convenience and safety. With the constant concern about what is being used to grow our fruit at a commercial level, people have slowly been turning into their own grower.

Some popular reasons homeowners are planting their own fruit trees are because:

  • Homegrown fruits are higher in nutrients,
  • You can choose to use little to no pesticides,
  • Growing your own food saves on grocery bills,
  • Gardening gets you outside more and increases your physical activity.

While those reasons are all great on their own, there are still even more benefits to your private orchard. On an environmental level, fruit trees provide shade and privacy to your yard, most waste can be used for composting, and each tree provides enough oxygen for two people and cleans the air around your home at the same time!

Since we are a nursery that grows our own trees, we understand the need to know where our trees have been and how they have been taken care of since they were seedlings. Because of this, we make sure that every fruit tree is in optimal health so that you can be guaranteed that you are getting the best tree for your yard.

The health of your tree leads to the health of your fruit and we want to make sure that Moon Valley stone fruit trees are always able to give our customers the best fruit production.

Tasty Stone Fruit Treats

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Plum Curd

If you harvest your plum trees this year and have too many plums left over, making Plum Curd is a great and different way to use your harvest. The most popular fruit to use when cooking curd is usually lemon but plums have higher fruit content and a taste that is not too overwhelming compared to the tartness of a lemon.

Get the recipe here to make your own Plum Curd.

Glazed Apple Critters

The name itself will probably get your mouth watering as you read it but that is only the beginning. Not only is this pretty much a donut with a surprise inside (the surprise is the apples) but this recipe specifically tells you to deep fry the donut!

Healthy? Probably not. Tasty? Definitely!

Be sure to get the recipe here.

Delicious Drinks with Stone Fruits

Pomegranate Mimosaspomegrante

If your tired of normal mimosas, or need a decorative drink for your events, a pomegranate mimosa will solve your problems. All you need is pomegranate juice, champagne, and some extra pomegranate seeds for added décor. It only takes 5 minutes to have your drink ready.

For the recipe for this drink, click here.

Strawberry Pomegranate Sangria

This recipe not only calls for the seeds of one entire pomegranate but 2 bottles of red wine. With both of those mixed up, this drink is another great option for fun events, such as summer get-togethers and pool parties!

For the recipe for this drink, click here.

Apricot Slush

There is not much to this drink. It is easy and delicious! This drink mixes apricots, pineapple juice, fresh lime juice, cherry syrup, and as much ice as you want to add. Blend all those ingredients together and enjoy!

For the recipe for this drink, click here.

Storing and Preserving your Stone Fruits

If you already preserve fruits and veggies, go you! It is not a common activity, but it is happening more now that many of us are growing our own foods. Canning, drying, and freezing are the most popular methods used.

To can your fruit, place it in airtight jar, fill the jar with boiling water with an inch of room left at the top of the jar, and close the lid. Canning can preserve your fruits for years.

To dry your fruit, set your oven on low and place your fruit on a pan. Place the pan in the oven with the door open so that the moisture is not trapped in the oven. Once dried, you can store them in a pantry.

To freeze your fruit, place them in plastic boxes or jars with thick glass in temperatures below zero. Freezing is the best method when you want to retain the original taste of the fruit.

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Moon Valley Nurseries Fruit Trees

Moon Valley Nurseries founder, Les Blake, has a long history with fruit trees. His grandfather began custom growing citrus and fruit trees over 50 years ago. Over these years, Les and his grandfather developed custom rootstock that is guaranteed to produce excellent tasting fruit and a plentiful harvest.

Come visit one of our many nurseries and see how decades of love and attention has led Moon Valley Nurseries to have the perfect fruit trees for our customers!

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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

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.

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

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 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

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 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

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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. 

 

 

PalmsMex 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.

 

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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.

 

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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!

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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!

 

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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How to Care for Frost-Damaged Trees

Posted by Jessica Downs on 2/22/2019

FROST-DAMAGED TREE CARE INSTRUCTIONAL VIDEO

Watch our newest video on how to care for frost-damaged tree and other great tips to care for your trees in February/March to make sure they are at their healthiest once spring is in full swing! 

We have also created this handy infographic for you to download or print and keep as an awesome reference. Click below to save or print out. You can also find it on our Pinterest page here where you can pin it and save it to your board! 

Click Here for our Tree Care Infographic

 

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Top Cold-Hardy Trees and Plants for Your Yard

Posted by Jessica Downs on 2/22/2019

While most places in the world cannot even think about planting anything until mid-late spring, Arizona is quite different. Our awesome weather gives us the opportunity to plant almost any time of the year. With the weather being colder this time of year, it’s important to make sure you are planting trees and plants that can handle that cold and still thrive. Moon Valley Nursery experts have put a list of the best hedges, shade trees, flowering trees, and palms to plant in late winter so keep reading to learn more!

Hedges

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Hedges are great additions to your landscape for several reasons:

  • They help to reduce noise from roads or loud neighbors,
  • They block the view of two-story homes & high-rise buildings,
  • They help reduce dust and litter from blowing into your yard,
  • Some of the larger ones can offer several feet of thick shade.

Japanese Privet

This privet is an evergreen hedge, so it keeps its beautiful appearance all year long. They are heat-tolerant and cold-hardy. They also make a great privacy screen to block unwanted views or as a wind barrier to block heavy weather conditions.

Italian Cypress

Unmistakable with their lush green foliage and tall, narrow upright form, these long living specimens are well suited for modern to Mediterranean landscape styles. Their natural ability to thrive in sunny climates on a minimal amount of water makes them a popular choice for just about any landscape. The Italian Cypress is also a clean tree that requires little maintenance upkeep!

Indian Hawthorn

If you’re looking for a smaller hedge option, check out our Indian Hawthorn shrubs. They are versatile evergreens that can handle being planted in almost any location, full sun or not, and bloom clusters of bright pink flowers in spring. They are small to medium shrubs that create a unique look when planted in rows. They are also a great choice when you are wanting to create a double hedge design in your landscape.

Shade Trees

southern live oak2-1Shade trees have so many beneficial qualities such as lowering electric bills, increasing your property value, and adding stunning beauty to your yard. As the winter is coming to an end, many of our customers at Moon Valley Nurseries are already planning to fight the heat and we have so many great shade trees to choose from such as the trees listed below.

Majestic Ash

When it comes to shade, this is the ideal tree for the Phoenix valley. If you're looking for a large canopy to provide shade for entertaining or to just escape the afternoon sun you will not be disappointed in the Majestic Ash tree. This formal-looking tree with upright growth and glossy large leaves is perfect for planting as a focal point or in rows for even more shade!

Chinese Elm

The Chinese Elm is a beautiful tree that has become a very popular choice for our customers due to its dark green foliage. The umbrella-shaped canopy creates massive shade for your yard. This tree thrives in hot and sunny environments. In very mild winters, they can even retain their leaves.

Brazilian Pepper

Hardy and adaptable to most environments, the Brazilian Pepper tree is an attractive evergreen that is known for its compound leaves and shiny red berries. It provides year-round shade and privacy with its thick foliage and spreading canopy of branches that support its finely toothed and dark green foliage.

Live Oak

When you want to add lots of shade and beauty, you cannot go wrong with a Live Oak tree! They produce dark green foliage and offer a wide-spreading crown that can provide a refreshing shady spot in your landscape. We recommend planting our specimen-sized Live Oaks so that you can enjoy them immediately.

Flowering Trees

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The sight of flowering trees in a yard can brighten up any neighborhood and add plenty of curb appeal to your property. Flowering trees can also give height and scale to your landscape. Some can even fill the air with a sweet fragrance. Consider these flowering trees below to start planting now!

Purple Leaf Plum

This tree produces a profusion of showy light pink flowers in spring and features exceptional dark purple foliage that helps make it an ideal small, color accent tree. These ornamental trees can make a bold and beautiful color statement no matter how we choose to plant them!

Stone Fruits

You might not think of planting a stone fruit when considering adding colorful flowers to you landscape but you would be missing out on some great tree options! Our stone fruit trees not only bring you amazingly delicious fruit such as peach, apricot, apple, and plum, but they also produce white eye-catching flowers every spring!

Palms

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Right now is great time to start planting palms trees. Getting them planted now will give them time to acclimate and ensure continued growth through the summer. Palm trees offer the most variety of any tree when it comes to designing your landscape. They can range in size from a few feet to more than 60 feet tall. Check out the best palms to plant now!

Mediterranean Fan Palm

The Mediterranean Fan Palm is a popular choice for an outdoor oasis because of its compact size, ability to thrive in the hot summer months, minimal water needs compared to most palm trees, and its ability to handle the winter months. This palm is often used as focal points around swimming pools to create a tropical look.

Queen Palm

Queen palms are the height of tropical beauty and bring resort-style vibes to just about any landscape. Our Piru Queen Palm variety is custom grown to be durable for tougher growing climates. This palm features wider trunks, thicker crowns, and greener fronds than other palm varieties! The Queen palm creates quite a statement when planted in rows or clusters.

Sago Palm

It’s smaller size and slow growth make it an ideal choice for any landscape around your pool. The Sago Palm is easy to maintain and is cold hardy. It can grow in partial to full sun and grows a tad faster when planted in areas with more shade. Because they grow slow, the Sago Palm is a great choice for planting in pots around your pool or entryways.

Cacti

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Symbols of the Southwestern desert, cacti love hot conditions. They are ideal for sunny gardens and they're fuss-free and hardy. They are perfect for most landscapes and can bring interesting look and texture to your yard.

Sticks on Fire

These Sticks on Fire have an interesting and unique coral structure. They can explode with colors of bright fiery red/orange and go back to a lighter green hue from winter to summer. We like to use them in rock gardens and as a beautiful addition to beds and borders.

Planting Season is Starting at Moon Valley

While you can’t plant everything right now, it’s still perfect conditions for a lot of trees and plants we carry in all our Moon Valley Nurseries. Don’t miss out on our great winter deals going on right now at every location! Start planting what you can now and be ready to relax by summer!

Topics: Winter Planting, Spring

Moon Valley Nurseries Tree Care in Arizona

Posted by Jessica Downs on 2/22/2019

Did you know we had a tree care team?tree care, moon valley nurseries

Moon Valley Nurseries is proud of all our trees we have to offer our customers because we grow almost every tree from a seedling on one of our many tree farms. As the grower, we get to take the best care of our trees in every way. From day 1, our trees are spoiled with care including customized watering and fertilizing schedules, proper sun exposure, and additional supplements to keep them in top shape before we send them out to nurseries.

After they are delivered to the nurseries, they are once again set up for optimal care until it’s time to go be delivered and installed in our customers yard. Once you have our trees, we are done, right?

WRONG!

Once our trees get planted in your yard, we are still here for you! Available in Phoenix and nearby cities, our Tree Care Division is ready to keep your trees in the same amazing shape that they were planted. With certified arborists on staff, our tree experts can do almost anything you need.

We offer common services such as trimming, removal, fertilizing, and so much more. All trees are different and need to be treated with a customized process. Because we grow them, we can take care of any tree. Keep reading to learn more about some of our services…

Moon Valley Tree Care Services

Tree Removal/Stump Grinding

There are only so many reasons to completely remove a tree from your yard; when your tree might be too sick to recover with help or when your tree is in the way of a new landscape design. Whatever your reason for needing to remove a tree from your yard, we got you covered. Our experienced team can remove trees of any size and get it done safely!

We also offer stump grinding services after a tree has been removed. This is an easy process to be sure that the tree is no longer taking in nutrients. Our process consists of grinding the stump into smaller pieces, which can also be used as mulch. It is ground down enough so that it starts to mix with the soil and level the ground for future lawn, or rock installments. If you are stump grinding to plant new trees in the same location, we can stump grind up to 3 feet below the ground for new proper-sized trees.

Tree Trimming

Tree trimming is crucial to the health of any tree! While many trees have different needs to maintain a healthy, clean look, they all need proper care. Our tree experts can make sure that your trees stay beautiful and healthy all year with a custom plan for each yard. Regardless of tree size, age, and location, we can trim or prune your trees based on its needs and based on how you, the homeowner, want them to be trimmed.

Tree Fertilizing

Proper nutrition is key for healthy trees in your yard to make sure they look great all year and stay strong! Our Tree Care Division offers a process known as Soil Injections. When conducting this service, we use a specialized tool that allows us to go deep in the ground and right to the tree roots. One application of a soil injection is about the same as fertilizing the tree 3 to 4 times, so this will save time and make sure that the fertilizer is not wasted and getting straight to the root system!

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How Moon Valley Tree Care Works

It is simple! Click here and fill out the form at the bottom of the page. This form will let you tell us what type of service or services you are interested in and even let you write your questions or comments for us to review. You can also call us at (602) 814-0355.

After we receive your information, a tree care specialist will contact you soon to answer any of your questions or schedule an appointment.

Free Tree Care Estimates

That’s right! Moon Valley Nurseries offers FREE estimates for any homeowner valley-wide. We can get a lot of information about your yard and trees over the phone or through email but there is nothing like walking the property and inspecting the trees in person. This allows us to give you the best suggestions and most accurate quote for you!

For a limited time, we are offering $50 off all tree trimming services.

Click below for your coupon, print it out, and let us know you are planning to use it to save $$$.

Moon Valley Tree Care

 

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.

Topics: Tree Care

Landscape Prep - Fertilizers for a Healthy Yard

Posted by Jessica Downs on 2/15/2019

SPRING LANDSCAPING     

As much as it feels like the year has just barely begun, the weather is getting warmer every day and the outdoors is calling your name. Now is the time of year to start taking a good look at your yard and check on how well your lawn, trees, and other plants are doing and if they need some extra help getting back to optimal health.  

Because of the stress that the winter puts our plants under, spring is an important time to make sure your landscape is ready to transition into the warmer months ahead and the even warmer months after that!

Now is the time of year when everything on your landscape will need the essential nutrients to help them thrive all year long in our native soils. It doesn't matter what types of plants or trees you have on your landscape as palm trees, tropical plants, fruit and citrus, shrubs, and evergreen trees all need these nutrients to grow healthy and strong.

MOON VALLEY NURSERIES - FERTILIZERS/SUPPLEMENTS

With so many fertilizers on the market, it can be overwhelming trying to find the right one for your landscape. Fortunately, the nursery pros at Moon Valley Nurseries have eliminated the headaches and struggle for you. We have developed highly specialized blends of fertilizer and supplements designed to trigger growth responses for our native soils.

These fertilizers have been tested time and time again. Our pros have been growing and planting trees and shrubs in our region for more than 30 years. We use all our fertilizer and supplement products on all our trees and plants in our nurseries, grow yards, and our hundreds of acres of tree farms. We have seen the amazing transformation our plants went through once we developed these products and are proud to be able to offer them to our customers at all nursery locations and online. Keep reading to see which products will work best for your yard!

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Be sure to click above and get your coupon for big savings on all our fertilizing products today! 

TOP FERTILIZING PRODUCTS FOR YOUR YARD

SuperCharged Moon Juice
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Our SuperCharged Moon Juice is a growth-enhancer that utilizes a patented Furst liquid technologies mixture, which includes an exclusive blend of organic enzymes and amino acids that stimulate growth signals within the plant. Environmental signals regulate plant and tree growth cycles. Applying Moon Juice will help stimulate these signals in your plants and trees – helping to boost growth at any time of the year and lending a hand to a speedy recovery from seasonal stresses caused by extreme heat, freeze, wind damage,  and transplanting.

There are other great benefits when using Moon Juice, including new root hair growth and its ability to help plants ward off diseases, and possible infestation or infections from outside sources.

Moon Juice also makes watering more effective because it helps open the plant roots to uptake more water and nutrients. This can help reduce the amount of water your plants will need making them more waterwise.

Used as directed, Supercharged Moon Juice is extremely easy to use – all you have to do is mix the appropriate water amount and apply to the root area. With Moon Juice – a little goes a long way!

When to Use:

  • New transplants
  • Weather stresses such as heat, freeze, wind damage

How to Use: Recommend monthly applications. At minimum, apply once per season: Spring, Summer & Fall.

TREES & PALMS - Mix 5 tablespoons per gallon of water. Saturate entire root area with mixture. (Max. 5 gals)

SHRUBS & VINES - Mix 4 tablespoons per gallon of water. Saturate entire root area with mixture. (Max. 2 gals)

BEDDING PLANTS - Mix 3 tablespoons per gallon of water. Saturate planted area with mixture. (Max. 1 gal. per sq. yard)

POTTED PLANTS -  Mix 3 tablespoons per gal. of water. Saturate potted soil until medium wet. (Do not over saturate potted soil)

Moon Dust

Moon Dust

All trees and plants need Nitrogen, Phosphorous, and Potassium as their primary nutrients for healthy living.  Moon Dust provides the essential elements in a perfect ratio that will benefit virtually every plant in your landscape. Just spread it on top of the soil, water thoroughly and it will feed your plants for months!

Feed all your trees and plants no matter how big or small they are! Citrus and Fruit trees love Moon Dust, producing larger, juicier and tastier crops after application. It also helps flowering shrubs achieve longer and more abundant bloom cycles.

It is easy to see why this custom organic blended Moon Dust is one of our top sellers for an all-purpose fertilizer. Not only does it supply plants with needed nutrients, it also helps stabilize the soil your plants grow in. This makes sure that your trees and plants are taken care of in every way.
When to Use:

  • Vigorous root growth
  • Rich green leaves
  • Strong new growth
How to Use: Moon Dust is a quick dissolving granular fertilizer. Simply spread evenly over the root area of the tree (under the canopy) or plant and water thoroughly after application. Do not allow fertilizer to pile up against the trunk or branches near ground level. 
FOR TREES - Apply at a rate of 1/2 cup per inch of trunk diameter. Example: If the tree trunk is 4 inches across, 2 cups of fertilizer should be applied. Do not exceed 3 cups.
FOR SHRUBS - Apply 1/2 to 1 cup for each plant.

Super Palm Juice

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The best way to keep your tropical landscape looking lush and healthy is by using Super Palm Juice. Palms have special nutrient requirement needs compared to other trees that may be in your yard. Palms use a variety of different macro and micronutrients including Potassium, Manganese, Iron, Sulfur, Zinc, Copper & Boron.

Super Palm Juice is a super easy-to-use liquid formula containing all these essential nutrients. It can enhance the appearance of your palms, keep them healthy and able to thrive in intense summer heat and make them much cold hardier than weak, malnourished palms.

Using as directed will produce thicker, stronger trunks while maintaining the healthy, dark green appearance that results in lush, dense crowns. Just give the juice a good shake, mix the appropriate water amount (varies by palm), give the palm a good amount of water after you pour the mixture, and you are done!

When to Use:

  • Transplanted palms
  • Stressed or yellowing palms
  • Weather stresses

How to Use: Shake well before mixing with water. Mix Super Palm Juice with water at the rate of 1 Cup (8fl. ounces) of Super Palm Juice per 1 Gallon of water. Thoroughly water each palm after applying the mixture.

FOR YOUNGER & DWARF PALMS - Apply 1 to 2 gallons of mixture evenly around the entire area where the palm gets watered.

FOR MATURE PALMS - Apply 2 to 4 gallons of mixture evenly around the entire area where the palm gets watered.


Moon Green

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Our Moon Green is a liquid iron and soil acidifier. It was created as a super easy and safe solution for correcting yellowing trees and plants. Iron Chlorosis is what causes the yellowing of plants and is a problem for many homeowners in our region. Moon Green helps reduce soil alkalinity, neutralizes tight clay type soils, and promotes darker and greener leaves and grass.

Infusing Moon Green with Furst liquid brings the critical organic enzymes and amino acids to the tree and plant that helps stimulate growth signals from the roots. These nutrients help stimulate root hair growth and stronger cell development, allowing water and essential micronutrients to pass through to stems and leaves much more efficiently.

 

When to Use:

  • Reduce soil alkalinity
  • Neutralize tight clay soil
  • Create fuller hedge plants
  • Correct yellowing foliage

How to Use: Shake well before mixing with water. Mix Moon Green with water at a rate of 4 ounces per 1 gallon of water. Best to mix in a large bucket or watering container. Water thoroughly after applying the mixture and be sure to wash any of the mixture that may have splashed on to the foliage.

FOR SHRUBS - Apply 1 to 2 gallons of mixture to the root area.

FOR LAWN/GARDEN PREP - With sprayer, apply mixture evenly at a rate of 1 gallon per 500 sq. ft.

FOR TREES & PALMS - Apply 3 to 6 gallons of mixture to the root area.

 
Soil & Water Conditioner 
 

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One of the most challenging aspects of growing trees and plants is trying to grow them in hard, compact soil and the high pH imbalance often found in soil and water in our region. Our Soil & Water Conditioner is used to help break up the hard clay/alkaline soil present in our area.

This conditioner contains sulfur and gypsum which counteract salt buildups and helps to loosen tough, hard soil. Sulfur can reduce the high pH and allows excess salt buildup to be flushed out of the root system, creating a soil base that converts nutrition easier. Gypsum can work its way into hard, compact clay, loosening the soil, which leads to better drainage and healthier soils! We recommend several applications per year.

When to Use:

  • Reduce effects of salt present in water and soil
  • Encourage deeper root growth
  • Loosen the tight/heavy soil

How to Use: Spread the fertilizer evenly underneath the entire tree or plant. Do not allow fertilizer to pile up against the trunk or branches near ground level.

Water all trees and plants immediately after fertilizing. Using a hose to saturate the entire fertilized area is recommended to improve fertilizer efficiency.

FOR LAWN APPLICATION - Apply directly over the top of existing lawns or mix into soil before installing new lawns at a rate of 10 to 20 pounds per 100 square feet. Thoroughly water after application.

FOR TREES & SHRUBS - Spread over entire root area and lightly mix into the soil. Thoroughly water after application. 

  • Trees – 2 to 4 cups every other month
  • Shrubs – ¼ to 1 cup every other month 

Not seeing a product for your landscape needs?

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For Desert landscapes, lawns, and additional palm supplements check out these products below! 

  • Desert Juice – Perfect for succulents, agave, cacti, and more
  • Moon Valley Palm Supplement – Best for palm trees in need of nutrients
  • Moon Royale Turf Fertilizer – Great for bringing all lawn types back to health

 

Moon Valley Nurseries Tree Care Division

Moon Valley Tree Care

Moon Valley Nurseries is one of the biggest tree nurseries in the country and we offer many services to help you keep your Moon Valley trees in the perfect condition for years of enjoyment. Our tree care team can help you with trimming, removing, fertilizing, and more.

For a limited time, we are offering an amazing deal for our tree trimming services just for you, Phoenix residents! Contact us now to set up a free estimate on your trees today! Click the button above to get your coupon now. Print it out or save it to your phone!

For the best trees on Earth, go straight to the Moon

Moon Valley Nurseries does it all. You name it, we got you covered. We are the growers of thousands of varieties of tree and plants. We are the nursery with the biggest and best trees. We design landscapes and make it come to life when we deliver, plant, and set up your perfect yard! We even offer free in-store design and free planting! Come by your nearest nursery and see why we are the best on Earth!  

Topics: landscape tips, Products

MOON VALLEY TOP 3 FLOWERING TREES OF SPRING

Posted by Jessica Downs on 2/8/2019

Add Color to Your Yard This Spring

The sight of flowering trees in a yard can brighten up any neighborhood and add plenty of curb appeal. Flowering trees come in all sizes, fit in any landscape styles, create allure to your yard, and will most likely fill the air with a sweet fragrance during blooming season. Spring is here, and the colors are about to start changing all over the place - if they haven’t already!

You can even create an explosion of colors by mixing several blooming trees in your landscape or create a uniformed look by planting rows of the same, or similar color, flowering tree. Spring is also the time when our yards are getting more visitors! Hummingbirds and butterflies are out exploring the world and enjoying the warm weather just like we do at the beginning of spring!

Below is a list of our top flowering trees for this Spring season. Come visit the nursery to see these trees for yourself and the many other flowering options we have in our nurseries.

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With our natural landscape cascaded in mountain and desert color shades, the pop of red that comes from the Lemon Bottlebrush tree makes any yard more interesting! They bloom showy bottle brush-like flower spikes that will paint a landscape with colors of bright red from the flowers and dark green from the foliage. The Bottlebrush blooms in spring with some off-season blooms in the fall. The Bottlebrush not only adds a splash of color to our desert environment, they attract hummingbirds and butterflies, too. These evergreen shrubs are a great way to create a colorful privacy screen when several are lined up in rows along a landscape border.

Flowering Pear Tree

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The name of this tree leaves no surprises as to the amazing features it offers in a landscape. The sun-loving Flowering Pear tree is known for its early spring bloom season. By the beginning of spring, this tree will start to produce showy white flowers and lustrous foliage. The foliage grows in a unique oval shape that turns from glossy dark green to rich maroon in the fall. The leaves and flowers make for a fun color show all year-round with flowers booming in the spring time and leaves changing in the fall. Considered to be the first blooming tree of the year, the deciduous Flowering Pear tree is an excellent lawn tree. We like to plant them with shrub roses to create a stunning display of landscape color.

 

 

Stone Fruit Trees

Stone fruit trees can produce some of the loveliest flowers and are excellent landscape trees for privacy screens or for merely adding beauty to your landscape. Moon Valley Nurseries sells low-chill variety stone fruit trees that have great fruit production in our climate. Below are some of our recommended stone fruit trees for our area.

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These peach trees love to grow in the Phoenix area! They can bloom showy, light pink flower bouquets before bearing mouth-watering, juicy fruit! In addition to the tasty fruit and their beautiful flowers, we also like to use them to create a screen that can block unwanted views.

 

 

Plumplum

These low-chill fruit trees are easy to grow and can enhance the look of any landscape, with or without fruit! Plum trees are self-fruitful and have a stunning show of white flowers. These flowers will create an extra allure to your trees while they are blooming in the months of spring. Plant them in full sun and watch this tree flourish in fruit and flowers for years.

 

 

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These easy-to-grow trees can bloom a lovely sight of light pink flowers, creating a lovely backyard scene through the spring season. Nectarine trees are small deciduous trees that are ideally suited for growing in a small yard or patio garden. Their smaller size also makes them ideal for group and row planting in larger yards.

 

 

Moon Valley Nurseries Difference

Moon Valley Nurseries make it easy to add vibrant color and value to your yard. We not only offer custom-grown trees, but we also guarantee every tree we plant for you. To make things even better, we provide free professional planting on all specimen sized trees!

For the best trees on Earth, Go Straight to the Moon!

Topics: Flowering Trees