May Landscape and Garden Tips

Posted by Felipe Benavides on 5/3/2018

May-LandscapeIt’s May, and even though it’s starting to heat up around Phoenix, we can keep our desert garden healthy throughout the month and beyond. Yes, summer is coming, and we know what that means for our area – it’s going to get hot, really hot! The good news is that we still have a few more weeks left to plant during this excellent planting season. We can plant the trees that bloom beautiful flowers and create shade! Blooming cacti and succulents can also bring a splash of color to our landscape. Spring colors are here, and we want the vibrant colors to last.

Keep cool outdoors. Once the heat and sunlight intensifies, shade trees can come to the rescue. Here in the Phoenix area, we can plant trees such as the Tipuana tipu, one of the best shade trees for our area. They can create a massive canopy of shade, which can provide relief when we need to get outside for some fresh air during the hot summers. Of course, shade trees can also help cool the warmer parts of the home. And in addition to Tipu trees, we can also plant Chinese Elm trees that thrive in hot and sunny environments – perfect for Phoenix!

We still have time to prepare our landscape for the summer. Gardening in the desert southwest does have its challenges and plenty of rewards. Our goal is to make the task of keeping our garden healthy and beautiful easier. We asked our nursery pros for some tips and tasks for a healthy landscape this month, and this is what we compiled. Read about our landscape and garden tips for the month of May below.

Gardening and Landscaping Beginners Guide (May)

How to Water: We always want to keep a close eye on the watering schedule for our yards. And with the temperatures starting to warm up, it is essential that we monitor the temperatures, too. One of the best things we can do is to water slowly and deeply. If you seed Bermuda and warm-season grasses, apply one inch of water per week. We will want to be sure to keep our deciduous fruit trees well-watered.  If you want more information, click here for our informative watering guide. 

How to Fertilize: The early part of May is an excellent time to fertilize our landscape plants. The temperature is rising, and this is the time when we notice that our winter lawns are beginning to die out slowly. Don't worry though because the summer lawn is starting to take over. We will want to fertilize warm-season lawns. As soon as the soil warms up, we can seed Bermuda and warm-season grasses. We will want to continue fertilizing our rose bushes, too. For best results, add liquid fertilizers to rose bushes every two weeks. We will also want to keep fertilizing our vegetable and herb gardens as needed.

How to Protect Trees: Did you know that trees can get sunburn? It’s true, and unlike us, lathering up our trees in sunscreen does no good. What we can do is protect the trunk of a new tree with a Protective Tree Wrap. Young trees are susceptible to sunburn and need protection when the temperatures rise. We also recommend staking both new and old trees. Staking is also beneficial once the high winds arrive. Birds love fruit trees, too. We can cover our fruit trees with netting to protect them from bird damage. It is also a good idea to put a shade cloth over tomatoes.

Getting Rid of Weeds: Controlling weeds can feel like a never-ending task. Keep to your weed removal plan, and do it often. If you are going to pull weeds, be sure to do it in the morning or late evening. Remove the weeds before it gets too hot!

How to Mulch: It’s heating up in Phoenix, but no need to panic. Mulching is going to be very beneficial during the next few months. Mulch around any area that receives direct sunlight on the dirt. We can apply mulch around heat sensitive plants, and doing this can keep the roots cool and prevent water evaporation.

What to Prune: We can maintain plant health by removing dead, damaged or diseased portions. We will want to continue removing spent stalks of aloes, agaves, and other succulents. If we want our newly planted annuals and perennials to develop more flowers, we will want to pinch back the growth. We can prolong the flowering season of our spring annuals by cutting off the old blossoms.

Vegetable Garden: May is the perfect time to plant warm-season vegetables such as okra and sweet potatoes. We can also plant pumpkin, cantaloupe, winter squash, and sunflowers. Consider adding a shade cloth for the garden.

 

Lay the Groundwork for Better Home Value with these Trees and Plants

Keep your landscape tasteful, and you can help increase home value. We can plant the trees that provide a comfortable space outdoors and add plenty of colors, too. Shade trees are ideal for creating an outdoor entertainment space, especially when it starts to heat up in the Valley of the Sun.

bt-crape-myrtle-4_1Crape Myrtle (Lagerstroemia): Our climate allows the Crape Myrtle to explode with vibrant colors! They love the heat and are one of the few trees that can provide summer color. Plant them in any size landscape, and they can decorate your yard with shades of red, white, purple, and pink. Besides the colorful show, they can also provide shade. Homeowners and landscapers will appreciate their low-maintenance features.

 

 

 

 

JACARANDA-BLOOMING-IN-LANDSCAPE-650x650-MVNJacaranda (Jacaranda mimosifolia): This breathtaking flowering tree can bloom vibrant purple flower that can transform our arid landscape. Jacarandas are more than just one of the prettiest trees on the block. They feature unique fern-like foliage and a layered canopy that can provide some much-needed shade. These trees may look soft; however, they are very hardy trees and they can thrive during the warmer months of the year.

 

 

 

 

_piru_queen_palms_Piru Queen Palm (Syagrus romanzoffiana 'piru'): Plant this palm in your landscape and add tropical beauty and appeal. Our Piru Queen is custom grown in our local climate so that it is conditioned to thrive in our extreme weather cycles. These work best when planted in groups, where they can create shade and a peaceful feeling that can help you forget about how hot it’s going to be this summer.

 

 

 

 

tipu tree bloomsTipu (Tipuana tipu): If it’s shade coverage you want, look no further than the Tipuana tipu. When it starts to get bright and hot, you will appreciate the massive amount of shade it can provide! They can grow a massive canopy of shade quickly, and during the summer, they can produce eye-catching apricot-yellow colored flowers. Enjoy the great outdoors under a Tipu tree and take in the view!

 

 

 

 

Yellowbells_landscape_mvn_650x650Arizona Yellow Bells (Tecoma stans v. angustata): These shrubs can grow tall and wide, making them an excellent plant for fences and borderlines. They can light up your yard when the trumpet-shaped lemon-yellow flowers appear from spring to fall. Plant them in a spot that gets plenty of full sun exposure and let them grow – this is a colorful, low-maintenance shrub ideal for yards in Phoenix.

 

 

 

 

Gardenia_largeflower_MVN_650x650Gardenia (Gardenia jasminoides 'Veitchii'): Go outside, breathe in the air, and enjoy the sweet aroma of the Gardenia bloom! These low to medium-sized mounding shrubs produce sweet, fragrant blooms from late spring to fall. Their glossy, bright, evergreen foliage can add fresh color to our arid environment!   

 

 

 

 

 

Orangecapehoneysuckle_large_mvn_650x650Orange Cape Honeysuckle (Tecoma capensis): Add this beautiful evergreen to your landscape and enjoy the year-round interest it can bring! People love the easy-care attributes, and of course, the brightly colored orange flowers that are sure to attract all the right attention.

 

 

 

 

 

Summer is not here yet, so take advantage of this weather and take care of your landscape. Visit your nearest Moon Valley Nurseries location and purchase the things you need to take care of weeds, the proper fertilizers that keep your plants healthy, and the mulch that allows roots to keep cool and moist!

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How to Create a Succulent Garden: Growing Succulents Outdoors

Posted by Felipe Benavides on 4/26/2018

succulentCreate a succulent garden and enjoy a colorful landscape filled with a broad range of diverse plants that thrive in our dry climate! That’s right. One of the best things about succulent gardens is that they do not require too much water, time, or much maintenance to look good. Their ease of growth makes succulents one of the most popular plants for landscapes throughout the Phoenix area. 

Another fantastic thing about succulents is how they resemble living works of art. For instance, Euphorbia tirucalli ‘Sticks on Fire,’ is prized for its coral reef-like structure. Senecio serpens ‘Blue Chalk Sticks,’ is an excellent groundcover that can paint our landscape in a sea of blue. There is no doubt about it. Succulents are cool-looking plants with the bonus of being water-wise, fuss-free, colorful, and sculptural!

 

How to Care for Succulent Gardens

 

Creating a thriving succulent garden is easy. Of course, it requires more than choosing the right plants. We also need to be sure they get the right amount of light and water. Below are some tips on how to care for succulents.

How to Water: Yes, succulents do not require too much water. However, they are just like every living thing; they require water throughout the year. Deep watering is recommended. However, it is essential to keep the soil moist, but never soggy, as succulents do not like wet feet. Too much water can kill these plants. Once established, most of these plants can go for long periods without any water – water is stored in the plant!

Soil: Ensure good drainage. We can improve the soil by adding compost, sharp sand or pumice.

How Much Light is Required: Succulents love the sun and need it to grow. That said, here in Phoenix it can get very hot. We can provide some protection to our succulents with afternoon shade to shield from the blistering sun.

Fertilizer: In Phoenix, our succulents will experience the extreme heat and freezing temperatures of our desert climate. And while succulents are built to withstand these kinds of conditions, they could use a little help. The good news is that there is a Xeriscape specific formula made for our succulents, Desert Juice. This exclusive formula is infused with Calcium and Furst Liquid which can strengthen our cacti, agave, and succulents! Click here for more information on this beneficial fast acting liquid!

A Few of our Perfect Plants to Create a Succulent Garden

Agaves, Aloes, Euphorbias, Sedum – these are just a few of the unique species we can plant in our succulent garden. Where should we plant them? Arrange them like artwork! Below are a few of our favorite ways to create a succulent garden that is sure to attract all the right attention.

FIRE_STICKS_Sticks on Fire (Euphorbia tirucalli): It’s easy to imagine these stunning succulents growing underwater or in an aquarium. Of course, they are succulents, and they are going to be adding beauty above ground. We love these unique plants for their ability to complement a variety of other plants and landscape styles. These plants are one of the few plants that look better with stress. Through most of the year, they maintain their green and orange color. Once winter arrives, the tips turn to a fiery red color that you must see to believe!  

 

 

 

BLUE_FINGERS_Blue Fingers (Senecio serpens): Also called Blue Chalk Sticks, these are one of the few succulents that are blue. Plant them as an accent color and watch how they “pop” when planted next to other succulents in the garden. Mass planting them creates a colorful water-wise groundcover that is bold and beautiful. The pencil-thin leaves grow upwards, and in the intense summer heat, the tips can turn purple. We like to use these plants to cover up a bare spot in your landscape with a “carpet” of blue color!

 

 

 

Blue-Glow-AgaveBlue Glow Agave (Agave ‘Blue Glow’): The architectural look of this specimen can make a bold statement in any succulent garden. Blue Glow Agave features a compact form that fits in any landscape. Their dramatic blue-green foliage is edged in burgundy and form a beautifully symmetrical rosette that can transform any yard into a spectacular water-wise garden. In Phoenix, we will want to provide this beauty with some afternoon shade.

 

 

 

mexican_firecracker_Firecracker Echeveria (Echeveria setosa): As the name suggests, this Firecracker can make your landscape “pop” with color. Dramatic spikes of red and yellow flowers appear in spring and early summer, rising above the fuzzy, gray-green foliage. This colorful show is sure to attract hummingbirds to your garden! This fuzzy succulent is a must-have in any garden!

 

 

 

 

AEONIUM_PURPLE_QUEEN_Aeonium ‘Purple Queen’ (Aeonium manriqueorum): Add a splash of vivid purple to your garden. What makes these succulents different is the way they grow. While most succulents stay close to the ground, this ‘Purple Queen’ can grow upright and rise above the ground. We love the large purple leaves with light-green, tight rosette center. As it ages, the purple leaves become darker, creating an attractive two-tone color that adds instant curb appeal.

 

 

 

Ask Us How to Design with Succulents

Take advantage of our free landscape design when you visit any of our nurseries. We will be glad to help you create a succulent garden that you will love for many years to come!

Topics: landscape tips, gardening

April Monthly Landscape & Garden Tips for AZ

Posted by Felipe Benavides on 4/5/2018

April_Landscape_Garden_TipApril is here, and spring is in full bloom! Time to celebrate, and it is also time for our monthly landscape and garden tips! In Arizona, we are enjoying the beautiful flowers that add color to our arid landscape, and we are also enjoying all of the homegrown citrus and fruit, too. Springtime is also the best time to plant everything!

Time to explore our favorite hiking trails near Phoenix! We need to take care of our landscape before the summer temperatures skyrocket. Read some tips and chores from our nursery experts below.

 

Landscape and Garden Tips from our Nursery Pros to You

 

Control Weeds: Do not let the weeds take over your yard. Right now, is the time to get the weeds under control. No one enjoys pulling weeds, and even less so when it is blistering hot outside. You can find all the essential things you need for your weed prevention plan at any of our nursery locations throughout the Phoenix area.

Fertilizers: We are deep into the prime growing season. Continue to fertilize established roses. We will also want to begin fertilizing Bermuda and warm-season grasses.

Watering: The days are getting longer, and the weather is starting to get hot. We want to be sure to water our plants more frequently. Also, always remember to water deeply.

Mulch: Prepare your landscape with mulch before it gets too hot. We can add a few inches of mulch to keep the soil cool during the warmer summer months and to keep the soil warm during the cooler days.

Vegetable Garden: Homegrown food is healthier and can save us money, too. Keep planting vegetables such as beans, carrots, cucumbers, melons, peppers, squash, and sunflowers.

Pruning: Prune spring-flowering plants once they finish blooming. We will also want to thin-out flower seedlings now so that they can have enough space to grow.

Eliminate Pests: Insects and other pests may be lurking in the garden. Keep an eye out for aphids, spider mites and other pests that like to bug our plants and us during this time of the year.

 

Excellent Trees to Plant Now

 

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Ash:
If you are looking for a park-style tree that can provide a large amount of shade, any ash tree variety will do! Ash trees are the perfect tree for any landscape in Phoenix. The Arizona Ash variety can create a colorful landscape scene in the fall when the leaves turn to a vibrant yellow color. It is a deciduous shade tree - when the leaves drop, it can let the warmth of the sun in during winter.

 

 

 

 

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Chinese Elm:
Once the sun is out and the weather starts to really heat up, you will be glad to have the massive amount of shade that a specimen elm tree provides! Our Chinese Elm ‘True Green’ strain features deep green leaves and an upright growth habit that looks beautiful in any landscape.

 

 

 

 

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Tipu:
These colorful trees are a favorite throughout the Phoenix area. These trees are naturally accustomed to hot summers, so they love to grow in our area. They can put on a spectacular show when the golden blooms arrive from late spring and into early summer. Thanks to their feathery green foliage and an upright growth pattern, they can also provide a massive amount of shade. Enjoy the scene as the butterflies feed on the nectar it can produce.

 

 

 

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Ficus Nitida:
One of the best trees for creating privacy is also one of the best shade trees you can find for creating shade! These evergreen trees love to grow where there is plenty of full sun exposure – they love Arizona! We can plant them around property lines to block unwanted views, and they are an excellent tree for a tropical theme landscape, too! That’s not all! They can keep their lush green appearance even in the most drought-tolerant landscapes. If you live near a busy street, we recommend planting these trees to act as a natural sound barrier.

 

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Mediterranean Fan Palm:
A favorite Arizona landscape palm, the Mediterranean Fan Palm is ideal for planting near swimming pools or using them as a focal point in any yard. They are drought-tolerant and love the sun! These smaller palms look stunning when used as an accent plant against architectural features. They are also excellent for massing at the base of taller growing palms. Raise the wow factor to high lighting them up with spotlights and other types of night lighting.

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7 Plants That Keep Bugs Away from Arizona Yards

Posted by Felipe Benavides on 4/5/2018

Arizona-HomeThe days are getting longer, and the weather is perfect for going on a hike on one of the many trails in Arizona. The Arizona Diamondbacks are getting into the swing of things. We are prepping up our grills, planning family get-togethers, and getting ready for fun times outdoors. What about the bugs?
Don’t let bugs ruin your fun. Sure, we can use bug sprays to get rid of them. Using commercial bug sprays can be annoying, and it also means that we are spraying our bodies with chemicals that can make us feel icky. We can keep bugs away naturally - plants can keep bugs away!

 

Your Yard Needs these Plants to Keep Bugs Away


We have the plants that offer an organic way to protect yourself and your family from insects this spring and summer. As a bonus – we can use the herbs in our kitchen. Go natural!


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Rosemary.
We can grow Rosemary both indoors and out. It is a great herb for the kitchen, and other uses of rosemary are its ability to keep fleas and ticks away. Preparing a natural repellent is simple. Here is what you do. To prepare, boil about a kilogram of dried rosemary in one liter of water for about half an hour. Once boiled, strain the liquid into a liter of cold water. Pour the liquid into a spray bottle. Then, spray those pesky mosquitoes away.

 

 


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Lavender.
Beautiful pale purple flowers are just a part of the attraction. A lavender bouquet can also help keep bugs away. Plus, their pleasing aroma can also help you relax. This same scent that helps us relax and makes our laundry smell lovely is also repulsive to flies, moths, and mosquitoes. The essential oils from this plant are one of the best ways to keep pesky bugs away. Plant them in a sunny spot in your garden or save a few bouquets nearby and enjoy the colorful scene without having to deal with pests. No doubt about it. We love to use lavender oil to repel insects!

 

 


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Basil.
In Arizona, mosquitoes are number one on the annoying bug list, and getting rid of them can feel like an uphill battle. This is where the almighty basil herb comes in. Mosquitoes cannot stand the scent of basil; they hate it! Basil is easy to grow, and you do not have to crush the leaves to reap the benefits. The oil in basil can kill mosquito eggs, too. We like to plant basil by our house doors and on windowsills. We also like to plant them on decks and patios. Beside repelling mosquitoes, basil can also keep houseflies away!

 

 


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Marigolds.
We can spot these beautiful decorative flowers rewarding yards throughout the Phoenix area with their vibrant colors. The scent of these plants can repel aphids and mosquitoes. We like to plant marigolds in a sunny location, and any place where you spend a lot of time outdoors. Plant them near doors and windows or on a sunny balcony or deck to keep mosquitoes from entering your home.

 

 




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Peppermint.
Repel unwanted bugs, such as spiders, mosquitoes, and ants with peppermint oil. Mint can quickly grow in the ground. However, we also like to grow them in pots. We can create a homemade mosquito repellent using a combo of cheap vodka and apple cider vinegar. We can also place mint pots around a patio and garden to keep mosquitoes away.

 

 

 

 

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Camphor.
 Repelling mosquitoes is one of the many benefits of Camphor. Camphor works much like citronella oil – the smell of the leaves overwhelms and confuses mosquitoes, preventing them from biting you. Plant a Camphor tree and enjoy the sight and aroma!

 

 

 

 

 

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Eucalyptus.
The essential oil extracted from eucalyptus leaves can be very effective against sand flies. Eucalyptus oil can kill pests such as mites, aphids, earwigs, and whiteflies on contact. We can create a repellent spray by combining eucalyptus oil with half a teaspoon liquid dish soap and two cups of water.

 

 

 

Tips to Keep Bugs Away

Below are some simple tips anyone can use to keep bugs away. 

  • Get rid of stagnant water. Puddles are a breeding ground for bugs. Besides puddles, we will also want to empty out any buckets full of water.
  • Keep food covered. Have a picnic outdoors, especially under a nice shade tree. Bugs love human food, so it is a good idea to keep any food covered when eating outdoors.
  • Cover trash bins. Bugs love trash bins. Keep them covered and far from where you are outside.
  • Keep ants away. Ants love picnics. Rather than feeding an entire army of ants, we can use cucumber slices and chalk.
  • Citronella. Citronella oil can be used as a natural insect deterrent. We can use Citronella diffusers and make them using essential oils and beeswax, and we can also use Citronella candles.

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Container Gardening: Grow Herbs and Vegetables the Easy Way!

Posted by Felipe Benavides on 3/22/2018

tomatoes.pngOne of the best reasons to love container gardening is because we can get a higher yield of vegetables with less work! It is true! Growing herbs and vegetables is the low-maintenance solution to growing healthy food our way. Plus, container gardening makes a lot of sense if you have limited yard space! That’s right. We can grow a lot in a tight area, and make every inch count!

 

Tips for Success

 

  • Choose a place that receives at least six hours of sunlight
  • Choose a sheltered spot for the pots so that they can be protected from harsh winds
  • Watering is essential because the plants will not have access to moisture below ground
  • Give the plants a thorough watering in the early morning and evening – allow the water to soak down into the roots (drip irrigation can be beneficial)
  • Avoid small containers. The bigger the pot, the more plants you can grow!
  • Good drainage is essential. Make sure that the container has adequate drainage holes. Vegetable plants can die if they are left sitting in wet soil.
  • The color of the container matters. Dark colors tend to absorb heat, which can damage the plant roots. Try to use lighter colored containers. Visit your nearest Moon Valley Nurseries location and find the perfect pot to use!
  • Fill the container with Moon Valley Nurseries potting soil. Using soil from your garden is not recommend, as it could be heavy and may contain weeds, as well as soil-borne pests.

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Container Gardening: Some Fruits, Vegetables, and Herbs We Can Grow

The weather is warming up, which also means that this is a perfect time for a vegetable, herb, and fruit garden. Container gardening is an easy way to liven up our kitchen and create meals with homegrown vegetables and herbs that taste much better than anything you can buy at the store. Enjoy the convenience of having fruits, vegetables, and herbs growing right outside your door!

 

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Citrus and Fruit:
Lemons, oranges, and other citrus and fruit can be grown in a large pot. Dwarf varieties are going to be the best-suited for containers. Visit your nearest Moon Valley Nurseries to see what we have in stock. We make it easy to enjoy the sweetest tasting citrus and fruit as soon as possible – we have them for sale at fruit producing age!

 

 

 

 

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Salad Greens:
Salad leaves such as lettuce and spinach will only require a shallow container a few inches deep. It is easy to grow salad greens in a container and in no time at all, eating healthy salads.

 

 

 

 

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Tomatoes:
You can grow tomatoes in pots just about anywhere that receives plenty of sun exposure. We recommend using large pots at least 10-inches in diameter. They do need plenty of soil and lots of water; at least twice a day.

 

 

 

 

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Herbs:
We can grow herbs such as basil, chives, mint, oregano, thyme, peppers and more. All types of herbs will grow in containers, and you can also plant multiple varieties of herbs in one pot. We like to plant them near the kitchen door for easy access when cooking. We can plant herbs in a raised bed or a large pot.

 

 

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Squash:
A large container works best for squash as they may take up a lot of space. Squash can get big; so, support may be needed. Zucchini is a favorite! 

 

 

 

 

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Cucumbers:
We can grow the freshest, crispiest cucumbers in a container. We recommend putting a stake or trellis in the pot when it is young. A bigger pot is better because bigger containers can hold more potting soil and retain water longer -  cucumbers depend on lots of water to grow.

 

 

We have just scratched the surface as to the kinds of things we can grow in containers. We can also grow beans, artichokes, eggplant, and so many more flavorful foods. Visit your nearest Moon Valley Nurseries location and speak with any of our nursery pros for additional guidance. When you do choose to grow in a container, you will want to remember to place container-grown vegetables, herbs, citrus, and fruit in a location with plenty of full sun exposure. One thing is certain. Nothing beats growing food your way!

Topics: landscape tips, gardening

Flowering Trees to Brighten Up our Neighborhood

Posted by Felipe Benavides on 2/22/2018

spring_flowering_treesThe sight of flowering trees in a yard can brighten up any neighborhood, and add plenty of curb appeal along the way. Flowering trees can give height and scale to our landscape, and have the bonus of blooms, many of which have a magical fragrance that can fill the air with a sweet aroma. Take a moment to enjoy our surroundings – spring is here!

We can create an explosion of colors by mixing several bloomers. Spring is also the time when our yards are brimming with the beautiful sight of hummingbirds and butterflies cavorting in the garden. Below is a flowering trees list that can add a firework show of early spring colors to our yard! Visit your nearest Moon Valley Nurseries location and see these popular flowering trees for yourself!

 

flowering_pearFlowering Pear (Pyrus calleryana): Considered to be the first blooming tree of the year! When in bloom, you cannot help but enjoy the sight of the snow-white flower blossoms covering the tree. They are deciduous and are profuse bloomers in early springtime. These are excellent lawn and shade trees featuring attractive, oval-shaped leaves that can create the right amount of shade. We like to plant them with shrub roses to create a stunning display of landscape color. Flowering Pear thrives in a spot with full sun exposure. Click here to read more about Flowering Pear!

 

hong_kong_orchidHong Kong Orchid (Bauhinia blakeana): Many people consider these to be one of the most beautiful trees you can find, and thanks to their deep-rose red, orchid-shaped blooms, it is hard to argue. As a bonus, the flowers are sterile, so they produce no seedpods, unlike the Purple Orchid tree! We love to use these exceptionally long bloomers as a focal point or as the centerpiece in a collection of shrubs. They are the perfect addition to any Asian/Zen-inspired garden or in any tropical landscape. You can also use them as a shade tree that can add vibrant color to your yard. They are sure to attract hummingbirds and all the right attention no matter how you choose to use them in your landscape. Click here to read more about Hong Kong Orchid!

 

jacaranda_bloomsJacaranda (Jacaranda mimosifolia): This stunning specimen tree blooms large clusters of showy lavender-blue flowers that can brighten the look of any landscape, and attract hummingbirds along the way. In addition to the show-stopping flowers is the soft, feathery, bright-green, fern-like foliage that makes it an ideal tree for adding curb appeal to any front-yard. We also love to use these sub-tropical trees to add filtered shade to patios, decks, and courtyards. Jacaranda thrives in a spot with plenty of full sun exposure, and they are waterwise too so that they are ideal lawn specimens. Click here to read more about Jacaranda!

 

purple_leaf_plum_flowersPlum Trees (Prunus salicina 'Santa Rosa', Prunus cerasifera): ‘Santa Rosa’ stone fruit trees not only produce one of the juiciest, tangiest, and most flavorful fruits you can find, they can also bloom a showy springtime display of white flowers before the abundant summertime harvest of dark crimson fruit! Santa Rosa Plum trees thrive in a spot with full sun exposure, and we like to use them as a lovely border tree or as an accent in any garden. These are perfect trees for small spaces, excellent for an edible garden, and ideal for use in a sustainable landscape. Moon Valley Nurseries sells low-chill variety stone fruit trees so that they will have good fruit production in our climate. The Purple Leaf Plum, Prunus cerasifera, is an ornamental and an early springtime bloomer that can produce puffy pink flowers! The colors do not end there. In fact, you can enjoy year-round color thanks to the vibrant purple leaves that are sure to make a significant impact on any landscape! Click here to read more about Santa Rosa Plum! Click here to read more about Purple Leaf Plum!

 

oleander_flowersOleander Tree (Nerium oleander): We like to use these extremely drought-tolerant beauties as an evergreen hedge or tree that can add vibrant color and privacy to any size yard. Colorful, fragrant flowers can be white, red, or pink, arriving in the spring and lasting into fall or longer. In fact, these small-sized trees can bloom most of the year. Hummingbirds are attracted to the aromatic flowers, and these versatile trees can grow from the desert to the coast! Their dark green, leathery, semi-glossy leaves are narrow and add to the year-round interest these trees provide. Click here to read more about Oleander!

 

desert_museum_palo_verde_bloomMuseum Palo Verde (Cercidium-parkinsonia hybrid): These gorgeous trees can produce a dazzling display of color thanks to their thornless green trunks and large yellow blossoms that appear in spring. With their multi-trunked, sculptural shape, it is easy to see how they resemble their namesake. They are also fast-growing trees that can bring the right amount of shade to your landscape. Homeowners looking for a low maintenance tree that is ideal for a waterwise landscape will find much to love about the Museum Palo Verde! Click here to read more about Museum Palo Verde! 

 

bottlebrush_bloomLemon Bottlebrush (Callistemon citrinus): These heat-loving evergreens produce the beautiful red tropical bottlebrush-like blooms that create a stunning contrast with its green foliage. The bright red flowers are fragrant with a pleasing lemony scent that attracts hummingbirds too. We like to use them as a colorful shade tree for gardens or as an attractive privacy screen that can block out unwanted views. Callistemon citrinus is an excellent choice for adding color to a variety of landscapes; they love the heat, are cold hardy, and are drought tolerant once established! Click here to read more about Lemon Bottlebrush!

More Flowering Trees Here!

#FREEPLANTING

Moon Valley Nurseries makes it easy to add vibrant color and value to your yard. We not only offer custom-grown trees, but we also guarantee every tree we plant for you. To make things even better, we provide free professional planting on all specimen sized trees!

Topics: gardening, Flowering Trees

Fall in Love with Your Yard! Valentines Day Roses and SO MUCH MORE!

Posted by Felipe Benavides on 2/13/2018

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Fall in love with your yard, again! Your landscape is starting to wake up from its slumber, and this is the perfect time to treat yourself and your yard with the plants that can set your heart aflutter! February means Valentine’s Day, and we grow and carry the plants for all the romantic lover’s out there. Roses, Gardenias, Hibiscus, Jasmine, Ferns, and the appropriately named Valentine Emu bush are available at our nurseries, ready to spread the love and so much more!

We know that not everyone makes a big deal out of Valentine’s Day. So if you have got the lovesick blues, you can plant them away with colorful flowers and other vibrant plants that can liven up any mood. No matter how you feel about this "Hallmark holiday," one thing is sure, gifting plants and trees is always going to be appreciated and can brighten up any space.

Moon Valley Nurseries has got you covered whether you want to make a loved one’s day special or you are in the mood to romanticize your garden.

 

RosesRoses (Rosa): Roses and chocolate, yep, those two go hand in hand on Valentine’s day. And while we do not sell chocolate, we do grow and sell many different rose varieties that are delivered fresh from our farms! The sight of a rose garden in bloom is a gift for all the senses. Roses are hungry, so February is also the time when feeding them with the proper fertilizer is essential so that they can thrive in your landscape. Supplying them with the appropriate fertilizer can also help them to be more resistant to disease and pests. As a bonus you get to spend time in your rose garden, taking full advantage of the generous reward of fragrant and beautiful blooms. Visit your nearest location and look at the beautiful roses for Valentine’s day! Why stop at Valentine’s day when you can pluck a rose for your loved one on other days too! Cal l your closest location for current varietal and seasonal offerings.

 

gardeniaGardenias (Gardenia jasminoides 'Veitchii'): Romance is in the air, and when in bloom, gardenias can fill your landscape with their hypnotic and alluring scent. Grow them in your landscape or a patio container so that everyone can enjoy their lovely fragrance. They are also an excellent cut flower so that you can make a spectacular floral arrangement and bring their intoxicating aroma indoors. As a bonus, these showy, white fragrant flowers are easy to grow and thrive in the Southwest.

 

arabian_jasmineJasmine (Jasminum and Trachelospermum genus): Fill your landscape with the sweet smell of jasmine. This calming fragrance can be a remedy for stress, anxiety, and depression, so it may be able to help you beat the Valentine’s Day blues. Romantics, take note. It is also said to act as an aphrodisiac! We grow and sell a variety of jasmines, from Arabian to Asian to Star and Pink Jasmine, each with features that make them a prized addition to any landscape.

 

valentine_bushValentine Emu Bush (Eremophila maculata 'Valentine'): This colorful shrub is the perfect combination of beauty and low-maintenance. From January through March, it can produce hot pink to red tubular flowers – ideal for transforming the look of an arid landscape. These evergreen shrubs keep their good looks even when they are not in bloom thanks to the leaves with a purplish cast. They love to grow in a spot with full sun exposure, and they are extremely tolerant of heat so that they are perfect for growing in the hottest parts of the Southwest. Hummingbirds love this aptly named bush too, and if you live in the desert, you will love that it is also an excellent choice for adding flashy color in the dead of winter.

 

red_hibiscusHibiscus (Hibiscus rosa-sinensis): Red makes a statement. It is a color the exudes excitement and passion, whether in small doses or big, and it can bring drama (the good kind!) to landscapes. The large and bright flowers are tropical-looking, and at Moon Valley Nurseries, we grow and sell Hibiscus that bloom flowers in a wide variety of colors, including Pink and Red, two Valentine’s day favorites. Feel free to cut the flowers and place one in your lover’s hair or grow them in beautiful pottery and give the gift that keeps on giving. Of course, you can always use them as a colorful hedge or use them in a border with other colorful plants.

 

blue_hibiscus-2.pngBlue Hibiscus (Alyogyne huegelii): Try not to let Valentine’s day get you down. Instead, visit your nearest Moon Valley Nurseries and pick up a few Blue Hibiscus. Even though its common name has the word blue in it, the large flowers are usually purple, resemble the look of hibiscus flowers, and most importantly, may be able to help cheer you up. We like to use these drought-tolerant beauties to brighten up any arid landscape, and they are also an excellent choice for adding a beautiful accent color to semi-tropical yards.

 

foxtail_fernLeatherleaf, Asparagus and Foxtail Ferns (Rumohra adiantiformis, Asparagus densiflorus ‘Sprengeri,’ and Asparagus meyeri): Ferns make a beautiful gift, whether used as a houseplant, planted in a border, used as ground cover, mass planting, or as part of a tropical landscape. For instance, the Leatherleaf Fern is easy to care for and holds its deep green color under less-than-ideal conditions. The cut foliage of Leatherleaf fern can be used to add attractive texture to floral arrangements. The Asparagus Fern is actually a member of the asparagus family, though it features dense fern-like foliage that complements Sago palms, can be grown in borders and looks beautiful growing in hanging baskets in a porch or patio. Foxtail Ferns have long, upright, plume-like stems that hold soft, needle-like leaves and are an excellent choice for hanging baskets, growing in beautiful pots, planted in rock gardens, or mass planting. We also like to plant them with palms and in any tropical landscape. 50% OFF POTTERY COUPON

A beautiful looking landscape is a perfect place to spend your Valentine’s Day, whether you are spending it with someone you love or spending quality time alone. Moon Valley Nurseries has got you covered with the trees, shrubs, and other plants that can make your life and environment a better place to be! Visit your nearest nursery today, take in the gorgeous surroundings, and feel free to speak with any of our nursery experts. 

Topics: landscape tips, gardening

Pre-Emergent Herbicides Prevents Weeds!

Posted by Felipe Benavides on 1/24/2018

 

Pre-Emergent Herbicides: Apply Them Now!

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Raise your hand if you love to pull weeds! If you’re like us, you kept your hands down, way down. After all, we’d much rather be outside enjoying our yard rather than working in it! Luckily, getting your yard ready for a weed-free spring is not some extraordinary magical illusion. In fact, a pre-emergent herbicide can do the trick!

So how does a pre-emergent herbicide keep weeds from terrorizing your yard? With proper use, a pre-emergent herbicide works by putting a chemical barrier down, over the top of the soil. Doing this will keep those pesky weed seeds from germinating above the soil line – pre-emergent herbicides inhibit a key enzyme of weed seeds! So, if you want to reduce the number of weeds or better yet eliminate them, we recommend applying a pre-emergent at least twice a year. For best results, apply at the beginning of spring and fall growing seasons. Also, don’t worry, they will not affect any of your established plants! 

 

Get on Your Lawn - and Much More!

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Does the sight of a green, lush and full lawn tempt you to walk on it barefoot, toes-deep in the green? Us too! Of course, if there are a bunch of weeds growing it may dampen the experience. After all, who wants to frolic barefoot in a field of scratchy weeds? Alas, we have some excellent news for all you barefoot-walking aficionados, and those that like to wear shoes too - Moon Valley Nurseries stocks a complete line of pre-emergent herbicides, and all the things you need for your weed prevention plan. Here are a few top brands available at our nurseries. 

AMAZE Grass & Weed Preventer – Arizona’s top choice for granular grass and weed prevention! You will be amazed at how easy this is to apply, and how useful it is against the common unwanted weeds and grasses that infiltrate gardens in Arizona.

Weed Impede RTU – RTU means ready-to-use, making this pre-mixed concentrate herbicide one of the easiest ready to be applied straight from the bottle. It features an attached nozzle that makes applying this herbicide smooth and easy. This is our top choice for liquid herbicides and works great against common weeds and grasses.

We carry much more too, so be sure to visit your nearest Moon Valley Nurseries location to find what you need. Our nursery pros will be glad to assist you with any questions you might have about herbicides!

$2 Off Weed Killer and Pre-Emergent

 

Mulching Works Great Too!

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Sure, pre-emergent herbicides are incredible at keeping those pesky weeds off your lawn and landscape. You know what else is good? Mulching! That’s right, apply mulch 2 to 3-inches thick around beddings and tree wells - doing this can help to keep those areas weed free! 

You can also kill weeds using organic methods such as using vinegar and water or using lemon juice and water.

Of course, nothing stops weeds from propagating besides a pre-emergent, so be sure to use those to prevent weeds. 

 

RosesNow that you have gotten rid of those weeds and have taken the steps for weed prevention with a pre-emergent herbicide, this is also an excellent time to add some color to your yard. Roses, we love them, and their showy flowers can bring plenty of color to any size yard. At Moon Valley Nurseries, we carry thousands of container-grown roses that are delivered fresh from our farms and ready to be taken home. You can find hundreds of varieties, and thousands of cultivars, each of them is a beautiful showstopper that can bring a pleasant fragrance to the air. You can even use Roses as hedge material and take your landscape to the next level!

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Also, since we are talking about getting our yard weed-free and ready for spring, Everblooming Gardenia can fill the air with their sweetly fragrant white flowers in late spring and into fall. These are cold hardy shrubs with bright green leaves adding a lovely splash of color even when not in bloom.

 

 

Hibiscus_flowers_The Hibiscus is another beautiful plant that can add vibrant colors thanks to their large and bright tropical flowers and lush, dark green foliage. We love to plant Hibiscus because they work well with a wide range of landscape designs. While you’re at the nursery, be sure to ask us about landscape design, as our nursery pros will be happy to assist you!

 

 

beets_vegetable_gardenWhy stop at flowers? Eating what you grow is always a good idea so right now is also a good time to start planting citrus trees and stone fruit. Fruit trees are always going to be a tasty addition to any yard and so is planting a vegetable garden. This season is an excellent time to plant vegetables such as Beets, Carrots, Peas, Green Onions, and Spinach, so get your favorite recipes together or create your own culinary recipe from scratch!

 

We would love to hear about your favorite recipes with homegrown vegetables and fruit, so feel free to comment below with your recipe!

Weed-prevention with pre-emergent herbicides will keep your landscape looking healthy and beautiful and may inspire you to plant more things that can add much more than beauty to your landscape! Visit your nearest Moon Valley Nurseries location, we’ve got you covered for all your landscape needs!

Topics: landscape tips, gardening

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:

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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!

 

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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

How to Care for Roses

Posted by Felipe Benavides on 10/12/2017

When it comes to romance, few things compare to saying what’s on your mind than a bouquet of a dozen roses. They are beautiful and fragrant, and besides being the symbol of love and romance, they are also a valuable and attractive addition to any landscape. After all, being able to wake up to the sight of a rose garden near windows and taking in the scent of a rose is a beautiful way to start any day! Moon Valley Nurseries grows vibrant and healthy varieties, and with over 150 species and thousands of cultivars available in nearly every color and a variety of shapes, you are sure to find the perfect ones at any of our nurseries. We’ve got you covered whether you are looking for a landscape shrub for screens, hedges, and mass planting or are looking to create a charming setting with climbing/trailing varieties that can be trained to climb on pillars, fences, arbors, and gazebos.roses_landscape_shrub.png

Roses: a little TLC goes a long way

Rose bushes make excellent hedges or container plants and are a natural choice for flower beds and shrub borders. With a little bit of love and care, you can grow the most beautiful garden on the block. Keep reading for helpful tips!

Where to Grow:

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A rose loves the sun, so it is essential to choose a spot in your yard that gets plenty of full sun exposure. Total sun exposure is at least six to eight hours of sun each day. Roses that do not get at least five to six hours of sun every day may gradually weaken. In very hot climates, it makes sense to grow them in a spot where they are protected from the hot afternoon sun. Choose a place where there is good air circulation too.

Tip: do not locate too close to trees or large shrubs because their roots can steal the water and nutrients intended for your bush. Our Moon Valley Nurseries design experts will be glad to help you choose the perfect spot to plant them.

Watering:

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 Except for some old garden varieties and species rose types that can thrive with little water once established, most of these plants love water and need it at all times, but not too much! Water deeply enough to moisten the entire root system, which is about 16 to 18-inches deep.

Tip: use mulch to help conserve water, reduce stress, and encourage healthy growth. We like to apply a 2 to 4-inch layer of chopped and shredded leaves, grass clippings, or shredded bark around the bases of roses. Be sure to pick up our mulch products at any of our Moon Valley Nursery locations. 

Feeding:

Regular fertilization is recommended to produce the most gratifying results, especially for repeat flowering modern flowers. You will want to stop fertilizing six weeks before the first frost appears. Moon Valley Nurseries has the perfect fertilizer available at any of our Moon Valley Nursery locations, so be sure to pick some up or ask any of our nursery pros for help.

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Pruning:

 Annual pruning contributes to the health, longevity, and productivity. In other words, proper pruning will promote strong growth so that it will bear beautiful flowers! Believe it or not, cutting flowers is a beneficial form of pruning. That said, always leave a stem with at least two sets of five-leaflet leaves and don’t deprive the plant of too much foliage. You will want to remove and destroy all the old or diseased plant material. Deadhead often (remove spent flowers) and keep beds clean, doing this regularly throughout the growing season is good for your plants and can produce more flowers – a win-win situation! Plus, it gets you outdoors so that you can soak up some vitamin D while getting in a bit of exercise too!

What you’ll need:

  • Thick elbow length gloves that can protect your hands from thorns
  • Pruning shears (for smaller growth)
  • Loppers (for growth that is more than half an inch thick)
  • Small pruning saw

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