Fall Trees for Fall Planting

Posted by Jessica Downs on 11/8/2019


Fall Planting in Arizona

Where has the time gone? Just like that, the temperatures are dropping quickly, and the year is almost over. School is in full swing, Sundays are all about football, and we can go hiking and explore our beautiful surroundings again!

When you imagine fall colors, do you think of beautiful east coast towns covered in gorgeous fall colors all over the landscape? Well our fall is here too, which means you can have the picturesque fall color in your yard instantly this season too!  

Benefits of Arizona Fall Planting

When it comes to successful fall planting, you need two things – a great region like Arizona and Moon Valley Nurseries.

Moon Valley Nurseries custom grows every tree to adjust to our Southwestern regions through every season. We acclimate them by growing them right here in the Southwest! We are also continually improving all our trees with stronger specimens as often as we can to create stronger trees every growing period.

Arizona is one of the best places to live when it comes to adding more trees and building up your existing landscape or designing a completely new yard. It is one of the best places because planting can be done all year long. When it comes to fall planting, it can be done for longer periods in the Southwest compared to anywhere else in the country due to our amazing climate!

So, if you're looking to add that fall season feel to your yard today, be sure to consider one of these five trees below! Not only do they make the best backdrop for fall, but they will also look great all spring and provide plenty of shade through the summer.

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Five Trees to Plant in Fall

HGE Arizona Ash

Arizona Ash

The Arizona Ash tree is one of the best-suited trees for the Southwest region. It is grown to handle all extreme temperature changes. In the fall, this deciduous tree's foliage turns into a vibrant golden color. The Arizona Ash is seedless and only requires one cleanup once the leaves drop.

The tree grows its leaves back quickly in the spring, which provides maximum shade in the summer months. Its canopy of shade covers a large amount of territory, and its flowers form in small clusters in the spring.

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Raywood Ash

The Raywood Ash is a popular tree for landscapes across the Southwest. This Ash tree is known for its breathtaking display of vibrant red to deep burgundy foliage in the fall that gives any landscape a unique touch for the season. Its leaves drop off quickly after the fall season, allowing for an easy one-time cleanup.

During the warmer months, the Raywood Ash is an ideal shade tree that grows more upright than it does wide. Its dark green foliage provides a sharp contrast to any landscape and looks great as a stand-alone or specimen shade tree.

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Chinese Pistache

A fast-growing tree that provides piercing beauty to any landscape, the Chinese Pistache is known for its bright red and orange leaves in the fall. This color show makes it a reliable favorite for fall color every year.  The tree produces a towering canopy of shade while displaying showy and attractive dark green leaves during the summer.

The Chinese Pistache is drought and cold-tolerant and can grow in full sun. Due to the Chinese Pistache's size, the tree is ideal when planted in an area where shade is needed.

Flowering Pear

Flowering Pear

Known and desired for its fiery-red fall color, the Flowering Pear is an ornamental tree that performs well in many landscape applications. This tree is a moderate-to-fast grower that only needs low-to-moderate watering once established. The Flowering Pear can be left alone or pruned in any specific shape or size you need for your yard.

From late winter or early spring, the Flowering Pear produces deep green foliage with snow-white flower coverage that gives the tree incredible depth for long periods. This tree will keep your landscape lively through each season!

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Purple Leaf Plum

If you want to turn heads on your landscape, the Purple Leaf Plum is an excellent pick. This deciduous tree features magnificent deep-purple foliage and breathtaking blooms of puffy pink flowers in early spring.

Though it can be planted alone, this cold and heat-tolerant tree really stands out in accent locations and against green backdrops. This lets its purple foliage really stand out in your landscape.

The Purple Leaf Plum produces no fruit and practically no litter, which makes it an effortless ornamental tree too! This tree is an excellent addition to any space where intense color is desired.

Learn More about Fall Planting from Moon Valley Nurseries

Click here to learn which palms to plant this fall in Arizona.

Click here to find out why fall is the best time to plant in your region.

Click here for three design ideas that will instantly upgrade your yard and transform your landscape.



Topics: Fall Tips, Planting

Get your Yard Prepped for the Holidays

Posted by Jessica Downs on 10/25/2019

Tackle Your Last-minute Landscape Issues

The holidays are getting closer, which can be very exciting and very scary at the same time. While the dinners, decorations, and family visitors are the fun parts of the holiday, the prep can be overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be – we can help!

We can’t grocery shop for you or babysit your kids while you run errands, but we can make sure your yard is ready to go for you and your family over the next couple of months and through the winter season.

Make sure your yard is picture-perfect this holiday season. Keep reading to see which fertilizers and supplements are best for your trees, plants, and lawn! Now is the best time to plant and add what’s missing to your yard, such as a gorgeous focal point or hedges, large and small!

What to Plant to Instantly Boost Yard Appeal

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Italian Cypress

The Italian Cypress will not only boost the appeal of your home, it will bring a dash of elegance to it as well, just in time for the holidays! This cypress tree grows narrow in a column form that can be planted in tight spaces or lined up along borders or driveways for a formal appearance. These fast-growing evergreens can be planted in your landscape to add more depth and distinctive foliage to the design.

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Purple Leaf Plum

The Purple Leaf Plum is a small-to-medium ornamental tree the produces a dark purple/burgundy foliage. The trunk structure grows upright into an interesting branch pattern that could create breathtaking shadows with lighting aimed up into the foliage. With pink blooms in the spring, you can plant this showy tree as a focal point in your yard or near a sitting area for added shade next summer.


Japanese Privet

The Japanese Privet is a low-maintenance evergreen shrub that looks great in any yard. It is a medium-to-large plant that spreads out wide as it grows, which makes it a great screen in your front yard. It can be planted along walkways for a small hedge or near property lines for a privacy hedge. When planted in rows, this privet is perfect for laying holiday lights across the top and making a big impact for your festive décor!  

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How to Instantly Boost Landscape Health

Super Moon Juice

Moon Juice

Use it on: Trees, Palms, Shrubs, Vines, Bedding plants, Potted plants

When to use: New planting, freeze/frost damage, wind/physical damage, and heat/summer stress

Our Supercharged Moon Juice was designed specifically for growing in the tough soils in our region. Moon Juice is a growth-enhancer that utilizes a patented Furst liquid technologies blend, which includes an exclusive mix of organic enzymes and amino acids that stimulate growth signals within the plant.

Applying Moon Juice this time of year will help stimulate growth through the winter, decreasing the chances of any frost or cold damage and allowing for a speedy recovery. Moon Juice also makes watering more effective because it helps open the plant roots to uptake more water and nutrients. This can help reduce the amount of water your plants will need making them more waterwise.


Moon Green

Use it on: Trees, Palms, Shrubs, Lawn

When to use: Reduce soil alkaline levels and loosen clay soil, make thick and fuller hedge plants, darker green leaves

Our Moon Green was created as an easy-to-use solution to fix any yellowing leaves and ugly foliage you spot in your yard. With the holidays around the corner, you don’t want a yellowing shrub or unsightly branch to throw off your beautiful yard when people are admiring your decorations! Like our Moon Juice, Moon Green is also infused with Furst liquid helps stimulate the growth signals within plants.  It can also help reduce soil alkalinity, promote darker and greener leaves, and bring a lawn back to life quickly!


Moon Royale

Use it on: Lawns

When to use: We recommend applying Moon Royale every four-to-six weeks to keep your lawn healthy through the multiple growing seasons.

Our Moon Royale Professional Turf Fertilizer is designed to produce thick, long-lasting, and healthy grass in our native soils. The main reason why our Moon Royale was created was that we needed something that could break up our tough soil for a healthier landscape. Once you amend your soil, your trees and plants will absorb more nutrients efficiently.

Within days of applying Moon Royale to your lawn, you will see the grass getting greener and looking lusher. After a few weeks, the grass will be in top condition through winter and perfect for entertaining or taking family photos this holiday season. 

Let the Professionals Handle Your Tree Care

Our Tree Care Division can get any job done, including:

·       Trimming/Pruning

·       Removal

·       Stump grinding

·       Disease and Pest issues

·       Fertilizer soil injections

Schedule a free consultation with our professionally trained and certified arborists today!

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Learn More from Moon Valley Nurseries

Click here for Part 1 of “Tackling Your Landscape Issues” that focuses on building a landscape for new homes and adding privacy to your yard.

Click here for Part 2 of “Tackling Your Landscape Issues” that focuses on how to gain back privacy, block out noises, and cover unsightly areas in your yard and around your home!

Click here to see some of the most popular landscape styles in Arizona.

Topics: Winter Landscape Tips, Planting

The Standard Vs. Extended Warranty

Posted by Jordan Marks on 10/23/2019

Protect Your Investment the Right WAY

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Have you ever bought something such as a TV, couch or even a car and they offered you an extended warranty? Did you get the warranty? Or did you decline like most people tend to do with those types of products? I am not a big warranty person. I didn't get it on my truck, my tv, or my couch. I figured I could do a decent job maintaining them while I owned them. I have them in a controlled environment, and if something is really wrong with them, there could be a recall, or I can always take it in for repairs. 

Now that is a good thought process for those types of products, but when it comes to living things like our Moon Valley trees, it's a whole different world with almost an infinite amount of variables to consider. In this short article, I am going to lay out our two warranty options for your investment and which ones I always recommend to customers. 

The Standard Warranty (90-day Transplant Shock Coverage)

We are going to start with our Standard 90-day Transplant Shock Warranty. This warranty comes standard with everything we plant for you from shrubs to trees. Our professional planting crew hand digs the holes and then helps amend the soil by using our Soil and Water Conditioner, created specifically for our tough soil. After that, they make an exaggerated tree well around the tree and apply our mulch. Lastly, we use our Supercharged Moon Juice, which acts like a multivitamin and root stimulator. We do our best to make sure whatever we plant has the greatest opportunity to succeed in its new home. 

If, for some reason, the plant dies within 90 days of planting, despite all our best efforts, then we will deliver and plant a one-time replacement tree. This warranty only covers transplant shock, as I described above. This does not include acts of nature, insects, or pest issues. 

The Extended Warranty (12-month Coverage)

Now for my highly recommended option, our 12-month Extended Warranty. All my customers get this for many reasons. I will keep this short and straightforward, the difference between the two will blow you away. Let me show you.

Standard 90-day Warranty

Extended 12-month Warranty
Comes with all installed plant material
1 free replacement
Covers transplant shock
Trip charge for replacement will be applied




Free double staking
Free tree wrapping
2 free replacements
Trip charge for replacement plants will be waived
Covers transplant shock, disease, insects, pests, watering issues, frost, extreme heat, lightning, wind breakage


Click here to learn more about our extended warranty!

Protect Your Trees

There is so much that could happen, and you want to protect your investment. That's what these plants are, investments you have put in your landscape to improve the appearance, value, or just fulfilling an HOA requirement. Let's make sure they are adequately protected and get them through their first year with our Extended Warranty. 

Topics: Planting

Tackle Your Landscaping Issues [New Homes and Needed Privacy]

Posted by Jessica Downs on 10/10/2019

Design a New Yard with the Privacy You Need

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New Home in Need of New Yard

Finding your perfect home can be hard, so when you finally do, you might compromise here and there. One of those compromises might be the condition of the landscape. After all, your dream floor plan is harder to find than your dream yard and way more expensive to customize.

Your new yard might be a bit bland, in bad shape, or non-existent! That is where a nursery like Moon Valley comes in to help. Unlike other nurseries, our trees and plants are ready for planting in every size possible. Our wide selection of plant material lets us build you a customized yard designed to make your new house feel like home. Check out some of our favorite trees and shrubs below.

Trees and Shrubs for Your New Landscape

Shumard Oak

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The Shumard Oak is an impressive choice to include in your landscape. This oak tree is a medium-to-large size tree and grows into a canopy with a wide-spreading reach, which creates a large area of shade all around it.

This canopy can also help create a full screen to add more privacy to your home, especially if you are surrounded by two-story homes! This tree is a fast-growing species of oak that is very tough and long-living! This tree is known for its traditional look with large dark green leaves that can grow up to eight inches long.

Little John Bottlebrush

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The Little John Bottlebrush, or simply 'Little John', is a versatile and hardy shrub that produces dark red, bushy flowers during the spring through fall. The Little John Bottlebrush is a popular accent plant used in many types of landscapes.

It is commonly used to create a unique, informal hedge or as a colorful accent in a desert-style yard. This small-to-medium shrub thrives in our regions and loves the heat. Once these are planted, you will find hummingbirds and butterflies regularly stopping by your yard.

Japanese Boxwood


If you're looking to create a small-to-medium hedge, the Japanese Boxwood is a fantastic pick for your new yard. This hardy evergreen has attractive, bright green foliage that will stand out all year long.  

The Japanese Boxwood shrub has a slow growth rate and does not blossom. This combination means you will spend minimal time cleaning and pruning your boxwoods throughout the year. You can plant them in rows along the border of your property to create a visible barrier or to add symmetry in other areas of your yard.

Purple Lantana


Purple Lantana is one of the most colorful plants around with an abundance of beautiful purple/lavender that bloom half of the year, from spring to fall. The Lantana thrives in the hot summer months and is highly tolerant to drought-like conditions, which makes it easy to plant anywhere in your yard.

Purple Lantana grows and spreads quickly, which is perfect for covering up the bare ground and adding more color to your landscape. Once established, this ground cover will only need little-to-moderate watering and doesn't need much maintenance throughout the year. For a cleaner, formal look, you might prefer to trim it for a more formal look to your landscape.

Design to Create Privacy

Sometimes it's hard to tell precisely what type of privacy you have in your home until after you have settled in! Your neighbors may have a direct view of your backyard, or your windows might perfectly align to theirs with a clear view of each other's home!

You can fix these issues by designing privacy into your landscape and instantly blocking out the views. Whether you need to block a whole section or add a tall screen to block the views of two-story windows, our nursery has something that will solve your issues, such as the trees listed below.

Trees to Add Privacy

Southern Live Oak


The Southern Live Oak is one of the most stunning trees you can plant in your yard. It produces a wide canopy of dark green, leather-like leaves. The branches and foliage grow into a dense form to create privacy AND shade for your yard. This large privacy tree is drought-tolerant, once established.

If you plant several Live Oaks in a row, it will give your landscape a privacy wall above the fencing in your yard that provides immense protection and shade coverage. This evergreen oak also makes for the perfect ornamental tree and looks gorgeous, surrounded by colorful shrubs!

Italian Cypress


Italian Cypress is a fast-growing tree, perfect for a natural fence! Plant these column trees in a row and create an attractive European-style property divider while also blocking out your neighbors. You can plant these narrow privacy hedges in your yard to bring the look of the Mediterranean to your landscape.

The Italian Cypress tree is a perfect option when you have limited space in your yard. Because of its tall and narrow growth habit, it can be planted anywhere you need to help create more privacy.

Ficus Nitida Columns


These evergreen trees can create an immediate privacy screen around your yard and are the ideal choice to create a perfect yard with a classic look. They thrive in our desert environments and require little water, so they are perfect for Arizona!

Ficus Nitida Columns can handle pruning to any size or shape you need to fit your specific needs and get the job done. Plant these beautiful privacy hedges in your yard and take in the dense green foliage that adds an impressive presence to your landscape.

Ready for Your New Private Oasis?

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Have More Questions?

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Topics: Design, Planting

How and Why we Amend Soil for New Trees

Posted by Brad Howard on 9/17/2019

Help New Trees Establish Strong Roots

Importance of Healthy Soil and How to Improve yours

Proper water and soil care are the most important aspects of planting new trees. With the best soil and watering conditions, a new tree will be able to establish its root systems more efficiently for optimal health while avoiding transplant shock.


Here at Moon Valley Nurseries, we are the experts when it comes to the best designs and the biggest trees. We are experts in planting and guarantee the health of your newly planted trees. We have over 25 years in the nursery industry and are the largest tree-grower in the United States. Moon Valley Nurseries has planted over millions of trees through the years. We have perfected the best way to plant trees from delivery to soil prep to tree staking, and we get it done right!

I will share how and why we amend our soils during the installation. We offer free planting so that we can guarantee your trees are planted the right way.

Start Digging to Examine the Soil

soil and water conditionerThe first step we take with your soil is to start digging into the ground for the new tree. Most soil in Arizona is tough and dense, and you will be able to tell as soon as you start digging! During this stage of the planting, we apply our Soil and Water Conditioner to the existing soil.

he conditioner will help reduce the hard and compact soil and allow the roots to grow better while also lowering the high PH levels that are often found in the soil of our region. The sulfur in the conditioner reduces the high PH levels and allows all the excess salts that build up to be flushed during each watering phase. This will create a soil base that converts nutrition easily. Balancing the PH levels will help keep your soil healthy while the root systems establish into your yard.

The sulfur and gypsum will counteract the salt and loosen the soil, which will create better water absorption. The gypsum is what will do the most work loosening the soil that will produce optimal drainage. The healthy soil conditions will keep your tree growing strong and healthy for years to come. 

Supplement with Moon Juice

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The next phase of our installation after we have amended the soil by using the soil and water conditioner is to apply our Proprietary Super Charged Moon Juice. This custom blend has organic enzymes and amino acids that will stimulate new root hairs to increase fertilization and moisture intake.

We recommend using Moon Juice when planting a new tree to help your tree through potential transplant shock. Regular use of Moon Juice will be beneficial for your tree as it matures. Your tree will have a stronger cell development throughout the trunk, branches, and the foliage helping maximize photosynthesis.

All this is done by our professionally licensed, bonded, and insured planting crew.  Amending the soil with our custom blended fertilizer is all included in our free planting that every specimen tree will receive.

Now you’re all set, and you know how to plant in Arizona. Please come and visit one of our many locations in Arizona. Whether you need help designing your yard or if you need Soil and Water Conditioner or Moon Juice for your own yard, we have everything you need to get the job done!

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Meet Brad Howard

My name is Brad Howard, and I am currently the Yard Manager for our Surprise location. After serving 12 years in the United States Army, I found myself a new home with Moon Valley Nurseries. I take pride in serving our community and environment. I am overall responsible for over six acres of inventory and keeping all plant and tree life thriving and healthy until it finds a new home within our community!

Topics: Planting

Will Plumerias Grow in the Desert?

Posted by Jenny Smith on 8/15/2019

Plumeria in bloom at nurseryPlumerias grow very easy here with very little effort or care. Just follow these simple steps and you will be rewarded with beautiful tropical plants with flowers you will love that smell wonderful and are super pleasing in any landscape.  


Planting Plumerias

For planting location morning sun and afternoon shade is ideal. However, they can easily adapt to full sun. Planting in early spring or the fall is a perfect time if you are planning to go full sun. Otherwise, plant anytime other than during frosts.  

When planting, dig the hole a couple of inches wider than the bucket and use a cactus mix to back fill most of the hole and then create a well with the leftover soil.  

When planting Plumerias in pots, always use a cactus mix. I prefer the Black Gold brand. Good drainage is key when planting these beauties. If planting in pots mix 1/3 per liter into the cactus mix. 


Watering Plumerias

The full sun planting will get the higher number per week and the shade will get less. You don’t need full shade as they will bloom more for you if they get more light. As fall comes you will decrease water back to every 7-10-days. Once they start to lose their leaves; and, eventually will lose them all as the cold comes usually towards Thanksgiving, you will stop watering completely. No water through the winter.  

 Watering is easy! When Plumerias come to life in the spring, start watering and stick to once every 7-10 days, depending on sun exposure and whether you planted in a pot or the ground. The ones in the ground usually need a bit less water. Once our weather gets into the high 90’s and hotter water 1-2 times per week. During extreme heat, you will want to water 2-3 times per week depending on the length of time in the ground and again on sun exposure.

Fertilizing Plumerias

Moon Dust

Fertilizing is simple! You want to use all-purpose granular fertilizer such as Moon Dust beginning in March as they are all waking up and again in May and September. Keep it simple, no need for bloom boosters as it doesn’t help with Plumerias.

They bloom when they want and there's no forcing the issue. Plumerias usually must be at least 3 years old to flower. Some will not bloom every year, so I always recommend planting multiple to enjoy. Hey, you might get lucky and have all your Plumerias bloom at the same time!

Weather Protection for Plumerias

Plumerias love the heat. If planted in full sun you can use tree wrap around the trunk to protect the bark from sunburn when they are young. For smaller Plumerias, paper towel rolls are handy for this purpose.

One of the most important rules with Plumerias is protecting them from extreme cold. They must be covered or stored inside during frosts. The old school C-9 Christmas lights are a great thing to apply under the frost cloth for added warmth. Make sure to use lights that actually produce heat, as not all do. Putting them in a garage or inside is no problem. Again, don’t water during this time.

Pests and Plumerias


Plumerias are fairly pest-free. The only thing to keep an eye out for is spider mites. Spraying the plants down with water to wash off the leaves is an easy solution. Plumerias appreciate this foliar watering since spider mites hate water, so it helps deter them from sticking around. For preventative measures, you can add systemic granules in spring and fall to get ahead of them.

A more organic way of dealing with them if the issue arises is spraying them with neem oil, for which I personally use Triple Action. With that product, it is super important that it not be sprayed during broad daylight. Early morning or evening is best. If it gets bad, just cut off the leaves and they will regrow without issue.  

Add Plumerias to Your Yard Today

Visit Jenny at our Phoenix location today and find out more about how to add Plumerias into your yard.

Visit any Moon Valley Nurseries and check out the Plumeria varieties available near you. Ready for a FREE in-store design consultation? Learn more here

Topics: gardening, Planting

Moon Valley Designers Help at Every Step

Posted by Colleen Johnson on 6/27/2019

Get The First-Hand Experience

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Step into the shoes and experience what it’s like as a designer at Moon Valley Nurseries and how involved our designers are with your yard from start to finish. Colleen Johnson, a designer at our Surprise Nursery, shares one of her favorite projects below!

One of the many perks of being a Moon Valley Nurseries Landscape Designer is the incredible relationships established with our clients:  our customers become friends and ultimately become Moon Valley family. My job is never a chore, but a craft, in delivering beautiful sanctuaries for homeowners to retreat to from the clamor and hassles of everyday life. There is no greater responsibility and honor for me than when my customers entrust their property to my design concept. A task I willingly accept.

I am here today at my customers’ home on a balmy, sun-drenched spring morning in the northwest part of the Valley of the Sun to add one more tree that will complete the customers’ yard. Incorporating the design with layers of textures and colors, finding the perfect placement of trees and shrubs, complimenting the hard lines of travertine and pool water features, comes the Magnum Opus to finalize the homeowners’ project.

In the rising heat of the morning sun, my wonderful customer hands me a freshly squeezed ice-cold lemonade with lemons picked from the Lisbon Lemon tree Moon Valley planted one year earlier. They invited me to sit. We are waiting together as I “lounge” on the customers’ swing hanging from one of the sculptured beams of the pergola, with iron chains oxidized through monsoon seasons creaking ever so quietly with rusty repetition.

Custom Designs for Your Yard

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My original design with plants and trees planted late in the fall season covers the pergola’s upright posts with Moon Valley’s most aromatic Star Jasmine vines with tendrils weaved and laced around each one filling the air with a sweet jasmine aroma that even Chanel could not replicate. Near to the pergola we planted our 48” specimen Jacaranda tree, now in full bloom, with cascading violet flowers wafting in the breeze in concert with their soft fern-like leaves.

The Jacaranda’s wispy, delicate canopy has become a majestic showstopper of color and beauty contrasted against the harsh backdrop of the desert terrain. In the southwest corner of the yard, a stately Southern Magnolia tree adorned with leathery, dark green leaves was also planted and is providing much-needed shade to this particular section of the yard. To the joy of the homeowners, magnificent virgin white blossoms have bloomed, emitting a delicate lemony fragrance that can incite any discouraged soul from its malaise. From one bloom to another, scores of industrious bees, graceful butterflies and whizzing hummingbirds gather the sweet nectar of the gods.

Banished far from any close proximity to the pool in an area dedicated only to this plant is my favorite shrub – the much-maligned Bougainvillea. It is wild. It is messy. It is beautiful. For me as a designer, this plant, hands down, is the one plant that will provide the most singular pop of color and the most dramatic effect to any landscape design. The Bougainvillea bloom is truly beautiful despite its unfortunate, less than tidy reputation.

Off in the distance, in the southeast corner of the yard is Moon Valley’s planting crew. Voices carry over the breeze of English and Spanish, laughter and talking as these hardworking men dig the hole for the crown jewel of the yard. Sounds of shovels and picks striking the hard, impenetrable ground coincides with the chatter of men.

By far, our planting crews are the hardest working people in the company. Day in and day out, in extreme heat and cold, monsoons and haboobs, hail and scorching temperatures, they dig, and they dig, and they dig. They are the labor and the final caretakers and deserve not only a thank you, but also a firm handshake given in admiration and respect.

The Crane is Here and the Planting Begins

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The rise of commotion and flurry of digging faster and deeper is the result of the news that the crane has arrived. While the men finish digging the hole and amending the soil with our Soil and Water Conditioner, John, the foreman, and two other men hurry to the front to meet the crane operators to discuss the particulars in raising the tree and moving it over the house into the sweet spot in the backyard.

Everything down to the smallest detail is determined so that in symphonic harmony the tree is hoisted into the air and gingerly placed directly into the hole without mishap or error. No one is complacent even though Moon Valley planting crews plant large trees such as this every day of the week. No tree or crane job is ever the same.

John moves the truck into position while the crane operators place the counterweights to stabilize the crane. The two crewmen climb into the Moon Valley truck and ready the tree for lifting. Once the tree is firmly tied up, the crane operator slowly lifts the massive tree from its side and lifts it vertically to stand upright. The tree hovers about 3’-4’ off the bed of the truck. The men quickly work to cut the metal straps from the container and begin to break down the sides and the bottom of the box freeing the immense root ball from its confinement. The homeowners and neighbors gather around all the while taking videos with their smartphones.

Ever so deliberately, the tree is raised by the telescopic arm of the crane – the boom - and unhurriedly is transported over the house and finds its way into the backyard. With radios, the crane operator onsite gives instructions to the operator in the cab to move the tree exactly in place. The whole process is like a fine Swiss watch that is perfectly timed in logistics and coordination: a sight to behold of impressive workmanship and technology.

The tree finds its new home and is turned and placed to the homeowners’ satisfaction. The planting crew finishes the planting of compacting the earth, building a well and watering and feeding this most spectacular tree our Moon Juice.

What is the feature tree, the Magnum Opus, planted in the backyard? We planted our absolute evergreen, Moon Valley exclusive 60” specimen multi-trunk Indian Laurel, aka the Ficus Nitida. This beautiful waxy green leaf tree with a vibrant white trunk, in my humble estimation, is the Dom Perignon of Moon Valley trees.

The thick dense canopy provides a block of shade that not even the magnificent sun can penetrate. The Ficus Nitida grows ever so wide, ever so dense, ever so beautiful. It truly is the central masterpiece, a prized perfection of a tree in any landscape. But for these homeowners, the Ficus Nitida is the showpiece that completes their dream yard and home.

While the homeowners stand in awe at their new tree as it fits so perfectly with the rest of the plants Moon Valley has planted, I hurriedly drink the rest of my lemonade and jump into my car with the hopes of making future Moon Valley guests happy and satisfied customers.

Click here to learn more about our design process and how simple it is to get started!

Topics: Design, Planting

The Moon Valley Planting Crew Goes the Extra Mile

Posted by Jessica Downs on 6/21/2019

Our Planting Crew Goes the Extra Mile for Every Landscape Job

At Moon Valley Nurseries, our goal is to make your experience as simple as it can be from the very beginning to the very end. Unlike any other company out there, we offer services from start to finish and that includes delivery AND planting.

We make sure that we have the most skilled and experienced planting crew that work for and are trained by Moon Valley. We know our hard work and dedication pays off when we hear stories like these from our customers over the years.

This customer experience happened just a little over a year ago that showcases our crew going over the top to make sure we accomplished the homeowner's wishes.

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Designer: I had sold the customer trees but we needed to crane 12 of our massive 18' tall Indian Laurels trees to the top of this steep and treacherous slope to block out some solar panels the next-door neighbor had just installed. The planting area was well over 180' away from where the crane could set up, however, the largest crane that could fit up his narrow driveway allowed for only 120' reach at max. All 12 trees were craned up the slope as far as the crane could reach and dropped in a loading area our Foreman, Brad Toner, and his guys had leveled out as a temporary holding area. From there, Brad had his guys manually lift, roll and shift each individual tree another 60' away into their final planting locations which took an additional 2 days to complete. Without the sheer determination of Brad Toner and the brute strength of the guys on his installation crew, that job would not have been able to be completed by anyone else. When the dust had settled, and the homeowner could no longer see the solar panels, he was beyond ecstatic and was completely floored by the amount of effort put forth by our planting crew. He was so impressed by the size of our material and capabilities that he came back to me a few months later and came back to purchase even more landscape material! 

Some projects come to us that are extremely meaningful to a homeowner or family. We were able to help a family going through a hard time with the perfect Olive tree dedicated to their late mother.  


Designer: In the summer of 2017, I had two sisters come in looking for an Olive Tree for their elderly mother's house. They explained to me that they were looking to remodel their mother's landscape so that she could enjoy it in her later years while also acknowledging that they planned to rent the property out in the future after she had passed away. After scouring my entire 2-mile-long nursery, I was able to find them the most gorgeous multi-trunk Olive Tree for the front yard of the property. The sisters and I tagged the tree and we set the installation date for the first day of fall with the idea to let the heat of summer pass us by before planting. However, one week before the scheduled installation date I received a call from one of the sisters informing me that their mother's health had taken a rather sudden turn for the worse and she was hospitalized. Unfortunately, the mother's condition only worsened further, and I was informed that she had expired the night before the installation. Obviously distraught, the sisters both agreed to postpone the installation until their mother's affairs were put in order. Ultimately, we decided on a new installation date of October 31 to install the tree because Halloween was their mother's favorite holiday. As we craned the tree in, a small group of family and friends recited a prayer, and each placed a small piece of remembrance of the mother into a small metallic box that was then placed in the hole and covered by the new Olive Tree. It was a solemn experience by all that were there that day.

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Topics: Planting, Community

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!

Moon Valley Trees

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.


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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!



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


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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

Best Trees to Plant Memorial Day Weekend

Posted by Jessica Downs on 5/24/2019

Moon Valley Trees are ready for Planting!

This Memorial Day Weekend come and see which trees are looking gorgeous that would be perfect for your yard. Not only is this the ideal time to plant, but these are some of the best trees to plant now!

Whether you are looking for some shade, color, or anything else you might be missing in your yard, we have something that will fit all your needs. Keep reading to learn more about some of our favorite trees this week!

Best Memorial Day Weekend Trees




The Vitex is a striking multi-trunk tree and is a favorite for its unique purple flowers that bloom on long spikes that form at every growth tip of the tree. The Vitex blooms during the late spring and into the summer season. The flowering spikes on the Vitex tree, like other trees on this list, are popular with our pollinating friends.

In addition to the stunning flowers, the trunk of the tree is also an interesting part of the Vitex. The twisted and tangled growth pattern gives this tree a statuesque appearance in any landscape, especially when covered in night-time lighting. This tree loves the full sun, and in the winter the leaves turn a golden yellow color.


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The Jacaranda tree is one of our best-selling flowering trees and blooming like crazy across the valley! These colorful trees have outstanding features – exotic, trumpet-shaped purple blooms and soft-feathery, fern-like foliage. These are fast-growing trees that can provide filtered shade.

We recommend to our customers that they plant them near patios, courtyards, and decks. These are stunning specimen trees that look amazing in water-wise landscapes or urban gardens because of the color they bring to those styles. They also add massive curb appeal when planted in the front yard solo or in rows.

Museum Palo Verde


The Museum Palo Verde is a beautiful shade tree for Arizona. Our Palo Verde is a hybrid of different, older Palo Verde species that bring out the best qualities from each original variety.

The unique combination resulted in a thorn-less tree with fuller foliage, large and prolific yellow flowers, and a trunk that has an eye-catching blue-green color. Between the yellow blooms and the unique trunk style, the Museum Palo Verde provides a stark contrast to just about any landscape.

This tree allows some light through the foliage throughout the day, while also supplying plenty of overall shade. This is especially beneficial when you want to add shrubs and other plant material that need partial sun under the widespread canopy of the Museum Palo Verde.

Date Palm

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The Date Palm trees are the ultimate palm for your pool. These palms are also often found at resorts and shopping centers. When planted around a pool, Date Palms provide excellent shade due to their wide fronds. They are also great options for pool landscaping as they produce very minimal litter throughout the year.

Date Palms looks best when planted in clusters of three to five palms of varying heights to create a more natural style. We also recommend planting them in rows and at similar heights to create an instantaneously formal look. They can be planted almost anywhere as they are hardy to cold and heat, and drought-tolerant.



If you're looking for both shade and color, the Tipuana Tipu tree should be at the top of the list of trees to check out when you come into the nursery! 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.

Coolest part about the Tipu? 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.

Special Shrub Spotlight



We have many different rose varieties that are delivered fresh from our farms, so come in and see which ones we have to offer that are looking gorgeous and are ready to plant.

The sight of a rose garden in bloom is a gift for all the senses. There are many uses for roses, even as hedge material to create breathtaking levels to your landscape.

Save $$$ with these awesome savings!

Memorial Day weekend is here, and we are open every day, including Monday! In honor of all our military, past and present, we are offering 10% off on all purchases for all military with a valid I.D. present. Click below to print out your coupon and bring it to the nursery with you.

Memorial Day Coupon ten percent off

We are also offering an awesome 4 for $119 deal on ALL fertilizer products this weekend. You can purchase four of the same products that you love so much or purchase four different products and see how they bring your yard back to top health. Click below for your coupon to bring it to the nursery with you!

4 for $119 Fertilizer Coupon


Topics: Spring, Planting