Top 5 Fall flowering trees and plants

Posted by Jessica Downs on 9/21/2018

Ready to treat your yard to some color this fall? Any yard or landscape can benefit from having some color thrown in to it somewhere. An accent plant (or twenty!) will get the attention of anybody who sets their eyes on it. If you choose the right plant or tree, you might even catch the attention of some pollen and nectar-loving insects that will be happy to enjoy your yard with you!

Check out these five great flowering trees and plants you can pick for your yard.

crape myrtle-1Crape Myrtle (Lagerstroemia)

These versatile trees are one of the best flowering trees for Arizona and are incredibly colorful when in bloom. The Crape Myrtle tree flowers into shades of white, red, purple, and pink that will help decorate your yard in an accent of colors.

These trees are not only drought-tolerant, but they love the heat! When the high temps arrive, get ready for your yard to be showing off the beautiful shades of color. These small to medium trees offer amazingly reliable bloom cycles so we can enjoy the show from spring through fall!

Even when the flowers are not in bloom, the multi-trunk structure with grey to light brown spotted bark are still impressive to the eye.

 

vitexVitex (Vitex agnus-castus)

The Vitex, also known as the Chaste Tree, is a favorite flowering option for its unique purple blooms on long points that form at every growth tip during the late spring and into the summer. This fast-growing, small to medium sized tree is a great choice to add color to a garden or for patio use.

The flowering spikes on the Vitex tree are a favorite for our pollinating friends like butterflies and hummingbirds. In addition to the stunning flowers, the trunk of the tree, often and unfortunately overlooked, has a twisted and tangled growth pattern that gives this tree a majestic appearance in any yard or landscape.

The Vitex tree needs full sun and low to moderate water, which makes it perfect for our desert region.

 

tipu-5Tipu (Tipuana tipu)

The Tipu tree is one of the best trees you can plant if you’re looking to add shade in your yard and here’s why! These trees grow into medium to large sizes with a high canopy and do well in our intense desert heat. They would be perfect planted along the street, in the lawn, or on the patio.

Another great feature of this tree is that it can produce a lush layer of golden blooms in the spring through the summer. Tipu trees also offer thick foliage that feature bright bluish-green hues. You might also get the attention of your neighborhood butterflies with the abundance of nectar that this tree offers. All these features will enhance the look of any landscape.

A Tipu is a convenient tree for a wide variety of landscape designs! So, kick back, relax under the shade coverage, and enjoy the vibrant blooms that they bring every year.

 

hibiscusHibiscus (Hibiscus rosa-sinenses)

The Hibiscus shrub is a very well-known plant, even to people who have no experience with plants or landscaping. These medium to large growing shrubs are just that impressive!

They bloom large bright tropical flowers with colors such as white, yellow, red, orange, and purple (just to name a few!). The beautiful flowers give off an even brighter look thanks to the full, dark foliage that surrounds them.

They thrive in partial sun but can build up strength to full sun quickly. Hibiscus shrubs can be planted as a hedge, a colorful accent piece, or in a pot. No matter how you plant them, with well-drained soil, your hibiscus will be good to go!

Fertilized monthly from March through September, these plants will have the best growth and a productive blooming season.

 

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Everblooming Gardenia (Gardenia jasminoides ‘veitchii’)

The gardenia shrubs are well-known to most people. Some know them from their sweet fragrance and can sniff them out before they even see the plant. Others know them from the large white flowers that cover the plant. Either way, this plant is quite impressive!

Gardenias grow into a low to medium sized mounding shrub. They do best with partial to full sun exposure, which works out well for Arizona gardenia enthusiasts. They like a well-drained soil, which will help keep the roots from getting too damp.

Even without the flowers, the bright green leaves create a picture-perfect shrub that could easily be used like a hedge. But of course, the flowers are the main event for any type of Gardenia. The Everblooming gardenia flowers from late spring through the fall and adds a classic feel to the landscape.

 

The upcoming fall season is the ideal time to plant. If you have any questions regarding any of these beautiful trees or plants, be sure to contact one of our nursery experts at any of our Moon Valley Nursery locations and ask them about our FREE professional planting services.

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TOP 5 FERTILIZERS & HOW TO USE THEM IN THE FALL

Posted by Kyle Shipp on 9/5/2018

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With fall just around the corner, we want to keep our yard growing healthy. Now is the time of year when everything on your landscape will need the essential micro and macro-nutrients to help them thrive all year long in our native soils. It doesn't matter what types of plants or trees you have on your landscape as palm trees, desert trees, tropical plants, fruit and citrus, shrubs, and evergreen trees all need these nutrients to grow healthy and strong.

With so many fertilizers on the market, it can be overwhelming trying to find the correct one for your landscape. Fortunately, the nursery pros at Moon Valley Nurseries have eliminated the headaches and guessing game for you by developing highly specialized blends of fertilizer designed to trigger growth responses for our native soils. Our pros have been growing and planting trees and shrubs in our region for more than 40 years. These fertilizers have been time and tested, and our pros use all of these fertilizers on our thousand acre grow yards all year long.

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Using the correct fertilizer is vital, and below are a handful of fertilizers that our pros recommend

moon_juice_fert_better_2Supercharged Moon Juice 

When to use: New planting, freeze/frost damage, wind/physical damage, and heat/summer stress

Our Supercharged Moon Juice was designed specifically for growing in the tough soils in our region. Every bottle of Moon Juice contains Furst Liquid technologies which include a proprietary blend of organic enzymes and amino acids to stimulate the growth signals within the plant. It increases nutrient uptake, promotes new growth, helps improve fertilizer efficiency, and it enhances the ability to ward off disease. Supercharged Moon Juice also contains the three most essential micro-nutrients required by nearly every tree and plant. Iron, Manganese, and Zinc is a part of Moon Juice because they are typically deficient in most warm weather soils. Also, thiamine mononitrate (Vitamin B-1) is included for its beneficial effects on new plantings. Purchase here.

 

palm_juice_fertSuper Palm Juice

When to use: New planting, stressed or yellowing palms, heat stress

Our Super Palm Juice was created to fertilizer every palm in your landscape. Palms have special nutrient requirements, and the formula in our Super Palm Juice provides them with a variety of different major and micro-nutrients including potash, manganese, iron, sulfur, zinc, copper, and boron. This combination of nutrients provides well-balanced nourishment as they grow and mature. Also included in our Super Palm Juice is Furst Liquid technology, which triggers a natural response in the palm to allow it to take in more available nutrients in the soil. This reaction increases fertilizer efficiency, palm health, yield potential, and the overall quality of the palm. When used as directed, Super Palm Juice helps produce thicker, stronger trunks, while maintaining the fronds with a healthy, dark green appearance that results in lush, dense crowns. Purchase here.

 

moon_green_fertMoon Green

When to use: Reduce soil alkalinity, neutralize caliche or tight clay soil, make thick and fuller hedge plants, darker green leaves

Our Moon Green was created as a super easy and safe solution for yellowing trees and plants. Iron Chlorosis is a problem for many homeowners in our region, and Moon Green helps reduce soil alkalinity, neutralize caliche/tight clay type soils, and promotes darker and greener leaves and grass. Infusing Moon Green with Furst liquid brings the critical organic enzymes and amino acids that help stimulate the growth signals within plants. These nutrients help stimulate root hair growth and stronger cell development, allowing water and essential micronutrients to pass through to stems and leaves much more efficiently. Purchase here.

 

moon_dust_fertMoon Dust

When to use: Vigorous root growth, rich green leaves, strong new growth

Our Moon Dust Fertilizer is an organic blend developed especially for tough, compact alkaline soils. Moon Dust provides vital nutrients like Nitrogen, Phosphorus, and Potassium. These are essential elements in a perfect horticultural ratio that will benefit all of the trees and plants in your landscape. Moon Dust helps trees and plants grow faster, stronger and flourish with less water, Citrus and fruit trees produce larger and tastier crops, Flowering shrubs have longer and more abundant bloom cycles and makes bedding plants and groundcovers more vibrant. Purchase here.

 

soil_conditioner_fertSoil & Water Conditioner

When to use: Reduce effects of salt present in water and soil, encourage deeper root growth, loosen the tight/heavy soil

One of the most challenging aspects of growing trees and plants in Arizona is the hard, compact soil and high Ph found in our soil and water. This alkaline condition prevents major and minor nutrients from converting into compounds that are available to living plant roots, and the compact soil prevents proper drainage of water. To counteract the problematic soil in our region, Moon Valley Nurseries has developed a Soil and Water Conditioner that contains two special elements: Sulfur reduces the high Ph by flushing out the excess salt buildup in the root system. The removal of the excess salt creates a soil base that converts nutrients easily. Gypsum is the other special element, and it will loosen soil leading to better drainage and healthier soils. Several applications per year will make a noticeable difference. Purchase here.

Remember to fertilize all your trees and plants monthly from now all the way through the fall. We know your landscape is an important investment for your home and family, and that’s why we’re always here to help – feel free to visit or call our nursery with any of your questions. Neglected trees are the most common cause of death, and healthy trees will withstand the elements much better. Taking just a few moments once a month to feed your trees is the easiest way to protect your investment…you wouldn’t let your pet starve, so why let your trees and plants? Click here to map a nursery location near you.

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Top 3 Ways to Recover From Summer

Posted by Arica Harrison on 8/24/2018

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This summer has been a hot one and your plants need some help recovering and getting ready for fall! After many 100+ days and monsoons, our landscapes needs a little loving. How can we help our yards recover? We have asked our nursery professionals and have compiled the top three ways to help our trees and plants while also getting ready for fall.

 

  1. Moon Juice and Soil & Water Conditioner

Are your plants looking a bit yellow? Has the heat gotten the better of your landscape materials? That is what happens here in Arizona. The best way to help combat the heat stressors and help your trees and plants grow healthy is to use fertilizers. Fertilizers help trees, palms, and other plants grow to their full potential and to grow healthy – healthy trees and plants will handle the changing weather much better than those still weak from heat stress. In Arizona, the soil is higher in salt, by using Moon Valley Nursery’s Soil & Water Conditioner, you can help prime your soil to provide more water to your plants. This conditioner is a great help in making sure your trees and plants get as much nutrients possible. Our Super Charged Moon Juice is specially formulated with Furst liquid technology including a blend of organic enzymes and amino acids that help stimulate the growth of trees and plants, along with new root hair growth which helps plants increase moisture intake. Create a thriving, healthy landscape – fertilize your trees, palms, and plants.

  1. Watering

Watering is one of the most important aspects of keeping trees and plants healthy. You want to make sure you are watering the proper amount. As we transition from summer to fall, the weather will change. Soon, we will have shorter days and cooler nights; so, we want to be careful that we are not over-watering. We will want to also transition our water systems from summer to fall settings as it starts to cool down. While it is still hot, early mornings or late evenings are the best times for watering. How much you should water and how often depends on the size and age of the tree, palm, or plant. Click here to see our watering chart for mature trees (2+ years since planting); or, click here for our watering chart for newly planted trees. Don’t forget that proper watering is the deep and thorough saturation of the entire root system and allowing it to dry between waterings.

  1. Tree Care

Monsoon season can be a rough time on our trees, palms, and plants. Now that monsoon season is almost to a close, it’s a perfect time to clean up the damaged trees and make way for new growth. Our Tree Care team of professionals is ready to help you! Our team is staffed with ISA Certified Arborists and Certified Nursery Professionals. They guarantee the highest quality of services for your trees and landscapes. Whether you need safe tree or stump removal, trimming, or other tree care, we can do it. Let us do all the work of cleaning up the monsoon mess and clearing space for the new growth of the fall season. For an removal estimate, click here.

 

Even though we still have warm weather, it’s time to get ready for fall. By applying fertilizer and watering correctly, your trees and plants will recover from our tough Arizona summer – they will regain their greenness. Our Tree Care team is ready to help you clean up from the summer; you can remove any fallen or damage trees from the monsoon season, you can clear the way for new growth. Now is the time to plan for fall – bring some more color to your landscape. At Moon Valley Nurseries, we offer a variety of trees and plants that will bring a lovely variety of colors and textures to your home, perfect for fall. Take advantage of our current Labor Day deal and get your yard looking great again.

No matter how hard your landscape was affected by the hot Arizona summer, Moon Valley Nurseries is here to help. Visit your nearest Moon Valley Nursery location and see what we have to offer for yourself!

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Best Evergreens for Summer

Posted by Felipe Benavides on 7/20/2018

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It’s summertime, and while it’s hot and dry, some drought-tolerant evergreen trees can keep their good looks all summer long. These trees are some of the best evergreens for summer because they can add a splash of color to our arid environment. Of course, we could always use a shady spot in our landscape. Shade trees can provide relief from the blistering sunlight. The great news is that many of these drought-tolerant evergreens also offer plenty of shade.

Evergreen trees with low-water usage requirements are always going to be welcome in Phoenix. Growing drought-tolerant trees is an excellent way to make your landscape more resistant to dry weather. These trees can stand up to heat waves and handle any water restrictions. Plus, these evergreens are sure to be a beautiful addition to your yard.

 

Evergreen Trees for Summertime in Arizona

 

We custom-grow the best trees and plants in our local climate so that they will thrive in your landscape. We have the biggest trees in the smallest boxes so it cannot be any easier to have an instant landscape. Here are five of our best evergreens for summertime in Arizona.

tipu tree bloomsTipu (Tipuana tipu): Once established, these drought-tolerant beauties provide a massive amount of shade to your landscape. This colorful flowering tree thrives in intense desert heat and adds a tropical look to any scene. Yep, Tipu trees are tropical looking, so we can bring the calming vibe of the tropics to our arid Phoenix landscape. When the sun is in full-force, we can find some relief under its high canopy of feathery, bright bluish-green foliage. Late spring brings the arrival of the golden blooms that has made Tipuana tipu trees famous.

 

 

 

CHILEAN_MESQUITE_NURSERY_AZ-2_650x650 (1)Chilean Mesquite (Prosopis chilensis): These heat-loving, drought-tolerant trees are a superb addition to any dry rock garden or water-wise landscape. They are perfect for the summertime as they can provide light filtered shade. And, while they are the perfect tree for a drought-resistant garden, they are also ideal for adding tropical flair to any landscape. Plant them in natural groupings to create a privacy screen or as a single beautiful specimen for the front yard or back patio.

 

 

 

 

live_oak_specimen_SLIDE_1Live Oak (Quercus virginiana): You want shade, look no further than a beautiful Live Oak tree! These summertime favorites are evergreen and feature a spreading canopy that can block harsh sunlight. These long-lived trees are just waiting to be explored. Enjoy the sight of their glossy, dark green leaves for generations to come. This is a tree the entire family will love. Attach a tire swing or just rest under the shade provided by this famous evergreen tree.

 

 

 

 

mexican_fan_650x650-minMexican Fan Palm (Washingtonia robusta): The Mexican Fan Palm is the classic tall and slender palm often seen lining streets and avenues across the Southwest. Plant them in groupings to create an oasis or create an impressive landscape scene lining them up along long driveways. Once established, they have minimal watering needs, so they are an excellent water-wise tree for summertime in Arizona. Their large, fan-shaped, deep green fronds and slender form add a tropical atmosphere to any landscape. This evergreen also looks great against very tall buildings, helping to soften oppressive walls.

 

 

_mediterranean_fan_palm_Mediterranean Fan Palm (Chamaerops humilis): These are the hardiest of all palms, so they can easily handle the Arizona summer. We like to plant them poolside because their slow growth rates mean that they will rarely outgrow their space. These are heat-loving palms that do well in the reflected heat and glare around swimming pools and spas. These evergreens are water-wise, so once established, they have little watering needs. We like to use them as a focal point in a tropical garden or in a group. Are you looking to create privacy? We can use Mediterranean Fan Palms to create a tropical hedge that can block unwanted views. Plus, these palms can be used as a windbreak, too.

 

 

We Do the Planting in the Summertime!

It’s hot outside. Here's the good news - we do the landscape work, such as the digging and planting, even in the blazing hot summer days! That’s right. With professional planting services, you don’t have to lift a finger. In fact, you can stay in your air-conditioned home, call us, and allow our nursery pros to select the perfect evergreen trees of summer for you! We deliver and plant the trees that are beautiful all year long. We make it easy to create the landscape you have always wanted. Call us and place your order or visit us, it’s all good!

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TOP 5 FERTILIZERS & HOW TO USE THEM

Posted by Felipe Benavides on 5/23/2018

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With spring already here and summer on its way, we want to keep our yard growing healthy. Now is the time of year when everything on your landscape will need the essential micro and macro-nutrients to help them thrive all year long in our native soils. It doesn't matter what types of plants or trees you have on your landscape as palm trees, desert trees, tropical plants, fruit and citrus, shrubs, and evergreen trees all need these nutrients to grow healthy and strong.

With so many fertilizers on the market, it can be overwhelming trying to find the correct one for your landscape. Fortunately, the nursery pros at Moon Valley Nurseries have eliminated the headaches and guessing game for you by developing highly specialized blends of fertilizer designed to trigger growth responses for our native soils. Our pros have been growing and planting trees and shrubs in our region for more than 40 years. These fertilizers have been time and tested, and our pros use all of these fertilizers on our thousand acre grow yards all year long.

FERTILIZER COUPON

Using the correct fertilizer is vital, and below are a handful of fertilizers that our pros recommend

moon_juice_fert_better_2Supercharged Moon Juice 

When to use: New planting, freeze/frost damage, wind/physical damage, and heat/summer stress

Our Supercharged Moon Juice was designed specifically for growing in the tough soils in our region. Every bottle of Moon Juice contains Furst Liquid technologies which include a proprietary blend of organic enzymes and amino acids to stimulate the growth signals within the plant. It increases nutrient uptake, promotes new growth, helps improve fertilizer efficiency, and it enhances the ability to ward off disease. Supercharged Moon Juice also contains the three most essential micro-nutrients required by nearly every tree and plant. Iron, Manganese, and Zinc is a part of Moon Juice because they are typically deficient in most warm weather soils. Also, thiamine mononitrate (Vitamin B-1) is included for its beneficial effects on new plantings. Purchase here.

 

palm_juice_fertSuper Palm Juice

When to use: New planting, stressed or yellowing palms, heat stress

Our Super Palm Juice was created to fertilizer every palm in your landscape. Palms have special nutrient requirements, and the formula in our Super Palm Juice provides them with a variety of different major and micro-nutrients including potash, manganese, iron, sulfur, zinc, copper, and boron. This combination of nutrients provides well-balanced nourishment as they grow and mature. Also included in our Super Palm Juice is Furst Liquid technology, which triggers a natural response in the palm to allow it to take in more available nutrients in the soil. This reaction increases fertilizer efficiency, palm health, yield potential, and the overall quality of the palm. When used as directed, Super Palm Juice helps produce thicker, stronger trunks, while maintaining the fronds with a healthy, dark green appearance that results in lush, dense crowns. Purchase here.

 

moon_green_fertMoon Green

When to use: Reduce soil alkalinity, neutralize caliche or tight clay soil, make thick and fuller hedge plants, darker green leaves

Our Moon Green was created as a super easy and safe solution for yellowing trees and plants. Iron Chlorosis is a problem for many homeowners in our region, and Moon Green helps reduce soil alkalinity, neutralize caliche/tight clay type soils, and promotes darker and greener leaves and grass. Infusing Moon Green with Furst liquid brings the critical organic enzymes and amino acids that help stimulate the growth signals within plants. These nutrients help stimulate root hair growth and stronger cell development, allowing water and essential micronutrients to pass through to stems and leaves much more efficiently. Purchase here.

 

moon_dust_fertMoon Dust

When to use: Vigorous root growth, rich green leaves, strong new growth

Our Moon Dust Fertilizer is an organic blend developed especially for tough, compact alkaline soils. Moon Dust provides vital nutrients like Nitrogen, Phosphorus, and Potassium. These are essential elements in a perfect horticultural ratio that will benefit all of the trees and plants in your landscape. Moon Dust helps trees and plants grow faster, stronger and flourish with less water, Citrus and fruit trees produce larger and tastier crops, Flowering shrubs have longer and more abundant bloom cycles and makes bedding plants and groundcovers more vibrant. Purchase here.

 

soil_conditioner_fertSoil & Water Conditioner

When to use: Reduce effects of salt present in water and soil, encourage deeper root growth, loosen the tight/heavy soil

One of the most challenging aspects of growing trees and plants in Arizona is the hard, compact soil and high Ph found in our soil and water. This alkaline condition prevents major and minor nutrients from converting into compounds that are available to living plant roots, and the compact soil prevents proper drainage of water. To counteract the problematic soil in our region, Moon Valley Nurseries has developed a Soil and Water Conditioner that contains two special elements: Sulfur reduces the high Ph by flushing out the excess salt buildup in the root system. The removal of the excess salt creates a soil base that converts nutrients easily. Gypsum is the other special element, and it will loosen soil leading to better drainage and healthier soils. Several applications per year will make a noticeable difference. Purchase here.

Remember to fertilize all your trees and plants monthly from now all the way through October. We know your landscape is an important investment for your home and family, and that’s why we’re always here to help – feel free to visit or call our nursery with any of your questions. Neglected trees are the most common cause of death, and healthy trees will withstand the elements much better. Taking just a few moments once a month to feed your trees is the easiest way to protect your investment…you wouldn’t let your pet starve, so why let your trees and plants? Click here to map a nursery location near you.

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Think before you Irrigate!

Posted by Arica Harrison on 5/17/2018

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Think Before You Irrigate

As summer quickly approaches, and temperatures are starting to rise, we should get outside and do all those yard projects we have saved up. There are many things that go into re-doing a yard or creating one. While irrigation is key to keeping all things in a yard thriving, there are a few items you should handle first.

  1. Have a Plan for Your Yard: Before you start any work, you need a plan. Pretty straight-forwards, right? It is important to know what you want the end-product to look like; whether you want big shade trees, cactus, or pops of color. You might also want to think about what kind of style or feel you want. Maybe something like a tropical getaway or minimal and clean. Whatever you want, you should start with a plan. At Moon Valley Nurseries, our knowledgeable design pros are available to help you create your vision. They can either point you in the right direction, or they can do all the work for you!
  1. Plant First: It might seem like a good idea to lay all the groundwork and irrigation before planting, but it can create more work for you. Planting all your trees, shrubs, and other plants first can help the project go smoothly. By planting first, you will be able to know exactly where you will need the irrigation system to go and which areas are important. This means that you know where the trees will be, so you know where the water needs to go. If you do the irrigation system first then plant your tree, there’s a chance you will decide the tree looks better elsewhere before planting. This could mean that all that hard work installing the pipes, valves, and everything else would need to be changed. So, plant your trees first, then install the irrigation system.

Moon Valley Nursery pros are available to help your dream landscape come together! By having one of our passionate designers assist you, they can help you find the perfect trees and create a plan for where both the trees and irrigation should go. Call or stop by today to see what Moon Valley Nursery can for you and your yard!

See Watering Guide!

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Top 5 reasons to plant shade now

Posted by Arica Harrison on 5/17/2018

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There’s nothing like sitting under a big shade tree to get away from the hot summer sun. We can all attest to that. But there are many other reasons why shade trees are great. Below are our top reasons to plant them now.

  1. Save on Your Utilities by Properly Planting a Tree-It is possible to greatly reduce the cost of air conditioning by up to half by planting trees. In order for this to be effective, we need to plant a few trees strategically around our homes to achieve natural cooling. Ask a Moon Valley nursery pro on the proper places to plant shade trees to cut your utility costs, and start saving!
  1. Trees Block Unwanted Things and Create Privacy-Trees and plants are often used for privacy hedges or walls, but they can do so much more. Trees can also be used as sound barriers from noisy streets or busy parks. Planting trees around our homes can also help block such things as wind and dust from bothering us. Is the view from your backyard unappealing? Trees can be used to disguise unwanted views and creates a beautifully, calming canopy of green.
  1. Trees Increase Property Value-By creating a beautiful and well-designed landscape, we can increase the property value of our homes by as much as 15 percent. And who doesn’t want that? It’s an easy way to make a good investment.
  1. Trees Mark the Seasons-Every passing season brings new things. And this is very evident with trees. By planting trees, we can add variety to our landscapes. Spring brings bright green colors, while fall gives us vibrant colors of reds and oranges. Wondering when the seasons will change? Look to your trees and witness the exchange first-hand!
  1. Trees Create Cooler Environments-Over the last 50 years, average temperatures have risen about 6 degrees. This is due to increase production of roads and buildings which are heat-absorbing, and the decline in tree coverage. By planting trees, we can help cool our environments by creating shade for our homes and streets. Trees help cool our cities, so why not do our share and plant some trees?

At Moon Valley Nurseries, we grow our trees on our own local farms to ensure the greatest quality of trees. And, since we grow locally, our trees are custom to thrive in the Arizona environment. Below are some of our favorite shade trees for Arizona landscapes.

specimen tipu treesTipu (Tipuana tipu) – This fast-growing, semi-evergreen thrives in intense desert heat and loves full sun exposure. It’s feathery, bright bluish-green foliage along with its golden blooms gives year-round interest to any yard. As a bonus, Tipu trees attract butterflies, creating a beautiful environment for relaxation.

 

 

 

 

 

42Box-Ficus-Nitida-with-PersonFicus ‘Nitida’ (Ficus microcarpa ‘nitida’) – With dense, lush green foliage, this evergreen tree provides ample amounts of shade to any landscape. The white, multi-trunks pop against the green canopy which grows into an attractive, open natural shape. Perfect for blocking out neighborhood sounds and creating privacy.

 

 

 

 

 

5Live Oak (Quercus virginiana) – Also known as “Southern Live Oak”, this shade tree is a classic that the whole family will enjoy. Children love to use this tree to climb, and due to its long life, go ahead and carve your initials into it for later generations to find! Live Oaks have dense, dark green leaves that make up the large crown that spreads wide around the dark trunk. These trees are extremely drought tolerant and require low water, perfect for the Arizona climate.

 

 

 

 

EVERGREEN_ASH_MESA_993x625Evergreen Ash (Fraxinus udhei) –  Can’t go wrong with a park-style tree! Evergreen Ash trees, also known as Shamel Ash trees, have thick trunks with full canopies of glossy, long, dark green leaves. This tree requires minimal maintenance and pruning, making it simple to grow! It is fast-growing so you won’t have to wait long to enjoy large amounts of shade.

 

 

Chinese-Elm-2Chinese Elm ‘True Green’ (Ulmus parvifolia) – The Chinese Elm tree is perfect for the Southwestern areas! This large, and easy-to-care-for tree thrives in full sun and loves hot areas. Moon Valley carries the ‘True Green’ strain that does not weep. The wide, umbrella-shaped canopy creates massive amounts of shade, perfect for a sitting beneath for a picnic or hanging up a swing for the kids to enjoy! True Green elms have an upright, rounded growth habit and small, deep green leaves that are a favorite among homeowners.

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Trees or Sod First

Posted by Arica Harrison on 5/11/2018

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This is the time that we are looking to revamp our yards and start big landscaping projects. And, most people think that they need to start with the sod and work up. Well, there’s a better way. Trees first, before sod! Sure, you might be tired of looking at dirt or patchy grass, wishing to see greenness wherever you look. But trees and plants are the key component to creating the desired feel and flow of a landscape. By starting the overhaul of your yard off right, the completed project you envisioned can come together quickly and with much less heartache.

First off, let’s talk about softscaping and hardscaping, two important terms in this landscaping process. Softscaping is all the trees, shrubs, plants, and flowers. Hardscaping is the more structural elements like pavers, rocks, and cement. For a great landscaping design, you need both softscaping and hardscaping.

So, when we say, trees first before sod, we mean softscaping before hardscaping. Natural before structural.  While sod is technically a natural item, think of it more as a permanent element, like you would a patio. If you wanted a patio around a large tree, you wouldn’t build the patio first then cut a whole and plant a tree in the middle. No. You would plant the tree first then build the patio around it. That is what it is like with sod and trees. There will be more work and potential heartaches if you lay sod down then decide to add trees and plants. If the sod goes down first, you will have to dig up portions where you want the tree, potentially damaging surrounding sod. And, if you need a crane or other equipment to bring in a large specimen tree, that could create ruts and more damage to your sod. So, why not bypass all those issues and plant trees first, then lay sod around them. No mess, no stress!

When new trees are planted into your yard, a Moon Valley Nursery professional planting crew will have to create a well around your tree to guarantee healthy growth. Why is that? The reason is because our boxed trees are grown in certain soil that will decompose after some time, and the tree will settle down about an inch. The well also helps hold water for the newly planted tree and then backfills the soil naturally. If the well is dug into the sod, there is the great possibility of the sod dying all around the area of the well. But, if the tree was planted first, you can lay the sod all the way up to the well with no dying patches. 

A bonus with planting trees first with Moon Valley Nurseries, you can get our Soil & Water Conditioner to help prep the soil for sod. The fertilizer will help balance out the salt levels and the Ph of the soil. It will make your normal watering and fertilizing of the new sod go further.

Visit your nearest Moon Valley Nursery location to start your yard revamp off right, with trees first!

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Best Trees by pools

Posted by Arica Harrison on 5/11/2018
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Everyone enjoys a nice refreshing dip in the pool during our hot Arizona summers. And we can help make that pool area even more enjoyable. By adding trees around a pool, you can create much needed shade, privacy, and a beautiful view. When looking to add trees to a pool area, it is important to look for trees that have little cleanup, non-invasive roots, and fit the style you want. Below are a few of our top trees to plant poolside.

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Pygmy Date Palm (Phoenix roebelenii):

These dwarf palms grow in both single and multi-trunk varieties, giving you options on the look you want. Their fine-textured, soft, curving leaves form a dense crown. Pygmy Date Palms are ideal for tight spaces and can even be planted in pots. We love to use them to fill in under taller palms and trees. Phoenix roebelenii roots are non-invasive and they are one of the cleanest palms available, perfect for around pools.

 

 

 

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Mexican Fan Palm (Washingtonia robusta):

This is the perfect palm for both tropical and resort style landscape designs. Its slender, slightly curved trunk can be “cigar cut” for a more formal appearance. Mexican Fan Palms have large, fan-shaped, bright green fronds with shorter leafstalks that feature a red streak on the underside. It thrives in full sun and requires little water once established, this makes it perfect for the Arizona desert.

 

 

 

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PIRU QUEEN PALM (SYAGRUS ROMANZOFFIANA ‘PIRU’):

Queen Palms have the go-to tropical look that we all love! Piru Queen Palms have thicker crowns, greener fronds, and thicker trunks than older varieties of Queen Palms. This durable evergreen palm has classic feathery, glossy palm fronds that are bright green in color. We grow these palms to be extremely hardy to heat, making them perfect for our local temperatures.

 

 

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Indian Laurel Fig (Ficus microcarpa ‘Nitida’):

The stunning weeping form has long, drooping branches that are covered with blunt-tipped leaves. The dense evergreen foliage of this tree has a two-tone effect, light rose to chartreuse coloring that contrasts beautifully with the white trunks. The multi-trunk Indian Laurel Fig is great to create privacy around your pool and, bonus, helps as a sound barrier. Ficus microcarpa ‘Nitida’ are grown to thrive in desert environments.

 

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Evergreen Ash (Fraxinus udhei):

Also known as Shamel Ash, this large, fast-growing shade tree is easy to grow and maintain with minimal pruning. It has classic, large-leaved, green foliage that adds to the classic park-style look of the Evergreen Ash. It is extremely tolerant and thrives in full sun. Shamel Ash have thick trunks and a full canopy that can provide shade as you relax in your pool.

 

 

 

Visit your nearest Moon Valley Nursery location to handpick the highest quality trees, custom grown to thrive in the Arizona environment at our local farms. Our knowledgeable nursery pros can help you find the perfect tree for the perfect spot. You can have your own pool paradise!

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5 Hedges of Spring to Create Privacy

Posted by Felipe Benavides on 4/12/2018

ficus-nitida-column-36-row-with-alIf privatizing your yard is a top priority, these five hedges of spring can help! Springtime has arrived, and the weather is perfect for enjoying our front and backyards. We can create privacy and make our home a sanctuary to keep spying neighbors at bay. Best of all, we can create a private area without sacrificing beauty. Sounds good, right?

 

Privacy Hedges for Yards in Arizona this Spring

 

Privacy hedges are always going to be a welcome addition to yards in Arizona. We can plant hedges to block unwanted views, and many are ideal sound barriers. As a bonus, these hedges of spring can bring lots of color and shade to our arid environment. Adding a fence is always an option. However, a natural solution for privacy can also increase property value and is good for the environment.

 

Below Are Our Top Hedges for Spring Planting

 

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Indian Laurel Column:
These fast-growing privacy hedges are evergreen so they can keep their lush greenery and keep your yard private all year long. These columns are ideal for our Arizona climate – they are water-wise and thrive in desert environments! We can add plenty of greenery to the Phoenix urban desert, too. You know what else is great about these spring hedges? When strategically placed in the yard, they can create shade. Let's face it, in Phoenix, we can always use a shady spot outdoors. Add a green splash to your landscape and plant these columns to create an evergreen living wall for privacy!

 

 

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Carolina Cherry:
Keep enjoying your yard in comfort this spring, no matter how close your property is to your neighbors. We like to use this ornamental tree as a sensational privacy hedge to help keep prying eyes away! This hedge of spring gets bonus points for their outstanding ability to tolerate heat, drought, and wind. With their bright-green foliage and fragrant creamy-white flowers, it is easy to see why this is a favorite privacy hedge throughout the Phoenix area. Bonus points for their near perfect shape and little maintenance requirements.

 

 

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Bottlebrush:
It is easy to see why these hedges are a common sight throughout the Valley. They can bloom showy bottlebrush-like flower spikes that can paint a landscape with blood red and blue-green colors. Yes, bottlebrush plants can certainly add a splash of color to our arid environment, and attract hummingbirds, too. You know what else they can do? These evergreen shrubs can also create a colorful privacy screen when several are lined up along a property line. Plus, their compact size makes them an ideal hedge for smaller gardens.

 

 

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Oleander:
This hedge is super drought-tolerant, so it is ideal for any Arizona landscape. These can be used as colorful fast-growing privacy hedges with blooms that can add hues of white, red and pink colors to our yards from spring through fall. Hummingbirds love them when in bloom and we like to use them to create privacy all year long! Create a living fence and enjoy the beautiful flowers and dark-green leathery leaves that help to make this one of the best spring hedges for our area.

 

 

 

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Italian Cypress:
Plant these columnar evergreens in a row and create an attractive natural property divider. We can plant these narrow fast-growing privacy hedges in our yards to bring the look of the Mediterranean to landscapes throughout the Phoenix area. Is space tight between your fence and your neighbor’s home? Thanks to their tall and narrow growth habit, they can be used in almost any location. We can also use them as a useful windbreak to block high winds. Line them up along a driveway and create a grand entrance! Their elegant and classy appearance makes them a landscaping favorite!

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