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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!

Your Free Winter Watering Guide!

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.

Topics: Expert, Industry Expert, landscape tips

How to Care for Raywood Ash

Posted by Felipe Benavides on 11/7/2017

raywood_ash_fall_colorThe Raywood Ash is our tree of the week for Arizona! We love these deciduous trees, and they put on a spectacular show when their beautiful dark green leaves transform to a deep burgundy color that is sure to get your yard noticed for all the right reasons! Also, since it’s deciduous, you’ll have an easy one time clean up! Of course, what we really love about them is that they can grow to be a beautiful tree with a canopy that is capable of providing plenty of widespread cooling shade when we need it most – in the summer!


Raywood Ash Love to Grow in Arizona!

Raywood Ash, (Fraxinus oxycarpa ‘Raywood’) trees are tolerant of strong winds so that they are ideal for growing in our area. Also, compared to other Ash species, they are more tolerant of dry soils. Take care of this beautiful tree, and it will reward you and your landscape for years!

Exposure and Where to Plant

These trees love to grow in a location that receives full sun exposure. Full sun exposure amounts to at least six hours of direct sunlight per day. These are well-suited as a spectacular lawn specimen and shade tree, so plant one now and enjoy the view!

How to Water

These trees are vigorous, fast-growers. A newly planted Raywood Ash can be deeply watered and allowed to dry between watering. Once established, these can be an excellent tree for any water-wise landscape. Click Here For Your Free Watering Guide!

How to Trimtree_trimming

Remember being a kid and drawing trees that looked like a lollipop? The Raywood Ash is one such tree and knowing how to trim one correctly will ensure that it looks fantastic all year long! If you’ve got a young tree, you’ll want to prune it in late fall to establish a central leader.

You will want to prune to remove any crossing, rubbing, or other branches that may need to be removed for optimal growth and health.

  • When removing branches, always trim back to the point of origin and make sure your cut is made on green-wood. Scrape away a thin strip of bark and look for brown wood underneath. Green wood is healthy wood.
  • You’ll want to trim back any damaged branches to a lateral branch and do this at least 6-inches into healthy wood. Also, to prevent any scrape wounds you’ll want to eliminate crossing branches.
  • If you see big scaffold branches directly opposite of each other, this can weaken the structure of the tree. You'll want to encourage the formation of other lateral branches spaced evenly. To do this remove whichever opposite branch is the weaker one.

Tools You’ll Need:

  • Garden Clippers
  • Pruning Saw

Tip: Wrapping the trunk in the summer is an excellent way to keep these trees healthy during the hottest times of the year!

If you don’t have the time, tools, or the skills required to trim you can always leave the trimming to our professional care division. Set up an appointment anytime and our professional crew will be glad to care for your tree properly.

Topics: Insider, landscape tips

Nevada October Landscape and Garden Tips

Posted by Felipe Benavides on 10/18/2017

The weather is starting to cool down, and this also means that this is one of the best times to plant! There’s no need to gamble with the trees and plants in your yard. October and the fall season is one of the best times of the year, and if you are looking to rebuild a landscape or start fresh, it is also the best time of year to plant those trees, shrubs, and other plants you’ve had your eye on to improve your yard. After all, our area is experiencing cooler days and evenings, a welcome respite from the blistering summertime heat. And while this welcome change in the weather means we get to enjoy some cooler days and nights that are perfect for trick or treating, for our yards, it also allows the soil to hold the warmth of the summer. It can do all this without having to deal with soaring temperatures above 100-degrees and a blisteringly hot sun - an ideal balance that can encourage root growth all season long, that’s sweet news for your yard!

 

TO DO LIST:

Watering: Now is the time to adjust your watering schedule for the fall season, so be sure to adjust the timer for your landscape, if applicable. Since we have cooler nights and days, the ground is going to be able to retain moisture longer, which means that going forward you can use less water. Of course, this doesn't mean that the amount of water used should be lessened. No, what it means is that you'll be watering your lawn less. For Waterwise/Low Water varieties you’ll want to water 1 time and do this every 10 days. For Moderate Water Use Varieties water 1 time every 10 days (New Trees, water 2x a week). And for Topical Varieties, water 1 time per week (New Trees, water 2x a week). Click here to read up on our Watering Guide Schedule.

Tip: Proper watering is the deep and thorough saturation of the entire root system, allowing it to dry between waterings.

Plant Annuals: Are you looking to add instant color to your landscape? Planting fall annuals, such as Pansy, Geranium, Snapdragon, and Mums are an excellent way to add instant eye-catching color to your yard! Feel free to plant them in containers, use them indoors, for patios, gardens and in your landscape so that they can add even more color and texture to your surroundings! Visit your local Moon Valley Nursery location and pick some up today!

Weeds: Let's face it, the weather is cooler, so it's time to remove those weeds now! Don't let those weeds settle, visit Moon Valley Nurseries today, where you'll find all the things you need for preventing weeds! Now is also a great time for using pre-emergent herbicides. Spray these now to help prevent new weeds from forming during falls rains and doing this can also help lessen and prevent weeds in the spring. We stock what you need, including mulch, which we recommend adding to areas to reduce the number of sprouting weeds.

Fertilizing: We never tire of telling people and stressing the importance of fertilizing everything on your landscape. And by everything we mean all of your trees, flowers, vegetables, and of course, your lawn. Using the proper fertilizer during this crucial time ensures optimal growth. Our Moon Juice, the best root enhancer on the market today, should be a staple in every home and used on all your trees, flowers, vegetables and other plants all year long.  Moon Valley fertilizers such as Moon Dust, Moon Green, and Palm Juice can be used right now for turf, palms, desert trees, shade trees, and more! Get things fertilized now for the second growing season and doing this will also get them hardy and prepared for the upcoming winter! Click here to see all of our fertilizers.

Tree Care: everything is starting to grow again, so it is also a good time to start thinking ahead about proper care and trimming. After all, your beautiful landscape is a wise investment so you’ll want to protect it. During this time of the year, we recommend trimming off any dead or anything damaged by the sun, and let’s face it, we had a hot summer! Cut back any excessive branches that might have been damaged by summer storms. It is also a good practice to clean all of our citrus and fruit trees of unwanted suckers.

 

What to Plant:

chinese_pistache_fall_color.jpgRed Push Pistache (Pistacia ‘Red Push’):

Do you love fall color? If so, you’ll love Red Push Pistache trees. This deciduous tree is an improved variety that’s guaranteed to produce eye-catching fire-engine red color in November! Since it’s deciduous, it lets in the warmth of the sun in winter and once summer rolls along, its broad spreading canopy can provide some cooling shade relief. Improve any landscape with this tree that can get nice and big if you let it!

Brazilian-Pepper-5.pngBrazilian Pepper (Schinus terebinthefolius):

This evergreen tree loves the heat, so it loves to grow in our area! It’s a beautiful tree all year long, and in the winter time, showy bright red berries appear, blending in perfectly with the dark green foliage and coming in just in time for the holiday season. Of course, once summer hits, its dense, umbrella-shaped canopy provides plenty of shade. We also like to use them as one of the best privacy trees you can find!live-oak-1.png

Live Oak (Quercus virginiana):

If you’re looking for a tree that adds lots of shade, you cannot go wrong with a Live Oak tree! They are also an excellent choice as a durable standalone specimen and when planted in rows, they can create the best natural privacy screen you’ll find anywhere! These stately trees keep their attractive dark green foliage all year long.

Piru-Queen-Palm-3.pngPiru Queen Palm (Arecastrum romanzoffianum):

An excellent palm for use as a focal point in any size yard! We grow these exclusively at Moon Valley Nurseries so that they grow with thicker, harder trunks, and greener fronds with fuller crowns, for a look that is sure to add a tropically effect to any landscape. These beauties are extremely well-suited for our climate as they are custom grown to be extra hardy in heat or cold.

tipu-1.jpgTipu (Tipuana tipu):

Do you want a tree that can provide plenty of shade? One of the best shade trees you’ll find anywhere is the Tipuana tipu tree! These colorful flowering trees can grow to be medium to large-sized trees and from late spring to early summer, put on quite the spectacle when the golden blooms arrive, contrasting beautifully with its feathery bright-bluish green foliage that you have to see to believe! These are useful trees suitable for a wide range of landscape designs, from tropical to water-wise landscapes!

 

 

Topics: Monthly Tips, Expert, landscape tips

California October Landscape and Garden Tips

Posted by Felipe Benavides on 10/18/2017

Trees, vegetables, citrus, fruits, avocados, nuts, flowers, palms, cacti, succulents. Yes, we can grow almost anything in Southern California, and for our trees and plants, October and the fall season is one of the best times of the year.  If you are looking to rebuild a landscape or start fresh, it is also the best time of year to plant trees, shrubs, and other plants. After all, our area is experiencing cooler days and evenings. And while this welcome change in the weather means we get to enjoy some cooler days and nights that are perfect for trick or treating, surfing less-crowded waves or watching football, for our yards, it also allows the soil to hold the warmth of the summer. It can do all this without having to deal with soaring temperatures and a blisteringly hot sun - an ideal balance that can encourage root growth all season long, a touchdown for your yard (win-win!)

 

TO DO LIST:

Watering: Now is the time to adjust your watering schedule for the fall season, so be sure to adjust the timer for your landscape, if applicable. Since we have cooler nights and days, the ground is going to be able to retain moisture longer, which means that going forward you can use less water. Of course, this doesn't mean that the amount of water used should be lessened. No, what it means is that you'll be watering your lawn less. For Waterwise/Low Water varieties you’ll want to water 1 time and do this every 10 days. For Moderate Water Use Varieties water 1 time every 10 days (New Trees, water 2x a week). And for Topical Varieties, water 1 time per week (New Trees, water 2x a week). Click here to read up on our Watering Guide Schedule.

Tip: Proper watering is the deep and thorough saturation of the entire root system, allowing it to dry between waterings.

Plant Annuals: Are you looking to add instant color to your landscape? Planting fall annuals, such as Pansy, Geranium, Snapdragon, and Mums are an excellent way to add instant eye-catching color to your yard! Feel free to plant them in containers, use them indoors, for patios, gardens and in your landscape so that they can add even more color and texture to your surroundings! Visit your local Moon Valley Nursery location and pick some up today!

Weeds: Let's face it, the weather is cooler, so it's time to remove those weeds now! Don't let those weeds settle, visit Moon Valley Nurseries today, where you'll find all the things you need for preventing weeds! Now is also a great time for using pre-emergent herbicides. Spray these now to help prevent new weeds from forming during falls rains and doing this can also help lessen and prevent weeds in the spring. We stock what you need, including mulch, which we recommend adding to areas to reduce the number of sprouting weeds.

Fertilizing: We never tire of telling people and stressing the importance of fertilizing everything on your landscape. And by everything we mean all of your trees, flowers, vegetables, and of course, your lawn. Using the proper fertilizer during this crucial time ensures optimal growth. Our Moon Juice, the best root enhancer on the market today, should be a staple in every home and used on all your trees, flowers, vegetables and other plants all year long.  Moon Valley fertilizers such as Moon Dust, Moon Green, and Palm Juice can be used right now for turf, palms, desert trees, shade trees, and more! Get things fertilized now for the second growing season and doing this will also get them hardy and prepared for the upcoming winter! Click here to see all of our fertilizers.

Tree Care: everything is starting to grow again, so it is also a good time to start thinking ahead about proper care and trimming. After all, your beautiful landscape is a wise investment so you’ll want to protect it. During this time of the year, we recommend trimming off any dead or anything damaged by the sun, and let’s face it, we had a hot summer! Cut back any excessive branches that might have been damaged by summer storms. It is also a good practice to clean all of our citrus and fruit trees of unwanted suckers.

 

What to Plant:

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Red Push Pistache (Pistacia ‘Red Push’):

do you love fall color? If so, you’ll love Red Push Pistache trees. This deciduous tree is an improved variety that’s guaranteed to produce eye-catching fire-engine red color in November! Since it’s deciduous, it lets in the warmth of the sun in winter and once summer rolls along, its broad spreading canopy can provide some cooling shade relief. Improve any landscape with this tree that can get nice and big if you let it!

 

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Brazilian Pepper (Schinus terebinthefolius):

this evergreen tree loves the heat, so it loves to grow in our area! It’s a beautiful tree all year long, and in the winter time, showy bright red berries appear, blending in perfectly with the dark green foliage and coming in just in time for the holiday season. Of course, once summer hits, its dense, umbrella-shaped canopy provides plenty of shade. We also like to use them as one of the best trees for privacy that you can find!

ficus_nitida_multi_trunkFicus nitida:

these are one of the best trees you can plant, whether you choose Indian Laurel Columns or multi-trunk. We love to plant them so that they can create a thick, evergreen privacy hedge that is able to block unwanted views and filter loud noises. It’s easy to see why these are one of our best-selling trees – when properly placed around the external structure of your home they can provide enough shade to cool hot rooms and possibly even lower your energy use bill! Drought tolerant so that they are ideal for growing in any California landscape!

Piru_queen_palmsPiru Queen Palm (Arecastrum romanzoffianum):

an excellent palm for use as a focal point! We grow these exclusively at Moon Valley Nurseries so that they grow with thicker, harder trunks, and greener fronds with fuller crowns, for a look that is sure to add a tropically effect to any landscape. These beauties are extremely well-suited for our climate as they are custom grown to be extra hardy in heat or cold. Enjoy a California sunset while it creates an awesome silhouette and does it without blocking too much of your view!

tipu_treeTipu (Tipuana tipu):

you want shade? One of the best shade trees you’ll find anywhere is the Tipuana tipu tree! These colorful flowering trees can grow to be medium to large-sized trees and from late spring to early summer, put on quite the spectacle when the golden blooms arrive, contrasting beautifully with its feathery bright-bluish green foliage that you have to see to believe! These are useful trees suitable for a wide range of landscape designs, from tropical to water-wise landscapes!

 

 

 

Topics: Expert, landscape tips, gardening

From Our Farms to Your Yard! No One Does It Better!

Posted by Felipe Benavides on 10/3/2017

from_our_farms_to_your_yard_white.pngMoon Valley Nurseries has got you covered whether you have a battered landscape due to the stress of summer or are looking for one of the best ways to increase property value with an improved yard. In fact, no one does it better than us. You see, we value engineer all of our products so that you can rest assured that you are getting the absolute best quality trees at the best price. Let’s face it, time is precious, and most of us do not want to wait 20 to 25 years for trees and other plants to grow to a size that makes your yard look complete and beautiful. Buy specimen trees, and the wait is over!

Our Moon Valley Family Farmsgrow_farms_growest

We grow the finest trees anywhere, following our own strict quality control measures to produce locally grown trees and plants that will thrive in the area you live! Everything is value engineered, so not only are they grown from our selected mother trees in our labs, but they are also a tree that is guaranteed, always. Our huge grow farms in Arizona, California, and Texas include everything from olive trees to Ficus trees, citrus and fruit, agaves and cacti, rare and harder to find cycads and palm trees and so much more. And while our farms are not open to the public, you can always make an appointment to visit our huge grow farms.

Home of Specimen Trees Ready to Thrive!

If you want an instant landscape, you will want big trees, palms, shrubs and other plants. If you want privacy, consider trees such as our Ficus nitida or also known as the Hollywood Style Hedge are a great tree that block out unwanted views and noise in style. Indian Laurel Columns may be another name that you know these by, but no matter what you call them, they are a fantastic tree choice. Drought tolerant trees? We grow them too, take a look at the Desert Museum Palo Verde for a tree that is sure to get your yard noticed for all the right reasons! Looking for palm trees that bring the look of the tropics to your home? We have them too, such as our lush Foxtail Palms and Mexican Blue Palms! Are you originally from the east coast, or do you simply love fall foliage? We grow deciduous trees, such as Red Push Pistache trees that bring the look of a New England autumn to your Southwest home! Looking for trees that can provide massive amounts of shade? You will love our variety of Ash tree specimens! We have been successful for so many years and continue to expand because we are the growers so that we can offer specimen trees that can transform any size yard to an instant landscape today!

Much More than Premium Trees at the Best Price!

Besides our incredible selection of premium trees at the best price, we are also proud to offer professional landscape design consultations. Our experienced landscape design pros are available to help you create your dream landscape, and this service is free at any of our nurseries! And for a nominal fee, we are happy to help you create a beautiful landscape and consult with you at your location. Moon Valley Nurseries sweetens the deal even more with #FREE PLANTING!That’s right! We bring the trees to your house and plant them for you! With free planting and professional design, Moon Valley Nurseries makes it so easy to achieve your landscaping goals!

Check Out these Specimen Trees Ready to Go From our Farms to Your Yard!

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Red Push Pistache (Pistacia chinensis) :

these medium to large deciduous trees are grown from cuttings and are guaranteed to have that lovely red fall color! These low-maintenance trees are an excellent choice for adding shade to your yard in the summer! This Chinese Pistache cultivar is drought tolerant too so that they are ideal for growing anywhere in the Southwest!

 

 

Resort-style King Palm (Archontophoenix alexandrae):

a perfect palm tree forking_palms anyone dreaming of going back to their last tropical resort vacation and want to bring that feeling, vibe, and look back home to the Southwest. King Palms are incredible planted alone and are absolutely stunning when planted in groups! Beauties when planted poolside or used as a focal point in the front yard too!

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Citrus and Fruit Trees:

grow your own fruit and reap the rewards! We have extra-large fruit and citrus trees available right now, bearing fruit and adding plenty of beauty to any size yard! Right now you can buy Peach, Apricot, Apples, Nectarines, Orange, Limes, Plum trees and more. Visit us and find the perfect citrus and fruit trees so that you can create an edible landscape today!

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Tipu Tree (Tipuana tipu):

if you need shade, you cannot go wrong with a colorful Tipu tree! These medium to large trees put on a show when the golden blooms arrive in late spring, creating a beautiful contrast with the feather, bright bluish-green foliage. Tipuana tipu is one of the best shade trees you can find and is sure to add year-round beauty to landscapes.

We Are Growing and Expanding!

Plant more trees! We want everyone in America to be able to have a beautiful landscape with our custom-grown, value engineered trees, shrubs and other plants. So, with that said, we are growing and expanding, bringing our incredible specimen trees, shrubs and other plants as well as our renowned customer service and design consultations across America. We opened our first nursery in a neighborhood north of downtown Phoenix, in an area known as “Moon Valley.” Since the beginning, Moon Valley Nursery has offered its “you buy it, we plant it” tree deals, and we continue this practice to this day. We now have 28 retail locations - in Arizona, California, Nevada, Texas, and Florida! Visit us today and experience the Moon Valley difference!

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How to Care for Chinese Pistache Trees in Las Vegas

Posted by Felipe Benavides on 9/28/2017

Chinese Pistache, we love to grow them and plant them. After all, we are the grower of these beautiful big trees with the vibrant fall colors that bring a touch of New England to yards throughout Las Vegas and Nevada! Our Red Push Pistache cultivar is even better! In fact, this variety is guaranteed to produce the vivid fire-engine red color that you cannot help noticing as it conjures up memories of east coast fall foliage. These are the perfect trees for Nevada. They have incredible drought-tolerance as well as thicker leaves and a large canopy that provides the shade you need to block out the sunlight during those blazing hot sunny days!red_push_pistache_fall_color

Chinese Pistache: Where to Plant

It is easy to see why Chinese Pistache is a top fall tree for any landscape in Nevada. The best time to plant this Pistacia tree is right now. They are an excellent shade tree, so much so that proper planting around your home may be able to reduce the temperature inside. We value engineer our trees so that so you get largest trees at best price! Why wait for these trees to get big when you can get them at the perfect size now? At Moon Valley Nurseries, we are the grower so that we have big trees available! Our ‘Red Push’ cultivar is more disease and pest resistant and they are ready to bring that cool shady relief! It is deciduous, so it can block the sunlight during the summer and let the warmth of the sun in during the winter! Of course, it puts on a spectacular fall foliage show before losing its leaves too! So where is the best place to have one of these attractive trees planted? Read on for more information on where to plant, as well as on how to care for Chinese Pistache trees!

Exposure

These trees love our hot, dry climate, so plant Chinese Pistache trees in a sunny spot in your yard and enjoy the view. It loves the sun, so it should be planted in a place that gets at least 6 hours of direct sunlight per day. They have a spreading canopy, so give them a little room to spread so that the canopy can provide the shade you want! This deciduous is a reliable tree for streetside planting and ready to bring plenty of shade and beauty to patios, gardens and lawn areas!

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Say yes to drought-tolerant trees and hello to the Red Push Pistache, a water-wise tree that tolerates the heat too! This colorful tree is not too picky about soil conditions, in fact, it prefers that the ground is not too wet, so this makes them ideal for growing in and around the Las Vegas area! While the tree is acclimating to its new environment, it is a good idea to water at least twice a week until it has been established. We recommend checking the soil once a week, and it is good practice to water when only the top one-inch is dry.

Pruning

Prune as needed so that it reinforces the structure and form of the tree. If you have a young tree, prune in early winter so that it aids in establishing their umbrella-shaped canopies that bring that lovely shade. Periodic thinning is good practice. That said, in the summer, be careful not to remove more than 30% of the canopy because this can lead to sunburn injuries to the tree and pave the way for a wood boring insect infestation. Plus, who wants to prune during the dog days of summer in Las Vegas anyway?!chinese_pistache_fall_color.jpg

Pistacia chinensis ‘Red Push” Pistache #FREEPLANTING!

If we could give this tree a high five, we would! Yes, we love the Red Push Pistache variety and so do our customers. It got its name because as new foliage emerges in spring, it is reddish before the leaves turn into the rich, dark green color in the summer and back to red in the fall! Anyone looking for a beautiful shade tree with lots of stunning fall color can do no wrong with this top tree for Nevada. If you want this tree now, take advantage of our #freeplanting service! We are the largest box tree grower in America that can bring the trees to your house and plant them for you! Our professional designers will help you design and plant your yard with specimen Red Push Pistache trees!

Topics: Insider, Winter Landscape Tips, landscape tips

How to Care for Chinese Pistache Trees

Posted by Felipe Benavides on 9/28/2017

Chinese Pistache, we love to grow them and plant them. After all, we are the grower of these beautiful big trees with the vibrant fall colors that bring a touch of New England to yards throughout Phoenix and Arizona! Our Red Push Pistache cultivar is even better! In fact, this variety is guaranteed to produce the vivid fire-engine red color that you cannot help noticing as it conjures up memories of east coast fall foliage. These are the perfect trees for Arizona. They have incredible drought-tolerance as well as thicker leaves and a large canopy that provides the shade you need to block out the sunlight during those blazing hot sunny days!

red_push_pistache_fall_colorChinese Pistache: Where to Plant

It is easy to see why Chinese Pistache is a top fall tree for any landscape in Arizona. The best time to plant this Pistacia tree is right now. They are an excellent shade tree, so much so that proper planting around your home may be able to reduce the temperature inside. We value engineer our trees so that so you get largest trees at best price! Why wait for these trees to get big when you can get them at the perfect size now? At Moon Valley Nurseries, we are the grower so that we have big trees available! Our ‘Red Push’ cultivar is more disease and pest resistant and they are ready to bring that cool shady relief! It is deciduous, so it can block the sunlight during the summer and let the warmth of the sun in during the winter! Of course, it puts on a spectacular fall foliage show before losing its leaves too! So where is the best place to have one of these attractive trees planted? Read on for more information on where to plant, as well as on how to care for Chinese Pistache trees!

ExposureSun_exposure_chinese_pistache

These trees love our hot, dry climate, so plant Chinese Pistache trees in a sunny spot in your yard and enjoy the view. It loves the sun, so it should be planted in a place that gets at least 6 hours of direct sunlight per day. They have a spreading canopy, so give them a little room to spread so that the canopy can provide the shade you want! This deciduous is a reliable tree for streetside planting and ready to bring plenty of shade and beauty to patios, gardens and lawn areas!

Water

Say yes to drought-tolerant trees and hello to the Red Push Pistache, a water-wise tree that tolerates the heat too! This colorful tree is not too picky about soil conditions, in fact, it prefers that the ground is not too wet, so this makes them ideal for growing in and around the Phoenix area! While the tree is acclimating to its new environment, it is a good idea to water at least twice a week until it has been established. We recommend checking the soil once a week, and it is good practice to water when only the top one-inch is dry.

Pruning

Prune as needed so that it reinforces the structure and form of the tree. If you have a young tree, prune in early winter so that it aids in establishing their umbrella-shaped canopies that bring that lovely shade. Periodic thinning is good practice. That said, in the summer, be careful not to remove more than 30% of the canopy because this can lead to sunburn injuries to the tree and pave the way for a wood boring insect infestation. Plus, who wants to prune during the dog days of summer in Phoenix anyway?!chinese_pistache_fall_color.jpg

Pistacia chinensis ‘Red Push” Pistache #FREEPLANTING!

If we could give this tree a high five, we would! Yes, we love the Red Push Pistache variety and so do our customers. It got its name because as new foliage emerges in spring, it is reddish before the leaves turn into the rich, dark green color in the summer and back to red in the fall! Anyone looking for a beautiful shade tree with lots of stunning fall color can do no wrong with this top tree for Arizona. If you want this tree now, take advantage of our #freeplanting service! We are the largest box tree grower in America that can bring the trees to your house and plant them for you! Our professional designers will help you design and plant your yard with specimen Red Push Pistache trees!

Topics: Insider, landscape tips

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