What to Expect the First 90 Days After Planting

Posted by Brad Howard on 10/1/2019

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First, I'd like to say congratulations on your new trees and making your yard dreams come true! Now let's dive into what to expect and how to care for your trees within the first 90 days, which is the most critical time while your new tree has found its new home. 

Your new trees go through quite a bit in those first 90 days. During those 90 days, the roots will start taking to the ground and absorbing essential nutrients and water in the soil. The first week or so after new planting, the trees need to be watered every day. We recommend saturating your soil to depths of two to three feet and at least as wide as the tree. 

When we install trees, we create a tree well around it for additional help with proper watering so filling that up will be very important during this phase. Then after that initial watering, you're going to transition to the watering instructions that you received with your purchase, which is located on the back of the receipt. You can also click the button below to see our online watering guide for new trees.

Watering Basics for Your New Trees

The watering recommendations are just that; recommendations. Every yard has different soil conditions and sun exposure. It is a good idea to monitor your trees regularly to notice any issues as soon as they appear. 

soil and water conditionerThings to look out for between watering sessions is if your soil is still wet and damp when it comes time to the next watering schedule. If it is, your soil isn't draining properly, which means it is dense. You can continue to apply more Soil and Water Conditioner, which will loosen that soil. If your trees are having the opposite problem and your soil looks super dry, increase your watering time by a few more minutes or gallons. 

Another thing you should keep an eye out for is standard plant shock. This shouldn't last long at all and some trees won't even go through it, but in the event It does it will present itself typically in a few ways. 

You might notice the leaves start to brown at the tips, usually due to salt burn. This can happen if your soil has high salt levels. Do not be alarmed and continue to water and use Soil and Water Conditioner and the tree will fix itself.

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Another common sign of transplant shock is slight wilting after planting. Continue to follow the first-week watering schedule, and you will see you tree perk up and go right back to normal. 

Lastly, yellowing of the leaves usually indicates an iron deficiency. This is common when it has left its old environment, and the tree is getting used to its new home and soil conditions. Applying the Moon Juice and Soil and Water Conditioner will speed up the recovery process and let the tree absorb the best amount of Iron for it.

Visit Brad in Surprise

My names Brad Howard, and I am currently the Yard Manager for our Surprise location. After serving 12 years in the United States Army, I found myself a new home with Moon Valley Nurseries. I take pride in serving our community and environment. I am overall responsible for over six acres of inventory and keeping all plant and tree life thriving and healthy until it finds a new home within our community. 

We hope you love your new yard and if you have any questions, reach out to me or any of our teams here in the valley. We will help you make any adjustments needed to keep your trees thriving and your yard beautiful.

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From Our Farms to Your Yard

Posted by John Pavlik on 9/27/2019

Why the Best Trees on Earth Come from the Moon!

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Since the beginning back in 1995, Moon Valley Nurseries has always been about passion for trees, palms, plants and more! Owner Les Blake started our nursery because he was instilled with this passion from his early days planting orchard trees alongside his father and even granddad, for whom he’s named. He became enthralled with seeing how trees can transform landscapes, provide shade and fruit, or simply bring a tranquil environment to homeowners. With a lot of grit, a ton of resolve and not much money, he took his love of the business and started Moon Valley Nurseries.

Fast forward to today, and you’ll find that Les has grown his business by surrounding himself with great people who share his same passion for trees. From our nursery pros to our tree planters, landscape designers and even our accounting staff; everyone here at Moon Valley Nurseries loves being involved with the process of growing and planting the most amazing trees on the planet.

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It all starts in our labs and greenhouses

Our constant desire to bring ever-better quality trees and palms to our clients takes time, planning, and a lot of expertise. Much in the way an experienced winemaker must craft and prepare a product that won’t be ready to consume for years, we must always be preparing trees for the years, sometimes decades-long journey from inception at the farm to planting in your yard.

Our arborists are at the forefront of technology and methodology when it comes to creating masterpieces each and every time we grow a tree. It all starts with our “mother” trees. These are near perfect specimen trees we’ve grown or acquired for the sole purpose of cloning to create that identical tree for our customers. The mother trees exemplify all the characteristics and benefits that make them ideal for cloning. When compared with other trees, even within their own species, these trees demonstrate better growth habits, thicker trunks, greener foliage, better root structure – all the desirable traits that make them candidates to recreate for your yard.

Our arboriculture labs employ the most advanced methods to create the clones of our mother trees that eventually become our nursery inventory for you to select from. These methods include: Tissue culturing which involves creating a new tree from just an individual cell of the mother tree, initially started in a culture dish and transferred to a soil medium. Air layering is how we train a branch of the mother tree to become its own self-sufficient identical version of its parent. Rootstock grafting is the process we use to maintain exact genetic consistency across most fruit-producing trees as well as many seedless and ornamental shade trees. Genetic seed selection is another way we create trees and palms only using selected seeds from designated mother trees with the ideal traits we’re looking to recreate.

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Growing up on the farm

Once our gracious mother trees have given us their cloned saplings, our staff must tend and care for them for years until they're ready for your yard. Because of our never-ending quest to grow the best, we’ve created state of the art growing facilities in all our regions to provide trees grown in the local conditions they’ll need to endure for the rest of their lives.

We’ve invested heavily in water testing and purification systems, nutrient injection systems, and ultra-efficient irrigation techniques all to balance environmental friendliness with market effectiveness. Our professional maintenance staff has years of experience in proper pruning, staking, and fertilizing practices to make sure our baby trees end up just as lovely and beautiful as their mother trees.

We even developed our own custom fertilizers, just for growing in our region. Moon Dust, Moon Juice, Palm Juice and more are all used regularly at our farms and available for purchase at our nurseries. We’re always ahead of the curve and stay in compliance with all federal and state department of agriculture requirements regarding all aspects of our growing operations. This entire process continues for several years until our baby trees are grown up and ready for your planting in your yard.

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New Trees Arriving Daily

It’s always a show when one of the semi-trucks from our local farms arrives at our nurseries loaded with new trees just for Moon Valley customers. Like opening a cask of fine wine, the new trees invigorate the nursery, and it creates quite a bit of work to get them unloaded and put into their designated departments. Our staff is always glad to have more inventory because it always seems to get sold so quickly. Once our nursery professionals help you design and select the perfect assortment of trees and plants for your landscape, it’s time for our babies to leave the nest.

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To your yard and beyond

Delivery and planting day at your home is always exciting, interesting, and transformational. Our professional installation crews have years of experience plus are continually training in the best practices for planting, safety, and efficiency. We provide our crews with the newest vehicles plus innovative and custom-designed equipment like side-loading lift gates, custom tree dollies, handcrafted sharp-shooter shovels, jackhammers, and more. We do the digging, planting, starter nutrients and more!

All with the end goal of the best trans-plant for the trees and a safer environment for our workers. It’s always rewarding to see the transformation that new trees and plants can create, but more rewarding to see the smiles and thumbs up from our clients. Once our crew is done, and the truck is leaving your home, our work still isn’t done. We recognize the investment that our customers make with us is also our investment, so we guarantee each and every tree we plant for you. 

Legacy of the Moon Trees

A famous old Chinese proverb states, “The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago, and the second-best time is today.” At Moon Valley Nurseries we have trees of all ages… some even over 20 years! Trees are the most prominent feature in nearly all landscapes. Planting trees is one of the easiest and best ways for everyone to help the environment as well. We believe great trees are years in the making, but it’s definitely a labor of love for us, because the trees we’re starting today may be the legacy your kids, grandkids or even great-grandkids build a tree house in years from now.

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Moon Valley’s Top 5 Absolute Evergreen Hedges

Posted by Jessica Downs on 12/14/2018

Hollywood Hedge

Hedges are such an amazing plant that can be added in any landscape and make it look 10 times better, no matter how great it was before the hedges came along! There are multiple reasons that you might decide to add a hedge to your yard or add to your existing hedges.

The most popular reason people consider adding hedges is that they are seeking privacy from their surroundings for a more secluded vibe or to create a quieter retreat. Some may even want to add privacy hedges to use their front yard similarly to the backyard such as a small patio area, or another outdoor space for kids to play safely.

Whatever your reasons might be for wanting to add new hedges or spruce up existing hedges in your yard, our Absolute Evergreen hedges are a must for an all year, all green look.

Indian Laurel Columns

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Indian Laurel Columns, also commonly known by their scientific name - ficus nitida, are our most popular hedge material shrubs when customers are looking for a formal landscape hedge. These potentially large (depending on how you want to prune them) evergreens provide plentiful shade and perform great when planted along property lines for blocking everything! Well, it blocks almost anything like the sun, noise, wind, and unwanted views.

Indian Laurel Columns have lush, dense foliage and strong softwood branches. It can be pruned into almost any shape, but we love to let these grow large and tall for ultimate privacy. This plant also handles the warmer summer months very well, so it won’t need much special care during our hot months, except maybe a bit more water.

Italian Cypress

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The Italian Cypress are known for their dramatic look and how you can find them planted while they lead you to formal entrances or lining a long driveway. This plant is unmistakable to most, with their lush green foliage and tall, narrow upright form. These long-lived specimens of magnificence are well suited to modern living as well. Their natural ability to thrive in sunny climates on a minimal amount of water makes them a popular choice for just about any landscape, especially ours.

Plant these columnar evergreens in a row and create an attractive natural property divider. You can plant these narrow fast-growing privacy hedges in your yard to bring the look of the Mediterranean to landscapes throughout the Phoenix area. Their elegant and classy appearance makes them a landscaping favorite!

Carolina Cherry

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Native to the Southeastern United States, the Carolina Cherry has become a popular choice due to its minimally needed upkeep, natural upright conical shape, and ability to tolerate some of our common weather issues - heat and drought. This hedge variety enjoys the full sun but can also be planted in areas that receive partial shade.

The Carolina Cherry is a small to medium-sized evergreen with dark green, lustrous wavy-edged foliage on strong, brown branches. They can be trimmed easily into a tall screen or sound barrier, which make them a near-perfect option for many homes. The Carolina Cherry is a fast grower and can easily live for over 50, if not 100, years. These hedges will increase your property value for generations!

Lemon Bottlebrush

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The Lemon Bottlebrush is the only hedge option on this list that grows strong pops of color all throughout its foliage. This evergreen shrub works as colorful hedge that makes for a fantastic addition to any landscape as a complete hedge, or as part of a hedge to add accents. The showy red flowers can stay that way nearly the whole year. With a height and width span of 3-10 feet, these will surely give you a lively and thick hedge, once established.

The Bottlebrush blooms in spring with some off-season blooms in the fall that attract pollinating insects and hummingbirds. The Bottlebrush likes to be in full sun and only needs occasional deep watering, a bit more so in our hot summer months. Train it while it’s young and it will shape into nearly any size desirable. 

Japanese Privet

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The Japanese Privet is an ideal solution for those who want an evergreen and low maintenance hedge. While there are Japanese Privet trees that can add some textured green to your yard or maybe even create a floating hedge above your fence, most customers use them to create living privacy walls. This shrub can add be pruned into a more formal look but looks amazing when allowed to keep its natural, informal shape.

Japanese Privets are great additions to your yard and love the southwestern weather. They do best when planted in partial sunlight and is tolerant of the low desert temperatures come winter. For a short time in late spring, this privet will produce white flowers, offering a bit of extra color to your landscape.

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Do you have any of these hedges in your yard? Let us know how you like them! Using other shrubs in your hedge? Share them with us. We love to learn how our customers are doing with their own yards! 

The Moon Valley Difference

At Moon Valley Nurseries, we are proud of the quality hedge material we have to offer to our customers and we love how amazing a hedge is when added to your landscape and how easy it is for them to fit into almost any style.

Whether you are looking for dense shade or flowering hedges, we’re sure to have the perfect hedge material for your landscape. If you have any questions be sure to contact one of our nursery experts at any of our Moon Valley Nursery locations.

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Moon Valley’s Absolute Evergreen Collection

Posted by Jessica Downs on 11/23/2018

Natures Privacy Screen - All Year. All Green.

If you are looking for a tree to add to your landscape that will stay green all year round, you want a Moon Valley Absolute Evergreen tree! Evergreen trees keep their green leaves throughout the year, providing much needed color to our landscapes. Whether your goals for your evergreens are for cooling your home in the summer, privacy from neighbors, or blocking unwanted views, Moon Valley Nurseries has you covered! Evergreen trees are a highlight to any yard with their year-round green foliage and low maintenance needs. These trees can stand up to heat waves and handle any water restrictions. Plus, these evergreens are sure to be a beautiful addition to your yard.

Indian Laurel

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There are many reasons why our Indian Laurel trees and columns are best sellers at Moon Valley Nurseries. They create instant shade, privacy, and curb appeal quickly (even faster if you get a specimen size!). The Indian Laurels are an amazing evergreen option that performs well in any landscape and will keep its dark, dense and lush foliage all year long. They handle the Arizona sun very well and are drought-tolerant, once established. They grow fast so it won’t take long to see their amazing traits in action. Once the Indian Laurel is at your desired size, you can prune it to almost any shape or size that is best for your landscape needs.

We offer three different variations of Indian Laurel: Single-trunk, Multi-trunk, and Column. All three forms are great choices to act as barriers for blocking sun, noise, and wind. The foliage is so dense, it could probably even stop a golf ball from going into your yard!

Brazilian Pepper

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The Brazilian Pepper tree is a gorgeous evergreen that is known for its merged leaves and shiny red peppercorns. This tree provides year-round shade and privacy with its thick and dark foliage and spreading canopy of crisscrossing branches that support its finely toothed and dark green oblong-shaped leaves. The Brazilian Pepper tree blooms eye-catching small red peppercorns throughout the fall, often mistaken for red berries. Its dark-green foliage and red color make it an extremely popular tree to plant in any landscape seeking instant color.

This tree is a great choice for planting in the Phoenix region because it loves the heat! Not only is it a great tree with an amazing pop of color, but it also attracts birds and butterflies to your yard for some fun entertainment.

True Tuscan Fruitless Olive

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Our certified fruitless strains and disease-free olives have grown their entire lives in the hot and dry inland climate at one of our own Moon Valley tree farms. Our growing process not only makes them a far more superior tree but one of a kind. 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, which makes them the ideal option to choose as a shade tree in your yard or even just as a silhouette against homes and fences. Fruitless Olive trees need full sun and can tolerate a variety of soils, including poor, stony, shallow soils, which makes almost any planting location possible! So, we like to plant them in a place where they are sure to add plenty of evergreen interest.

They also have an impressive multi-trunk structure that makes them an excellent choice for display by landscape lighting, where they add drama, curb appeal, and super cool shadows to any yard!

The Gift that Keeps on Growing

Ever get stressed out when you’re trying to think of the perfect gift for somebody that is going to be meaningful and long-lasting? There is nothing better than giving the gift of a new tree to somebody or gifting one to yourself! By gifting a tree, you are giving a one-of-a-kind gift to the persons in your life, truly making it a unique and personal choice. You can also feel good about gifting a tree for the positive effects it has on the world around it. Just one tree can make the air around it cleaner, therefore helping anybody that lives nearby.

Come by your nearest Moon Valley Nurseries location and check out our amazing selection of trees in all sizes and don’t forget about our #FreePlanting!

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November Landscape & Garden Tips

Posted by Jessica Downs on 11/9/2018

Get your Yard Ready for the Winter Holiday Season

This is the time of year when the weather is finally beginning to change in Arizona and shifting into winter. Some trees are starting to change colors as they adjust to the cooler winter temperatures and others are pushing out new growth all over the place! One of the most overlooked practices this time of year by homeowners is watering and fertilizing. Maybe because of the cool weather and lower temperatures, you think less effort is needed but these are the perfect conditions to care for your yard. The November weather creates an environment that allows for the most efficient root growth (and foliage growth, depending on what type of plant you have in your yard). The weather changing also means that you must update your watering schedule to match those changes.

Trimming

When you are starting to trim trees or prune plants make sure to only get rid of what is needed to clean them up or to trim them back for healthier growth. A good thing to look out for are any branches that are not doing so well that might be taking nutrients from other branches around them. Pruning those branches/sections will help keep the rest of the plant strong!

When you are trying to figure out how much you should cut off, a good rule of thumb is to get rid of no more than 20% of the tree or plant.

For assistance or answers to any questions you might have, please reach out to our expert tree care team at Moon Valley Nurseries!

Fertilizing

Fertilizing everything in your landscape and “hardening them up” as we say in the industry is a great way to give your landscape one last push through the upcoming winter months. Fertilizing your palms, shade trees, evergreen trees, flowering trees, and even your dormant trees now gives them the best chance of not only surviving, but thriving, through the cold winter. This extra attention will be worth it once the spring temperatures come back.

We recommend using our custom blended fertilizers for your landscape needs as they are specifically formatted for our soil and weather conditions.

Watering

During the cooler months it is important that you update your watering schedule and lessen the watering frequency. This allows trees, plants, and even your lawn a chance to develop strong deep roots that will encourage more growth come the following spring. This also creates a landscape that is less susceptible to disease and infestation from any insects that might be around.

It is important to still continue watering deeply each and every time you water and remember that different plants will require different watering frequencies.

Gardening

Fall and winter are great times to be planting your winter veggies and annuals in Phoenix. That’s plenty to keep you busy this growing season! These should all be planted or transplanted now and fertilized once a month while they are growing. These need to be watered regularly and given a chance to dry out in between each watering cycle. This will help them develop good strong roots through post production. 

Top 5 Trees Recommended for November Planting

Tipu Treetipu tree

This fast-growing water-wise tree is an excellent option for those water-conscious homeowners looking to add shade and color at the same time. The Tipu tree is one of the fastest growing varieties we offer at Moon Valley Nurseries. In time, its upright and open umbrella shaped canopy will provide shade where desired. When it comes to color, its flowers are a golden yellow color and are in abundance around late spring to early summer. It can become drought tolerant once established, and it thrives in cold and hot weather conditions.

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When you want to add a lot of shade and beauty to your yard, you cannot go wrong with a Live Oak tree! They have dark green foliage and a wide-spreading canopy that can provide a refreshing and large shady spot in the landscape. Specimen sized trees are ideal for families – the limbs are just begging to be climbed and explored! You can also create a natural privacy screen when you plant a few of these gorgeous oaks in a row.

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Plant Raywood Ash trees now so they are ready to give you summer shade! As it matures, this large tree grows its bold round-headed canopy shape that can cast the perfect amount of shade to cool down home temperatures and create a refreshing lounge spot in your landscape. These deciduous trees also feature dark green foliage that transforms to an attractive wine-red color in the fall. They do not need much water, but they do love the sun, so they need to be planted in a location that gives them full sun.

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This vibrant evergreen is certain to give any landscape year-round attractiveness. Available in both single or multi-trunk varieties, Brazilian Pepper trees are water-wise and require little water once established. The silky, dark green leaves create a wide-spread awning that creates an abundance of shade. This is a perfect choice for the Arizona desert environment due to its love of heat and its drought tolerance. As a bonus, the Brazilian Pepper tree attracts butterflies, so sit back in the shade and appreciate the wondrous site.

Evergreen Ashevergreen ash

Sometimes known as a Shamel tree, they are a favorite throughout Arizona and the Southwest. They are known for growing a large canopy that can create a considerable amount of shade over your yard. They love the sun and have a fast growth rate, so you will not have to wait too long to enjoy the benefits of a mature Evergreen Ash tree. Plant this classic-looking tree to shade a hot side of a home or as a beautiful street tree.

 

Moon Valley Nurseries is your one stop shop for all your landscape needs. Our experts have decades worth of experience and they will be able to assist you with any projects or questions you may have. Remember to change your watering schedule as we enter the winter and be sure to come by your nearest Moon Valley Nurseries locations and check out these trees! It’s not too late for #FreeFallPlanting.

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Our VIP Tree of Fall – The Majestic Ash

Posted by Jessica Downs on 11/2/2018

The Perfect Tree for the Perfect Yard

This Majestic Ash tree is an evergreen seedless variety that stays greener than other ash varieties. They feature large, glossy green leaves and its narrow, upright shape makes it an ideal shade tree for any potential planting locations. Because these trees are low-maintenance and virtually pest-free, it makes them ideal for a yard or street plantings.  

This is the ultimate shade tree and Arizona can never get enough shade any time of the year! If you're expecting and hoping for a large canopy of shade to provide a play area for your children or for a way to escape the afternoon sun you will not be disappointed in the Majestic Ash. It has a formal upright growth rate.

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You can plant the Majestic Ash as a focal point in your yard or in a row for a wall of shade. A row of these trees will also give your yard additional privacy as well. The classic, larger-leaved green foliage compliments the canopy as well with its dense and unique growth. Minimal light will pass through this tree, which allows many of our homeowners to plant colorful partial-sun shrubs underneath the tree that will be protected from the sun. 

Our Tree Care team is always ready to help you out with any questions or concerns regarding tree removal, trimming, fertilizing, and more!

The Moon Valley Experience

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John and Susan recently bought a new home but quickly realized how hard it was to keep the air cool in their home and how unbearable it was to spend time outside in their yard. With windows on all sides of their house, it was impossible to escape the intense sun every day. They tried to fix the issue with easy and quick ideas hoping that it would help cool the home down but to no avail. 

At this point, they realized that they needed to add shade outside of their home to really fix the problem. They visited Moon Valley Nurseries to speak with one of our expert designers and discussed the issues they were having and their failed attempts to solve the problem. The designer suggested that they add shade trees around their property, which would allow them to not only enjoy a cooler home (and lower electric bill) but to enjoy their backyard and entertain as they please.

The designer suggested the evergreen shade tree, Majestic Ash, to start them off and they fell in love with the glossy green leaves and dense canopy it had to offer. Our designer helped pick the perfect planting locations that would benefit John and Susan the most. After being planted only a few weeks, it was obvious John and Susan had found a winning solution. Not only did this help with cooling their home down year-round and letting them enjoy their backyard, but it also created privacy and curb appeal to their property, including an increase in overall value.

At Moon Valley Nurseries, we are not just the sellers majestic ash-1

From seed to tree, we grow our Majestic Ash trees on one of our many farms in Arizona and other Southwestern states to be ready for planting in your yard. Because of this, we guarantee to have the perfectly-sized tree for your yard. We have been growing premium specimen trees at our farms for decades across the Southwest and have perfected the proper growing technique to assure the customer is always getting a top-quality tree for the best value.

The Moon Valley Nurseries Majestic Ash tree is a grafted cultivar that is grown especially by our nursery professionals. The best part of this tree variety is how it does not produce seeds thanks to our expert growing process. It should go without saying (but I’m going to say it!) - this is quite the clean tree!

Head over to your local Moon Valley Nurseries today and check out our large inventory of Majestic Ash.  Our nursery experts have years of experience and can assist you with any and all projects you can imagine!

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Best Fruit Trees to Plant Now (And Care Tips)

Posted by Jessica Downs on 10/19/2018

Get to Planting Now for Some Delicious Fruit Right in Your Yard

If you couldn’t tell, we love the fall season! Not only is it finally cool enough to enjoy the weather in Arizona, but it’s the best time of year to plant new trees and shrubs in your yard. Some of the best trees we love planting right now are fruit trees. These trees can grow beautiful fragrant flowers, create great summer shade, and bring you tasty fruit right in your yard!

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Pomegranate

The first tree on this list is one of the best and easiest to grow in our Arizona climate. The deciduous Pomegranate tree is just as amazing once it is established due to how low maintenance it is compared to other trees. It only requires low to moderate water, is drought tolerant, and flourishes in full and partial sun. Since it only grows to be a small tree, the Pomegranate tree can be planted anywhere.

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Plum

Fruit trees are a great choice for the Phoenix-area and Plum trees are a popular addition for local yards. Like other fruit trees, this one is easy to grow in our area too! It should be planted somewhere that gets full or partial sun and benefits from fertilizer right before the new growth starts in Spring. Another cool feature of this tree that shows up in the spring time is the abundance of white flowers that appear. On top of growing your own food, Plum trees can be used as a stunning focal point in a large yard or small garden.

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Just the idea of having a Peach tree in your yard should cause you to start craving one. If you don’t, then maybe you don’t like peaches at all (and that’s okay- kind of weird, but totally okay, no judgement). This is an easy growing, deciduous tree that grows small with a wide-spread canopy of dense foliage. It also produces colorful showy flowers throughout the spring season creating an attractive landscape. The beauty of this tree makes it perfect for any sized yard!

 

Five Fall Tips for Tree Care

Now that we have an idea of what we are going to plant, it is time to prepare ourselves for what we should be doing to make sure we have the best tree. Tree care is especially important when it comes to fruit trees because you will literally be able to taste the work and effort you put in to it.

For specific questions or concerns, please reach out to our Tree Care team and one of our I.S.A. Certified Arborists will be ready to help!

Plant New Trees

We’re quite lucky to be living in Phoenix as we have two amazing planting seasons. Even though the spring season is a good time to plant, the fall season creates the perfect growing environment to plant new trees and shrubs. In the colder months, newly planted trees and shrubs convert their energy to root growth. Planting in the fall allows up to five months of root development.

Once spring arrives, the tree or shrub that was planted in the fall will have a very established root system and be better prepared for the incoming heat. With the root system established, the tree or shrub will focus its energy on top growth to bring back healthy foliage. Trees and shrubs planted now in Phoenix will have plenty of time to grow a shade canopy before the summer high temps arrives next year. 

Add Fall Annual Colors

While the rest of the country is not looking forward to the cold winter days, residents in Phoenix are spending more time outside working hard on their landscape. Fall annuals are a fantastic and easy way to add striking color to accent areas, garden beds, and eye-catching borders. For more abundant bloom cycles this fall, pick up a bag of our Moon Dust Organic Blend which creates great results because it was developed especially for our tough, compact, and alkaline soils. 

Check Watering Systems

Whenever the seasons change, you need to check your watering system and most likely, readjust some or all the settings. At this time of the year, the biggest change will probably need to be how often you water certain areas of your yard. Make sure that you check each sprinkler head and any emitters you have installed are still working properly and replace any that are not. Now that the temperatures are cooler, less water is needed but make sure you adjust properly for each individual plant. Your Peach tree and shrubs probably won’t survive on the same schedule!

Trim Your Trees

Now that the monsoon season is over, it’s time to check on the status and health of the trees in your landscape. Staking your trees after the strong winds and heavy rain during the monsoon season is extremely important as the adverse weather conditions may have damaged the foundation of your tree. After planting, the single stake will be enough for three to six months of growth. We recommend switching to double stake harness for the next year. If your tree was planted in the spring, we highly recommend double staking this fall. 

You can safely prune a tree in the fall, and you’re going to want to do it before the winter cold sets in. If the temperature shows early indications of cold weather, be careful when pruning your tree. You do not want to hack your tree as this will affect the health of your tree, and it will leave it exposed and susceptible to any potential frost damage. 

Reach out to our Tree Care team for any questions or assistance!

Fertilize, Fertilize, Fertilize

The best and most ideal time to fertilize your landscape is in the fall because trees and shrubs are still growing underneath the soil. Colder temperatures are a signal to trees that they should stop top growth and focus on root development. Fertilizing with Moon Valley Nurseries’ Super Charged Moon Juice and Moon Dust Organic Blend allows organic enzymes and amino acids to stimulate new root system growth and stronger cell development while helping the tree grow faster and recover quicker from stressful events (such as an Arizona summer).

These essential nutrients will be absorbed by the root system of your tree. Your tree will then use these nutrients to grow its root system and ward off any disease in the fall. Excess nutrients are then stored in the roots and will be available for vital top growth once spring arrives.

For questions about watering, trimming, and fertilizing, feel free to ask any of Nursery Professionals! Call your nearest Nursery today!

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October Landscape and Gardening Tips

Posted by Jessica Downs on 10/5/2018

Tips for Lawn Care and Plant Care 

Arizona is finally turning back into the state that we ‘zonies love to brag about to the rest of the country! The weather is beginning to cool down and that means it’s time to start taking care of your yard. The hot summer may have beaten your yard up a bit (or maybe even fried it up), so it needs to be brought back to good health and get ready for the winter weather! October, and the fall season, is one of the best times of the year to rebuild a landscape or start a new project. Fall is also the best time of year to plant any new trees, shrubs, and other plants you’ve had your eye on to improve your yard.

The cooler weather is a welcomed break from the blistering summertime heat, and relief for any home owner who has been avoiding the sun for months! While we can start to enjoy being outside more and working on our yard, the soil is still warm and will hold onto the heat for a while. This makes for a perfect environment to transplant any plants or trees. This planting schedule will offer maximum root growth potential; preparing it for long term success.

Watering Tips

Any time the weather starts to change, your watering schedule needs to change too! Now is the time to adjust your schedule for the fall season, so be sure to change the timer for your landscape or your manual watering schedule accordingly. Since we have cooler nights and days, the soil can hold on to moisture longer. This means that you can use less and less water through the fall and winter. While this gives you the chance to save some money on your utility bill, you still want to water the same amount for each watering session. You just don’t need to water as often.  

  • For Low Water varieties, water 1 time and do this every 10 days (New Trees, water 1x a week).
  • For Moderate Water use varieties, water 1 time every 10 days (New Trees, water 2x a week).
  • For Topical varieties, water 1 time per week (New Trees, water 2x a week).

Click here to read more about our Watering Guide Schedule.

Weeding Tips

There are no more excuses now that summer is on its way out and taking the heat with it…It's time to remove those weeds now! October is a great time for getting rid of all those weeds that are still taking over your yard. Once they are cleared out of your lawn, we suggest using pre-emergent herbicides. Spray now to help prevent new weeds from forming during falls rains. This can also lessen the work waiting for you in the spring by helping reduce and prevent weeds through the winter.

Don't let those weeds settle into your landscape! Come visit Moon Valley Nurseries today and let us help you fight off those weeds!

Fertilizing Tips

We cannot stress enough about how important it is to make fertilizing a consistent routine for everything in your landscaping. And by everything, we mean all your trees, flowers, vegetables, shrubs, and of course - your lawn.

Using the proper fertilizer during this crucial time ensures that your landscape is regaining all necessary nutrients. Your lawn has been working hard all summer to survive and now it needs a bit of extra attention. Our Moon Juice, the best root enhancer on the market today, should be a staple in every yard. It can be used on all your trees, flowers, vegetables and any other plants all year long, especially in Arizona. 

Get things fertilized now for the second growing season. It will also get them strong and ready for the upcoming winter! Click here for all our fertilizer products and see which ones best fit your lawn care needs!

Reseeding Tips

As the summer grass starts to go dormant, and the thatch on your lawn has been removed, it’s time to reseed for the winter. You might have a whole lawn to seed or maybe just a few random areas where summer weeds took over.

Whichever situation you are in, the soil (with some help from the previously mentioned fertilizer) is at its best right now for those winter grass seeds to grow full and green.

For more information on reseeding, check out our tips and tricks for your winter grass!

Tree Care Tips

The fall season is the time to trim off any dead or damaged branches on the tree that may have occurred over the summer from heat or seasonal storms. Make sure to also cut back any excessive branches and to remove any and all tree suckers on your citrus and fruit trees.

For specific questions or concerns, please reach out to our Tree Care team and one of our I.S.A. Certified Arborists will be ready to help!

Insect Tips

While caterpillars are not technically considered pests and don’t create a huge threat, they are still easily capable of showing up and snacking on your plants, especially flowering shrubs. They mostly go after desert plants but will gladly enjoy eating any other plants they can find!

Examine your plants and keep a look out for any signs of caterpillars so you can treat them before they start causing damage! Moon Valley recommends the Monterey Bt Liquid Concentrate, a fast-acting insecticide spray to control any caterpillar infestations.

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Best Trees to Plant in October

Tipu Tree (Tipuana tipu)tipu-1

The Tipu tree offers massive shade, ridiculous growth rate, low water usage, and bright yellow pea shaped flowers. These amazing features have made this a popular tree for homeowners across Arizona. When you know you want shade, the Tipu is the perfect choice.

This semi-evergreen grows extremely fast and spread out with age, producing a layered umbrella-like canopy. Its growth habit and massive canopy of shade makes it an ideal tree to cool your home, shade your patio, or a natural way to protect other plants in your yard from the summer sun.

Crape Myrtle Tree (Lagerstroemia)

crape myrtle-4The Crape Myrtle tree has something to offer for all year round but stands out in late spring to summer when it begins producing stunning blooms of purple, pink, red, and white flowers. Those colors create an eye-pleasing look when planted in clusters or accent locations.

The Crape Myrtle is known for its long and constant bloom cycle and fits well in just about any landscape. In the fall, the Crape Myrtle’s foliage turns to a showy bright orange, getting into the spirit of fall festivities!

Majestic Ash Tree (Fraxinus uhdei ‘Majestic’)

MAJESTIC ASHThe Majestic Ash tree is a beautiful tree that adds value to your landscape just by being there! What makes this one of the best trees to plant is not just how good it looks but how useful it is for any yard.

The Majestic Ash grows upright with thick and shiny green foliage. They can be planted as a single tree for a focal point or as multiple trees in a row, which would create a wall and allow more shade AND privacy in your yard. Our Majestic Ash trees handle full sun, difficult soil, and becomes more water wise once it is established.

Piru Queen Palm (Arecastrum romanzoffianum)Piru queen palm

The Piru Queen Palm is the epitome of what you picture when you think of a palm tree. An excellent palm for the southwest and to use as a focal point in any size yard! Moon Valley Nurseries grows these palms ourselves to make sure we are growing palms with thicker, harder trunks, and greener fronds and fuller crowns.

The Queen Palm is a perfect choice for a look that is sure to add a tropical feel to any landscape. These beauties are extremely well-suited for the Arizona climate and they are custom grown to be further resistant to heat or cold.

Indian Laurel Columns (Ficus nitida columns)ficus columns-2

Looking for you own Hollywood Hedges? Nothing makes a backyard feel more like a fancy resort than to create a private escape from the outside world. The Indian Laurel Columns are the best choice to help you accomplish this goal! These trees grow thick from the bottom to the top and can be planted in rows to create a dense, lush privacy screen separating your backyard from any nosy neighbors, loud streets or other unwanted views.

The Hollywood Hedge has become a favorite for everyone looking to create the ultimate privacy from the rest of the world and create a unique space that can make you feel far away from the city.

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3 Reasons to Plant Trees in the Fall

Posted by Jessica Downs on 9/28/2018

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Fall is a great time to take care of your yard

The fall season is the best time to start prepping and planning for those new additions you have been wanting to include in your landscape. The weather is finally perfect for you to be enjoying the outdoors again. It also gives you plenty of time for your transplants to be ready for next year.

 

Cooler Temperatures

With the temperatures finally dropping to two digits and the weather starting to cool down in the Arizona desert, plants and trees will have the best chance to transplant safely into their new home. With less sun and heat shining down on them, trees will not require as much water as they would need during the summer. They can even benefit from the moisture that is slowly starting to build back up in the air.

Warm Soils
While the temperatures are getting lower by the day (bye, triple digits!), the ground is still warm from the scorching summer of the southwest. This makes the perfect environment for new transplants to have successful root growth. The warm soil also decreases the chances of transplant shock to the plant.
       
Head Start on Spring
Planting in the fall also guarantees that the roots have the most time to establish a system and be ready to start focusing on the top             growth when spring rolls around. Adding plants in the fall also makes for a more enjoyable time for you now that the bugs are going             away creating the best time to plant.

3 Best Trees to Plant

          Tipu Tree (Tipuana tipu)

Tipu BlogThe semi-evergreen Tipu tree has turned out to be one of the most popular selections in the southwest region for its quick growth and attractive glossy yellow flowers that bloom through the summer months. It only takes a couple of years for the Tipu tree to reach peak heights and begin growing large canopies of shade for your home, patio, or any areas of your landscape that would benefit from shade.

Planting a Tipu tree is also a fantastic way to guard other smaller plants in your yard from the hot desert summers. This tree does not require heavy upkeep and it thrives nicely in different kinds of soil and drought-like conditions.

 

Raywood Ash Tree (Fraxinus oxycarpa ‘Raywood’)

RaywoodA popular choice for landscapes in the Arizona desert, the Raywood Ash tree is known for its spectacular display of somber red to deep burgundy foliage in the fall that gives any landscape a unique look for the season. Its leaves drop off quickly after the fall season, allowing for an easy clean up once a year.

During the summer months, the Raywood Ash is a model shade tree that grows upright more than it grows wide. This tree has dark green foliage that provides a sharp contrast to any landscape and looks great when it is planted alone as a focal point or as a specimen shade tree, where its brilliant beauty and color can be admired.

Crape Myrtle Tree (Lagerstroemia)

Crape Myrtle-3Adding splashes of color to their landscapes is a common reason our customers start looking for new plants and trees. With so many choices and varieties to choose from, it can be difficult to decide. One of the best choices for stunning bursts of color throughout your yard is the Crape Myrtle tree.

These breathtaking trees bloom from late spring through the fall and are the perfect addition to any front or back yard. In the fall season, the Crape Myrtle tree produces exquisite colors in golden, red, and orange. They will look visually pleasing if they are planted in clusters or in an accent location in your yard. The trunk of a Crape Myrtle tree is its own beautiful structure with multiple trunks coming out of the ground. The trunk can be dramatically displayed with landscape lighting                                                                                                                             highlighting its unique look.

Stop by and check out all our fall trees at any of our Moon Valley Nursery locations. Our experts are available to handle any landscaping questions, requests, and needs you may have for your yard.

 

 

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Fall Landscape Prep Guide

Posted by Jessica Downs on 9/13/2018

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Plant and Tree Care

With the summer temperatures dropping a little more each day in Arizona, fall is a great time to start prepping your yard and taking care of those trees and plants.

When it comes to trimming trees or pruning plants make sure to only get rid of what is needed to give them a clean look and increase their health potential. When you are trying to figure out how much you should cut off, get rid of no more than 20% of the tree or plant.

If you need more help or have any questions, please reach out to Moon Valley for any and all tree care needs. Our certified arborists are ready to give out free estimates across the valley.

Now that everything is trimmed back, it is time to add some nutrients to your trees and plants. Fall is the best time to fertilize trees because the cooler temperatures help promote root growth. That growth will be at full potential with the right fertilizer.

Our Moon Valleyʼs Moon Dust packs a one-two (and three) punch with the perfect blend of Nitrogen, Phosphorus, and Potassium that your biggest trees and smallest shrubs will love and appreciate.

For year-round care, Moon Valleyʼs Super Charged Moon Juice is a liquid root stimulant that can help maintain your trees and plants through heat, frost, and even help fend off disease annually.

Lawn Care

After another Arizona summer, your lawn is ready to be pampered. With record heat bearing over it for months, your lawn is probably in need of some nutrients to bring it back to top shape.  Moon Valleyʼs Moon Royale Turf fertilizer not only makes your lawn greener in days, but it also helps keep weeds and insects away for better growth.

Best Trees to Plant in the Fall

crape_2_origCrape Myrtle

For customers looking to add some color into their landscape, the Crape Myrtle tree is a great option that blooms in pink, purple, white, and red and transitions into an orange shade in the fall season.  It is a small-medium flowering tree that offers various bright colors perfect for front and back yards. The Crape Myrtle is also an easy tree to maintain and does not need much water to flourish.

 

 

RAYWOOD_ASHRaywood Ash

A Raywood Ash is a great addition to any Arizona yard. It loves the sun and grows in a round shape that creates nice spots of shade. Not only is it great for creating a shady landscape but the coloring it provides is perfect for the autumn season when its leaves turn to a burgundy-red color.

 

 

 

 

red-oak_origShumard Oak

The Shumard Oak is a perfect tree for an Arizona landscape. This type of oak tree is drought-tolerant and adapts well and quickly to where it is planted, which makes it easy to grow. Its leaves are long and turn a stunning lively red in the fall that will surely get some attention from neighbors.

 

 

 

tipu-2Tipu Tree

The Tipu tree is a great option in the Phoenix area due to its drought-tolerance and ability to grow in most soils. The Tipu tree produces yellow-golden flowers throughout the summer and bloom in the fall. It is a medium- large tree that is perfect for creating shade environments.

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