With February, Comes Roses

Posted by Jessica Downs on 2/8/2019

roses, moon valley nurseries

We are now at the time of the year when more trees and plants are ready to be planted. Now that we are in February, it’s a great time to start planting new roses or to add more to your yard. Keep reading to learn more about our roses, how to plant them and how to care for them this month...

Why plant roses right now?

They are beautiful and fragrant, the symbol of love and romance, and a valuable and attractive addition to any landscape.  Moon Valley Nurseries grows all our own vibrant and healthy varieties. With over 150 species and thousands of cultivars available in nearly every color and a variety of shapes, you are sure to find the perfect ones at any of our nurseries.

We’ve got you covered whether you are looking for a landscape shrub for screens, hedges, and mass planting or are looking to create a charming setting with climbing/trailing varieties that can be trained to climb on pillars, fences, arbors, and gazebos- whatever your landscape needs!

Where to Plant RosesRoses-1

Roses loves the sun, so make sure you plant them in a spot in your yard that gets plenty of full sun exposure. Total sun exposure is at least six to eight hours of sun each day. Roses that do not get at least five hours of sun every day may gradually weaken. In warmer climates, we recommend growing them in a spot where they are protected from the hot afternoon sun and in an area where the roses will get decent air circulation.

 

 

Fertilizing Rosesmoon_dust-2

Regular fertilization is recommended to produce the most rewarding results. We recommend fertilizing roses with a dry slow-release fertilizer by the end of February. Check out our fertilizer products at Moon Valley Nurseries such as our All Purpose Moon Dust fertilizer and our Super Charged Moon Juice to help enhance growth.

Check out this great deal currently happening at all Moon Valley Nurseries locations! For a limited time, you can get 4 fertilizers for only $99. You can stock up on your favorite or mix and match many other fertilizer products.

Click below to get this awesome coupon. Print it out or save it to your phone and come on in!

4 for $119 Fertilizer Coupon

 

Watering Roses_watering_-1

Most of our rose varieties love water and need plenty of it, but not too much! Water deeply enough to moisten the entire root system, which is about 16 to 18-inches deep but not too much that it creates sitting water. Water once a week, more during the hot seasons. It is best to check if the soil is dry within 1-3 inches of the soil to know if it needs more water.

Moon Valley Tip: Use mulch to help conserve water, reduce stress, and encourage healthy growth. We like to apply a 2 to 4-inch layer shredded leaves, dry grass clippings, or shredded bark around the base of roses.

 

Pruning and Weeding Roses

Annual pruning contributes to the health, longevity, and productivity. Keeping up with pruning will be a big help to your roses so they can grow properly and healthy. You should remove any of the dying or dead plant material. Remove flowers that have already died, also known as “Deadheading”.

Weeding is an important step of caring for your roses. Weeds not only make your yard look messy and uncared for, but they drop seeds as they grow so one weed can turn into many in a short time. Keep weeds away by using pre-emergent products and pulling them as soon as you see them!

Moon Valley Nurseries February Rose Care Guide 

February Rose Care Guide

 

The Moon Valley Difference

We grow our own roses just like we grow our own trees. There are many reasons to do it ourselves. As the grower, we can offer lower prices for better trees and we know where our trees, plants, and roses have been since they were planted. We pride ourselves on our growing knowledge to make sure we offer the best trees, plants, shrubs, and succulents we can.

With over 30 years of experience growing, Moon Valley Nurseries knows how to grow the healthiest trees and plants and we know we are offering our customers the best they can find. We make sure every item we plant is the best for our customers.

For the best roses on earth, go straight to the Moon!

Topics: Monthly Tips, Roses

February Landscape & Garden Tips

Posted by Jessica Downs on 2/1/2019

The Month of Love….ing to Work on Your Yard

It is officially February, and if you have lived in Arizona long enough you should be familiar with the fact that the “Arizona Spring” is right around the corner. The last month brought us some cold temperatures, even a few freezing nights, but the days are getting warmer as the sun stays out a bit longer each day.

There is no better time than now to start getting your landscape ready for spring. This is also the beginning of another great planting season for new additions to your yard. Taking care of your yard now with weeding, pruning, and fertilizing will ensure a healthy and full landscape for the rest of the year. Our nursery experts have shared a few tips, tasks, and ideas for your landscape this month. Continue reading below…

Weeding

With grass and plants starting to come back to life after a few cold months, it also means that weeds are going to start popping up. The sooner you can handle any weed infestation, the better. As weeds grow, they drop more seeds that will turn into their own weeds within days. We recommend taking care of them before they are even an issue. Using pre-emergents now will keep your yard free of weeds.  Keeping weeds from showing up is important so that you aren’t spending the next few months pulling weeds while the temperatures soar into triple digits!

20% Off All Pre-Emergents!

Fertilizing

With everything in the landscape about to enter back into 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, like our SUPERCHARGED Moon Juice.

Our fertilizers are formulated to promote vigorous growth and can help your landscape recover from any stresses that may have occurred over the winter season. You can purchase our Moon Juice and other fertilizer products, such as our Landscape Soil Conditioner and Moon Royale Turf Fertilizer at all Moon Valley Nurseries locations.

 4 for $119 Fertilizer Coupon

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

Watering

As the temperature starts to slowly get higher, it is important to monitor your landscape for proper water usage. In the winter, cooler temperatures and less sunlight allow the soil to stay moist for a longer period of time, so watering schedules could be stretched out by a few days. Now that the sun is out longer, your soil may dry out faster, which means you will need to update your watering schedule.

Click here for a more detailed water guide:
MVN Watering Guide!

 

Good Rule of Thumb: Check the soil up to 3 inches deep. If it is dry, then it is time to water.

Planting 

Luckily, we live in an area where it is planting season all year, depending on what you indent to plant! Winter is often a slower time of year for landscapes as most things go dormant. Over this time, many homeowners start to think about how to improve their yard.

Those landscape plans you have been saving for the spring can finally become a reality. Planting just before spring season is ideal because it will give your trees and shrubs plenty of time to establish their root system before the spring and summer months!

What to Plant before Spring Arrives

Brazilian Pepperbrazilian pepper

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

 

Ficus Columnsficus columns-2

Indian Laurel Columns are an excellent choice for creating a living wall no matter the reason. Need privacy or shade? Look no further. These drought-tolerant Ficus Columns have dense evergreen foliage that works well for blocking unwanted sights and sounds as well keeping your yard and home cooler, thanks to these fast-growing trees. They are easy to prune, so you can keep them on the smaller side for topiary purposes or tall and majestic – whichever fits your style and landscape needs. Grown to thrive in desert environments, Ficus Nitida Columns are sure to add greenery to our arid Arizona landscapes and get attention from your neighbors.

 

Queen Palmqueen palms-2

Specially grown at our tree farms, the Piru Queen Palm is unlike other Queen Palms around. Our Piru Queen Palms feature thicker and hardier trunks, denser and greener fronds, and produce fuller crowns. Our Queen Palms can handle hot summers, cold winters, and windy days. The palm is supported by a thick trunk which makes it ideal in tight spaces around your pool, but it does require overhead space as the palm grows to statuesque heights.

 

 

Date Palmdate palms-1

These palms will create a luxurious feel to any property! Not only do they look great, but they are able to handle any weather conditions without any problem. Around pools, the Date Palm provides excellent shade due to its wide large umbrella-shape, fronds and extremely minimal litter. The Date Palm looks great when planted in clusters of 3 to 5 palms and is hardy to cold, heat and drought tolerant. Date palms will add a resort-style feel wherever they are planted!

 

 

Majestic Ashmajestic ash-3

This Majestic Ash tree is an evergreen seedless variety that stays greener than other ash varieties. They feature large, glossy green leaves and its narrow, upright shape makes it an ideal shade tree for any potential planting locations. Because these trees are low-maintenance and virtually pest-free, it makes them ideal for a yard or street plantings.  If you are expecting and hoping for a large canopy of shade to provide a play area for your children or for a way to escape the afternoon sun you will not be disappointed in the Majestic Ash.

 

 

Moon Valley Difference

Moon Valley Nurseries is your one-stop shop for all your landscape needs. Our experts have decades worth of experience and they will be able to assist you with any projects or questions you may have regarding trees, shrubs, design, and more! Come by and check out the amazing trees and deals we have to offer our Arizona community.

For the best trees on Earth, Go straight to the Moon.

Topics: Monthly Tips, landscape tips

January Landscape and Garden Tips

Posted by Jessica Downs on 1/4/2019

Make any Landscaping or Gardening Resolutions?

If you’re thinking that you want to be outside more and try new things with your yard, you have come to the right place. We love hearing about new projects, seeing finished yard installations, and helping create designs for our customers that last them a lifetime.

With the new year here, it’s time to start thinking about your yard. Should you add some new plants to the back? Or redesign a section? Or get a whole yard makeover?

Watering Tips

With the low temperatures this time of year, it is good for homeowners to be diligent about how much water plants are receiving and how often. During the colder months, it’s best to water in the morning so that the water has time to absorb into the soil throughout the day. You will still want to water the same amount for each watering session. You just don’t need to water as often!

Click here to read more about our Watering Guide Schedule.

Fertilizing Tips

Using the proper fertilizer during this crucial time ensures that your landscape is regaining all necessary nutrients. Your landscape is getting a nice break from the heat now, but it needs a bit of extra attention during the cold weather. Take note of your plants, trees, and lawn to determine if they need light fertilizing to get them through the winter. The better care they receive now, the quicker they will bounce back when spring is here again.

Click here for all our fertilizer products and see which ones best fit your lawn care needs!

SuperCharged Moon Juicemoon juice shrubs

Our nursery experts recommend using SuperCharged Moon Juice prior to the cold weather hitting your yard. Moon Juice helps accelerate moisture intake along with providing vital nutrients that plants might be losing because of the cold. This will help protect your trees and plants from the freezing temperatures and give them a jump start when spring arrives.

Tree Care Tips

The winter season is a good time to trim off any dead or damaged branches that may have suffered from cold damage. Make sure to also cut back any excessive branches and sucker branches so that the tree is getting optimal sunlight and warmth.

Click here for more information on all the tree care services we offer in Arizona.

Moon Valley Design Tips

At Moon Valley Nurseries we know how time-consuming and stressful designing your own yard can be when you try to tackle it all on your own. As soon as you walk into our nursery to the moment we drive away from your freshly planted new yard, we can handle every step of the design process for you. You can find our expert designers available at every nursery location for in-store consultations or schedule an at-home consultation. Our designers can get your whole yard done from shrubs to trees, we do it all and we do it right! From planning to free planting on all specimen-sized trees, we make sure we have everything covered for you.

Best Citrus Trees for Winter Planting

Everyone loves the feeling of growing their own food and Arizona is a great place to grow nearly anything and everything for your dinner table. Citrus trees are a popular addition to your yard and they produce fresh fruit throughout the year. Below are some of our favorite that do best when planted this time of year.

Orange orange-3

Orange trees are one of the most popular citrus trees to grow in the southwest region. There might even be neighborhoods around you named after the old orange farms that existed, or still exist, in that area. Our weather conditions make for the perfect growing environments for this citrus tree. Some of the best varieties to grow in our region are Navel, Sweet, Tangerine, and Tangelo oranges – all delicious!

 

Lemon

650x650-Lemon

Lemons are one citrus variety that can be considered ever-bearing as they often produce two crops per year. Meyer lemons are a favorite due to their many culinary uses and their thin rind that makes squeezing the freshest lemon juice a breeze! Some other great varieties to plant are Lisbon and Eureka lemons.

Lemon trees need a lot of sun, so they do best when planted somewhere that lets them have full sun exposure through the year and they can adapt to most types of soil, so the focus is making sure they get sun on them!

Grapefruit

Grapefruit (2)

 Red Grapefruits are another tree that can be planted to increase the length of time you can harvest fresh citrus from your yard. These fruits are typically ready January through May and are again ready for harvest later in the year.

The most popular types of grapefruits to plant and grow are the Red and White varieties. Grapefruit trees can be fast growers with the perfect combination of rich soil and full sunlight. Some can even grow up to 24 inches in a year depending on the type of tree.

 

 

All Specimen Trees are 50% Off

For a limited time, Moon Valley Nurseries is offering an amazing deal on all our specimen-sized trees. If you purchase any specimen tree, you will get half off! If you buy two, you’re getting two for the price of one and so on and so on. Now is the time to get new trees in your yard that are already matured so you can enjoy them from the day they are planted.

Stop by and check out all our best trees for winter planting at any of our Moon Valley Nursery locations. Our nursery pros are available to handle any landscaping questions, requests, and needs you may have for your yard and get some #freeplanting started and get your whole yard done today!

Topics: Monthly Tips, Winter Landscape Tips

December Landscape and Garden Tips

Posted by Jessica Downs on 11/30/2018

End of Year Care Tips to Keep your Yard Looking Great

 There is no doubt about it - we are lucky to get to live in the Southwest and enjoy such different and remarkable weather year-round. Arizona is especially awesome in the winter season for its amazingly pleasant temperatures. While the east coast is busy shoveling snow and scraping ice off their windshields all day, we get to enjoy the sun and all the great outdoor activities that Arizona has to offer, like hiking in our national parks or checking out the animals at the Phoenix Zoo.

We also get to enjoy the beautiful landscapes right around us and plant some new trees and shrubs - maybe do some more gardening! Because of our warm weather we get most of the year, this cooler time is a great opportunity for updating parts of your yard, or even the whole thing! We spoke with nursery experts and designers to bring you some tips, suggestions, and ideas below to keep you busy and keep your landscape healthy this winter.

Watering Tips

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

We suggest that you continue watering your plants, but you will want to change the watering schedule to accommodate the changes in temperatures and potential rainfall that comes this month. 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 between sessions so that the soil can have enough time to dry up. If the weather is exceptionally dry feel free to water your lawn, shrubs, and small trees occasionally. Monitor your lawn during the month. If you have any issues, call your nearest Moon Valley Nursery and we can help you with your specific landscape!

Click here to read more about our Watering Guide Schedule.

Fertilizing Tips

Using the proper fertilizer during this crucial time ensures that your landscape is regaining all necessary nutrients. Your landscape is getting a nice break from the heat now and it needs a bit of extra attention. Our Moon Juice is a great addition to your yard care routine. It can be used on all your trees, flowers, vegetables, and any other plants all year long in Arizona.

Click here for all our fertilizer products and see which ones best fit your lawn care needs!

Tree Care Tips

Avoid any major pruning during this time. Do not do any more major pruning to freeze sensitive varieties. Hacking or cutting away large portions will leave the tree exposed and susceptible to any potential frost damage.

Garden Tips

December is a good time to plant new roses, flowers, and other annuals into your garden. We suggest not watering roses this month, unless the temperatures are a bit warmer than usual.

Citrus and Fruit

We love helping people add citrus and fruit trees to their yard and this time of the year is when we suggest planting them! Our hot summer season has its pros and cons but one of the pros is how warm it heats up the soil and that warmth lasts long after the hot days are gone. Between that and the cooler temps overall, new citrus and stone fruit trees have the best chance for optimal root development while it establishes itself in the soil. You will be rewarded for this in the spring when you can start enjoying the tasty and healthy fruit right off the branch.

Our Fruit and Citrus trees are grown specifically in our local climate, so they are guaranteed to produce. With Moon Valley Nurseries, you can purchase Specimen-sized fruit and citrus trees at fruit producing age, so plant them now, so they are ready for next spring!

Moon Valley VIP Design Experience

At Moon Valley Nurseries we know how time-consuming and stressful designing your own yard can be when you try to tackle it all on your own. From the moment you walk into our nursery to the moment we drive away from your freshly planted new yard, we can handle every step of the design process for you. You can find our expert designers available at every nursery location for in-store consultations, or schedule an at-home consultation. Our designers can get your whole yard done from shrubs to trees, we do it all and we do it right! From planning to free planting on all specimen-sized trees, we make sure we have everything covered for you!

Moon Valley Christmas Trees are Back!

It’s that time of the year again where Christmas trees start migrating south and Christmas tree lots start popping up on every empty corner! At Moon Valley Nurseries, you will find the freshest trees around. We ship them to your nearest location the day it gets cut down and never let it sit without water. We have some of your favorite trees like the Douglas Fir and the Noble Fir, and many other types and sizes! Come by and pick out your Christmas tree soon. Click here for more information and a Christmas Coupon!

Moon Valley Recommendations for December Planting

Tipu Treetipu tree,  moon valley nurseries, landscape design

Because of its amazingly fast growth rate, the Tipu tree is a fantastic option for winter planting as the tree will establish its root system quicker and grow quickly in time to offer shade to your landscape. In the spring, the Tipu tree will show off a fabulous display of golden blooms mixed in with its layered canopy shape. These trees absolutely thrive in the warmer Arizona heat, most soils, and requires little upkeep throughout the year.

Majestic Ash Tree

majestic ash tree,  moon valley nurseries, landscape design

The Majestic Ash is an evergreen seedless variety that stays greener than other ash trees. Because these trees are low-maintenance and virtually pest-free, it makes them ideal for any yard or street plantings. This is the ultimate shade tree and Arizona can never get enough shade! If you're looking for a tree with a large canopy of shade to provide a play area for your children or for a way to escape the afternoon sun, you will not be disappointed in the Majestic Ash.

 

 

Brazilian Pepper Tree

brazlian pepper tree,  moon valley nurseries, landscape design

One of our favorite evergreen trees for winter planting is the Brazilian Pepper. The Brazilian Pepper thrives in the desert and requires little care or maintenance, once established. Its red colored peppers (that are sometimes mistaken for berries) and dark green umbrella shaped foliage makes this a must have for any landscape. This beauty will even attract some birds and butterflies into your yard every once in a while!

 

Indian Laurel Columns

ficus coulmns,  moon valley nurseries, landscape design, indian laurel

These are one of the best trees you can plant for privacy from unwanted views, a sound barrier from your surroundings, and a great weather barrier. It’s easy to see why these are one of our best-selling trees! When properly placed around your home, these Hollywood-Style Hedges can provide enough shade to cool hot rooms and make an outdoor area more enjoyable for entertaining guests. Hedges will turn your space into the perfect yard!

 

 

Raywood Ash TreeRaywood ash tree,  moon valley nurseries, landscape design

The Raywood Ash tree is a popular choice for the Arizona desert. It is known for its extraordinary display of dark red to deep reddish-purple foliage in the fall that gives any landscape a unique look for the season. During the summer, this ash offers much-needed shade with its large canopy. Its dark green foliage provides a sharp distinction to any landscape and looks great when it is planted as a focal point for a yard, where it can easily be admired.

 

 

Stop by and check out all our best trees for winter planting at any of our Moon Valley Nursery locations. Our nursery pros are available to handle any landscaping questions, requests, and needs you may have for your yard and get some #freeplanting started and get your whole yard done today!

 

Topics: Monthly Tips

November Landscape & Garden Tips

Posted by Jessica Downs on 11/9/2018

Get your Yard Ready for the Winter Holiday Season

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

Trimming

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

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

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

Fertilizing

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

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

Watering

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

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

Gardening

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

Top 5 Trees Recommended for November Planting

Tipu Treetipu tree

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

Live OakLive Oak tree

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

Raywood AshRaywood ash tree

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

Brazilian Pepperbrazilian pepper, trees, moon valley nurseries

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

Evergreen Ashevergreen ash

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

 

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

Topics: Monthly Tips, knowledge base

OCTOBER LANDSCAPE AND GARDENING TIPS

Posted by Jessica Downs on 10/5/2018

Tips for Lawn Care and Plant Care 

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

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

Watering Tips

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

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

Click here to read more about our Watering Guide Schedule.

Weeding Tips

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

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

Fertilizing Tips

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

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

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

Reseeding Tips

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

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

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

Tree Care Tips

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

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

Insect Tips

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

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

$3 Off Coupon

Best Trees to Plant in October

Tipu Tree (Tipuana tipu)TIPU-8

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

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

 

Crape Myrtle Tree (Lagerstroemia)

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

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

 

 

Majestic Ash Tree (Fraxinus uhdei ‘Majestic’)

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

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

 

 

ron - Majestic Ash

Piru Queen Palm (Arecastrum romanzoffianum)Piru queen palm

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

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

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

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

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

Topics: Monthly Tips, knowledge base

3 Reasons to Plant Trees in the Fall

Posted by Jessica Downs on 9/28/2018

Sal Planters

 

Fall is a great time to take care of your yard

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

 

Cooler Temperatures

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

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

3 Best Trees to Plant

          Tipu Tree (Tipuana tipu)

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

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

 

Raywood Ash Tree (Fraxinus oxycarpa ‘Raywood’)

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

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

Crape Myrtle Tree (Lagerstroemia)

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

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

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

 

 

Topics: Monthly Tips, knowledge base

September Landscape and Garden Tips

Posted by Arica Harrison on 9/7/2018

blog bannerThe growing season is upon us! We are finally starting to come out of the hot summer and into cooler fall. We will greatly appreciate the cooler weather and our landscapes will, too. Fall is the time when our trees and plants can effectively establish themselves into their environment. With the changing of the season, there are a few things we need to remember so that our landscapes and gardens can thrive.

Watering: With the cooler nights and days, it’s important to change our watering routine. For fall, we need to water less often than we do during the hot summer. Typically, once our daytime temperatures reach 85-100 degrees, we move away from our summer watering schedule. There are factors that play into how much you need to water; those factors are the type of tree or plant, and the planting location. Check out our watering guide to see what we recommend. If you would like more help, don’t hesitate to reach out to one of our nursery pros at your nearest Moon Valley Nursery location. Now’s a great time to help cut the amount of water we use by reducing the frequency that we water our lawns. With cooler weather, our lawns will retain more moisture longer, cutting back on our usage. So, we need to cut back on the frequency of watering, not the actual amount used when watering.

Fertilizing: It’s time to fertilize! Fertilizing will help your trees, palms, and other plants grow to their full potential. Now is the perfect time for giving additional help with the growing process, fertilizers allow trees and plants to intake more nutrients and water along with making nutrients more readily available. Moon Valley Nurseries has a line of custom developed fertilizers that can be used on a variety of landscape materials – turf, grass, palms, desert trees, shade trees, and so much more. Click here to see our fertilizers.

Tree Care: Make way for new growth! That’s right. Trim off the dead or damaged branches so that new growth has room to bloom. Proper tree care is vital for strong growth in this fall season. Were the monsoons rough on your landscape? No need to worry. Our professional tree care team is here to help. They can remove any dead, damaged, or overgrown branches. Let us clean up your landscape!

What to Plant

crape myrtleCrape Myrtle – If you want color, this is the tree for you! Blooming large clusters of flowers throughout all seasons, the Crape Myrtle will deliver year-round interest. We custom grow our Crape Myrtles to be mildew resistant, making them the strongest Crape Myrtle you can find. With low maintenance needs, low water use, and the variety of colors of flowers, it is easy to see why the Crape Myrtle is one of the most popular flowering trees for any yard. This drought tolerant tree grows in a vase shape, with vibrant flowers popping against shiny, bright green leaves. The multi-trunk looks impressive with nighttime lighting, adding even more interest to a landscape.

 

 

tipu-2Tipu – This fast-growing shade tree is the solution for adding shade and beauty to any yard. Its large canopy is created with feathery, bright bluish-green foliage. The Tipu tree features a fissured bark texture and, in late spring, lovely golden blooms appear. Tipus are water-wise, drought tolerant, and grows well in many soil conditions. These trees require little maintenance. And, as a bonus, the nectar of the Tipu attracts butterflies and other pollinators to your yard or garden.

 

 

 

chinese elm-1Chinese Elm – The Chinese Elm is also known as the “Evergreen Elm”. In very mild winters, Chinese Elms can retain their leaves throughout the season. The foliage is dark green and creates an umbrella-shaped canopy that produces mass amounts of shade. The Chinese Elm is ideal for use as a picnic spot, for climbing, or for attaching a tire swing for the kids to enjoy. This tree thrives in full sun and is very tolerant of poor soil and poor weather. Moon Valley Nurseries carries the ‘True Green’ strain which does not weep.

 

 

ficus columns-1Ficus Columns – Indian Laurel Columns are an excellent choice for creating a living wall. Need privacy? Look no further. These Ficus Columns have dense evergreen foliage that works well for blocking unwanted sights and noises. They even create shady areas. Once established, Indian Laurel Columns are drought tolerant and water-wise. They are easy to prune, so you can keep them small and topiary or tall and majestic – whichever fits your style. Grown to thrive in desert environments, Ficus Nitida Columns are sure to add greenery to our arid Arizona landscapes.

 

 

queen palms-1Piru Queen Palm – Our Piru Queen Palms feature thicker and harder trunks, denser and greener fronds, and fuller crowns.  These evergreen palms thrive in full sun and can handle heat or cold exposure. Very low water requirements make this a perfect palm for desert landscapes. Our Piru Queen palms will bring the feel of the tropics and resort living straight to your yard. These beautiful palms can grow up to heights of 35 feet and can have 10-15-foot fronds. Plant in your front yard for a focal point and use nighttime lighting to bring the wow factor!

 

 

pygmy palmsPygmy Date Palm – It can be grown in shade, is slow growing, and its roots are non-invasive. This allows the pygmy Date palm to be a fantastic option for planting under larger palms or trees, in between palms, or in a cluster. Its versatility and dwarf growth pattern allow the Pygmy Date palm to be planted in tight spaces; perfect around pools, patios, courtyards, and in pots. This stunning palm features multiple trunks of varying height or it can be grown with just a single trunk; depending on your need. Moon Valley Nurseries has custom grown our Pygmy Date Palms at our farms to ensure that the palms generate thicker trunks and fuller crowns.

 

Topics: Monthly Tips, landscape tips

April Monthly Landscape & Garden Tips for AZ

Posted by Felipe Benavides on 4/5/2018

April_Landscape_Garden_TipApril is here, and spring is in full bloom! Time to celebrate, and it is also time for our monthly landscape and garden tips! In Arizona, we are enjoying the beautiful flowers that add color to our arid landscape, and we are also enjoying all of the homegrown citrus and fruit, too. Springtime is also the best time to plant everything!

Time to explore our favorite hiking trails near Phoenix! We need to take care of our landscape before the summer temperatures skyrocket. Read some tips and chores from our nursery experts below.

 

Landscape and Garden Tips from our Nursery Pros to You

 

Control Weeds: Do not let the weeds take over your yard. Right now, is the time to get the weeds under control. No one enjoys pulling weeds, and even less so when it is blistering hot outside. You can find all the essential things you need for your weed prevention plan at any of our nursery locations throughout the Phoenix area.

Fertilizers: We are deep into the prime growing season. Continue to fertilize established roses. We will also want to begin fertilizing Bermuda and warm-season grasses.

Watering: The days are getting longer, and the weather is starting to get hot. We want to be sure to water our plants more frequently. Also, always remember to water deeply.

Mulch: Prepare your landscape with mulch before it gets too hot. We can add a few inches of mulch to keep the soil cool during the warmer summer months and to keep the soil warm during the cooler days.

Vegetable Garden: Homegrown food is healthier and can save us money, too. Keep planting vegetables such as beans, carrots, cucumbers, melons, peppers, squash, and sunflowers.

Pruning: Prune spring-flowering plants once they finish blooming. We will also want to thin-out flower seedlings now so that they can have enough space to grow.

Eliminate Pests: Insects and other pests may be lurking in the garden. Keep an eye out for aphids, spider mites and other pests that like to bug our plants and us during this time of the year.

 

Excellent Trees to Plant Now

 

Arizona_ash
Ash:
If you are looking for a park-style tree that can provide a large amount of shade, any ash tree variety will do! Ash trees are the perfect tree for any landscape in Phoenix. The Arizona Ash variety can create a colorful landscape scene in the fall when the leaves turn to a vibrant yellow color. It is a deciduous shade tree - when the leaves drop, it can let the warmth of the sun in during winter.

 

 

 

 

elm
Chinese Elm:
Once the sun is out and the weather starts to really heat up, you will be glad to have the massive amount of shade that a specimen elm tree provides! Our Chinese Elm ‘True Green’ strain features deep green leaves and an upright growth habit that looks beautiful in any landscape.

 

 

 

 

bt_tipu_1-1
Tipu:
These colorful trees are a favorite throughout the Phoenix area. These trees are naturally accustomed to hot summers, so they love to grow in our area. They can put on a spectacular show when the golden blooms arrive from late spring and into early summer. Thanks to their feathery green foliage and an upright growth pattern, they can also provide a massive amount of shade. Enjoy the scene as the butterflies feed on the nectar it can produce.

 

 

 

ficus_tree
Ficus Nitida:
One of the best trees for creating privacy is also one of the best shade trees you can find for creating shade! These evergreen trees love to grow where there is plenty of full sun exposure – they love Arizona! We can plant them around property lines to block unwanted views, and they are an excellent tree for a tropical theme landscape, too! That’s not all! They can keep their lush green appearance even in the most drought-tolerant landscapes. If you live near a busy street, we recommend planting these trees to act as a natural sound barrier.

 

_mediterranean_fan_palm_
Mediterranean Fan Palm:
A favorite Arizona landscape palm, the Mediterranean Fan Palm is ideal for planting near swimming pools or using them as a focal point in any yard. They are drought-tolerant and love the sun! These smaller palms look stunning when used as an accent plant against architectural features. They are also excellent for massing at the base of taller growing palms. Raise the wow factor to high lighting them up with spotlights and other types of night lighting.

Topics: Monthly Tips, landscape tips, gardening

Get Your Yard Ready for Spring

Posted by Felipe Benavides on 1/17/2018

 

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    
  • 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

Learn more about our custom fertilizers! 

 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!  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!

 

 

You Buy It, We Plant It! planting_acacia

Getting your landscape ready for spring is easier than you might 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 parties!

 Your Free Winter Watering Guide!

Topics: Monthly Tips, landscape tips