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How to Prune Deciduous Trees

Posted by Felipe Benavides on 1/25/2018

 

Learn How to Prune Deciduous Trees Like an Expert!pruning_deciduous_trees

Prune deciduous trees in the winter because the weather is perfect for working outside and since the leaves have fallen and the branching structure is unclothed, it’s easier on both you and the tree! You will also want to prune apples, peaches, nectarines, apricots, and nuts in a way so that the height of the fruit-bearing branches is not too high, this way, come harvest time, picking the fruit is a breeze!


What to Prunehow_to_prune_deciduous_trees

To prune deciduous trees, you’ll need to have the right tools on hand, as well as knowing what to prune. The goal is to remove diseased branches and also to remove those branches that are rubbing together or look like they might in the future. You’ll want to begin a visual inspection starting at the top of the tree and working downward. Never remove more than ¼ of a tree’s crown in a season. For most deciduous trees, avoid pruning up from the bottom any more than ⅓ of the tree’s total height.

Keep your tools sharp! We find that one-hand pruning shears with curved blades tend to work best on young trees. For higher branches, use a pole pruner. For a major job on a bigger tree, we recommend professional tree service.  

 

How to Prunepruning

There are two types of cuts – heating and thinning. You will want to cut far below the diseased areas and to avoid splitting, make a thinning cut to remove one branch. It’s always a good idea to trim suckers and water spouts because they can interfere with the normal growth pattern.                               

         common tree trimming mistakes

 

Heading cuts can be made to reduce the height of the tree. You’ll want to do this may cutting lateral branches back and remove terminal buds. Heading cuts will stimulate growth close to the cute. You’ll want to be sure to not use these cuts on branches that are older than one year old because doing this can lead to suckers and water sprouts. Of note: heating or topping can also disfigure older trees and may expose large areas of bare wood to insects and diseases.

Thinning cuts basically means cutting the branch where it is attached. Also, if you prune a branch back to another branch or cut a branch from the trunk, you are also thinning. The advantages of thinning include better air circulation and it makes it easier for the sun to pierce through, which can let the warmth of the sun into your landscape.

Feel free to contact your local Moon Valley Nurseries expert who will be glad to answer any more questions you might have on how to prune deciduous trees! We are here to help!

Topics: Expert, knowledge base

Quick Guide: Chill Hours

Posted by Felipe Benavides on 12/19/2017

stone_fruit_flowersStone fruit trees love cold weather. In fact, stone fruit trees will tend to produce the most fruit when it’s nice and chilly outside, with the right number of winter hours. Well, out here in the Southwest we don’t necessarily have too many cold days that get below 45 degrees, so we tend to miss out on being able to grow many stone fruit varieties. Here’s the good news. Moon Valley Nurseries only grows and uses the low chill fruit varieties that perform the best for our area based on overall fruit quality and chill hours required for the climate and zone. This way, you can enjoy the best tasting stone fruits such as apricots, plums, peaches and more, as well as the beautiful flower bouquets even in our mild weather!

 

What are Chill Hours?

Chill hours are the amount of time the fruit trees have spent below 45 degrees Fahrenheit. Low chill fruit trees, such as stone fruit, as well as nut trees, require a specific number of hours each winter to regulate growth. So, what happens if the tree does not get enough chill hours in the winter? In a scenario such as this, a tree that doesn’t experience enough winter hours may have flower buds that will not open in spring, or they may open unevenly, which can affect the fruit production.

 

Popular Stone Fruits Available at Moon Valley Nurseriesstone_fruit_pit

Stone fruits include peaches, apricots, plums, cherries, and nectarines among others and these are fruits with a large “stone” or pit in the center of the fruit, with a seed inside the “stone.” At Moon Valley Nurseries we grow the juiciest, tastiest stone fruit anywhere, grown at the perfect number of chill hours. Other common low chill fruit trees are apples, and some of the best tasting, crispiest and juiciest apples are grown in our area!

 

Low Chill Fruit Trees We Sell

Moon Valley Nurries carries low chill fruit trees so that they’ll have good fruit production even in our mild climate. Stone fruit trees are beautiful even when they are not producing fruit. Many of these tree varieties will have showy flower bouquets before the fruit, with colors that range from light pink to purple and white! Contact your nearest Moon Valley Nurseries location to find what we have available. We have the perfect trees to choose from!

peachesPeach trees:

Grow the best-tasting safe and ready to eat sweet peaches! We have taken the guesswork out and only sell the best varieties meeting the chilling requirement for our area! Some of the types we sell include Desert gold, Florida Prince, May Pride and more! In addition to producing flavorful, tasty snacks, these are also attractive, easy to grow landscape trees.

 

Apricot trees:apricots

These are beautiful landscape trees, and we sell low chill fruit tree varieties that are the best for our area including Gold Kist and Katy apricots! Once ripe, these golden fruits are bursting with luscious flavor! Eat them whole, can them, or make dried apricot, either way, you can grow the best-tasting, safe to eat fruit in your yard! These trees are easy to grow and can thrive in a location with full sun exposure.

 

plumsPlum trees:

Guess what? One of the best tasting plum varieties also happens to be a low chill fruit tree that we grow and sell – the Santa Rosa Plum! In fact, these are the most popular plums in California and Arizona, and with just one bite of the juicy and flavorful fruit, it’s easy to see why! These easy to grow trees look great in any landscape with or without fruit! Enjoy the sight of the bouquet of white flowers of this self-fruitful tree.

 

Nectarine trees:nectarines

These small low chill fruit trees produce beautiful pinkish-white flowers in early spring before giving way to the juicy and delicious nectarine fruits! These attractive landscape trees add plenty of color to any landscape. We carry the best varieties for our areas such as Desert Delight and Double Delight. These trees are easy to grow and thrive in a location with full sun exposure.

 

Apple trees:apples

Yes, we can grow sweet, crisp and delicious apples in the Southwest! Low chill apple varieties we sell include Dorsett, Anna, Fuji, and Beverly Hills. These beautiful landscape trees are easy to grow and provide showy flowers in early spring. These trees do best when allowed to grow free form so that you can get the best bloom cycle.

 

Fig trees:fig

Eat them fresh or dried, either way, you get a healthy fruit that is an excellent source of fiber and potassium. Moon Valley Nurseries only carries the best varieties for our area including Brown Turkey, Mission, and Kadota. These trees look great in any landscape too and can also be a large shrub for use as a hedge, screen or espaliered as a vine. Fig trees thrive in a location with full sun exposure.

 

pomegranatePomegranate trees:

Technically pomegranates are berries but whatever you want to classify them as there is one thing they certainly are -full of disease-fighting antioxidants and perfect for juicing! Besides being able to produce a healthy snack, these wonderful landscape trees have beautiful, showy bright red flowers that enhance any landscape! These easy to grow trees thrive in a location that gets plenty of full sun exposure.

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Topics: Insider, Expert, Winter Planting, knowledge base

Moon Juice to the Rescue!

Posted by Felipe Benavides on 12/8/2017

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Moon Juice is great for trees and plants all year long! It’s true! In fact, our Super Charged Moon Juice is especially useful in helping trees and plants get through harsh weather conditions, such as extreme cold, heat, damaging winds, and more! Get this - roots are growing when it's cold outside and the ground is warm and using Moon Juice enhances the root growth! Cold weather has got nothing on Moon Juice! After all, it's made to keep roots stronger through the cold weather and helps them fight off damage from overly cold nights!

Click Here to Buy Now!Why Moon Juice is So Great

Our region has tough soils, from clay to sand and mixed soils to name few. That can be an issue, but not with our Super Charged Moon Juice. You see, Moon Juice is designed specifically for growing in our region, so your trees and plants can thrive no matter which type of soil they are growing in. How does it do it? Well, every bottle of our Super Charged Moon Juice contains Furst Liquid Technology. This technology is a proprietary blend of organic enzymes and amino acids so that it can stimulate the growth signals within trees and other plants. That’s not all it does! This blend can also increase nutrient uptake so that it can promote new growth. Also, it can help improve fertilizer efficiency and can be used to help enhance the ability of trees and plants to ward off disease.

This incredible Moon Juice blend is comprised of every tree and plants three most essential micro-nutrients - Iron, Manganese, and Zinc. These are the three most critical micro-nutrients required by every plant, and these nutrients are typically deficient in the soil where we live. Moon Juice comes to the rescue because it not only has the three most essential micro-nutrients required, it also includes Thiamine mononitrate (Vitamin B1), which has a beneficial effect on new plantings!

 

 

 

Using Super Charged Moon Juice Can:

  • Roots are growing when it's cool outside and the ground is warm and using Moon Juice enhances the root growth
  • Keeps roots stronger through the cold weather and helps them fight off damage from overly cold nights
  • Enhance the ability of plants to ward off diseases
  • Enhance the ability to ward off possible infestations and infections from outside sources
  • Helps plants prevent and recover from the stresses caused by extreme events such as heat, frost, freeze, transplanting and other events
  • Maximize tree and plant performance!
You will want to use Moon Juice immediately after new transplanting, freeze or wind damage, stress caused by heat or any other stressful events.

How to Use Moon Juicemoon_juice_application

Don’t worry, using Moon Juice is very easy! In fact, all you have to do is follow the easy to follow directions labeled on the package! Just mix with water and apply to the root area, it really is that easy! The amount you want to use will vary by the size and type of trees and plants, so just be sure to read the usage directions on the bottle label, and you are good to go! Always be sure to water trees and plants thoroughly after applying any nutrients and fertilizers, and that’s it!

Where Can I Get Super Charged Moon Juice?           

Moon Juice is available at any of our Moon Valley Nurseries! Anyone in California, Arizona, and Nevada can take advantage of this amazing blend so that trees and other plants can thrive under a myriad of conditions! Click here to find your nearest Moon Valley Nurseries location and be sure to check out our complete line of fertilizers and nutrients specifically for where we live!

Topics: Insider, Expert, Winter Landscape Tips

How To Prepare Your Yard For Cooler Weather

Posted by Felipe Benavides on 11/17/2017

watering_.pngWinter is coming, and this means cooler temperatures are headed our way. Our upcoming winter also means that we need to start adjusting water timers for cooler temperatures so that our trees, shrubs and other plants can thrive during this season. We can also do other things to help prepare our yard for cooler weather. Taking the proper steps to protect our trees and plants from the cooler temperatures ensures that they are ready for spring, which will be here before you know it! Don’t wait to get your yard ready for cooler temperatures. Here are some tips to get your yard ready for the winter from our nursery professionals!

When winter comes, we experience colder days and less sunlight. These types of conditions can cause the soil to stay moist for a more extended period. From November to February, we recommend decreasing the number of times you water your trees and plants.

Tip: Factors such as water, plant maturity, type of plant/tree, and soil types affect where to water, how much to water, how fast and how often to apply the water.

What Time Should I Water?

Our experts recommend watering in the morning, as this is when the ground is at its coldest point. In the morning, the temperatures are cooler, and the air is calmer so that these kinds of conditions will keep evaporation to a minimum. And let’s face it, the morning is the perfect time to get out and enjoy our garden!

How Much Water Should I Use?

Knowing the proper watering depths is critical. The goal is to apply enough water so that it can wet the soil. We recommend using a pointed metal rod so that you can test how deep you have watered. Insert the rod into the ground right after watering. You’ll know you have added the proper amount of water if the rod slides effortlessly through the wet soil and becomes difficult to push once it hits the dry soil. For trees, the proper water depth is 3 feet, shrubs 2 feet, and flowers should be 12 – 18-inches.

moon-juice-application.pngWhere Should I Water?

For best results, our experts recommend watering around the tree and not just at the base. We also recommend using Super Charged Moon Juice, which can help accelerate moisture intake so that it also provides the vital nutrients for optimal growth. Using our Moon Juice can also help protect our trees and plants from the colder weather so that they can get a head start when spring comes. Be sure to apply the water only as fast as the soil can absorb it. Adding water too quickly can cause erosion, is a waste of water and compacts the surface of the soil.

Watering New Trees in California (0 – 2 Years from Planting):

Low Water and Waterwise Varieties: Fall: water 1x per week / Winter: water 1x every ten days

Moderate Water Use Varieties: Fall: water 2x a week / Winter: 1x per week

Watering Existing Trees in California (2+ Years from Planting):

Low Water and Waterwise Varieties: Fall: water 1x every ten days / Winter: water 1x every 14 -21 days

Moderate Water Use Varieties: Fall: water 1x every ten days / Winter: 1x every 14 days

Watering New Trees in Arizona and Nevada (0 – 2 Years from Planting):

Low Water and Waterwise Varieties: Fall: water 1x per week / Winter: water 1x every ten days

Moderate Water Use Varieties: Fall: water 2x a week / Winter: 1x per week

Tropical Varieties: Fall: 2x per week / Winter: 1x per week

Watering Existing Trees in Arizona and Nevada (2+ Years from Planting):

Low Water and Waterwise Varieties: Fall: water 1x every ten days / Winter: water 1x every 14 - 21 days

Moderate Water Use Varieties: Fall: water 1x every ten days / Winter: 1x every 14 days

Tropical Varieties: Fall: 1x per week / Winter: 1x every 10 – 14 days

Protect Your Trees and Plants

While our temperatures tend to stay on the comfortable side, we do get those nights and days when the temperatures drop to freezing or frost conditions. When temperatures dip this low, we recommend covering your plants with a frost cloth. A frost cloth can help insulate your trees and plants and can also help them retain ambient heat that comes from the soil. You can also use burlap or other cloth materials. However, NEVER USE A PLASTIC COVER because plastic material increases the chance of freeze damage! Once the sun rises and the temperature has risen above freezing, remove the cover! Once the sun rises and the temperature has risen above freezing, remove the cover.

Topics: Insider, Expert, Winter Landscape Tips

3 Best Trees and Shrubs to Plant Right Now

Posted by Felipe Benavides on 11/16/2017

There is no doubt about it, right now is an excellent time to plant a variety of trees and shrubs! That’s right, many trees and shrubs thrive during this time of the year and at Moon Valley Nurseries, we have got you covered with what you need to have a beautiful landscape – no matter what the season may be!

Fall colors are in fashion this time of the year, producing the colors that trigger good memories and adding the curb appeal that gets your yard noticed for all the right reasons! And as we get closer to December, there are also trees and shrubs that add wonderful festive colors that perfectly complement the Holiday season!

3 Trees to Plant Right Now

brazilian_pepperBrazilian Pepper (Schinus terebinthefolius):These medium to large shade trees are winter bloomers and are sure to bring out the festive mood in any landscape! During winter, showy bright red berries appear, creating a picturesque scene as the ornamental berries contrast perfectly with the dark glossy green leaves that this evergreen tree is prized for! And for those crafty types – you can cut the branches and use them in holiday-themed flower arrangements. These cold hardy trees are excellent for adding year-round privacy and provide a beautiful shady spot to rest under when the sun turns up the heat.

arizona_ashArizona Ash (Fraxinus velutina): These fast-growing trees put on a show in the fall when the velvety gray-green leaves turn to bright yellow in the fall! This deciduous tree lets the warmth of the sun in during the winter and creates an abundance of shade in the summer! They are a seedless variety, so they only require clean up after dropping their leaves in the fall. Attractive at any stage in life – pyramidal form when young and spreading nice and wide when mature. Homeowners and commercial property owners rave how these trees boast a beautiful and lush look even in adverse conditions!

chinese_elmChinese Elm (Ulmus parvifolia): We grow the 'True Green’ strain, a non-weeping large semi-evergreen with very dark green foliage and a wide, umbrella-shaped canopy that can bring a massive amount of shade to any sun-drenched yard. Families love mature-sized trees because they are good for climbing and exploring or attaching a tire swing. We also love the mottled-bark, which resembles camouflage-like patterns giving this tree its uniquely attractive appearance. These fast-growing trees love to grow in a location with full sun exposure and are attractive young and mature!

 

3 Shrubs to Plant Right Now

nandina_gulf_stream_heavenlyBamboo ‘Gulf Stream Heavenly’ (Nandina domestica ‘Gulf Stream’):These are one of the best compact shrubs you can find, and they can put on a show all year long! Their ever-changing foliage goes from scarlet-red in spring to blue-green in the summer. These are cold hardy shrubs, and they make a colorful addition to any landscape. The ‘Gulf Stream’ variety has improved foliage color in the fall with purple and bronze tinted foliage turning to a fiery crimson red in winter, just in time for the holiday season! We like to use them as an informal hedge or as a foundation planting.

plumbagoPlumbago (Plumbago capensis): These evergreen shrubs can create a visual explosion of sky blue flower clusters in the spring and fall, adding plenty of color to any landscape! They have a tropical look and can add a nice touch of beauty around patios and decks. We like to use them as an excellent background, or transition plant and their easy-care and low-maintenance makes them a favorite for both homeowners and landscapers alike! Plant them along fences and enjoy the view!

red_tip_photiniaRed-Tip Photinia (Photinia x fraseri):These medium-sized evergreen shrubs are densely foliaged with dark green leaves that burst with bright burgundy colors in early spring, creating a show that adds plenty of curb appeal! Their dramatic foliage colors are just one reason why we love them so much. We like to plant them down property lines and in side-yards because their dense growth habit makes them ideally suited for use as a colorful privacy hedge or screen! This very showy shrub is cold hardy so that it can survive when the cooler temperatures arrive.

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Professional Landscape Design Consultations!

Are you ready for a beautiful new yard so that you can amaze your holiday guests, but you don’t know where to start? Visit any of our Moon Valley Nurseries and take advantage of our free landscape design consultations or for a small fee we will be glad to come to your location. With Moon Valley Nurseries, it cannot get any easier to create a new look for your yard, one that dazzles and can help increase property value! We have the best selection of premium-quality, custom-grown trees, and shrubs, all value engineered so that you can get the bigger trees at the lowest price – guaranteed! And with #freeplanting, there is no reason to wait!

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Fruiting Olive VS Fruitless Olive Trees: Which Do You Need?

Posted by Felipe Benavides on 11/9/2017

Olive_trees_farmFruiting olive and fruitless olive tree varieties have a lot of things in common. They are both spectacular landscape trees that can provide shade, and both have a sculptural, multi-trunk structure that helps make them living works of art in any landscape. In fact, along with palms, they are practically a trademark along avenues and gardens throughout California and southern Arizona. Their soft, willow-like gray-green foliage complements most colors, and as they age, their smooth gray branches and trunks become gnarled, making them picturesque trees just begging to be highlighted with nighttime landscape lighting.

FRUITING OLIVE VS FRUITLESS OLIVE TREES: BOTH ARE INCREDIBLE LANDSCAPE TREES!

Moon_valley_nursery_superior_olive_treeThe one BIG difference, of course, is that the fruitless olive tree does not bear any fruit and produces no pollen! At Moon Valley Nurseries, we sell “certified fruitless varieties,” such as the Wilsonii olive tree, so that anyone can enjoy these beautiful specimens! The Wilsonii olive tree is one of the best fruitless varieties you can find, and we sell certified disease-free trees too so that you can have these beautiful landscape olive trees ready to add curb appeal and bring lots of shade to your yard! You can rest easy when buying our certified olive trees!

_olives_oil.pngOlive is a fruit, a tasty, delicious one that can be eaten whole or pressed for oil. Moon Valley Nurseries has been growing the best-quality fruiting olive tree varieties for decades! And unlike other types of olive trees, such as those that are from the Central Valley Region in California, these types of olive trees we sell are certified disease-free and grown and nurtured on the largest local olive tree farm, located in Southern California! We have beautiful Manzanillo and Mission olives, two of the most popular varieties prized for their culinary use and oil!

Where Do Olives Grow

If you are looking for an iconic Mediterranean tree that thrives in areas with hot, dry summers but also perform well in coastal areas, you cannot go wrong with any of the olive trees from Moon Valley Nurseries! Fruitless or fruiting – we got you covered! Be sure to purchase our guaranteed disease-free olives, not those other less superior olives from the Central Valley area!

These trees love to grow in the coastal areas of California. After all, our climate is very similar to that of their native land – the Mediterranean. They can grow on hillsides, and when fully developed, they can provide a great deal of shade! We like to plant them to line a driveway, and if you plan to grow them along a path, you’ll probably want to go with a fruitless variety such as Wilsonii. Of course, both types of olive trees are drought-tolerant once established so that they are ideal for any landscape in California! As a bonus, when properly cared for, these trees can live for hundreds of years so that they can be enjoyed for generations to come!

manzanillo_oliveManzanillo Olive (Olea europaea ‘Manzanillo’): One of the best, high-quality olive fruit producing trees you can find is the Manzanillo! A natural fit in dry climates, these trees are cold hardy and resistant to high summer heat. They are self-fruitful and bear the famous rich black and green olives that can be pickled or pressed for oil. These are excellent picking fruit, whether green or black and have the superb taste and texture that is loved by people all over the world. In fact, these olives are noted as being one of the best table varieties. We recommend planting a second one nearby for the best fruit production. They are also excellent shade trees thanks to a tight growth pattern that creates a full crown and a look that can complement almost any architectural style. These certified disease-free olives are the perfect choice for adding year-round interest to any water-wise landscape design!

mission_oliveMission Olive (Olea europaea ‘Mission’): We grow these disease-free Mission Olive trees just north of Temecula in Southern California so that they are ready to thrive in any landscape. This evergreen variety is a cultivar of olive that was developed in California, by the Spanish missions in the late 18th century along El Camino Real, hence the name. This cultivar is also a favorite for olive oil producers and is a standard table olive in households and restaurants throughout the world. Like other types of olive trees, these can grow to be medium-sized and when fully grown can provide a generous amount of shade. We like to plant them in locations that could benefit from a beautiful shade tree. This attractive evergreen is a must-have in any edible landscape! Water-wise and ready to bring plenty of year-round interest!

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Fruitless Olive (Olea europaea ‘Wilsonii’): These certified fruitless strains and disease-free olives have grown their entire lives in the hot and dry inland climate, so they are a far superior choice than those from the California Central Valley region. They can grow to be medium-sized trees so that they are the perfect fit for any landscape! These evergreens can grow with a wide-spreading canopy so that they are also ideal as a shade tree or used as a silhouette against structures! Plus, they can tolerate a variety of soils, including poor, stony, shallow soils, so we like to plant them in a location where they are sure to add plenty of year-round interest. They also have the impressive multi-trunk structure that makes them an excellent choice for exhibition by landscape lighting, where they add drama and curb appeal to any yard!

Moon Valley Nurseries is the grower of these ancient trees so that we can assure their quality is the best you'll find anywhere! We are responsible growers, which is why we only sell certified disease-free olive trees and certified fruitless strains! We have a massive inventory and a premium-quality selection so that homeowners, contractors, businesses, parks and city municipalities can have the perfect trees for the perfect spot!

#FREEPLANTING makes it easy to have a dream landscape with edible fruit or landscape trees handpicked by you and planted by our professional planting crew! Let us do the work so that you can come home to a beautiful new yard!

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Landscape and Garden Tips (November)

Posted by Felipe Benavides on 11/9/2017

It’s already November, and if you look around our area, you can see that some trees are adjusting to the cooler temperatures and are changing color and others are starting to push out spurts of new growth. This time of year, we get all kinds of questions, and we are glad to provide a wealth of information to help you and your yard thrive this season. Many homeowners are asking whether they should continue watering their landscape in November and whether it’s a good time to plant trees. Fact is, this time of the year is an ideal time to plant trees and is also an excellent time to start planting winter vegetables!

This time of the year, watering and fertilizing tend to be the most overlooked practices by homeowners. It’s easy to see why people might feel like their trees and plants are getting the right amount of water and fertilizer. After all, everything is pushing out new growth and seems to be growing well. However, this is a big misconception. In other words, you can continue watering your plants!

 

To Do List Before the Winter Chill Sets In:

 Since it’s November, it’s the time to prepare your garden and lawn for the cold winter months. Below are some things you can do to ensure that your trees and plants thrive throughout winter.

Winter Watering: Yes, the weather is getting cooler, so it is important to water less often and doing this allows trees, plants, and grass to develop strong, deep roots so that it will encourage more growth when spring arrives. Watering less can also create a yard that is less susceptible to disease and insect infestation. It is a good practice to water each time deeply, and it is also smart to know that different plants will have different water frequency requirements. We know it might sound overwhelming, so you can download our winter watering guide here -->  Your Free Winter Watering Guide! so that you can have a better idea on how to take care of your landscape the right way!

Fertilization: Give your landscape one last push through the winter by fertilizing everything! Palms, shade trees, evergreen trees, flowering trees, and even dormant trees will benefit from fertilization so that they can pull through the winter and doing this will help them flourish once spring comes around! We have custom blended fertilizers available specially formatted for our soil and weather conditions. We recommend using our brand of fertilizers so that you can achieve the best results. They can be purchased at all Moon Valley Nurseries locations and are also available for purchase online here!

tomatoes_gardenVegetable Gardens: No doubt about it, growing-your-own food is the best, and fall, and winter is an ideal time to be planting winter veggies. We love to plant cold weather vegetables such as kale, broccoli, spinach, carrots, cauliflower and of course tomatoes and jalapeños! Start a vegetable garden now and be sure to fertilize them once a month while the veggies are growing. You will also want to water them regularly and just be sure to give them a chance to dry out between each watering cycle because doing this helps them to develop strong, healthy roots.

 

Our Experts Recommend Planting These Trees This Month

Tipu_treeTipu Tree (Tipuana tipu): Homeowners love this semi-evergreen tree for many reasons! For instance, if it’s shade you want, you really cannot go wrong with this medium to large size tree because it can provide massive amounts of shade! In fact, when properly trimmed, it can provide a perfect spot to rest under peacefully! It’s also an attractive tree featuring feathery, bright bluish green foliage and from late spring to early summer, it puts on a spectacular show of golden blooms! Drought tolerance, beauty, shade – you get all this and more!

Brazilian_pepperBrazilian Pepper (Schinus terebinthifolius): Waterwise trees such as this beautiful evergreen are a welcome sight in any Southwest landscape, especially during those hot sunny days when we’re scrambling to find some shade. That’s because they have a thick umbrella-shaped canopy that provides lots of shade. Yes, it’s a great summertime tree, and it’s also a show-stopping tree during the winter when it produces pinkish colored fruits in clusters that blend in perfectly with its dark green foliage.

california_pepper_treeCalifornia Pepper Tree (Schinus molle): These sun-loving trees have a fast growth rate and are evergreen so that they keep their attractive bright green, fern-like leaves and lush green foliage all year long! These are favorites in any Southwestern landscape, and if you are looking for a tree that provides shade, you’ll love it! Families are sure to appreciate this tree too. Mature multi-trunk specimens are ideal for climbing, tying a tire swing, or even building a tree house!

Chinese_pistacheChinese Pistache (Pistacia chinensis): If you dream of seeing New England-like fall colors in your yard, the Chinese Pistache is one that brings it! These deciduous trees have a clean, dark green umbrella-shaped canopy that provides shade. And in the fall, the leaves go from luminous orange to red and sometimes yellow. We like to plant them in rows, where they can be used as a natural privacy screen that can block unwanted views in style! In the desert areas, these are noted as being one of the brightest green trees you can find!

Japanese_Blueberry_Japanese Blueberry (Elaeocarpus decipiens): Homeowners looking for a dependable shade tree, windbreak or privacy hedge will want to plant Japanese Blueberry. These upright growing trees have an elegant look, with bronze-colored leaves emerging in the spring and gradually maturing to their rich, shiny dark green color. Their lush foliage adds year-round interest, and they are also an excellent topiary tree for use in formal landscapes!

We love this time of year, and we are proud to offer the best quality trees at the best price anywhere! We do it all! In fact, Moon Valley Nurseries is your one-stop shop for all your landscape needs. Our nursery experts have decades worth of experience so that they can assist you with any project or questions you may have. As we get ready to enter winter, this is the time to dust off our sweaters and jackets, and it’s also the time to remember to change your watering schedule. Be sure to map a Moon Valley Nurseries locations here.

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Best Time to Plant Palms

Posted by Felipe Benavides on 11/2/2017

palms_calming_naturePalms, we love them. Just the sight of them can bring back memories of the time you got away from it all when you got to lay in a hammock, surrounded by their fronds gently swaying in the tropical breeze, refreshing beverage in hand without a care in the world. Yea, these type of trees can give you that feeling, which is why they are such a favorite with us here on the mainland too – we want to feel like we’re on vacation even though we’re enjoying ourselves by just hanging out in our yard!

Besides their calming influence, these trees can improve the look of any landscape too. And as we all know; a beautiful yard equates to greater curb appeal as well as an increase in property value! Best of all, you can plant them any time of the year and caring for them is a breeze!

One of the great things about these trees is their versatility. You can find some growing in the wild in the Colombian jungles as high as 200 feet, and there are those that never get above 12 feet in height. There are some with underground trunks or branches that are clustering low to the ground that gives them a full and bushy appearance and are an excellent choice for ground cover or to divide properties. You can grow one indoors, such as Rhapis, and use them to add a tropically vibe to a room or plant them in groupings and use them as one of the most magnificent tropical hedges you can find! Single trunk or multi-trunk, there are varieties for every taste!

Proper placement is an important thing to consider before planting your new tree. Some of these trees need more sun than shade, and you’ll want to be sure that you don’t plant a shade loving one in a location that gets too much afternoon sun. Don’t worry though because the Moon Valley Nurseries experts have got you covered and know all about these trees and where to properly place them in your yard. And with free planting available on all box size trees, it cannot get any easier to improve your landscape!

Exposure: most young ones prefer growing in a shady location. As they grow, they can thrive in full sun or partial shade. We recommend moving an indoor one outdoors periodically in a spot with soft light.

Watering: irrigate newly planted trees often until established. Once established, they have little to moderate watering needs.Click Here For Your Free Watering Guide!

Feeding: these kind of trees have special nutrient requirements and our Moon Valley Nurseries Super Palm Juice is specially formulated with the essential nutrients required to optimize their performance!

Pruning: some varieties can shed the old leaf bases on their own. Others, such as Syagrus and Chamaedorea, may hold old bases and you can remove them by slicing them off at the very bottom of the base, just be careful not to cut into the trunk.

 

Palms That Can Grow in Your Area

queen_palms_piruQueen Palm (Syagrus romanzoffiana ‘Piru’): We grow these exclusively from Argentine seedlings, with better genetic traits so that they have thicker and harder trunks, as well as greener fronds than other Queen's do! We like to use them to complement all types of architectural homes and buildings, and their dark green fronds can provide a right amount of shade coverage too! Use them to create the most attractive tropical hedge you can find so that you can create your backyard paradise!

 

king_palmsKing Palm (Archontophoenix alexandrae, California only): Clean and stately, we like to use single trunk or multi-trunk specimens as the perfect focal point in any front yard! These majestic beauties are also incredible looking when planted around pools or used in water gardens. Sure to add a tropical feeling anywhere you plant one! Enjoy a California sunset while it creates an awesome silhouette without blocking your view!

 

canary_island_palm_pineapple_palmCanary Island or Pineapple Palm (Phoenix canariensis): Elegant, luxurious, impressive - one look at a Phoenix canariensis and it’s easy to see why it’s been called one of the most alluring trees in the world. We have stunning specimens available with trunks featuring the diamond-shaped pattern that signifies class and elegance. When planted in groups they can provide beautiful tropical shade! A low-maintenance plant too!

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Date Palm (Phoenix dactylifera): If you are looking to add a formal, luxury-resort style look to your landscape, you cannot go wrong with a Phoenix dactylifera! The classic tree of the desert oasis is also the classic tree of the Southwest! These majestic plants offer a cool umbrella of shade when planted in groups and rows! You’ll often find them adorning upscale resorts, high-class shopping areas, and grand estates!

 

 

medfan.pngMediterranean Fan Palm (Chamaerops humilis): This dwarf tree is ideal for adding a tropical appearance to a smaller space! Available as single-trunk or multi-trunk, these are a must-have in any backyard paradise or Mediterranean yard. They can tolerate both heat and cold and are also a perfect addition near swimming pools, walkways, patios or as a focal point!

 

Moon Valley Nurseries grows and nurtures all kinds of trees and other plants so that they are ready to thrive in your yard, whether you live in Arizona, Nevada, or California. And at our Palm Paradise location in Escondido, California, you can find the rarest, harder-to-find specimens grown and nurtured by our tree experts. So, if you love these trees as much as we do, a visit to our Palm Paradise nursery is a must!

 Click Here! Free Queen Palm Care Guide!

Topics: Insider, Expert

Nevada October Landscape and Garden Tips

Posted by Felipe Benavides on 10/18/2017

The weather is starting to cool down, and this also means that this is one of the best times to plant! There’s no need to gamble with the trees and plants in your yard. October and the fall season is one of the best times of the year, and if you are looking to rebuild a landscape or start fresh, it is also the best time of year to plant those trees, shrubs, and other plants you’ve had your eye on to improve your yard. After all, our area is experiencing cooler days and evenings, a welcome respite from the blistering summertime heat. And while this welcome change in the weather means we get to enjoy some cooler days and nights that are perfect for trick or treating, for our yards, it also allows the soil to hold the warmth of the summer. It can do all this without having to deal with soaring temperatures above 100-degrees and a blisteringly hot sun - an ideal balance that can encourage root growth all season long, that’s sweet news for your yard!

 

TO DO LIST:

Watering: Now is the time to adjust your watering schedule for the fall season, so be sure to adjust the timer for your landscape, if applicable. Since we have cooler nights and days, the ground is going to be able to retain moisture longer, which means that going forward you can use less water. Of course, this doesn't mean that the amount of water used should be lessened. No, what it means is that you'll be watering your lawn less. For Waterwise/Low Water varieties you’ll want to water 1 time and do this every 10 days. For Moderate Water Use Varieties water 1 time every 10 days (New Trees, water 2x a week). And for Topical Varieties, water 1 time per week (New Trees, water 2x a week). Click here to read up on our Watering Guide Schedule.

Tip: Proper watering is the deep and thorough saturation of the entire root system, allowing it to dry between waterings.

Plant Annuals: Are you looking to add instant color to your landscape? Planting fall annuals, such as Pansy, Geranium, Snapdragon, and Mums are an excellent way to add instant eye-catching color to your yard! Feel free to plant them in containers, use them indoors, for patios, gardens and in your landscape so that they can add even more color and texture to your surroundings! Visit your local Moon Valley Nursery location and pick some up today!

Weeds: Let's face it, the weather is cooler, so it's time to remove those weeds now! Don't let those weeds settle, visit Moon Valley Nurseries today, where you'll find all the things you need for preventing weeds! Now is also a great time for using pre-emergent herbicides. Spray these now to help prevent new weeds from forming during falls rains and doing this can also help lessen and prevent weeds in the spring. We stock what you need, including mulch, which we recommend adding to areas to reduce the number of sprouting weeds.

Fertilizing: We never tire of telling people and stressing the importance of fertilizing everything on your landscape. And by everything we mean all of your trees, flowers, vegetables, and of course, your lawn. Using the proper fertilizer during this crucial time ensures optimal growth. Our Moon Juice, the best root enhancer on the market today, should be a staple in every home and used on all your trees, flowers, vegetables and other plants all year long.  Moon Valley fertilizers such as Moon Dust, Moon Green, and Palm Juice can be used right now for turf, palms, desert trees, shade trees, and more! Get things fertilized now for the second growing season and doing this will also get them hardy and prepared for the upcoming winter! Click here to see all of our fertilizers.

Tree Care: everything is starting to grow again, so it is also a good time to start thinking ahead about proper care and trimming. After all, your beautiful landscape is a wise investment so you’ll want to protect it. During this time of the year, we recommend trimming off any dead or anything damaged by the sun, and let’s face it, we had a hot summer! Cut back any excessive branches that might have been damaged by summer storms. It is also a good practice to clean all of our citrus and fruit trees of unwanted suckers.

 

What to Plant:

chinese_pistache_fall_color.jpgRed Push Pistache (Pistacia ‘Red Push’):

Do you love fall color? If so, you’ll love Red Push Pistache trees. This deciduous tree is an improved variety that’s guaranteed to produce eye-catching fire-engine red color in November! Since it’s deciduous, it lets in the warmth of the sun in winter and once summer rolls along, its broad spreading canopy can provide some cooling shade relief. Improve any landscape with this tree that can get nice and big if you let it!

Brazilian-Pepper-5.pngBrazilian Pepper (Schinus terebinthefolius):

This evergreen tree loves the heat, so it loves to grow in our area! It’s a beautiful tree all year long, and in the winter time, showy bright red berries appear, blending in perfectly with the dark green foliage and coming in just in time for the holiday season. Of course, once summer hits, its dense, umbrella-shaped canopy provides plenty of shade. We also like to use them as one of the best privacy trees you can find!live-oak-1.png

Live Oak (Quercus virginiana):

If you’re looking for a tree that adds lots of shade, you cannot go wrong with a Live Oak tree! They are also an excellent choice as a durable standalone specimen and when planted in rows, they can create the best natural privacy screen you’ll find anywhere! These stately trees keep their attractive dark green foliage all year long.

Piru-Queen-Palm-3.pngPiru Queen Palm (Arecastrum romanzoffianum):

An excellent palm for use as a focal point in any size yard! We grow these exclusively at Moon Valley Nurseries so that they grow with thicker, harder trunks, and greener fronds with fuller crowns, for a look that is sure to add a tropically effect to any landscape. These beauties are extremely well-suited for our climate as they are custom grown to be extra hardy in heat or cold.

tipu-1.jpgTipu (Tipuana tipu):

Do you want a tree that can provide plenty of shade? One of the best shade trees you’ll find anywhere is the Tipuana tipu tree! These colorful flowering trees can grow to be medium to large-sized trees and from late spring to early summer, put on quite the spectacle when the golden blooms arrive, contrasting beautifully with its feathery bright-bluish green foliage that you have to see to believe! These are useful trees suitable for a wide range of landscape designs, from tropical to water-wise landscapes!

 

 

Topics: Monthly Tips, Expert, landscape tips

California October Landscape and Garden Tips

Posted by Felipe Benavides on 10/18/2017

Trees, vegetables, citrus, fruits, avocados, nuts, flowers, palms, cacti, succulents. Yes, we can grow almost anything in Southern California, and for our trees and plants, October and the fall season is one of the best times of the year.  If you are looking to rebuild a landscape or start fresh, it is also the best time of year to plant trees, shrubs, and other plants. After all, our area is experiencing cooler days and evenings. And while this welcome change in the weather means we get to enjoy some cooler days and nights that are perfect for trick or treating, surfing less-crowded waves or watching football, for our yards, it also allows the soil to hold the warmth of the summer. It can do all this without having to deal with soaring temperatures and a blisteringly hot sun - an ideal balance that can encourage root growth all season long, a touchdown for your yard (win-win!)

 

TO DO LIST:

Watering: Now is the time to adjust your watering schedule for the fall season, so be sure to adjust the timer for your landscape, if applicable. Since we have cooler nights and days, the ground is going to be able to retain moisture longer, which means that going forward you can use less water. Of course, this doesn't mean that the amount of water used should be lessened. No, what it means is that you'll be watering your lawn less. For Waterwise/Low Water varieties you’ll want to water 1 time and do this every 10 days. For Moderate Water Use Varieties water 1 time every 10 days (New Trees, water 2x a week). And for Topical Varieties, water 1 time per week (New Trees, water 2x a week). Click here to read up on our Watering Guide Schedule.

Tip: Proper watering is the deep and thorough saturation of the entire root system, allowing it to dry between waterings.

Plant Annuals: Are you looking to add instant color to your landscape? Planting fall annuals, such as Pansy, Geranium, Snapdragon, and Mums are an excellent way to add instant eye-catching color to your yard! Feel free to plant them in containers, use them indoors, for patios, gardens and in your landscape so that they can add even more color and texture to your surroundings! Visit your local Moon Valley Nursery location and pick some up today!

Weeds: Let's face it, the weather is cooler, so it's time to remove those weeds now! Don't let those weeds settle, visit Moon Valley Nurseries today, where you'll find all the things you need for preventing weeds! Now is also a great time for using pre-emergent herbicides. Spray these now to help prevent new weeds from forming during falls rains and doing this can also help lessen and prevent weeds in the spring. We stock what you need, including mulch, which we recommend adding to areas to reduce the number of sprouting weeds.

Fertilizing: We never tire of telling people and stressing the importance of fertilizing everything on your landscape. And by everything we mean all of your trees, flowers, vegetables, and of course, your lawn. Using the proper fertilizer during this crucial time ensures optimal growth. Our Moon Juice, the best root enhancer on the market today, should be a staple in every home and used on all your trees, flowers, vegetables and other plants all year long.  Moon Valley fertilizers such as Moon Dust, Moon Green, and Palm Juice can be used right now for turf, palms, desert trees, shade trees, and more! Get things fertilized now for the second growing season and doing this will also get them hardy and prepared for the upcoming winter! Click here to see all of our fertilizers.

Tree Care: everything is starting to grow again, so it is also a good time to start thinking ahead about proper care and trimming. After all, your beautiful landscape is a wise investment so you’ll want to protect it. During this time of the year, we recommend trimming off any dead or anything damaged by the sun, and let’s face it, we had a hot summer! Cut back any excessive branches that might have been damaged by summer storms. It is also a good practice to clean all of our citrus and fruit trees of unwanted suckers.

 

What to Plant:

red_push_pistache

Red Push Pistache (Pistacia ‘Red Push’):

do you love fall color? If so, you’ll love Red Push Pistache trees. This deciduous tree is an improved variety that’s guaranteed to produce eye-catching fire-engine red color in November! Since it’s deciduous, it lets in the warmth of the sun in winter and once summer rolls along, its broad spreading canopy can provide some cooling shade relief. Improve any landscape with this tree that can get nice and big if you let it!

 

brazilian_pepper.jpg

Brazilian Pepper (Schinus terebinthefolius):

this evergreen tree loves the heat, so it loves to grow in our area! It’s a beautiful tree all year long, and in the winter time, showy bright red berries appear, blending in perfectly with the dark green foliage and coming in just in time for the holiday season. Of course, once summer hits, its dense, umbrella-shaped canopy provides plenty of shade. We also like to use them as one of the best trees for privacy that you can find!

ficus_nitida_multi_trunkFicus nitida:

these are one of the best trees you can plant, whether you choose Indian Laurel Columns or multi-trunk. We love to plant them so that they can create a thick, evergreen privacy hedge that is able to block unwanted views and filter loud noises. It’s easy to see why these are one of our best-selling trees – when properly placed around the external structure of your home they can provide enough shade to cool hot rooms and possibly even lower your energy use bill! Drought tolerant so that they are ideal for growing in any California landscape!

Piru_queen_palmsPiru Queen Palm (Arecastrum romanzoffianum):

an excellent palm for use as a focal point! We grow these exclusively at Moon Valley Nurseries so that they grow with thicker, harder trunks, and greener fronds with fuller crowns, for a look that is sure to add a tropically effect to any landscape. These beauties are extremely well-suited for our climate as they are custom grown to be extra hardy in heat or cold. Enjoy a California sunset while it creates an awesome silhouette and does it without blocking too much of your view!

tipu_treeTipu (Tipuana tipu):

you want shade? One of the best shade trees you’ll find anywhere is the Tipuana tipu tree! These colorful flowering trees can grow to be medium to large-sized trees and from late spring to early summer, put on quite the spectacle when the golden blooms arrive, contrasting beautifully with its feathery bright-bluish green foliage that you have to see to believe! These are useful trees suitable for a wide range of landscape designs, from tropical to water-wise landscapes!

 

 

 

Topics: Expert, landscape tips, gardening

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