Why fall is the best time to plant

Posted by Kyle Shipp on 9/23/2019

Fall Planting is Here!

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As the rest of the country gets ready for a long cold winter, we get to start enjoying some of our most beautiful, mildest weather of the year. Now that summer is fading into the background weather conditions become ideal for trees and plants to establish their new roots and gather sunlight to create optimum growth. Since the long summer has just ended and our soil doesn’t freeze through, planting trees now gives them the absolute maximum amount of time to get growing and establish a strong root system before the next summer arrives!

Nearly all varieties of trees and palms grow quite a bit during the fall and winter season. Not only is it a great time to plant, but by doing so, you will be ahead of the game once spring comes. Even for fruit trees, planting in the fall practically ensures a better first crop next spring, since the trees will be established by then and can focus energy on production, instead of recovering from being planted. Since the fall season is a big growing season for us, it is also a crucial time to fertilize all trees and palms. Our custom Moon Valley Nurseries brand fertilizers and nutrients are designed for our local growing conditions and engineered to be applied all year round. Get in as soon as you can and talk with one of our nursery experts to select the best trees, palms, plants, fertilizers and more for this fall season!

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The wide variety of Ash trees that is available and thrive here are all best planted during the fall season. Whether you seek shade, privacy, or even fall color, there’s an ash tree for you!Check with your Moon Valley nursery pro to see which ash you should be planting now.



Tipu tree

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Chinese “Red Push” Pistache

This tree is perfect for fall planting because it gives a brilliant, red fall foliage display while making its curtain call for the year. By planting in the fall, you get this show in your yard plus the tree gets established and ready to erupt with new growth in the spring!

 

 

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Citrus and Fruit

When planted in fall, all fruit and citrus benefit from utilizing the fall season to go through a transplant and get their bearings so that all of their strength is dedicated to fruit production come springtime.

 

 

 

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Chinese Tru Green Elm

Elms are one of the best and fastest growing shade trees we enjoy in our area. To get the widest, densest shade as soon as possible, plant larger specimen trees but definitely plant during the fall.

Topics: Monthly Tips, Fall Tips

September Landscape and Garden Tips

Posted by Jessica Downs on 9/6/2019

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September is the month where lots of things start to change. The kids are settling into school after a fun summer, football parties are starting up, and the weather is starting to change for the better!

We are finally starting to come out of the hot summer and into cooler fall. As much as we are excited for cooler temperatures (and getting to wear your favorite sweatshirt again), our landscape is even more excited!

Fall is the Best Planting Season

Fall is the time when our trees and plants can efficiently establish themselves in their new environment. With the changing of the season, there are a few things we need to remember so that our landscapes and gardens can thrive.

Arizona Homeowners: While the weather is going to be cooling down, there is still a good chance that the heat might come back for a few more days. Be mindful of the temperatures and adjust accordingly for your yard.

Watering Your Landscape

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With the cooler nights and days, it’s important to change our watering routine again. 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.

Multiple factors play into how much you need to water. Those factors include the type of tree or plant and the planting location. 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.

Watering Your Lawn

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.

Check out our watering guide to see what we recommend for your region and your trees.

Fertilizing Your Trees and Plants

Fertilizing your trees, palms, and other plants will help them grow to their full potential through the fall and recover from any heat stress they may have endured over the summer. Now is the perfect time to give additional help with the growing process. Fertilizers allow trees and plants to intake more nutrients and water, along with making nutrients more readily available.

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Moon Valley Nurseries has a line of custom-developed fertilizers, such as Moon Juice pictured above, that can be used on a variety of landscape materials including turf, grass, palms, desert trees, shade trees, and so much more. 

Click here to see our Moon Valley Nurseries custom fertilizers and use what the experts use!

Tree Care

This is the beginning of the season where you will start to see your trees grow more than you have the last few months.

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!

Click here to learn more about Tree Care in the Phoenix region.

Trees to Plant in the Fall

Tipu Tree

tipu-15The Tipu is an excellent tree in any landscape, especially when you want to create massive canopies of shade quickly. Whether it is to cool your home, shade a patio, or protect the other plants in your yard, the Tipu tree is the perfect fit.

It also requires little maintenance as it does extremely well in different types of soil and drought-like conditions. Because of its toughness, it has quickly become a favorite in many areas for public parks and walkways, which helps save money on maintenance while creating a more livable neighborhood.

This is also one of the best waterwise trees to use for xeriscaping and low-water homes due to its ability to withstand drought.

Ficus Indian Laurel Tree

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The Ficus Indian Laurel is a beautiful dense shade tree that looks stunning and can be used in your landscape in many ways. It doesn’t hurt that this tree comes in multiple aesthetics such as single trunk, multi-trunk, and column form (perfect for hedges!).

This tried and true tree has shown its ability to thrive in the harsh conditions in Arizona. Because of its durability, beauty, and mass amounts of shade it provides, the Indian Laurel has become the top-selling tree at Moon Valley Nurseries.

Click here to learn why the Ficus Indian Laurel is one of the best options to create a perfect, thick hedge around your property.

Piru Queen Palm Tree

PiruSpecially grown in our Arizona and Southern California farms, the Piru Queen palm is unlike any other Queen palms. Our Piru Queen palms feature thicker and harder trunks, denser and greener fronds, and produce fuller crowns than the ones you will find in other nurseries.

Our Piru Queen Palms can handle hot summers, cold winters, and windy days. The palm is supported by a rounded trunk, which makes it an ideal palm option for tight or narrow spaces around your pool. It does require overhead space as the palm grows to statuesque heights.

Moon Valley Nurseries Landscape Design

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Visit any our Moon Valley Nurseries location and get a FREE in-store consultation for your project. Our nursery experts will guide you through the design process and walk you around the nursery to see the best trees for your needs. Once you pick out your trees and schedule a delivery date, we do the rest! Schedule a consultation here.

Interested in our finance options? Click here to learn more about flexible financing options.

More from Moon Valley Nurseries

Click here to learn about our FREE in-store landscape consultations. Our design consultations are as easy as 1-2-3.

Click here to learn more about growing and harvesting fruit trees in Arizona.

Click here to learn what to expect when you come in for your free consultation.

 

Topics: Monthly Tips

August Landscape and Garden Tips

Posted by Jessica Downs on 8/9/2019

Keep Your Landscape Healthy

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Time is flying this year and the summer season is already coming to an end. Now that people are coming home from vacation, kids are going back to school, and everybody is falling back into their regular routine, it’s time to check on your yard! Follow the tips below and make sure your yard is looking great and ready for any last-minute pool parties or a family get-together.

Watering Tips

Arizona, especially Central Arizona, is now officially in the middle of monsoon season. We have had enough rainstorms come through southern Arizona and the Phoenix area that every day feels a bit more humid than we are accustomed to for this area.

The extra rain over the last few weeks has helped our landscapes through some hot temperatures. It may have also severely thrown off your watering schedule for your yard.

If you have turned off, or paused, your sprinkler system, be sure to examine your lawn, trees, and plant material. Resume your watering schedule as you have been throughout the summer months. During more rainfall, monitor your landscape in case of potential instances of overwatering of any plant material.

For more watering information and instructions for new and mature trees, click here.

Fertilizing Tips

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Between the hot days and the tough storms, your lawn and landscapes could use some extra pampering and attention. This is exactly why we created, and love to use, our Super Charged Moon Juice.

Super Charged Moon Juice is a custom blend that contains a one-of-a-kind liquid technology. Moon Juice works great for all trees and plants in your landscape by boosting growth from the root system and helping plant material recover quickly from seasonal stress.

If your landscape consists mostly of palms, ask about our Super Palm Juice that was made specifically for the needs of palm tree varieties. It contains the same custom liquid technology as our Moon Juice. Palm Juice also contains a full nutrient profile perfect for all palms and other tropical varieties. This fast-acting liquid gets nutrients to the palms quickly for immediate optimization.

Tree Trunk Protection

Young trees, especially citrus, need protection from the sun during the summer months, when the sun is hotter and out longer! You can protect the trunk of a new tree from sunburn with a coat of paint or with specific protective tree wrap.

Click here to watch a Moon Valley Nurseries expert demonstrate both options properly.

Mulching Tips

Adding mulch to your trees and plants is perhaps the easiest thing you can do right now to give them a little help through the heat. If done right, a layer of mulch can even add to the curb appeal of your yard. Adding a few inches of mulch can help keep your soil cool during the warmer summer months and warm during the cooler days. Mulch is available at any Moon Valley Nurseries location. 

August Landscape Design Tips

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Crape Myrtle Tree

At Moon Valley Nurseries, we offer many varieties of Crape Myrtle trees that come in a single-trunk or multi-trunk form. The Crape Myrtle trees grown at Moon Valley Nurseries are superior thanks to mildew resistance, which you will not find anywhere else outside of our nursery.

In addition, the Crape Myrtle's foliage will turn a showy bright orange during the fall season. The flowers bloom throughout the entire summer with color options from red, white, purple, and pink ready to fill your yard.

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Tipu Tree

The Tipu tree is one of the most popular trees we offer at Moon Valley Nurseries, and it is everywhere around the Phoenix Valley, from Chandler/Queen Creek to Glendale/Peoria. Tipus are fast-growing trees that have an upright growth pattern creating a large shaded area to the surrounding landscape or home.

These trees are also drought-tolerant, once established. They can handle even the hottest summer days. It produces a unique show of golden blooms from late spring and into early summer that contrasts beautifully with its feathery green foliage. If you are looking for shade, color, and a tree that needs minimal assistance to flourish, the Tipu is your tree!

More Moon Valley Nurseries…

Click here to learn more about some of our favorite desert trees to plant and which ones are exclusive to Moon Valley Nurseries.

Click here to find out which hedges might be perfect for your home for ultimate privacy.

Click here to find out how Moon Valley Nurseries can help with any Monsoon damage.

 

Topics: Monthly Tips, landscape tips

July Landscape and Garden Tips

Posted by Jessica Downs on 6/28/2019

How to Care for Your Yard and What to Plant in July

Watering: We recommend watering early in the morning as this reduces the evaporation loss. Deep watering is the best way to ensure that the entire root zone becomes properly saturated. When it comes to watering trees, be sure to saturate the soil at least three feet deep and for shrubs, drench the soil at least one foot deep. You will want to deep water your trees every other day for the next few weeks and continue to monitor them so they are not over or under-watered. 

Fertilizing: Moon Valley Nurseries has developed specialized blends of fertilizers that can give the material in your landscape a helping hand during the summer. Our fertilizers are designed to help trees, palms, and shrubs recover from any heat stress. Purchase our fertilizers at all Moon Valley Nurseries locations.

Protect the Trunk of Your Tree: Did you know that trees can get a sunburn, too? Young trees will benefit from sun protection as the temperatures rise. We recommend protecting a newly planted or younger tree from sunburn with a Protective Tree Wrap. Click here for a video on how to wrap your trees.

Mulching: If you want to help keep moisture in your soil all summer long, we recommend applying mulch around the base of your trees. Adding a three to four-inch layer of mulch is an excellent way to hold moisture and keep your soil cool in July. Visit a nursery and ask our nursery pros more about how to properly mulch your yard. 

Best Trees to Plant in July

Vitex Tree

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Summertime is the right time for Vitex! During the summer months, it puts on a show as the purple blooms arrive at every growth tip. Come in the nursery and check them out today! This purple delight is the perfect size for any landscape.

It features turning and twisting trunks creating a statuesque appearance and dramatic look with landscape lighting. We like to plant them as a focal point, in rows along a border or driveway, and as a small patio tree. Plus, it is very drought-tolerant once established.

Tipu Tree

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This fast-growing shade tree is the perfect solution for adding shade and beauty to any yard. Tipu tree features a fissured bark texture and, in late spring, lovely golden blooms appear. Its large canopy is created with feathery, bright bluish-green foliage.

The Tipus are water-wise, drought-tolerant, and grow well in many soil conditions. These trees require very little maintenance. And, as a bonus, the nectar of the Tipu attracts butterflies and other pollinators to your yard or garden.

Museum Palo Verde Tree

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The Museum Palo Verde is a hybrid of older Palo Verde varieties that bring the best qualities of each tree into one. Crossing the older species created a tree that is a fuller, vibrantly yellow tree with a magical display of flowers and a brighter green, thorn-less trunk.

The multi-trunked, sculptural shapes of these trees provide a stark contrast and beautiful accent to almost any landscape. These trees allow landscapers and homeowners to get the vibrant colors of the Palo Verde without the thorns and a heavy litter of the originals.

Topics: Monthly Tips

Monthly Landscape Tips and Tricks for June

Posted by Jessica Downs on 5/31/2019

June is such a critical month when it comes to proper care of our landscapes. The weather is changing as we transition into summer and our yards might need a bit more TLC.

Now is the time to prep your yard to guarantee a healthy landscape all summer long that you, your family, and your friends will enjoy this season. Our nursery experts have recommended a few tips and tasks for your landscape this month.

June To-Do List for your Home and Yard

Watering Tips

Be Observant

It is always a good idea to keep an eye on the weather as temperatures start to increase consistently, leaving your yard needing more water with higher temps.

Take Your Time

Always remember to deep water your plant material. Small and short applications are ineffective and can cause issues to your plant’s root system. Long and slow applications are best as you want the water to penetrate far into the soil to reach the roots.

Not only does this help your plants right away, but it also helps long-term development and can increase drought tolerance. 

For more information on deep watering practices, download our water to guide help you get a better idea on how to take care of your landscape.

Moon Valley Watering Guide

Fertilizer Tips

June is a tougher month than others on the material in your landscape as it transitions to warmer days. Now is an ideal time to give our landscape the best nutrients and care so that it can thrive and look gorgeous all summer, with minimal upkeep.

Give your trees, palms, and shrubs a boost they need with our custom-blended fertilizer from Moon Valley Nurseries. We have fertilizers for everything in your landscape from palms, to fruit and citrus, to flowering trees.

In addition, we also have fertilizers that can assist with plant material that may be dealing with stress from weather changes or newly planted materials that need a little extra help getting established in their new environment.

Our Super Charged Moon Juice and Super Palm Juice are designed to trigger growth responses and supplement the essential micro and macro nutrients that plants need to thrive in our climate. You will always find these products at any Moon Valley location near you.

Tree Protection Tips

Sun Protection

Trees, just like us, can be burned by the sun and could use some protection from the sunlight. Young trees, especially citrus, need protection from the sun when temperatures increase. You can protect the trunk of a new tree from sunburn with Protective Tree Wrap. Available at any Moon Valley Nursery location.

Wind Protection

To further protect your tree, young or old, you can stake them to provide more stability if you are prone to high winds in your area. Moon Valley Nurseries also offers staking material and staking services at all our locations.

Weeding Tips

Continue to use the right products for your yard to keep the weeds away. It seems as if they can take over your yard overnight, but if you continue to pull weeds as you see them and apply pre-emergent products in problem areas, the weeds will not be able to keep growing!

Pruning Tips

The summer is a good time to leave the citrus and other sun-sensitive plants alone and not prune until it gets cooler, as this can expose them to sunburn.

You should examine and remove faded/dead flowers and branches from your trees and shrubs so that the plant will encourage new healthy growth. This will also help get more sun on your plants.

Lawn Care Tips

A lawn will grow faster in the warmer weather. For a healthy lawn, you need to make sure that it is getting a healthy trim regularly with a well-tuned mower or the mower might be causing damage. Make sure your mower blades are sharp and set high so that you do not cut the grass blades too short.

Give your lawn a boost with specialized fertilizers like our fast-acting Moon Royale Professional Turf Fertilizer. In most cases, you will see results in just four days, and it gets stronger as it goes to work greening up your lawn.

Planting Tips

We often hear about how there are only a few good months out of the year to plant trees and shrubs. We disagree with that because we plant our trees nearly any time of the year, especially the summer!

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We grow all our trees locally to the region, or in a similar area, so they are used to the conditions of your home from the summers to the winters. No matter what season we plant your trees, we guarantee every one of them! In fact, this is one of the best times to plant most palms, all desert trees, shade trees, citrus, and cacti!

Moon Valley Tree Care Services

Available in Phoenix and nearby cities, our tree care division is ready to keep your trees in the same amazing shape that they were planted. With certified arborists on staff, our tree experts can do almost anything you need.

Our Tree Care team can take care of:

  • Tree Removal
  • Stump Grinding
  • Soil Fertilizing Injections
  • Tree Trimming/Pruning

All trees are different and should be cared for by a customized process only Moon Valley Nurseries can offer. Because we grow them, we know how to keep them perfect. Click here to learn more and take of your trees before monsoon season shows up!

Trees for June Planting

Keep reading to learn more about some of our favorite trees to plant in Arizona this summer.

Magnolia

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Every variety of Magnolias that we grow are a popular request with our customers at Moon Valley Nurseries. Many are drawn to the Magnolia's softball-sized and fragrant white flowers, which are truly breathtaking to see in full bloom. The flowers bloom throughout the summer and fall and attract many of our pollinating friends such as hummingbirds.

The flowers aren't the only thing that makes the Magnolia a favorite tree for our region. Many of our customers love the attractive glossy leaves and the Magnolia's ability to produce a thick canopy, providing plenty of needed shade during the warmer months.

Come in and check out all varieties of Magnolias that we have in our nursery, grown right at one of our many farms in the desert region!

Tipu

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The Tipuana Tipu tree should be at the top of the list of trees to check out when you come into the nursery if you want both shade and color! The Tipu tree is one of the most popular trees we offer at Moon Valley Nurseries. It can be found all over the valley, and we are still always planting more!

The Tipu is a very fast-growing tree that has an upright-growth pattern that creates, and provides, a large area of shade for your home and yard. These trees are also drought-tolerant, once established, and can handle even the hottest summer days.

The best part about the Tipu tree is that it blooms into a vibrant display of yellow flowers lasting from late spring and into early summer that contrasts beautifully with its feathery green foliage.

Date Palm

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A great addition to any landscape, Date Palms bring the look and feel of the upscale resort. Ours are certified disease-free. We love planting them around swimming pools, where their reflection can be admired in smooth water. Up-lighting can create a stunning visual against light colored walls and adds nighttime silhouettes in any landscape.

We also love to plant these palms in groupings and line them up along a long driveway or create regal accents by using staggered heights. Date Palms are also the perfect specimen for landscaping larger areas. Planting them in groups and rows creates a cool canopy of shade, adding welcomed relief from the sweltering heat and harsh sun.

Shrub Spotlight

Hibiscus

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Hibiscus are medium to large growing shrubs with very lush, dark foliage and beautiful flowers that come in a wide variety of colors. They grow great in partial sun and will acclimate to full sun easily.

They grow great and look amazing when planted in pots or containers, especially oversized ones! But do not limit Hibiscus to pots because they do just as well in the soil. They can grow into a medium-to-large size and can be used for small hedges when planted in rows.

Topics: Monthly Tips, Planting

May Landscape Tips for Your Best Yard

Posted by Jessica Downs on 5/3/2019

Get your yard ready in May and be prepped for summer fun

We are getting to the end of spring and the end of cool (cool-ish?) weather. While the summer is amazing for so many reasons, like pool parties and family vacations, it doesn’t change the fact that it will be painfully hot soon.

With the weather change that is about to happen in Arizona, especially the regions that will hit triple digits in a matter of weeks, homeowners should be making sure their yard is in the best shape it can be, or they better get their yard there quickly!

The healthier your yard and landscape are before summer begins, the easier it is going to be to maintain its health through the hot summer.

Our nursery pros have a few recommendations for what is best for your landscape in the month of May.

Water Your Landscape

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The temperature is on the rise, and it's crucial that you keep an eye on how your trees, shrubs, and other plant material are responding to the heat. This will also help you notice any minor issues and fix them before they become a problem.

Always remember to water your trees and shrubs deep, so that it reaches the root system. Small and short watering sessions are ineffective, therefore wasting water and not supplying the plants with proper nutrients.

Long and slow watering sessions are best because you want the water to penetrate deep into the soil. Not only does this help the tree right away, but it also helps in the long-term development of the root system, and it can make a tree less susceptible to drought. 

For more information on deep watering practices, click below to help you get a better idea on how to take care of your irrigation settings.

Moon Valley Watering Guide

 

Add Mulch 

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The most efficient way to keep the soil around your plants moist and cool is to apply a layer of mulch around them.

Adding a few inches of mulch will help you reduce how much water you need to use because the mulch keeps the roots cool and retains moisture for longer periods of time.

Mulch is available at any Moon Valley Nurseries location.

Control Weeds

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You might notice that spring weeds are going away. Unfortunately, weeds are getting a second wind and growing like themselves again!  The first solution is to go out there and rip them out, root and all. Although when it is hotter and hotter, and the weeds seem to be multiplying by the hour, pulling them out by hand is no longer an option.

Pre-emergent products are the next best thing to gain control of your yard again. Moon Valley Nurseries stocks different types of pre-emergent products you will need for your weed prevention plan at our locations. Our Nursery pros will help you pick the right ones for your yard!

Fertilize

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Give your landscape a much-needed boost of vitamins and nutrients before the summer is here. All our fertilizers have been specifically crafted for our native desert soils.

We carry fertilizers for everything on your landscape from palms, to fruit and citrus, to flowering trees. Click here to learn more about all the fertilizers that we carry at our nurseries.

Protect Your Trees

 

Did you know that trees can get sunburn? It’s true. Some trees are more susceptible to sunburn, but almost all of them would benefit from extra protection from the sun.

What we can do is protect the trunk of a new tree with a Protective Tree Wrap. Young trees are more vulnerable to sunburn and need protection when the temperatures rise.

We also recommend staking both new and old trees, if you feel they could be damaged in high winds. Staking is beneficial during the monsoon season in the summer.

Take Care of Your Lawn in May

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This is probably the last month to enjoy being outside because that summer heat is already starting to show up! Hopefully, you have been monitoring and taking care of your lawn for the past few months, so any big issues are taken care of by now.

This is the month you want to complete any intense fertilizing to your lawn, especially if it needs nitrogen. As the temperatures rise and rise, nitrogen will be harder to use at a high dose due to its potential burn factor.

It is good to use some nitrogen-enriched fertilizer now to give your lawn a boost with its growth and development that will keep it looking great through the summer.

Planting Tips for May

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Our weather is taking a very hot turn soon, which means that this is the month to finish all the planting you have been planning to finish. While there are many trees and plant material that can be planted in the middle of summer, there are many that cannot!

Be sure to find out which trees, shrubs, roses, or other material you want to plant can wait to be planted and which ones should go in the ground this month.

The main reason that some plant material does best when planted now is that they can handle the current weather, which will make transplanting your material easier.

This will allow the plant to focus on regaining its strength and settling into its new location without also having to use much of its energy also to handle the heat beating down on them.

Speak to our nursery experts to know what to plant this month!

Tree for May Planting

Museum Palo Verde

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The Museum Palo Verde is a hybrid of different, older Palo Verde species that bring the best qualities of each tree into one. Crossing the older species created a tree that is a fuller, vibrantly yellow tree with a magical display of flowers and a brighter green, thorn-less trunk.

The Museum Palo Verde is fast becoming one of the most popular shade trees in landscapes throughout the Western United States. The multi-trunked, sculptural shapes of these trees provide a stark contrast and beautiful accent to almost any landscape.

These trees allow landscapers and homeowners to get the vibrant colors of the Palo Verde without the thorns and a heavy litter of the originals. Visit the nursery to see these trees in spectacular bloom.

Topics: Monthly Tips, Spring

Best April Landscape Tips to Keep Your Yard Healthy this Month

Posted by Jessica Downs on 3/29/2019

Not sure what to do for your landscape in April or where to get started?

Purple Leaf Plum AZ landscapeThe April landscaping chores are a lot like what you were (hopefully) doing last month, except you may have noticed more growth in your yard, good (flowers) and bad (weeds)!

If you have been keeping up with your yard as we went into spring than you are doing great! If you have not, you should definitely jump on it now and get control of your landscape.

Not only will your yard look better, it will be healthier. Spring is the time for all your trees and shrubs to be at optimal health to have a great summer growing season.

Pull Those Weeds

Unfortunately, most of us don’t have time to pull every weed that emerges from the ground, so our yards have been taken over by all different types of weeds. Some might even be getting so mature they are blooming into tiny flowers and giving you mixed feelings about ripping them out of the ground. Don’t be fooled, they are the worst!

Nobody wants to be pulling weeds in the summer with the sun beating down on them or in the dark, trying to avoid the sun. Using pre-emergent products that we carry at all nurseries will keep your yard weed-free. Be sure to ask our experts about how to use them and which product is best for your landscape.

We know it’s not fun, but it only gets worse from here!

Fun suggestion: If you have kids (or can borrow some kids), pay them a quarter for each weed they pull out (root and all).

Problem solved!

Plant! Plant! Plant!

With new seasons coming in and more focus on your landscape in the last few months, now is a great time to take a look around and see what might be missing in your yard. Look for areas that might need more shade during the day. This could be a great place to plant a tree with a large canopy. Pay attention to rooms in your home that might be hotter than other rooms. The sun is probably shining on those walls longer throughout the day. Some extra cover from trees and plants just outside the wall will make a noticeable difference!

This time of the year creates perfect conditions for planting from healthy soil that is just the right temperature to healthy trees that can handle being transplanted and adapt to their new environment at a much quicker pace.

Always be Watering

You will need to keep watching your plants and trees to know if you should adjust your watering schedules this season. The weather is constantly changing in the springtime and the temperatures can rise quickly here so you should also be checking and changing your watering schedule every few weeks.

We cannot stress how important it is to look at the temperatures. You might need to water for longer intervals soon but in just a few weeks you might also need to start watering an extra day out of the week.

When watering, allow the hose or drip system to apply the water slowly over a longer period of time. This allows the water to penetrate beneath and reach all areas of the roots. For more information, check out our watering guide.

Moon Valley Watering Guide

Feed with Fertilizer

We know we say this a lot but that should show just how important it is to fertilize and stay on top of a fertilizing schedule for all your landscape materials. Fertilizer is food for your plants. It is the difference of surviving another season malnourished or thriving in it like a champ!

Fertilize the material in your landscape to give your trees and shrubs a boost and capitalize on the prime growing season.

Moon Valley Nurseries has developed highly specialized blends of fertilizer like Super Charged Moon Juice and Super Palm Juice, which are designed to trigger and stimulate growth responses. These fertilizers also supplement the essential micro and macro nutrients that plants need to thrive in our climate.moon juice shrubs

Trim and Prune

You will want to give your trees and plants a nice trim before it gets too hot outside. Pruning not only helps develop strong crowns and branches but also promotes strong root growth.

After pruning, be sure to fertilize with Moon Juice to get much-needed nutrients into the tree. Because when you prune, you're essentially wounding the tree, so feeding it with fertilizer is a great way to make sure the tree will bounce back sooner and stronger.

Moon Valley Tree Care

Now is still the best time for tree care services for your yard. The weather is perfect for your trees to get taken care of and be strong for the summer.

 

Featured Tree - Purple Leaf Plum

 

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The Purple Leaf Plum tree is a great addition to a yard for its many qualities. Their dark red/purple foliage, whiteish/pink flowers and medium-sized growth rate makes this tree an awesome ornamental choice for front and back yards.

With full sun, the leaves will turn a rich purple throughout the seasons, but the leaves may grow green when planted in the shade.

For design purposes, the unique coloring will add exciting contrast to a greener yard. Keep this tree in mind when you are planning a Japanese or contemporary design.

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Let us do all the hard work! 

Topics: Monthly Tips, landscape tips, Spring

With February, Comes Roses

Posted by Jessica Downs on 2/8/2019

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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!

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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.

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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

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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 

Click Here  for the February Rose Care Guide Infographic

 

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 and Loving 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:
Moon Valley 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 Pepper

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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 Columns

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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 Palm

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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 Palm

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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 Ash

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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!

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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.

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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

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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

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 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