December Landscape and Garden Tips

Posted by Jessica Downs on 11/29/19 9:45 AM

December Tips from our Nursery Professionals

The winter season has arrived, and that means it’s time to change up how we care for the trees and shrubs in our landscapes. We always say how lucky we are to be living in the Southwest during the winter. It may be cold, but we’re not like most of the country who has essentially “shut-down” their landscapes and prepared it for the impending snow, blizzards, and frost.

Residents in Texas are still able to go outside and work on improving their landscapes for a bit longer! To help homeowners prepare for the colder temperatures, our nursery professionals have compiled a to-do list as well as their recommendations for planting this month.

Watering Tips

Watering Basics for Your Trees

We suggest that you continue watering your plants but change the watering schedule to accommodate the changes in temperatures and potential rainfall and cooler temperatures that come this month.

Since the temperatures are cooler and there is less sunlight, the soil stays moist for a more extended period so that you do not have to water as frequently. Make sure you are always watering deeply and allowing time between sessions so that the soil can have enough time to dry up.

If you have any issues, call your nearest Moon Valley Nurseries location, and we can help you with your specific landscape!

Fertilizing Tips

moon juice

Using the proper fertilizer during this crucial time ensures that your landscape is regaining all necessary nutrients through the winter. Your landscape is getting a nice break from the heat now, so it’s a good time to give it some extra attention.

Our Super Charged Moon Juice is a great addition to your yard care routine and can be used every month. It can be used on all your trees, flowers, and any other plants in the yard.

Click here to learn more about our fertilizer products and see which ones best fit your lawn care needs!

Tree Care Tips

Avoid any significant pruning during this time year to freeze-sensitive varieties. Hacking or cutting away large portions will leave the tree exposed and susceptible to any potential frost damage.

For more information about frost protection, call your nearest nursery or check out our Frost Care page here.

December Tree Planting Tips

In the colder months, trees and shrubs convert their energy to root growth. Planting in the winter allows for a few months of root development. Once spring arrives, the tree or shrub that was planted in the winter will already have a very established root system.

With the root system established, the tree or shrub will focus its energy on top growth. Planting trees and shrubs now provides ample time for them to grow a shade canopy before the summer heat arrives.

japanese blueberry

Japanese Blueberry

The Japanese Blueberry is a visually appealing evergreen due to its dense, lush foliage. Its striking leaf color throughout the year provides a fantastic backdrop for contrasting flowers and shrubs.

Japanese Blueberry can also be used as an impressive privacy wall, short or tall, and to add additional shade. It thrives in full sun and handles the cold extremely well. It has become one of the regions most planted hedge variety and is an excellent choice for just about any landscape.

live oak

Live Oak

When you want to add a lot of shade and beauty to your yard, you cannot go wrong with a Live Oak tree! They have dark green foliage and a wide-spreading canopy that can provide a refreshing and large shady spot in the landscape.

Specimen-sized trees are ideal for families. This tree produces limbs that are perfect for climbing and exploring! Live Oaks can also create a natural privacy screen when planted in rows along a property border to block neighbors and busy roads.

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Carolina Cherry

The Carolina Cherry 'Compacta,' we offer at Moon Valley Nurseries, is far superior to what you will find at other nurseries. The variety we offer is denser, allowing homeowners to plant these for a privacy wall.

Our Carolina Cherries are less woody and non-invasive than varieties found at other nurseries. It loves the heat, and as an evergreen, they require minimal maintenance clean up. It is both drought and heat tolerant.

fruit and citrus

Citrus and Fruit Trees

Grow an edible landscape and start your new year’s resolutions to eating healthy sooner! Our Fruit and Citrus trees are grown specifically in our local climate so that they are guaranteed to produce!

We love helping people add citrus and fruit trees to their yard, and this time of the year is when we suggest planting them! Between the warm soils and the cooler temps, new citrus and stone fruit trees have the best chance for optimal root development while it establishes itself in the soil. You will be rewarded for this in the spring when you can start enjoying the tasty and healthy fruit straight from the tree.

With Moon Valley Nurseries, you can purchase specimen-sized fruit and citrus trees at fruit-producing age. Speak with your nearest nursery to see which varieties are ready to plant!  

Start Your New Landscape Project Today

Start Designing Today!

At Moon Valley Nurseries, we know how time-consuming and stressful designing your yard can be when you try to tackle it all on your own. From the moment you walk into our nursery to the moment your freshly planted new yard is complete - we can handle every step of the process for you.

Our expert designers are available at every nursery location for in-store consultations or to schedule an at-home consultation. Our designers can get your whole yard done from shrubs to trees, we do it all, and we do it right! From designing to free planting on all specimen-sized trees, we are a one-stop-shop for your perfect yard.

Christmas Tree Lots are Open in Houston      

LINKEDIN Tree Lot Maps TX

It’s that time of the year again where Christmas trees start migrating south, and our Christmas tree lots start popping up on every corner! At Moon Valley Nurseries, you will find the freshest trees around. We ship them to your nearest location the day it gets cut down and never let it sit without water. Stop by to find the perfect Christmas tree today!

Click here to more information on Christmas tree lots near you.

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