Get Excited for Fall Planting at Moon Valley Nurseries

Posted by LP Oviedo on 8/28/2019


Between the fall color and cooler weather right around the corner, there isn't a better time to be living in Arizona. Benefiting from shade during our extreme summers is a must if you want to survive the Arizona heat. 

In the Phoenix region, some schools have even suspended recess and outside lunches until the weather cools down. With better tree placement, there would be no need for this limitation on our kids.

Enjoying our exterior spaces starts with planting the perfect trees at the perfect time. I personally love the fact that my kids come home full of energy from sitting all day in class. I usually send them outside to run around and burn some of that adrenaline off before starting homework.

Fortunately for me, about three years ago, I planted a couple of the exclusive Evergreen Ash trees that Moon Valley Nursery grows. They have grown into huge trees in such a short period, and it provides shade for my kids to enjoy all day. They don't have to wait until the late evening to go out and aren't restricted from enjoying themselves any time of the day.  

Why is fall planting the best time to plant in Arizona?  

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No matter what type of trees you choose to plant, there are enormous benefits to planting in the fall. From palms to evergreens, from deciduous to shade trees, they all appreciate having 8-10 months of cool weather to adapt and gain their optimal health before 115 degrees comes back.

Planting Trees Saves You Money

Trees use less water in colder months, saving huge on the pocketbook. Some yards will take several hundred gallons of water to saturate root balls during the summer months entirely. Planting in the fall will give trees time to acclimate to their new situations before summer and will allow for less water to be needed during the summer. So not only helping save money now but for the future as well.  

Extra Time with Kids Back in School

While working in the nursery, I get to meet so many people from all over the valley. I cannot believe how many parents were just waiting for their kids to start school so they could come in with their extra free time to get their project done. With our design app available we are getting a lot of families their dream yards designed, scheduled, and planted. Simply bring in some photos of your yard on a phone or tablet and we will make the rest happen. So, while the little ones are in school, come get your dream yard.  

Beat The Snowbirds Before They Get to Phoenix

We all love what the snowbirds do for our economy here in Arizona but we all know that about that by the third week of November our freeways will be backed up and our contractors will be scheduled weeks out in advance. Not only are we able to get you in before they arrive, but you will be beating them to the best planting time possible. All of our Arizona grown trees and plants will be flowering beautifully in your yard by the time they are pulling up in their RV's!!! 


Topics: Fall Tips, Shade Trees

Start Cooling Down Your Home with Shade Trees

Posted by Clay Simms on 7/25/2019

Summer is here and with that brings intense heat into your home and yard. This is also the time that the kids are home from school, families want to bar-b-que and swim all day, and you want to do this comfortably! The best and quickest way to make your home perfect for outdoor entertaining is to incorporate mature shade trees into your yard.

Not only do these trees provide elegance and beauty to any landscape, they have amazing benefits when it comes to your home! Did you know a well-placed tree can cut your energy bill by as much as 40%? Mature trees are one of the easiest ways to not only save money each month but add value to your home as well. While many trees can create some shade, there are three that can help achieve these goals.

I understand our summers can be rough, but with the correct trees and placement, we can make it a little more bearable. The three trees I will be speaking on are all desert trees proven to perform very well here in Surprise and the general Arizona region. Not only will these options add an abundance of shade, but they are also incredibly reliable and look fantastic.

Chinese Elm ‘True Green’

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The Chinese ‘True Green’ Elm is an excellent example of a tree to use when you want to add additional shade to your property. Not only are these trees fast growers, but they also have a broad canopy and fit well in most landscape layouts. The True Green Elm is a Moon Valley Nursery exclusive tree and has been perfected to maintain a beautiful shade of green and hold onto its leaves for longer into the year.

Chilean Mesquite


The Chilean Mesquite is another excellent choice when wanting shade, especially for desert or native landscapes. Another Moon Valley Nursery exclusive, these trees have been grown to be thornless and are extremely drought-tolerant. With layers of thick foliage and unique growth patterns, these fast-growing trees add personality to any yard and provide much-needed shade.

Ficus Indian Laurel

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The Ficus Indian Laurel Tree is my top choice when it comes to providing shade. This Moon Valley Nursery exclusive is an absolute evergreen and provides dense shade all year long. This tree will enhance any landscape instantly with its dark green canopy and clean appearance. The difference can be felt immediately by simply standing beneath one. Proper placement of a mature tree will shade your home completely.

We are the Shade Tree Experts

With that being said, Moon Valley Nurseries is your shade tree headquarters! Allow our experts to come in, design your yard and set you up for success. You can also come into the nursery and we can design your yard here!

We design, deliver, plant, and guarantee all our products to ensure your yard is perfect and done right the first time. Whether you’re a first-time buyer or have been shopping with us for years, you’ll notice the difference and quality as soon as you step foot in any of our seven valley locations.

Meet Clay Simms in Surprise

My name is Clay Simms, and I have been with Moon Valley Nurseries for well over six years! As the General Manager of our location in Surprise, AZ, I have worked on thousands of landscapes and acquired an extraordinary amount of knowledge for planting in the desert. I am here to share my knowledge and skill to as many people as possible and provide my customers with the best experience.


Topics: Shade Trees