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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. 

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

Posted by Felipe Benavides on 2/13/2018

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

Topics: landscape tips, gardening

Spring Lawn Care: How to Transition Your Lawn from Winter to Spring

Posted by Felipe Benavides on 2/8/2018

spring_lawn_careSpring, we love it for many reasons. Things are starting anew, fragrant blossoms fill the air, butterflies are arriving, and the boys of summer are getting their gloves and bats ready for play. For many of us, it is also the time to transition our lawn from winter to spring and bring it back to life.

We know how tough it can be to allow our lawn to go dormant over the winter. We may have let our lawns go from green to brown, but with a little bit of effort, we can bring it back to life so that we can enjoy the look and feel of a beautiful lawn. Dust off those bocce balls and fire up the barbecue, it’s time for some outdoor fun!

 

Spring Lawn Care Tipsspring_lawn_care_mower_rake

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Raking: Even though the ground in our area is dry, it is still a good idea to give your lawn a light raking to get rid of any leaves and other debris from the winter months.

Prevent weeds: This is the right time to use a pre-emergent herbicide to stop weeds, such as crabgrass from growing. Visit your nearest Moon Valley Nurseries location and one of our experts will be glad to help you choose the right one.

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Get your mower ready: Take care of your lawn mower so that you can take care of your lawn. This season is a good time to beat the rush and get your mower serviced at your local lawn mower service and maintenance center (or you can do it yourself). Unless you’ve got a lot of experience, take the mower to a professional and let them sharpen the blade. Have the mower blade sharpened once a year so that it can keep your lawn looking nice and healthy!

Mow the grass: You can mow the lawn yourself, and if you’ve got kids you can also provide them with a chore to learn responsibility and give you a little break along the way. Either way, the general rule is to never cut off more than one-third of the lawn’s height, so start cutting it as it begins to grow in late spring, unless you’ve got some severely overgrown grass, in that case, do it now. If it’s cool outside, you’ll want to keep the cool season grass at about 2-inches tall. Tip: Try not to remove more than one-third of the leaf length in one mowing session.

Manage thatch on your lawn: Your lawn may have a layer of thatch, so this is the best time to remove it before the grass really starts growing in during the summer. Eliminating thatch can allow air and water to reach the roots of the grass easier.

Aeration: It’s a good time to poke holes in your lawn and doing this can loosen up compacted soil and allow oxygen, water, and nutrients to flow. Aerating your lawn is easier than you think - you can use a variety of tools including golf shoes, a pitchfork, or rent a power aeration tool.

Feed your lawn: We recommend applying a layer of compost to the top of your lawn with a spreader. Soils that are rich in decomposed organic materials can do a better job of holding moisture.

Fertilizing: Get your lawn off to a great start with a light application of fertilizer. Moon Valley Nurseries has got you covered with the perfect fertilizers that help to create a lush, green lawn.

Watering: Deep watering is better than light watering. Be sure to water your lawn early in the morning or in the evening. You will want to water long enough so that it can allow the water to soak in below the root zone. Be sure not to overwater. In fact, making the lawn seek its own source of water can help it build longer, sturdier roots. Also, excess water can drain away nutrients and may encourage insects.

Topics: landscape tips

Spring Fertilizer Season Starts Now: Start fertilizing Your Landscape!

Posted by Felipe Benavides on 2/8/2018

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

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

 

Symptoms of poorly growing trees and shrubs

 Nutrient deficiency in plants can cause:

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

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

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A few benefits of applying the proper fertilizer

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Landscape and Garden Tips for February

Posted by Felipe Benavides on 1/31/2018

Landscape_and_garden_tips_februaryBe inspired by  your surroundings. You can see that flowering trees and stone fruit flower bouquets are starting to brighten up the neighborhoods, and the pleasing aroma of citrus is in the air. Yes, you can sense it with your eyes and nose that spring is just right around the corner. With the season upon us, it is also the absolute best time to plant trees, shrubs, cacti, palms - everything you want in your dream landscape. 

 

Landscape and Garden tips you can use are below!

 

 

Plant Everything Now, Before the Temperatures Soar! 

The temperatures will start to soar before we know it, so if you want some cooling shade coverage, plant those shade trees now so that you can go outside and enjoy your yard, after all, baseball season will be here before you know it and playing catch is a must! Do you want to add some vibrant colors to your garden? Plant those flowering shrubs now too. It’s important to plant this time of the year because it gives the roots time to establish before the hot weather arrives.

Control Your Weeds: The old nemesis, weeds. Control the weeds in your yard while they are young and tender, or before they sprout. After all, no one we know likes to pull weeds in the sweltering heat of summer, so remove them before they become established with a pre-emergent. A pre-emergent herbicide works wonders, so be sure to apply it during this time of the year to prevent weeds – remove weeds before they seed!

Fertilizers: With everything in the landscape in growing season, this is the right time to give those trees, shrubs, palms, and other plants a boost with an all-purpose fertilizer from Moon Valley Nurseries. Our fertilizers are formulated to promote vigorous growth and can help your landscape recover from any stresses related to winter. You can purchase fertilizer at all Moon Valley Nurseries locations.

Watering: Yep, the temperatures are rising throughout the Southwest, so it is a good time to adjust your watering schedule. Since spring is almost here and we have had a mild winter, you will want to increase your watering frequency. Be sure to keep watering deeply, and allow time for the soil to dry out between watering. Download our free watering guide to give you more insight on how to better take care of your landscape. Your Free Winter Watering Guide!

Mulch: It’s warm out, and it is just going to get warmer, so it is a good idea to prepare your landscape with mulch. Why? Because even adding only a few inches of mulch can help keep your soil cool during the hot months and keep the soil warm during colder days.

Pruning: This is an excellent time to finish pruning fruit trees. February is also an excellent time to prune frost-sensitive citrus after spring growth. Begin pruning those beautiful rose bushes in the garden.

Vegetables: Eat what you grow, it’s the healthiest and best alternative to driving to the supermarket! You will want to continue to sow all those cool-season vegetable seeds, which in our area includes beets, carrots, cabbage, peas, and potatoes. It is also the time to keep transplanting artichokes, asparagus, chard, lettuce, and onions.

Garden Crops: Why stop at vegetables? The time to start planting perennial garden crops such as blueberries, blackberries, and grapes is right now!

 

Our Experts Recommend Planting These Trees This Month

 

hong_kong_orchid_bloomsHong Kong Orchid (Bauhinia blakeana): These trees are sure to add vibrant color to any landscape! We love to use them as a focal point or as the centerpiece in a collection of shrubs. These semi-evergreens bloom showy, deep-red, orchid-shaped flowers that attract hummingbirds and are sure to draw the right attention. Perfect for any tropical landscape or an Asian/Zen-inspired garden. These beautiful trees love full sun exposure and can be an ideal companion to Sago Palms and Indian Hawthorn. Use them as a gorgeous and colorful shade tree!

 

 

evergreen_ashEvergreen Ash (Fraxinus uhdei): Also, commonly called Shamel Ash, these are a favorite in landscapes from Southern California to low-elevation deserts. Anyone looking for a fast-growing, large-sized shade tree will want to add this classic, large-leaved tree with attractive green foliage. These beauties get bonus points for being simple to grow with minimal pruning and maintenance requirements. Once established, they are extremely drought tolerant so that they are perfect for landscapes in the Southwest. We like to use them as a single accent to shade the hot side of a home or as a shade tree that can provide respite from the blistering sun.

 

 

california_pepperCalifornia Pepper (Schinus molle): These are fast-growing evergreen trees that can produce a massive amount of shade – perfect for where we live! These are favorites throughout the Southwest, from San Diego to Nevada and Arizona. Their drought tolerance and their weeping, graceful appearance and interesting exfoliating trunk make them an attractive tree for any yard. Once established, they have very minimal watering needs, so they are an excellent choice for anyone concerned about using up too much water.

 

 

indian_laurel_multi_trunkIndian Laurel (Ficus nitida) Not available in Las Vegas: We can’t say it enough, if you want to add privacy that’s fit for the stars, nothing beats our Indian Laurel columns! Besides being one of the best trees to block unwanted views, these Ficus trees can grow fast, tall and wide so that they can create a massive umbrella-shaped canopy of shade. Oh yes, you are going to want to have these in your yard come summertime, so be sure to plant them now! Bonus points for their minimal maintenance requirements!

 

 

flowering_pear_foliageFlowering Pear (Pyrus calleryana): Moon Valley Nurseries offers several varieties of these beautiful deciduous trees - Aristocrat, Bradford, and Chanticleer. A profuse bloomer, in early spring, snow-white blooms can cover the entire tree. Besides being covered in white, the attractive oval-shaped leaves can provide respite from the heat by creating the right amount of shade. As a bonus, the glossy dark green leaves can turn to a rich, purplish red color in the fall!

 

 

purple_leaf_plum_inbloom.pngPurple Leaf Plum (Prunus cerasifera ‘Krauter vesuvius’): These colorful deciduous trees feature dramatic dark purple-black foliage making them an ideal small accent tree for any size yard! Come springtime, showy light pink flowers appear, attracting butterflies and the right kind of attention to your landscape. We like to use them many ways, such as to flank gateways and driveway entries or planting them in an orchard-like setting, where they can create a stylish screen. These are excellent ornamental trees that thrive with full sun exposure.

 

 

roses_.pngRoses (Rosa): It’s February, and for all you lovers out there, it’s also when most people celebrate Valentine’s Day. There are many ways to celebrate and not too many things compare to roses for showing feelings of love, affection, and friendship (ok, maybe chocolate). At Moon Valley Nurseries, we carry many different varieties – thousands! Roses can also be used as breathtaking hedge material so you cannot help but fall in love with your landscape. We recommend calling your nearest location for our current varietal and seasonal offerings.

Moon Valley Nurseries is your local one-stop shop for all your landscape needs. Visit us today, and our experts will be glad to assist you with any projects you may have.

Topics: landscape tips

Pre-Emergent Herbicides Prevents Weeds!

Posted by Felipe Benavides on 1/24/2018

 

Pre-Emergent Herbicides: Apply Them Now!

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

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

 

Get on Your Lawn - and Much More!

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

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

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

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

$2 Off Weed Killer and Pre-Emergent

 

Mulching Works Great Too!

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

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

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

Topics: landscape tips, gardening

Get Your Yard Ready for Spring

Posted by Felipe Benavides on 1/17/2018

to_do_list.pngSpring planting will be here before you know it. With springtime right around the corner, this is an excellent time to get your yard ready for spring and the arrival of butterflies and blooms that can add plenty of color and interest to your landscape. Yes, so far, we’ve had a mild winter. That said, we can still keep on planting right now, so if you desire shade in the summer, you can also plant those valuable shade trees! 

 

Get Your Yard Ready for Spring: To Do List

 

  • Remove weeds - you can click here to read all about it!
  • Clean Up – rake matted leaves so that the plants can take in sunlight. Fallen leaves and dead foliage can smother plants and foster disease - Remove debris
  • Plant and Feed – apply fertilizer around trees, shrubs, and perennials    Learn more about our custom fertilizers! 
  • Mulch - acts as a barrier so that it can keep the seeds of weeds at bay
  • Prepare your lawn and garden equipment
  • Evaluate the health and appearance of shrubs, trees, and other plants
  • Prune away dead and damaged branches on trees and shrubs
  • Patch any bare spots in the lawn

 

Keep Planting! Here are Some Top Picks for a Beautiful Landscape All Year Long!

 

citrus_fruitsCitrus Fruit: We live in an area that is perfect for growing many of the best tasting and most attractive citrus trees you’ll find anywhere. Our citrus trees are bearing tons of the tastiest, juiciest fruits right now so that you can pick oranges, kumquats, tangerines, lemons, grapefruit, and so much more right outside your door! If you have the room, plant an orchard and get ready to save money, all while enjoying healthy, homegrown citrus. Citrus trees are evergreen too so that they can also provide shade. Plant near windows and enjoy the aromatic foliage and scented flowers! And if you don’t have the room for an orchard or big trees, don’t fret, we sell espalier citrus trees that are perfect for small spaces!

 

peach_tree_blossomStone Fruit: Plums, peaches, apricots, nectarines – these are just some of the stone fruit trees we carry at our nurseries, and we have taken the guesswork out and only sell the best varieties for our area. Plant stone fruit trees now and once spring arrives, you can enjoy the beautiful bouquet of flowers that range in colors from pink to purple and white, creating a colorful scene that is sure to enhance any landscape. Yes, the flowers of stone fruit are an indicator that spring has arrived. The lovely springtime flowers precede the arrival of summertime fruit, arriving just in time for picnics. Our low-chill variety stone fruit trees can bear the sweetest, tastiest, and juiciest fruits that are far and above anything that you will find at any supermarket.   

 

arizona_ash.jpegAsh (Fraxinus): We carry all the best Ash varieties (Fraxinus velutina Arizona, ‘Fan Tex,’ ‘Modesto,’ ‘Berrinda,’ Fraxinus oxycarpa ‘Raywood,’ Fraxinus uhdei Shamel Ash, ‘Majestic.’) Right now is the best time to plant these trees so that you can enjoy the shade they provide just in time for when the temperatures start to heat up. Springtime can be hot and sunny too, so finding respite from the heat is going to be welcome. All these varieties make great shade trees, and varieties such as Modesto have foliage that turns to a bright golden color in the fall, and Raywood Ash has beautiful dark green leaves that can turn to a rich burgundy color before its brief deciduous period.

 

16 crape pink and lavendar 48s.jpgCrape Myrtle (Lagerstroemia): We only grow the best varieties for our area including ‘Dynamite,’ ‘Natchez,’ ‘Muskogee,’ ‘Tuscarora,’ ‘Tuskegee,’ and ‘Catawba.’ All Crape Myrtle varieties are going to bring a burst of vibrant colors in shades of red, white, purple or pink and can start blooming in the spring and lasting into fall. These beautiful ornamental trees work well anywhere in your landscape and can be planted anytime! 

 

sweet_acacia_.pngAcacia: Anyone looking for an attractive drought tolerant tree is sure to appreciate any of the Acacia varieties we grow and sell. For instance, Acacia saligna and Acacia baileyana can grow a very wide umbrella-shaped canopy so that they can provide the right amount of filtered shade. Acacia smallii (Sweet Acacia) can also provide a good amount of filtered shade, and as a bonus, they bloom fragrant, powder puff-like golden-yellow flowers. Acacia aneura (Mulga Acacia) is an evergreen that features gray-silvery leaves and seasonal yellow blooms that can add gorgeous color to your landscape. All varieties are also great candidates to block unwanted views in style!

 

Massive-Olive.pngOlive (Olea europaea): These picturesque trees can produce the right amount of shade, and their billowing crown and gnarled trunks also make them an excellent candidate for highlighting with nighttime landscape lighting. We custom grow the best quality Olive trees – both fruiting (‘Manzanillo, ‘Mission’) and certified fruitless varieties (‘Wilsonii’)! Our Olive trees are ideal for growing in our area and these easy to grow trees are also drought tolerant and ready to be the perfect addition to your landscape.

 

live_oak.jpgLive Oak (Quercus viginiana): Shade, beauty, drought tolerance – you get all that and more with the Live Oak tree. This family favorite is an ideal lawn tree, and it’s evergreen with dense dark green foliage that can provide plenty of shade too! And when planted in rows, they can be used an attractive privacy screen to block unwanted views so you can enjoy a private BBQ, party, or picnic. These natural beauties love full sun exposure and will thrive in your landscape with little to no special care required. For an instant landscape with shade coverage, buy as big as you can!

 

#FREEPLANTING To Have Your Yard Ready for the Joys of Spring!planting_acacia

Getting your yard ready for spring is easier than you think. Get outdoors and enjoy your yard – it’s a win-win for the health of your yard and you! With free professional planting available on all specimen trees, it cannot get any easier to create a beautiful new yard for springtime picnics and family get-togethers! Your Free Winter Watering Guide!

Topics: Monthly Tips, landscape tips

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

Landscape and Garden Tips (December)

Posted by Felipe Benavides on 11/30/2017

landscape_and_garden_tipsNo doubt about it. We’re fortunate to live in the Southwest. While much of the east coast of the USA is busy shoveling snow off their driveways and scraping ice off their car windows, we get to enjoy the sunshine and the great outdoors. Yes, we're often wearing shorts and a long-sleeve shirt hiking one of the 180 miles of trails in the Phoenix area, exploring Red Rock Canyon National Park in Las Vegas or hanging out along the coastline and gorgeous beaches of Southern California. Yep, we got it good! We also get to enjoy our beautiful landscapes and plant some trees, shrubs, and do some gardening! Of course, it can get cold, and homeowners will need to prepare for the colder temperatures.

Since we are still experiencing relatively high temperatures throughout the Southwest, this is a great time for planting. With that said, we spoke with our experts, and we’ve compiled some tips, tasks, and suggestions so that you can keep your yard thriving during December and into the new year.

 

Landscape and Garden Tips That You Can Use for December!

  • Continue watering your plants. However, you’ll want to change the watering schedule for the trees, shrubs, and other plants in your landscape. Since the temperatures are cooler and there is less sunlight, the soil stays moist for a longer period so that you do not have to water as frequently. Make sure you are always watering deeply and allowing time so that the soil can dry out between watering.   
  • If the weather is dry feel free to water your lawn, shrubs, and small trees occasionally.
  • It’s good practice to apply a layer of winter mulch so that it can protect your perennials after the first few freezes.
  • Avoid any major pruning during this time. That said, you’ll want to remove any dead, diseased, or damaged branches from trees and shrubs.
  • You’ll want to fertilize your lawn after the first mowing.
  • Cool-weather vegetables can be planted right now. These vegetables include beets, carrots, chard, lettuce, leeks, peas, potatoes, radishes, spinach, and turnips. You can also plant asparagus, broccoli, cabbage, and cauliflower.
  • This is a great time to prepare the soil for any new shrubs or rose garden. To prepare the soil, you’ll want to dig it up, remove weeds, and add compost.
  • This is an ideal time to design a new landscape and upgrade your garden! Ask us how!

Citrus and Fruit Tree Picks

Grow an edible landscape and toast to healthy eating! Our Fruit and Citrus trees are grown specifically in our local climate so that they are guaranteed to produce! With Moon Valley Nurseries, you can purchase #fruittrees and #citrustrees at fruit producing age, so plant them now, so they are ready for next spring! Of course, you can always visit your nearest Moon Valley Nursery to purchase one or two or three or more of our fruit trees bearing citrus and fruit right now! Call your closest local Moon Valley Nursery to find out what we have in stock!

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Orange Trees (various):

Why settle for just one kind of orange variety when you can have multiple! For instance, at Moon Valley Nurseries you can find the juiciest varieties perfect for eating whole, juicing, or adding flavor to recipes. We carry the best varieties such as Valencia, Blood Orange, Navel and more! All orange trees are attractive in any landscape, and when growing near windows, they can bring the sweet aroma straight into your home. Grow a few and use them to create an aromatic privacy screen that blocks out unwanted views in style!

 

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Tangerine, Tangelo, Grapefruit Trees:

Enjoy a tangerine dream with each juicy bite of this scrumptious fruit! We have taken the guesswork out of finding the best and most reliable ones for growing in our area. We grow the best varieties, including Satsumas, Clementine, and Mandarin! Tangelos are a tangerine and grapefruit hybrid that is full of mouth-watering flavor and juice! And speaking of Grapefruit, we also have the Sweet Ruby Red, Oro Blanco and more that are bursting with healthy juice!   These citrus trees are beautiful landscape trees too, where the combination of orange, yellow and green colors can enhance any yard. Let them grow free form and use them to block unwanted views!

 

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Lemon and Lime Trees:

Eat them whole, slice them up for cocktails or use them in a favorite recipe, any way you slice it you can toast to healthy eating! Lemons and limes can be enjoyed all year long and growing them means you won’t be in a panic the next time there's a lime shortage. And since they are small to medium-sized trees, they are the ideal size for any landscape style or application. Besides growing them for citrus, they can be planted in rows to create a privacy screen or used as an attractive focal point.

 

Deciduous Tree Picks

Deciduous trees are such a great tree to plant in our area – they can let the warmth of the sun in during the winter and can provide a massive amount of shade once the temperatures rise! December is a great time to plant deciduous trees so that they can get roots established and ready for spring!

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Arizona Ash (Fraxinus velutina):

These deciduous shade trees are cold hardy, heat resistant, and can cast a wide umbrella of shade just in time for summer! In the winter, this seedless variety will lose its leaves so that they can let in the warmth of the sun. They have a fast growth rate, and we love their attractive velvety, gray-green leaves that make them a perfect addition to any yard, and when properly placed around a home, mature trees can reduce temperatures inside a house.

 

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Shumard Oak (Quercus shumardii):

Beautiful at any stage of its life, when young it has an attractive pyramidal shape before eventually branching out to create a vase-like shape with a beautiful structure that can also cast ample shade! In late fall, the leaves turn the tree to a vibrant red before shedding its leaves and letting in the sunlight. We like to plant this deciduous as a shade tree, street tree, lawn tree or as a focal point that is sure to attract the right attention.

 

#FREEPLANTING!

That’s right! With free professional planting on all box-sized trees, it cannot get any easier to transform your yard! Now is an excellent time to replace the trees the builders chose or start from scratch! Financing is available, so there is no reason to wait! And with the largest premium-quality selection of trees and plants, and free professional landscape design available at any of our nurseries, Moon Valley Nurseries has got you covered for all your landscaping goals!

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Topics: Monthly Tips, Winter Landscape Tips, landscape tips

Landscape and Garden Tips (November)

Posted by Felipe Benavides on 11/9/2017

It’s already November, and if you look around our area, you can see that some trees are adjusting to the cooler temperatures and are changing color and others are starting to push out spurts of new growth. This time of year, we get all kinds of questions, and we are glad to provide a wealth of information to help you and your yard thrive this season. Many homeowners are asking whether they should continue watering their landscape in November and whether it’s a good time to plant trees. Fact is, this time of the year is an ideal time to plant trees and is also an excellent time to start planting winter vegetables!

This time of the year, watering and fertilizing tend to be the most overlooked practices by homeowners. It’s easy to see why people might feel like their trees and plants are getting the right amount of water and fertilizer. After all, everything is pushing out new growth and seems to be growing well. However, this is a big misconception. In other words, you can continue watering your plants!

 

To Do List Before the Winter Chill Sets In:

 Since it’s November, it’s the time to prepare your garden and lawn for the cold winter months. Below are some things you can do to ensure that your trees and plants thrive throughout winter.

Winter Watering: Yes, the weather is getting cooler, so it is important to water less often and doing this allows trees, plants, and grass to develop strong, deep roots so that it will encourage more growth when spring arrives. Watering less can also create a yard that is less susceptible to disease and insect infestation. It is a good practice to water each time deeply, and it is also smart to know that different plants will have different water frequency requirements. We know it might sound overwhelming, so you can download our winter watering guide here -->  Your Free Winter Watering Guide! so that you can have a better idea on how to take care of your landscape the right way!

Fertilization: Give your landscape one last push through the winter by fertilizing everything! Palms, shade trees, evergreen trees, flowering trees, and even dormant trees will benefit from fertilization so that they can pull through the winter and doing this will help them flourish once spring comes around! We have custom blended fertilizers available specially formatted for our soil and weather conditions. We recommend using our brand of fertilizers so that you can achieve the best results. They can be purchased at all Moon Valley Nurseries locations and are also available for purchase online here!

tomatoes_gardenVegetable Gardens: No doubt about it, growing-your-own food is the best, and fall, and winter is an ideal time to be planting winter veggies. We love to plant cold weather vegetables such as kale, broccoli, spinach, carrots, cauliflower and of course tomatoes and jalapeños! Start a vegetable garden now and be sure to fertilize them once a month while the veggies are growing. You will also want to water them regularly and just be sure to give them a chance to dry out between each watering cycle because doing this helps them to develop strong, healthy roots.

 

Our Experts Recommend Planting These Trees This Month

Tipu_treeTipu Tree (Tipuana tipu): Homeowners love this semi-evergreen tree for many reasons! For instance, if it’s shade you want, you really cannot go wrong with this medium to large size tree because it can provide massive amounts of shade! In fact, when properly trimmed, it can provide a perfect spot to rest under peacefully! It’s also an attractive tree featuring feathery, bright bluish green foliage and from late spring to early summer, it puts on a spectacular show of golden blooms! Drought tolerance, beauty, shade – you get all this and more!

Brazilian_pepperBrazilian Pepper (Schinus terebinthifolius): Waterwise trees such as this beautiful evergreen are a welcome sight in any Southwest landscape, especially during those hot sunny days when we’re scrambling to find some shade. That’s because they have a thick umbrella-shaped canopy that provides lots of shade. Yes, it’s a great summertime tree, and it’s also a show-stopping tree during the winter when it produces pinkish colored fruits in clusters that blend in perfectly with its dark green foliage.

california_pepper_treeCalifornia Pepper Tree (Schinus molle): These sun-loving trees have a fast growth rate and are evergreen so that they keep their attractive bright green, fern-like leaves and lush green foliage all year long! These are favorites in any Southwestern landscape, and if you are looking for a tree that provides shade, you’ll love it! Families are sure to appreciate this tree too. Mature multi-trunk specimens are ideal for climbing, tying a tire swing, or even building a tree house!

Chinese_pistacheChinese Pistache (Pistacia chinensis): If you dream of seeing New England-like fall colors in your yard, the Chinese Pistache is one that brings it! These deciduous trees have a clean, dark green umbrella-shaped canopy that provides shade. And in the fall, the leaves go from luminous orange to red and sometimes yellow. We like to plant them in rows, where they can be used as a natural privacy screen that can block unwanted views in style! In the desert areas, these are noted as being one of the brightest green trees you can find!

Japanese_Blueberry_Japanese Blueberry (Elaeocarpus decipiens): Homeowners looking for a dependable shade tree, windbreak or privacy hedge will want to plant Japanese Blueberry. These upright growing trees have an elegant look, with bronze-colored leaves emerging in the spring and gradually maturing to their rich, shiny dark green color. Their lush foliage adds year-round interest, and they are also an excellent topiary tree for use in formal landscapes!

We love this time of year, and we are proud to offer the best quality trees at the best price anywhere! We do it all! In fact, Moon Valley Nurseries is your one-stop shop for all your landscape needs. Our nursery experts have decades worth of experience so that they can assist you with any project or questions you may have. As we get ready to enter winter, this is the time to dust off our sweaters and jackets, and it’s also the time to remember to change your watering schedule. Be sure to map a Moon Valley Nurseries locations here.

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