Right Tree, Right Place

Posted by Bo Barrett on 11/6/2019

Helping Phoenix Stay Green

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Moon Valley Nurseries plants over a million trees every year! Recently, we were invited to Partner with SRP and the Arbor Day foundations Right Tree, Right Place program. The goal of this program is to identify trees that are encroaching on power lines, causing potential hazards to SRP customers and the communities they serve. 

The program identifies the trees that need to be removed, SRP’s vegetation management removes them, and we provide THREE replacement trees for every tree removed! 

From the start of the program, in February 2018 to present, Moon Valley Nurseries has provided almost 1500 low-water power line friendly trees to Phoenix and Tempe parks, schools, and communities! With other central desert municipalities following, the RTRP program will continue through the next several years and help make a positive environmental impact on our community.

 Shade trees planted in our desert communities do so much for our urban settings. The goal is to remove potentially dangerous trees, but replanting right away helps accomplish the goals all Phoenicians have, which includes adding shade to provide cooler homes and yards! 

Planting these new trees will provide our communities with some fantastic benefits:

  •  Expands the regional shade canopy providing more shade and reducing the urban heat island effect.
  •  More trees mean fewer Carbon emissions in our air.
  •  Reduces the cost of managing vegetation in our communities.
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Add Shade to Your Yard

You can accomplish this in your homes and gardens too! Plant a large shade tree on the south and west sides of your home to reduce heat and shade your home and driveway. Well placed trees can reduce energy costs by up to 10-15% annually. Planting deciduous shade trees will cool your home in the summer and let the sun come through in the winter to warm your home. Plant small-to-medium trees under power lines and closer to larger windows or patio doors to reduce the heat entering your house. You can plant palms around your pool in clusters to create shade canopies to cool down the deck around your pool. Planting tall hedges will help keep your yard cool and will also reduce noise and unwanted views. 

Design Shade with Moon Valley Nurseries

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 The right tree planted in the right place is essential to any functional landscape plan. Visit us today, and let’s get your new trees planted now to start cooling your home, saving money. Create a more beautiful and healthier landscape and a positive impact on Arizona with Moon Valley Nurseries. 



Topics: Community

Enjoy These Tasty Drinks on Labor Day Weekend (Recipes Included!)

Posted by Jessica Downs on 8/30/2019

Labor Day weekend is here! This is a time to gather your friends and family, enjoy conversations and laughter, and eat delicious foods in your backyard. BBQ is a big deal this weekend, and so is entertaining. Whether you are hosting the celebrations or going to a friend’s place, having a winning recipe is crucial!


Use Ingredients from Moon Valley Nurseries

We are lucky to be living in a region that allows different varieties of fruit and citrus trees to grow and produce delicious fruits. Growing your own food has many benefits. The fruit you harvest will be healthier and cheaper than anything you purchase in grocery stores.

Growing and harvesting fruit is also a rewarding family experience, and everybody can participate from watering, fertilizing, picking fruit, and prepping the food!

Whether you prefer lemon, orange, grapefruit, fig, lime, peach, or something else, talk to our nursery professionals near you to see which tree varieties do best in your home.

Below are some delicious drinks you can try out this Labor Day Weekend. Enjoy them by the pool, while you’re grilling, or while you watch your favorite team play.

Let us know which your favorite drink is!

Drinks for the Adults (alcoholic)


Limoncello Sangria Cocktail

This cocktail recipe adds a different twist to the traditional sangria that you usually drink!  It has a lighter taste with a super refreshing blast of citrus. To make this drink, you will need to buy Limoncello or make your own. To make up to seven cups of Limoncello, you will need ten lemons.

Classic Gin Fizz Cocktail

Be sure to offer your guests a classic cocktail that is sure to be a popular choice this weekend. The Classic Gin Fizz will be a hit! All you need is some fresh-squeezed lemon juice, gin, club soda, and sugar. It only takes minutes to make, which leaves you with more time to spend time with family.

Spicy Grapefruit Margarita Cocktail

For those who love to kick it up a notch, the Spicy Grapefruit Margarita will do the job. This cocktail gets its spice from the slice of jalapeno that is stirred into the drink. This margarita tastes best with fresh lime and grapefruit juice mixed with the tequila of your choice and some delicious agave nectar.

Drinks for Keto


Vodka Mojito Cocktail

This low-carb and sugar-free drink is perfect and straightforward. If you don’t like mint, then this might not be your drink (look below for another Keto option). If you LOVE mint, then you are in luck! This drink is made with fresh mint, fresh lime juice, and your favorite vodka and is the perfect addition to a casual day by the pool.

Sex on the Beach Cocktail

It can be hard to find keto recipes, especially alcoholic drink recipes, but they do exist, and the Sex on the Beach cocktail is one of the most delicious drinks that fit into the keto diet. It is packed with tropical flavor, including cranberry, peach, and lime.

Drinks for the Kids

Old-Fashioned Lemonade Recipe


Lemonade is one of the easiest drinks to make, and kids love to get involved with the process. This is the ideal drink for a three-day weekend that kids and parents can enjoy together. The best cup of lemonade is always made with freshly squeezed lemons.

Pink Lemonade Recipe Pink Lemonade Lemon-2

For something a little different than the old-fashioned recipe, make some pink lemonade! At Moon Valley Nurseries, we grow a citrus variety known as the Variegated Pink Lemon. This lemon tree stays pretty small and grows delicious pink lemons that will make your mouth water! 

Plant a Lemon tree in your yard today and always be ready for the best glass of lemonade.

Topics: Community

The Moon Valley Planting Crew Goes the Extra Mile

Posted by Jessica Downs on 6/21/2019

Our Planting Crew Goes the Extra Mile for Every Landscape Job

At Moon Valley Nurseries, our goal is to make your experience as simple as it can be from the very beginning to the very end. Unlike any other company out there, we offer services from start to finish and that includes delivery AND planting.

We make sure that we have the most skilled and experienced planting crew that work for and are trained by Moon Valley. We know our hard work and dedication pays off when we hear stories like these from our customers over the years.

This customer experience happened just a little over a year ago that showcases our crew going over the top to make sure we accomplished the homeowner's wishes.

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Designer: I had sold the customer trees but we needed to crane 12 of our massive 18' tall Indian Laurels trees to the top of this steep and treacherous slope to block out some solar panels the next-door neighbor had just installed. The planting area was well over 180' away from where the crane could set up, however, the largest crane that could fit up his narrow driveway allowed for only 120' reach at max. All 12 trees were craned up the slope as far as the crane could reach and dropped in a loading area our Foreman, Brad Toner, and his guys had leveled out as a temporary holding area. From there, Brad had his guys manually lift, roll and shift each individual tree another 60' away into their final planting locations which took an additional 2 days to complete. Without the sheer determination of Brad Toner and the brute strength of the guys on his installation crew, that job would not have been able to be completed by anyone else. When the dust had settled, and the homeowner could no longer see the solar panels, he was beyond ecstatic and was completely floored by the amount of effort put forth by our planting crew. He was so impressed by the size of our material and capabilities that he came back to me a few months later and came back to purchase even more landscape material! 

Some projects come to us that are extremely meaningful to a homeowner or family. We were able to help a family going through a hard time with the perfect Olive tree dedicated to their late mother.  


Designer: In the summer of 2017, I had two sisters come in looking for an Olive Tree for their elderly mother's house. They explained to me that they were looking to remodel their mother's landscape so that she could enjoy it in her later years while also acknowledging that they planned to rent the property out in the future after she had passed away. After scouring my entire 2-mile-long nursery, I was able to find them the most gorgeous multi-trunk Olive Tree for the front yard of the property. The sisters and I tagged the tree and we set the installation date for the first day of fall with the idea to let the heat of summer pass us by before planting. However, one week before the scheduled installation date I received a call from one of the sisters informing me that their mother's health had taken a rather sudden turn for the worse and she was hospitalized. Unfortunately, the mother's condition only worsened further, and I was informed that she had expired the night before the installation. Obviously distraught, the sisters both agreed to postpone the installation until their mother's affairs were put in order. Ultimately, we decided on a new installation date of October 31 to install the tree because Halloween was their mother's favorite holiday. As we craned the tree in, a small group of family and friends recited a prayer, and each placed a small piece of remembrance of the mother into a small metallic box that was then placed in the hole and covered by the new Olive Tree. It was a solemn experience by all that were there that day.

Ready to schedule a design consultation and get your new yard planted now?

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Topics: Planting, Community