Steps to Successful Design Consultation: Ready, Set, Go!

Posted by Felipe Benavides on 4/19/2018

customer_designIs there a right or wrong way to landscape your yard? The short answer is no. However, a good strategy is a crucial factor to success. Successful landscape designs can increase property value and make our quality of life better. A study by the Virginia Department of Horticulture found that you can increase the value of your home by up to 42 percent with well-designed points of interest in your front yard! Trees can change your life!

 

Look at Your Property as an Opportunity

 

For many of us in Arizona, we may feel overwhelmed about how to landscape our properties. After all, we have the challenge of getting plants to grow in our hot, dry climate without using too much water. The good news is that we are lucky to have many unique native desert plants that can thrive in our area.

We can work together to create a successful landscape design. We can get creative and have fun designing our yard to how you want it to look. We do not have to stick to just one type of theme, either. We can create a colorful desert courtyard or even create a lush landscape in the Arizona desert.

Our warm summers and mild winters provide us with the perfect place for year-round outdoor living. Pair a well-designed landscape with hardscape features such as a pool, built-in grill, or fire pit, and you can create your dream landscape. Enjoy your yard!

 

Come Prepared

Get ready for your nursery visit and landscape design consultation by coming prepared. Take some time to prepare and have a plan. Get inspired! A great way to get inspired is to take photos of the yards you love! Drive or walk around your neighborhood and snap photos of your favorite yards. You can also bring pictures from websites, magazines, and books to show to the designer. Having photos is an excellent way to get the designer familiar with the styles, plants, and colors that you love.

  • What part of your property do you want to landscape?
  • Does your existing landscape pose any problems or concerns?
  • How do you want to use your property?
  • Do you have any special plants you want to include in your design?
  • What is your budget for a landscape project?
  • What are your favorite colors?
  • Are you trying to block out any unwanted views or keep nosy neighbors at bay?
  • Do you have any themes you prefer?
  • Do you have any HOA restrictions?

 

Use our Virtual Landscape Designer

 DIY Designer-1Have you tried our Virtual Landscape Designer? This is our easy-to-use landscape design app that allows you to start planning your dream yard by using our drag-and-drop-tool. Upload a picture of your yard, and then drag and drop pictures of trees and plants into the spots where you want them. This fresh approach can help you have a better idea of a completed landscape project! Click here to try the Virtual Landscape Designer!

 

 

Nothing Beats a Visit to Our Nurseries!

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Nothing beats an actual physical visit to our nurseries. Being able to see and touch the trees and plants you want in your landscape can inspire you. Once you select the perfect trees and plants, you can have a designer come back to your house. The designer will flag the yard and come back the next day so that the design is fresh on everyone’s mind.

If you don’t have the time to prepare, have no fear. Our landscape design specialists are professionals and will be glad to help you through the entire process. Best of all, our landscape design consultations are free at the nursery!

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Why Planting Trees is Important: Earth Day, Every Day!

Posted by Felipe Benavides on 4/19/2018

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Plant a tree for Earth Day! Sometimes we need a little reminder that this blue planet we are on is vulnerable and that we have a responsibility to contribute to a healthier earth. Started in 1970, with April 22 being the designated date, Earth Day is something we can practice every day. We make it easy! Moon Valley Nurseries has trees available that can positively affect the environment! Celebrate Earth Day, every day!

 

Plant More Trees and Help our Environment

 

It is no secret that trees help the environment. We can think of trees as being the lungs of our planet. Trees create the air we breathe and filter air pollution. Plant more trees, it is one of the best things we can do for our local environment, and for our planet. Planting trees can improve our quality of life, too. The more we plant, the better!

  • Trees improve air quality. Trees produce oxygen. They store carbon to counteract the harmful byproducts of fossil-fuel burning.
  • Trees can clean the air by trapping dust, pollen, and other pollutants.
  • Trees can moderate the effects of sun and wind.
  • Planting trees in the proper place around homes and buildings can greatly reduce air-conditioning costs. Reduced air-conditioning use means less Freon, which is known to have a damaging effect on the ozone layer.
  • A tree can increase property value.
  • Trees provide shelter and food for wildlife.
  • Trees can make people feel good.
  • Landscapes full of trees can relax us, as well as help lower heart rates and reduce stress levels.
  • Trees can create shade!

 

 

Have Trees Professionally Planted for You

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At Moon Valley Nurseries, Earth Day is every day. We plant trees daily! We custom-grow everything at our farms and nurseries so that they can thrive in our local climate. Best of all, we can professionally plant the best trees on earth for you! Below are some perfect trees to plant for Earth Day, and every day! Keep Phoenix beautiful, plant more trees!

arizona_ashArizona Ash: This ash tree variety can withstand hot and dry conditions, so it is an ideal shade tree for the Phoenix area! This deciduous tree is seedless, making it an excellent choice for a wide range of landscape applications. Specimen size trees can provide a natural umbrella of shade that can create a restful spot in your yard. Proper planting around a home can provide enough shade to lower the temperatures in your home, which can reduce AC use and make our planet happy! Plus, in the winter, these trees allow the warmth of the sun to hit your home! 

 

Berrinda-AshBerrinda Ash: We love this ash variety for its ability to withstand the extreme weather conditions in the summer and winter months. It can grow into a near-perfect shape. You will want to have this tree planted in your yard during the warmer months – it can provide dense cooling shade! Homeowners also appreciate the fact that it is seedless and requires little maintenance. In the fall, the small, dark-green leaves turn to a vibrant gold or bright yellow color! Add instant curb appeal and improve the look of your landscape with a Berrinda Ash tree.

 

 

 

Chinese ElmChinese Elm ‘True Green’: Bring maximum shade coverage to your yard by planting a specimen size Chinese Elm tree! The wide, umbrella-shaped canopy provides a massive amount of shade. Homeowners in Arizona can plant the ‘True Green’ strain, an attractive semi-evergreen with small, deep green leaves and an upright, rounded growth habit that looks fantastic in any situation. Families love this tree as it can create an idyllic picnic spot for celebrating Earth Day every day of the year. It likes growing in full sun and enjoys hot areas, so it is a perfect tree for Phoenix!

 

 

 

tipu tree bloomsTipu: Your search for a colorful shade tree ends here! Tipuana tipu trees are fast-growing trees capable of providing plenty of shade. This beauty is quite useful for all kinds of landscape applications. Feathery, bright bluish-green foliage and fissured bark texture add to its striking good looks. In the spring, a coat of golden blooms appears, creating a picturesque landscape scene that is sure to attract all the right attention. These trees thrive in intense desert heat, so they are perfect shade trees for any Phoenix area property!

 

 

 

indian_laurel_arizonaIndian Laurel: These evergreen trees have been a favorite in the Phoenix area for many years. It is easy to see why so many homeowners love to plant them on their property – they can add instant shade, privacy, and beauty! We like to use them as a privacy hedge to block unwanted views in style. During those hot, sunny days you will be running for cover under its wide spreading canopy. We also like to plant them near busy streets because they can act as a natural sound barrier. Ask any of our nursery pros about properly planting them around a home to reduce temperatures inside the house.

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7 Plants That Keep Bugs Away from Arizona Yards

Posted by Felipe Benavides on 4/5/2018

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

 

Your Yard Needs these Plants to Keep Bugs Away


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


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

 

 


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

 

 


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

 

 


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

 

 




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

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

Tips to Keep Bugs Away

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

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

Topics: landscape tips, gardening, knowledge base

Common Spring Insects and How to Deal with Them

Posted by Felipe Benavides on 2/14/2018

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Spring insects bugging you? The last thing we want to worry about are insects wreaking havoc on our raised bed full of growing edibles or attacking the leaves, buds, and flowers on our majestic palm trees. After all, our landscape trees and plants are starting to burst with life, and we are looking forward to watching the tender young leaves expanding to create shade on our lawn. Luckily, there are ways to keep away these unwelcome visitors. We can help!


Spring Insects List Common in Our Area

whitefliesWhiteflies: You have probably seen those little white flying bugs on your plants and wondered what they are. They are Whiteflies, and these soft-bodied, winged insects tend to suck on ornamentals and warm-weather vegetable plants such as tomatoes, peppers, and plants from the cabbage family. You might also spot them in greenhouses.

 

aphidsAphids: These pesky tiny bugs are often invisible to the naked eye and seem to make their way into every garden. Since they can multiply quickly, you will want to control them right away. They can feed on a wide variety of plants and attack leaves, stems, buds, flowers, fruit, and roots. There is good news – they tend to move very slowly and controlling them is easy.

 

borerBorers: A borer can be a worm, mollusk, insect, or insect larva that bores into wood, other plant material, and even rock. Borers attack the leaves, buds, and flowers or palms. Borer infestations can be intense, and they can structurally weaken a palm tree.

 

cutwormCaterpillars and Cutworms: Cutworms are like caterpillars, are often mistaken for grubs, and can do the most damage when they emerge from hibernation during the early gardening season. They are commonly seen on a wide variety of vegetables and any fresh seedlings. They can do a lot of damage quickly. Caterpillars can be found chewing on some fruit trees, vegetables, as well as ornamental and shade trees. They like to snack on leaves and some tunnel into fruits.

 

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Spider mites: These tiny sucking pests are often found on the undersides of plant leaves. They can attack both indoor and outdoor plants and are an issue with Cypress trees. They feed by piercing leaf tissue and sucking up the plant fluids.

 

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Spring Insects: Natural Remedies and More!

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Whiteflies: Wander your landscape in the morning or evening and check the back of the leaves for eggs. As you are wandering and approaching plants, you may also notice little bugs flying away. Blast them with your watering hose. Doing this will cause them to scatter. Once you have blasted them with the water hose, spray your leaves (be sure to spray the undersides) with insecticidal soap and coat them. You will want to spray plants when the temperatures are cold. Note: doing this in the heat can cause an adverse reaction. Follow up several times.

  • A good squirt of dishwashing liquid with lemon to a gallon of water should work well.
  • You could always use a handheld vacuum and remove them every few days from your plants.
  • The homemade mixture is pretty benign, and whiteflies can be challenging to get rid of, so consider using preventative methods too.
  • Many organic farmers like to use Neem Oil; a vegetable oil pressed from the fruits and seeds of the neem tree.
  • Ladybug_beneficial_insectPrevent them from exploding in population by keeping natural predators such as beneficial insects like ladybugs and spiders.
  • Hummingbirds are excellent predators too. You can attract hummingbirds by creating a beautiful natural habitat they will love.
  • We have heard that mulching with an aluminum reflective material is helpful because it makes it harder for the whiteflies to find host plants. Do this early in the season.
  • You can purchase Captain Jacks Dead Bug Brew at Moon Valley Nurseries (call to see if your local Moon Valley Nurseries has them in stock.)

Aphids: Sometimes getting rid of aphids is a breeze. In fact, you can blast them with a spray of cold water to get rid of them. Here are some other ways to get rid of these pests.

  • If there is an invasion, you can constipate the pests by dusting plants with flour.
  • You can spray aphids with insecticidal soap, horticultural oil, neem oil.
  • Wiping or spraying the plants with a mild solution of water and a few drops of dishwashing detergent can also get rid of them.
  • You can also stir together 1 quart of water, one teaspoon of liquid dish soap, and a pinch of cayenne pepper. We do not recommend diluting before spraying on the plants.Some people also have luck using homemade garlic or tomato-leaf sprays.
  • Prevent them from feeding on fruit or shade trees by spraying dormant oil, which can eliminate overwintering eggs.
  • Lady beetles, lacewings, and parasitic wasps are beneficial insects that feed on aphids.
  • Aphidcatnips are repelled by catnip, so it may be a good idea to plant catnip too (your feline companion will thank you!)

 

Borers: The larval stage damages plants by destroying the internal plant tissue as they feed and mature. Some borer species leave wood unstable because they can weaken the wood fiber and degrade the quality. Tree borers lay their eggs on or inside of trees.

  • The best way to guard against borers is to keep trees healthy and vigorous.
  • All borers go through a metamorphosis with four life stages – egg, larva, pupa and adult
  • Use sticky traps and Pheromone Traps to attract and trap adult borers. Monitor them early and continue throughout the season.
  • If there are larvae damaging plants, you can use Beneficial Nematodes mixed in an aqueous solution. Inject the solution into the borer entrance holes. Doing this can kill larvae within 48-72 hours.
  • You can also use Horticultural or Dormant oil sprays. Use these sprays on possible egg laying sites when adults are present. These oils are excellent because they can smother the eggs, which can reduce borer populations in the next season.

Caterpillars and Cutworms: These pests can chew through plant stems at the base, and they feed primarily on the roots and foliage of young plants. They can even cut off the plant from underneath the soil.

  • You can make plant collars by putting a 4-inch piece of cardboard around each plant stem. Doing this can help stop cutworms from reaching tender stems.
  • Do this at night - Grab a flashlight, gloves, and hand pick them. Put the picked off cutworms into soapy water. You will want to repeat this every few nights.
  • You can sprinkle used coffee grounds or place eggshells around your plants.firefly
  • Apply an insecticide late in the afternoon.
  • A great way to prevent them is to keep up with cultivation. They prefer to lay eggs in high grass and weeds, so at the end of the season, you will want to plow or till your landscape and mow the surrounding areas. Doing this can expose cutworms 
  • You can prevent them with a beneficial insect such as fireflies. Fireflies are fun insects and are a natural predator to cutworms. and can destroy their winter habitat.
  • Another natural predator to cutworms are birds, so create a bird-friendly landscape.
  • Encourage native predators and parasites to control caterpillars.

Spider mites: These pests are difficult to see, that is until plant injury occurs. Visible signs include webbing as well as white or yellow speckles on leaves.

  • Spider mites hate cold baths, so douse them with cold water that is between 32 degrees and 40 degrees. We recommend keeping a spray bottle in the refrigerator so that you can keep the water very cold. Mist them once or twice a day until the mites are gone.
  • Yspray_bottleou can also spray infested leaves with a solution of rosemary oil or a rosemary-oil pesticide.
  • Purchase some Phytoseiulus persimilis mites. They are voracious predators of spider mites and are excellent beneficial predatory mites for controlling spider mites. Other beneficial insects include lady beetles and some arachnids.
  • You can also spray a soapy solution of 3 tbsp. dishwashing soap squirted into a gallon of water. Use a spray bottle and apply to the foliage.
  • One of the best ways to prevent spider mites is to boost the health of your plants. You can do this by providing the proper amounts of water and nutrients that your plants need.

For additional information on how to prevent and control pests visit your nearest Moon Valley Nurseries location and speak with our on-site nursery pros. 

Topics: landscape tips, knowledge base

How to Prune Deciduous Trees

Posted by Felipe Benavides on 1/25/2018

 

Learn How to Prune Deciduous Trees Like an Expert!pruning_deciduous_trees

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


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

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

 

How to Prunepruning

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

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

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

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

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Trees and Plants Can Prevent Soil Erosion

Posted by Felipe Benavides on 1/10/2018

rainfall_downpourWater, it's the primary cause of erosion, and when we get heavy rains in our area, the impact loosens the material bonding the topsoil together. And for homeowners with slopes and hillsides on their property, those hard rains running down the hillside can cause terrible mudslides to occur. In Southern California, the worst-case scenario recently became a reality, with torrential downpours following one of the worst fire seasons California has experienced in recent history.

Soil erosion is the loss of topsoil, which is the top layer of soil that also happens to contain the most organic and nutrient-rich material. The natural factors that contribute to this erosion include wind and water. Since areas in SoCal have been in a drought, vegetation has been depleted, which makes it easier for soil particles to get lifted by the rain – a sudden downpour can cause immense damage.

At one point during the recent downpour in parts of Southern California, more than 1.5-inches of rain fell in one hour. According to the National Weather Service, about a half inch of rainfall per hour is enough to start mudslides.

We can do some things that can prevent soil erosion from happening. Here’s what you can do: plant trees and other plants on hillsides, which can be an added benefit in the long run and help prepare your landscape for any future natural occurrences. Trees with hearty, deep roots are going to provide the most benefit as they tend to stabilize the soil and can help pull water out of an over-saturated ground. It’s also a good idea to plant shrubs and other plants so that they can help reduce runoff by holding soil in place with their root systems.

 

Here’s How Planting Trees Can Help Prevent Soil Erosion

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  • Tree canopies can protect the soil from the impact of rain – canopies block the rain from reaching the soil
  • Transpire large amounts of water
  • Stems and leaves slow water down
  • Deep-rooted trees bind soil – tree roots can act like glue so that they can keep the soil intact and the minimize the amount of washed away soil
  • Trees with strong root systems thrive on hillsides and can help stabilize slopes

Planting the right trees on your hillside can do more than prevent soil erosion, they can also bring color, shade, and be a source of food. Be sure to select evergreen trees as these types of trees do not lose their leaves and keep their protective canopy so that they can help prevent too much rain from impacting the soil. Consider planting citrus trees on your hillside. Citrus trees will keep their glossy dark green leaves, bloom very fragrant flowers in the spring and start producing fruit early in the summer so that they can ripen in fall and winter.

Topics: Winter Planting, landscape tips, knowledge base

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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Topics: Insider, Expert, Winter Planting, knowledge base

The Best Trees of Winter

Posted by Felipe Benavides on 12/6/2017

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Take Advantage of these Prime Planting Conditions!

Right now is the best time to plant the best trees of winter! Unlike much of the east coast, we get to experience mild weather, and since our soil does not freeze over, we have ideal conditions for beautifying our landscape with trees! In December, the soil can retain warmth even if the temperature outside starts to drop. And warmer soil is a boon for newly planted trees because it allows them to spend the winter months establishing their root system.

We recommend planting all kinds of trees and plants so that you can take advantage of the prime planting conditions this time of the year offers. With that said, we compiled a list of a few of our best trees of winter! 

 

Best Trees of Winter to Plant Now

Evergreens are the right choice for anyone looking to add a tree that can provide privacy as well as shade, all year long! And though the weather feels comfortable today, once spring and summer arrive and the temperatures start to soar, you’re really going to appreciate those evergreen trees you planted in the winter! Evergreen trees can produce more than their fair share of oxygen to help lower our carbon footprint, and they can be a stylish addition to any landscape. Moon Valley Nurseries has been growing trees for over 20 years with hundreds of varieties for our area to choose from! Here are a few of our best trees of winter that are sure to bring curb appeal!

Brazilian-PepperBrazilian Pepper (Schinus terebinthifolius): These evergreens can grow to be medium to large trees with an umbrella-shaped canopy that provides a perfect shady spot in any landscape! These are picturesque trees that bring out the festive mood in the winter when showy bright red berries appear, contrasting beautifully with the dark green foliage. This wintertime bloomer is an excellent tree any time of the year! We have them available in a single trunk or multiple trunk forms so visit your nearest Moon Valley Nurseries location to see these colorful evergreen trees for yourself!

 

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Fruitless Olive (Olea europaea ‘Wilsonii'): Fruitless olive trees are perfect for adding interest to any landscape, and since they are fruitless, we can grow them in Arizona and Nevada too! These are medium-sized evergreens that can be used as a focal point in any landscape and with nighttime landscape lighting installed, you can highlight the structure of these trees often dubbed as “living sculptures.” Of course, if it’s shade you’re after, rest easy knowing that this Olive tree variety can bring plenty of shade to your landscape! And for our Southern California customers, we have beautiful fruitless and fruiting olive trees available right now!

 

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Live Oak (Quercus virginiana): These evergreen trees are native to the Western U.S. and are an excellent choice for landscapes throughout the Southwest! Live Oaks have a long-life span and attract small wildlife too, so if you love the sight of birds, we recommend installing bird feeders and owl boxes. We like to plant them in rows so that they can create a natural privacy screen! These trees are also hardy and able to tolerate extreme drought and windy conditions. Of course, it is also an excellent shade tree and one that is very clean and easy to maintain. This majestic beauty is considered by many to be the best oak for planting.

 

Palms to Plant Now   

Palm trees are trademarks of the Southwestern landscapes. They have often been seen lining boulevards, in luxury resorts and upscale shopping centers and helping to create a backyard retreat so that you can feel like you are getting away from it all without having to leave the comfort of your home! Can you imagine what our landscape would look like without palm trees? Yea, we couldn’t either! Good thing we don’t have to imagine that because Moon Valley Nurseries custom-grows the best specimens, from hard-to-find-palms to the more common ones! Plant palm trees and enjoy the sunset while it creates an awesome silhouette without blocking too much of your view!

windmill_palmWindmill Palm (Trachycarpus fortunei): This small to medium-sized palm brings a tropical appeal to any landscape and is one of the most cold hardy palms you can find! These palms have a neat and small-scale size that makes them an excellent choice for small patios, narrow spaces, gardens, side yards, near swimming pools, or as a standalone specimen. Plant them close together in groups so that you can create one of the lushest hedges you can find. Transform your yard into a resort-style property and enjoy the calming nature of a Windmill Palm.

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Mexican Blue Palm (Brahea armata): Break up the greenery in your landscape with the stunning Mexican Blue Palm! This harder-to-find palm features dramatic silver-blue fronds all year long and creates flower plumes and golden braids of fruit in early summer that can make it a crowd pleaser in any landscape. We like to use them to create stunning vertical effects, and as one of the most impressive tropical hedges that you can find! If you’re looking for a palm that can add dramatic colors and textural color to yards, look no further than Brahea armata!

 

Yes, You Can Afford a Beautiful New Landscape!

It’s true! With easy financing available you can pay over time so that it cannot get any easier to replace the trees and plants the builders chose or create that private backyard retreat you have always dreamed of having! Have you tried our virtual landscape designer app? Give it a try, it’s fun, easy and a great way to visualize your new landscape with our premium quality trees and plants! Of course, you can always visit any of our nurseries and take advantage of our free landscape design consultations too. And with #freeplanting available on all box sized trees, you can relax while our professional planting crew does all the work. Come home to a beautiful new landscape today!

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Topics: Winter Planting, knowledge base

How to Care for Roses

Posted by Felipe Benavides on 10/12/2017

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

Roses: a little TLC goes a long way

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

Where to Grow:

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

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

Watering:

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

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

Feeding:

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

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Pruning:

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

What you’ll need:

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

Topics: Insider, gardening, knowledge base

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