June Landscape & Garden Tips

Posted by Garrett Cleverly on 6/2/16, 12:43 PM
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As the temperature increases so does the rain and this month has had a very wet start. Even with that, there are many things we can do to provide proper care for all the material on our landscapes. Plus, it is still a good time to plant if you're looking to add a little something to your home.  
To Do List:
  • Watering: As we continue to receive rain, be sure to  stop watering the material on your landscape. Once the rain stops and the temperature increases, you will want to switch over to a summer watering schedule when temperatures are consistently over 90 degrees. When you water, be sure to deep root, which is leaving the hose on a tree for an hour on a slow trickle. For more info on watering click here.
  • Weeds: They will pop up from time to time and it's best to quickly remove them. Moon Valley Nurseries stocks all of the things you will need for your weed prevention plan at our locations. Also consider adding mulch to areas to reduce the amount of sprouting weeds. 
  • Pruning: The Houston area is a large one and if you're reading this you could be in Lake Conroe or down in Galveston. Regardless of where you are, there is a chance we could get hit by a hurricane or a strong storm. Always be sure to  remove dead branches or trim off some of the top weight on your trees.  
  • Fertilize: As we hit the summer, some of the material in our landscapes can show heat stress. It it happens do not worry! A fertilizer can help the tree adjust to the change in weather. Continue to use Moon Dust and combine that with our easy to use Super Palm Juice, which turns palms green and keep them green.  It contains all the special nutrients palms needs that are not found in our soils. Available now at any of our nurseries

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Crape Myrtle
The Crape Myrtle has something to offer for every season but stands out in late spring to summer when it begins producing stunning blooms of purple, pink, red, and white flowers that are pleasing to the eye when planted in clusters or accent locations. The Crape Myrtle is known for its long and constant bloom cycle and works well in just about any landscape. In the fall, the Crape Myrtle’s foliage turn to a showy bright orange.  


Japanese Blueberry
The Japanese Blueberry is a visually appealing evergreen due to its dense, lush foliage and striking leaf color throughout the year which provides a fantastic backdrop for contrasting flowers and shrubs. It thrives in full sun and handle the cold extremely well. It has become one of Houston’s most planted hedge variety and is an excellent choice for just about any landscape. 


Wax Myrtle
The Wax Myrtle is native to the southeastern United States which stretches from North Carolina to Texas. The Wax Myrtle can be used as a large evergreen shrub for screening or a small ornamental tree when pruned up. The Wax Myrtle has simple alternate leaves with an elliptic shape that are two to four inches long. Wax Myrtle leaves have a glossy dark green appearance with serrated edges towards the tip of the leaf.  


Pride of Barbados
The Pride of Barbados, also known as the Red Mexican Bird of Paradise, is a medium to large growing shrub with bright orange/red flowers that show from late spring through the fall. Often seen in semi-tropical yards and open commercial areas this shrub is one of the brightest flowering plants for any use in the Houston area. 


Hibiscus are the embodiment of tropical flowers! These medium to large growing shrubs bloom multiple bright colored flowers that can attract hummingbirds. Hibiscus bloom in white, yellow, and the classic red. They thrive in pots and in well-prepared garden soil. Be sure that you pot and your garden soil drains well for maximum potential for your hibiscus. 

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