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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Spring Fertilizer Season Starts Now: Start fertilizing Your Landscape!

Posted by Felipe Benavides on 2/8/2018

spring_fertilizerSpring fertilizing starts now. The spring season symbolizes rebirth and renewal, and this is the time when many plants begin to grow and flower. The proper fertilizer and applications can help provide the essential nutrients needed to bring the many rewards our trees and shrubs bring to our landscape and life.

Cool shade, colorful yards brimming with butterflies and hummingbirds, providing wildlife habitat and improved home appearance and value are just some of the things a beautiful landscape adds to our life. Applying fertilizer is a must for healthy trees and plants. When added to the soil, fertilizer can improve the soil’s fertility and promote a healthy plant that can resist insect and fungus damage. If you are using the wrong fertilizer or none at all, you will likely have trees and shrubs growing poorly.

 

Symptoms of poorly growing trees and shrubs

 Nutrient deficiency in plants can cause:

  • Leaves that are light green or yellow
  • Dead spots on leaves
  • Leaves that are smaller than normal
  • Fewer leaves and flowers
  • Shorter twig growth
  • The dying back of branches at the tips
  • Wilting foliage
  • Poor root growth and plant structure

Plants will need these three macronutrients: Nitrogen, Phosphorus, and Potassium. In addition to the three primary macronutrients all plants need, seven micronutrients — Zinc, Manganese, Boron, Iron, Copper, Molybdenum and Chlorine — are also essential and can be found in various degrees in a variety of fertilizers.

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A few benefits of applying the proper fertilizer

 

Yes, it is possible to overfeed your plants, and more does not mean better, so be sure to follow the directions on the label of the fertilizer you choose.

  • Promotes more consistent plant growth
  • Promotes more consistent bloom development
  • Promotes better root development

 

Spring Fertilizer Needs? Moon Valley Nurseries Has Got You Covered!

We know that there are many fertilizers available on the market, and trying to find the right one can feel a bit overwhelming. Moon Valley Nurseries makes it easy for you by taking the guesswork out. Our experts have developed a highly specialized blend of fertilizers that are designed to trigger growth responses. At our nurseries, you can purchase the fertilizers designed for our area. For instance, applying Moon Dust and Moon Juice fertilizers together can put the essential nutrients the trees need in the soil for taking up, which in turn helps its growth and maintains a healthy tree. Doing this can also reduce the chance of insects and disease from taking hold of the tree which can decline the health of the tree. Read more about our incredible line of fertilizer products below!

moon_juiceSuper Charged Moon Juice: This plant growth enhancer utilizes patented Furst liquid technologies, which includes a proprietary blend of organic enzymes and amino acids that stimulate growth signals within the plant. Environmental signals regulate plant and tree growth cycles. Applying Moon Juice can help stimulate these signals that plants and trees love – helping to boost growth at any time and lending a hand to a speedy recovery from seasonal stresses caused by extreme heat, frost, freeze, and transplanting. There are many benefits to using Moon Juice, including new root hair growth and its ability to help plants ward off diseases as well as possible infestation and infections from outside sources. It also makes watering more effective because it helps open roots to uptake more water and nutrients, thus reducing the amount of water your plants will need making them more drought tolerant. Used as directed, Supercharged Moon Juice is extremely easy to use – all you have to do is mix the appropriate water amount and apply to the root area. Be sure to always thoroughly water trees and plants after applying.

moon_dustMoon DustAll trees and plants need Nitrogen, Phosphorous, and Potassium as the primary nutrients for healthy living. Infused with Furst proprietary technology, Moon Dust provides the essential elements in a perfect horticultural ratio that will benefit virtually every plant in your landscape. It works like magic dust – just spread it on top of soil and water and watch as this fast-acting greening brings noticeable improvements in one week (in most cases.) Feed all your trees and plants – from the largest trees and palms to the smallest shrubs and potted flowers. Citrus and Fruit trees love Moon Dust too, producing larger, juicier and tastier crops. It also helps flowering shrubs achieve longer and more abundant bloom cycles. When fed regularly, it can help bedding plants and ground covers thrive and be more vibrant. It is easy to see why this custom organic blended Moon Dust is the number one all-purpose fertilizer in the United States – it works!

palm_juiceSuper Palm Juice: The best way to keep your tropical backyard paradise looking lush and healthy is using Super Palm Juice. Palms have special nutrient requirement needs – they use a variety of different macro and micronutrients including Potash (Potassium), Manganese, Iron, Sulfur, Zinc, Copper & Boron. Super Palm Juice is a super easy-to-use liquid formula containing all these essential nutrients. It can optimize the appearance of your palms, keeping them healthy and able to thrive in intense summer heat and also making them much cold hardier than weak, malnourished palms. Using as directed will produce thicker, stronger trunks while maintaining the healthy, dark green appearance that results in lush, dense crowns. Just give the juice a good shake, mix the appropriate water amount (varies by palm), give the palm a good amount of water with your hose, and that is it! This is the perfect blend suitable for all palm varieties, especially Queen Palms!

soil_water_conditionerSoil & Water Conditioner:  For those of us living in the desert, one of the most challenging aspects of growing trees and plants is the hard, compact soil and the high pH found in our soil and water. Our Soil & Water Conditioner is going to help break up the hard clay/alkaline soil present in the desert. This conditioner contains sulfur and gypsum which counteract salt buildups and helps to loosen tough, hard soil. Sulfur can reduce the high pH often found in desert soils and allows excess salt buildup to be flushed out of the root system, creating a soil base that converts nutrition easier. Gypsum can work its way into hard, compact clay, loosening the soil, which leads to better drainage and healthier soils! We recommend several applications per year.

moon_royale_fertilizerMoon Royale: An ideal spring fertilizer for grass! As soon as the growth starts on your lawn, apply Moon Royale and jumpstart the growth going into the warmer months. This super concentrated formula lasts long, and we like to use it to green up all types of lawns quickly. Easily apply this turf fertilizer to your lawn using either a drop or broadcast type fertilizer spreader. For best results, apply every four to six weeks for a beautiful looking lawn throughout the growing season!

Fertilizer is essential to maintaining a healthy landscape. At Moon Valley Nurseries, we have something to cover every kind of plant in your landscape!

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Plant Now for Summer Shade

Posted by Felipe Benavides on 1/4/2018

 

A New Year with a New Yard and Shade!

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Planting trees for the new year can mean that you can have that cooling shade coverage in time for what is sure to be another bright and hot summer. After all, with average summertime temperatures hovering at 100 degrees in Arizona and Las Vegas and plenty of warm days in SoCal, being able to find respite in the heat is welcome no matter where you live. So plant some shade trees now and enjoy your yard for summertime backyard barbecues, parties, and relaxation!

Deciduous or evergreen, both kinds of trees will provide the shade coverage you want. Of course, evergreens such as Live Oak provide shade all year long, while deciduous, such as Jacaranda, drop their leaves in fall so that it can allow the sun to pierce through in the winter. No matter which type of tree you decide on, planting them now is your best bet for summertime shade.

 

Benefits of Planting Trees in January

Yes, you can plant in winter, and this can be an excellent time to plant the trees to provide shade and other benefits such as privacy and windbreak features.

  • Newly planted trees will spend the winter months establishing their root system before spring growth.
  • Thanks to our mild winter climate, soil can retain warmth even when the temperatures outside start to dip.Your Free Winter Watering Guide!

A Well-Planned Landscape

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With the new year upon us, this is the perfect time to create a new yard! With a well-planned landscape, you can do more than provide summer shade outdoors. Carefully positioned trees can also help cool your home so that they might be able to reduce the household’s energy consumption – possibly saving money too! And when planted together, they can even be used as a windbreak that may be able to deflect or lift the wind over your home.

Moon Valley Nurseries makes it easy to have a carefully-planned new yard for the new year! We have the perfect trees available in the sizes you want to create an instant landscape. Our professional landscape design services are available for free at any of our nurseries, and for a small fee, we can come to your site, so all you have to do is handpick the trees you want!

 

Summer Shade: These Are Excellent Trees to Plant Now!

 

tipuana_tipuTipu (Tipuana tipu) – Plant a Tipu tree in your landscape and get ready to bask in the wonderful shade coverage, no matter how sunny it is outside! Yep, Tipuana tipu trees may very well be one of the best shade trees you can find. These trees are colorful too, putting on a unique show of golden blooms from late spring into early summer. Specimen trees work as a natural umbrella so that they can create a cool, shady spot to picnic under and enjoy its feathery, bright bluish-green foliage.

 

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Live Oak (Quercus virginiana) – This mighty oak tree is a family favorite, especially specimen size trees with dense, gray/green foliage and a wide spreading crown that casts the right amount of shade. These evergreens are ideally suited for lawns where they are sure to add curb appeal and when carefully installed around the home, might be able to help lower temperatures inside the house. In addition to being fantastic summer shade providers, they are also drought tolerant and can live for many years so that they can be appreciated by generations to come.

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Arizona Ash (Fraxinus velutina) – This deciduous has attractive, velvety gray-green leaves and can cast a wide umbrella of shade in the summer, and when it drops its leaves in winter, it lets in the warmth of the sun! These trees love the sun and are cold hardy and heat resistant so that they are ideal for growing in our local climate. If you’re looking for a fast-growing shade tree, you’ll love Fraxinus velutina. We like to use them in residential, commercial, and lawn applications.

 

chinese_pistacheChinese Pistache (Pistacia chinensis) – Here’s another incredible deciduous shade tree that lets in the sun in the winter and offers a clean, dark-green umbrella-shaped canopy that can block the sun when you need it to! Before it drops its leaves, it can add beautiful fall color when the leaves turn from luminous orange to red and sometimes yellow. We like to plant them in rows where they can act as a natural privacy screen, and they are also an ideal tree for flanking driveways.

 

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Brazilian Pepper (Schinus terebinthifolius) – These cold hardy evergreen trees bring year-round beauty to landscapes! These are attractive shade trees offering a dark green, dense, umbrella-shaped canopy that provides a picturesque shady spot to rest under or have a family picnic. We also like to use them as a natural privacy screen where they can block unwanted views in style. Brazilian Pepper trees are drought tolerant too, so anyone looking for a water-wise tree is sure to appreciate these colorful specimens.

 

#FreePlanting On All Specimen Trees!

Yes, you read that right, with free planting available on all specimen trees, it cannot get any easier to have the perfect summer shade trees in your landscape! Don’t let the blistering sun keep you from enjoying your yard. Allow our professional planting crew to plant trees now so that you can have the shade coverage you want in the summer!

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Quick Guide: Chill Hours

Posted by Felipe Benavides on 12/19/2017

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

 

What are Chill Hours?

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

 

Popular Stone Fruits Available at Moon Valley Nurseriesstone_fruit_pit

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

 

Low Chill Fruit Trees We Sell

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

peachesPeach trees:

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

 

Apricot trees:apricots

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

 

plumsPlum trees:

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

 

Nectarine trees:nectarines

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

 

Apple trees:apples

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

 

Fig trees:fig

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

 

pomegranatePomegranate trees:

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

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Moon Juice to the Rescue!

Posted by Felipe Benavides on 12/8/2017

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

Using Super Charged Moon Juice Can:

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

How to Use Moon Juicemoon_juice_application

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

Where Can I Get Super Charged Moon Juice?           

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

Topics: Insider, Expert, Winter Landscape Tips

Trees and Plants Make Perfect Gifts!

Posted by Felipe Benavides on 11/21/2017

Give the gift that keeps on giving – trees and plants! That’s right, why not give a gift that grows with you and one that can also bring beauty, privacy, and shade to our landscape. Of course, a beautiful new landscape is also a gift that can increase property value too. When you plant trees, shrubs, palms, succulents, and other plants, you are not only adorning your landscape; you’re also helping the environment by adding living things that can release oxygen and can help to clean the air. It’s a gift for our planet too. You win, and our environment wins!

Did you know that two mature trees can provide enough oxygen for a family of four? And when you hear news like that, you just have to plant more trees! When it comes to creating a beautiful landscape that benefits every one of us, you cannot beat the premium-quality selection of trees and other plants for sale at Moon Valley Nurseries. We have mature trees available right now so that they can release oxygen, provide shade, and block unwanted views in style. Of course, the experience of growing trees and plants is one that creates lifelong memories too. Big or small, gifts that grow make the perfect presents!

P.S. It’s perfectly fine to give the gift of a tree to yourself, and we sell gift cards so that your gift recipient can pick what they want! BUY YOUR GIFT CARD TODAY  Click Here!

Professional Landscape Design Consultations

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When you visit any of our large nurseries, feel free to speak with our expert landscape designers. In fact, our landscape design consultations are free at our nurseries, and for a small fee, we can come to your location. Either way, we can help you with your landscaping goals, whether working from scratch or you want to replace the trees and shrubs the builders chose! Visit us and handpick the perfect trees for the perfect spot in your yard. And if it’s a gift for someone special, bring them along (sure you might spoil the surprise, but when they see all the healthy, beautiful trees in stock, they won't mind!)

Financing Makes It Easy!

Maybe you know someone that has just bought a new home, and you want to give them one of the best housewarming gifts you can find. If you think that you can’t afford big trees or even create a new landscape, think again. After all, we value engineer all our products so that you can get the bigger trees at the lowest price. And with our financing option through GreenSky, it cannot get any easier to buy the perfect trees and plants you want. Yes, if you gift a tree, you’ll have a lifelong friend! Click Here For Easy Financing!

 

Our Top Pick Trees That Make Perfect Gifts!

Brazilian Pepper (Schinus terebinthifolius):brazilian_pepper

Festive trees such as the Brazilian Pepper are made for gift wrap bows! These beautiful evergreen trees feature glossy dark green leaves, and in the winter, they bloom red berries that look as if they’re made just for the holidays. Mature trees can grow a wide-spreading canopy that is dense and able to provide plenty of shade! We like to use them as a focal point in any landscape, and these are also excellent trees for adding privacy. Place a park bench nearby and bask in a peaceful spot so that you can enjoy all the birds and butterflies that are attracted to this tree!

 

Live Oak (Quercus virginiana):live_oak

These evergreens are trees that the entire family will love. Mature specimens offer a picturesque spot for a picnic, and the strong limbs are just begging to be climbed on and explored! Bird feeders and owl boxes are the perfect stocking stuffers, and if there’s a bird watcher in your family, they will love to watch the birds cavorting. Homeowners and landscapers alike appreciate their low-maintenance needs, and they provide plenty of shade to cool off during the blazing hot summer. These are drought tolerant trees with little to no special care required once established. They are also considered by many to be the best oak for lawn planting.

Ficus nitida or rubiginosa (Arizona and California only):

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Ficus nitida and rubiginosa are both reliable trees capable of providing shade and blocking unwanted views! In fact, our Indian Laurel Column specimens are often used to create a thick, evergreen privacy hedge that is almost impossible to see through, which is why they have also been planted near busy streets so that they can filter loud noises. Both types look fantastic in any landscape, and the dense growth habit of the rubiginosa and their compact size makes them an ideal shade tree for smaller yards. Plant any of these Ficus trees and create a stylish backyard retreat.

We do not sell or recommend the Ficus tree for the Las Vegas area. However, keep reading for a viable alternative.

Perfect Tree for Vegas!australian_bottle

Australian Bottle (Brachychiton populneus):

These tall and narrow evergreens are ideal for Nevada, Arizona, and California. We like to plant mature trees in yards for adding a massive amount of shade and privacy. When planted in a row they can also be used as an effective wind barrier. Their bright green leaves are attractive all year long, and people love them because they can thrive with little maintenance required. These trees have an upright, narrow form so that they are perfect for closed-in areas!

 

#FREEPLANTING on all Box Sized Trees

The gift just keeps getting better with free professional planting on all box sized trees! That’s right! Free professional planting makes it easier than ever to have a beautiful new landscape. Of course, we offer free planting on all box sized trees all year long, so when you’re ready to give yourself the gift of trees, you can let our crew do all the work!



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How To Prepare Your Yard For Cooler Weather

Posted by Felipe Benavides on 11/17/2017

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

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

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

What Time Should I Water?

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

How Much Water Should I Use?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Protect Your Trees and Plants

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

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3 Best Trees and Shrubs to Plant Right Now

Posted by Felipe Benavides on 11/16/2017

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

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

3 Trees to Plant Right Now

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

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

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

 

3 Shrubs to Plant Right Now

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

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

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

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Professional Landscape Design Consultations!

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

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Mexican Fan Palms: Arizona’s Tree of the Week

Posted by Felipe Benavides on 11/16/2017

mexican_fan_palm_farmThe Mexican Fan Palm is our tree of the week in Arizona! These local favorites are a staple in our area, where their appearance brings a relaxing, calming influence on avenues and yards throughout Arizona! These graceful palms are well adapted to the heat and low humidity, and we like to plant them in groups for a tropical effect or as a lawn specimen or street tree. And yes, these beautiful palms can bring the look of the tropics home when young too!

mexican_fan_palm_multi_trunkMexican Fan Palm care is quite easy as these are low-maintenance plants so that anyone can take care of them. In fact, their easy-to-care-for attributes make them a favorite for poolside planting, where their reflection in mirror-smooth water adds to the calming ambiance of your backyard retreat! If you want to make a dramatic statement, you can choose to have our nursery pro’s skin the trunk for a ‘cigar cut’ effect that gives them a more formal appearance and is sure to attract the right attention! We also have the Mexican Fan Palm for sale with this prestigious look!

Plant a few Mexican Fan Palms in your landscape and get ready to enjoy the good life. Knowing how to care for Washingtonia robusta means that you can keep enjoying everything these fan palms offer. The great news is that it’s easy and we make it even easier by breaking it down for you! Keep on reading so you can know how to care for Mexican Fan Palms! It's a breeze!

Mexican Fan Palms ARe ALL Grown On our Farms!

It’s true. We are the growers of superior Washingtonia robusta so that we can assure their quality is the best you’ll find anywhere! In fact, no other nursery in the world can touch our specimens! We have been growing the highest-quality palms from our prized stock so that they develop stronger, are hardier, and are also much more resistant to disease than palms sold at other nurseries! Visit our nurseries today and see them for yourself!

Exposure and Where to Plant

These palms like to grow in a location with partial shade to full sun exposure. Though they will grow in a spot with partial shade, full sun is ideal and will bring out the best growth. Plant them in an open space so that everyone can enjoy the view!

How to Water

A newly planted Mexican Fan Palm can be deeply watered and allowed to dry between watering. Once established, these fast-growing palms require little to moderate water. We recommend fertilizing in the spring and then again in mid-summer. Use our Super Charged Moon Juice and our Super Palm Juice for spectacular results! Click Here For Your Free Watering Guide!

mexican_fan_palms_skinnedHow to Trim

Pruning these palms is a matter of personal taste. If you have a younger, smaller palm, you can prune them yourself. Trimming a mature palm is best suited for a professional. Some people prefer to keep the fronds hanging on the trunk beneath the canopy, for a look that makes it seem like they are wearing a skirt. Others prefer a cleaner look, so if you like the cleaner look then occasional grooming will keep these palms looking nice and neat. We sell these palms with the cigar cut already in place, and we also offer professional “shaving” on the trunks so that it lends a formal appearance. Be sure to ask us about this service.

Free planting makes it easy to have these beautiful palm specimens in your yard. We do the work so that you can come home to a beautiful new yard!

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

Posted by Felipe Benavides on 11/9/2017

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

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

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

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

Where Do Olives Grow

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

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

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

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

Fruitless-Olive

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

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

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

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