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.

Watering 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

 

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.

Let Moon Valley Nurseries help you with your Yard!

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Call the designer for your area or fill out the form at the link so we can reach out to you.

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

 

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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….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:
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 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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

 

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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!

 

 

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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

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

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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

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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

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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

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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!

 

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November Landscape & Garden Tips

Posted by Jessica Downs on 11/9/2018

Get your Yard Ready for the Winter Holiday Season

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

Trimming

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

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

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

Fertilizing

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

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

Watering

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

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

Gardening

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

Top 5 Trees Recommended for November Planting

Tipu Treetipu tree

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

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.

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OCTOBER LANDSCAPE AND GARDENING TIPS

Posted by Jessica Downs on 10/5/2018

Tips for Lawn Care and Plant Care 

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

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

Watering Tips

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

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

Click here to read more about our Watering Guide Schedule.

Weeding Tips

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

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

Fertilizing Tips

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

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

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

Reseeding Tips

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

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

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

Tree Care Tips

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

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

Insect Tips

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

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

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Best Trees to Plant in October

Tipu Tree (Tipuana tipu)TIPU-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.

 

 

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Piru Queen Palm (Arecastrum romanzoffianum)Piru queen palm

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

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

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

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

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

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3 Reasons to Plant Trees in the Fall

Posted by Jessica Downs on 9/28/2018

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.

 

 

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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.

 

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