Posted by Felipe Benavides on 9/1/17, 8:36 AM


Planting season is finally here! The cooler evenings paired with warm fall days is the perfect sign that the fall planting season has arrived! Trees and plants establish extremely well this time of year and annuals and perennials are beginning to bud and bloom, ready to put on a spectacular show of color.

Now that we are transitioning out of the hotter summer months there are a few things we need to do to make sure we have our landscape and gardens in check so everything has its best chance of growing.

To Do List:

  • Watering:

    With the cooler evenings and cooler days, we are going to have to start thinking about less water for our plants, trees, and lawns. New trees are going to need water 1-3x per week depending on tree and plant type as well as temperature. Once our daytime temps reach 85-100 degrees is typically the time we back down from our summer watering schedule. Remember different types of plants as well as planting location plays a big factor in how much water your plants need. If you need more help please contact one of our nursery pros at your nearest Moon Valley Nurseries location. During the fall months, we can also save water by reducing the amount that we give to our lawns. The cooler nights and cooler days are going to translate into the ground retaining moisture longer thus permitting us to use less water going forward. The amount of water should not be cut back, however, the frequency at which you water your lawn should be reduced. This is also the time of year that you should be considering whether or not you are going to be over seeding your winter lawn.

  • Fertilizing:

    Now is the best time to be fertilizing all of your plants, trees, flowers, vegetables and lawns. This is the growing season and this is when your trees and plants are going to be utilizing the most macro-nutrients. Be sure to pair Moon Juice and Moon Dust together to optimize your plants growth for this upcoming fall! To learn more about our custom-made fertilizers click here to learn about what is in Moon Juice.

  • Tree Care:

    Since everything is now starting to grow again we have to think ahead about proper care and trimming. Read more about proper tree care and trimming here. Making sure you have your landscapes well cared for is a vital part in making sure you protect your investment. This time of year we can trim off any dead or sun damaged that may have occurred over the summer, cut back any excessive branches or some that may have been damaged by summer storms and also clean all of our citrus and fruit trees of unwanted suckers.




The Tipu is a great tree in any landscape for quickly creating massive canopies of shade to cool your home, shade a patio or protect the other plants in your yard. It also requires little maintenance as it does extremely well in many soils and drought-like conditions. Because of its toughness it has quickly become a favorite street-lining tree in many areas and as the shade producer in many of our home landscapes. This is also one of the best water wise trees around.

Piru Queen Palms

piru queen palms

Specially grown at our farms, the Piru Queen Palm is unlike other Queen Palms. Our Piru Queen Palms feature thicker and harder trunks, denser and greener fronds, and produce fuller crowns. Our Queen Palms can handle hot summers, cold winters, and windy days. The palm is supported by a narrow trunk which makes it ideal in tight spaces around your pool, but it does require overhead space as the palm grows to statuesque heights.

Diamond Cut Date Palms

diamond cut date Palm

The ultimate palm for your pool, the Date Palms are usually found at most resorts and shopping centers. Around pools the Date Palm provides excellent shade due to its wide fronds and it has practically no litter. The Date Palm looks great when planted in clusters of 3 to 5 palms and is hardy to cold, heat and drought tolerant.

Crape Myrtle

crape myrtle

The Crape Myrtle is the perfect tree going in to the month of September with their colorful blooms still on the tree and bright fall color right around the corner. This versatile tree will be sure to fit any landscape. With your choice of single trunk, multi-trunk, and a variety of color to choose from, you will fall in love with this tree at first sight!

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