<![CDATA[Moon Valley Nursery - Blog]]>Mon, 30 Nov 2015 16:24:50 -0700Weebly<![CDATA[Tips To Picking Out The Perfect Christmas Tree]]>Wed, 25 Nov 2015 19:13:46 GMThttp://www.moonvalleynurseries.com/blog/tips-to-picking-out-the-perfect-christmas-tree
Picking out a Christmas Tree comes once a year and is a fun family tradition. What’s not fun is picking out a Christmas Tree that doesn't fit into your home or one that isn't fresh. With so many varieties to choose from, it can seem like a daunting task to pick out the ideal Christmas Tree for your household. To assist you in your efforts at selecting the perfect Christmas Tree for you and your family, follow Moon Valley Nurseries simple steps to selecting a Christmas Tree. Our Christmas Trees are expressed shipped within 48 hours of cutting so you know you'll find the World’s Best Christmas Tree at any of our Christmas Tree lots.
We Have The Tools
At our Christmas Tree lots, we have the measuring tape and we will cut the base of the tree for you so you do not have to worry about bringing a saw. PLUS, we’ll assist you in loading the tree into your vehicle!
Think About What Decorations You Will Be Hanging/Using
For the most part, ornaments on your Christmas Tree are relatively the same year-after-year. But what about that heavy looking ornament your aunt just bought you. It’s extremely important to plan ahead as Christmas Tree branches come in different shapes, sizes, and strength. You might have your eye set on one Christmas Tree only to learn later that it can’t support that heavy ornament from your aunt, which brings us to…
Learn About The Different Species Of Christmas Trees
Moon Valley Nurseries carries three different Christmas Trees at our 11 lots in the Valley. Even though the trees may all “look the same” they are all vastly different. The Noble Fir has the strongest branches which are good for heavy ornaments. The Grand Fir has one of the best aromas around, and the Douglas Fir is shaped like a cone. Learn more about our four Christmas Trees right here.
Check The Tree For Freshness
Testing the tree isn’t just an eye test. There are a few things you can do to ensure you're getting the best Christmas Tree.
  • Bounce the tree: Hold the tree up a few inches from the ground and drop it (be sure you don’t let the tree fall on its side!) If a few needles drop, you have a good tree. If a hefty amount of needles drop, move on and find another.
  • Test The Needles: Grab the interior side of any branch on the tree. Close your hand and pull it towards yourself. If you end up with a bunch of needles in your hand you have a bad tree. Fresh trees should have minimal to no needles falling off.
  • Test The Branches: Bend the outer branches. If they snap easily, the tree is too dry.
  • Crush The Needles: The tree should have a good fragrance and a good way to test this is by crushing a few needles. The smell should be strong.
One thing you're assured of at our lots is that you and your family are getting the freshest Christmas Tree in town! Our super fresh trees are expressed shipped within 48 hours of cutting to ensure the highest quality and freshest trees in Arizona for you and your loved ones. Click here to map the nearest tree lot location to you.
<![CDATA[Christmas Tree Varieties at Moon Valley Nurseries]]>Mon, 23 Nov 2015 18:21:47 GMThttp://www.moonvalleynurseries.com/blog/christmas-tree-varieties-at-moon-valley-nurseries
There are many family traditions around the holiday season, but one that stands out year-after-year is the picking of the annual Christmas Tree. The Christmas Tree is the major focal point for any home during the holiday season and it sometimes doesn’t feel like the holidays until a Christmas Tree is in the house. That is why it is extremely important to pick up the World’s Best Christmas Trees at Moon Valley Nurseries.

We have Arizona’s freshest trees and the lowest prices guaranteed. Our super fresh trees are expressed shipped within 48 hours of cutting to ensure the highest quality for you and your loved ones. Our Christmas Tree lots have been a family tradition in Arizona for more than 20 years and we carry all the majority varieties. From MASSIVE to large, and from thick to wide, you know you’ll get the World’s Best Christmas Tree at Moon Valley Nurseries.

Below are three varieties of trees we carry at our 11 Christmas Tree lots in Phoenix. Find the nearest tree lot to you right here

*Check our blog out on Wednesday as we'll reveal our tips to finding a perfect Christmas Tree! 
Noble Firs
When it comes to popularity, the Noble Fir at our Christmas Tree lots has all the other Christmas Trees beat by a mile. The Noble Fir is popular due to its layered appearance, which allows for more room to hang ornaments between the branches. The branches are some of the strongest around and even the heaviest ornaments will produce minimal sag. Its needles are over and inch long and when the Christmas Tree lights are on, the blue-green color of the needled gives it a beautiful lightest display.

Douglas Firs
If you’re looking for a classic Christmas touch, the Douglas Fir is the way to go. One of the most popular Christmas Trees throughout the U.S., the Douglas Fir is known for its bushy branches, dense appearance, and defined cone shape. The Douglas Fir’s needles are dark-green to blue-green in color and the needles spread out in all directions from the branch. It has a distinctive pine scent and it gives off one of the best aromas among Christmas Trees when the needles are crushed. Moon Valley Nurseries carries only the best Douglas Firs. When you pick one up from us, you’ll know it can support a lot of Christmas lights!

Grand Firs
Our favorite Christmas Tree for its rich fragrance, the Grand Fir is unique in the way it displays its needles. The needles on top are dark colored and shoot out from the side creating a flat looking appearance. Underneath the needles is a silver underside can reflect light which produces a sparkling display when draped with Christmas lights. The needles when crushed can give off a citrusy smell. The Grand Fir is horizontally spread which allows the upper and lower sides of the branches to be clearly visible for ornament hanging!  

Our Christmas Tree lots carry the freshest trees you’ll find anywhere in the Valley. All Christmas Tree are expressed shipped within 48 hours of cutting to ensure freshness. For the World’s BEST Christmas Trees be sure to head to the Moon! Map any of our Christmas Tree lots right here.
<![CDATA[Winter Watering 101]]>Mon, 09 Nov 2015 21:37:24 GMThttp://www.moonvalleynurseries.com/blog/winter-watering-101 Picture
A big challenge for many homeowners is understanding proper watering for the material in our landscape. Understanding proper techniques is especially important when we transition from one season to another. As the Valley begins to cool down, it is important to get out into our yards and ensure that everything in the landscape is receiving ample water. 

During the winter, cooler days and less sunlight cause the soil to stay moist for a longer period of time. Our nursery experts recommend decreasing the frequency you water your trees and plants from November to February.

We've put together a handy guide that looks at the components and importance of understanding the proper watering methods and irrigation schedule for your landscape.

There are four key components:
-WHERE to place the water
- HOW MUCH to apply
- HOW FAST to apply
- HOW OFTEN to apply

It's important to remember that various factors such as weather, plant maturity, plant/tree type, and soil type affect these components.

WHEN TO WATER: The best and most ideal time to water the material on your landscape is in the morning when the ground is at its coldest point. This allows the water to penetrate deeper into the soil without losing too much due to evaporation.

WHERE TO WATER: Absorbing roots usually spread 1 1/2 to 3 times as wide as the canopy and are within 1 to 3 feet of the soil surface. IT IS IMPORTANT TO WATER AROUND THE TREE AND NOT JUST AT THE BASE.

HOW MUCH WATER: It is important to know the water depth for the following.
Trees - 3 feet
Shrubs - 2 feet
Flower - 12-18 inches

You are going to want to apply enough water to wet the soil. Use a pointed metal rod to test how deeply you have watered by inserting it into the ground soon after you irrigate. The rod will effortlessly slide through the wet soil and become difficult to push when it reaches the dry soil.​

HOW FAST: Water should be applied only as quickly as it can be absorbed by the soil. Applying water too quickly causes erosion, wastes the water and compacts the soil surface.

HOW OFTEN: The soil should be allowed to dry out between watering. The weather, plant/tree maturity, plant/tree type, soil type and irrigation method are all key factors determining where to place the water, how much to apply and how often to apply water.

WEATHER: During the winter, you want to decrease the frequency you water your plants and trees. The cooler temperatures and less sunlight allows the soil to stay moist for a longer period of time.

PLANT MATURITY: Newly established trees and plant may require more frequent water in winter months compared to mature trees and plants. Still remember to check the soil so you don't over or under water the material in your landscape.

The type of watering method will determine how long it will take to adequately water your plants/trees.

DRIP IRRIGATION: Be sure to have enough well-placed emitters to cover the entire root ball. Program the system to run long enough to apply enough water to penetrate the roots of the tree or plant.

BUBBLERS: Be sure the basins are level and extend beyond the of the canopy.

FLOOD IRRIGATION: This is an excellent technique developing deep-rooted trees.

HOSES: A perforated soaker house spread throughout the root zone is an effective device for watering trees and can be set under the mulch.


<![CDATA[5 Fall Tips for a Perfect Phoenix Landscape]]>Wed, 28 Oct 2015 20:39:16 GMThttp://www.moonvalleynurseries.com/blog/5-fall-tips-for-a-perfect-phoenix-landscape
Fall has officially arrived in Phoenix. The temperatures are no longer in the triple digits, the days are getting shorter, and the Arizona Cardinals are making another playoff push with Bruce Arians at the helm. The fall season may not seem like an active time for your landscape, but in reality this is a very active time as it is the ideal planting and maintenance season in Phoenix. Follow our five landscaping tips to ensure a fantastic fall season for your landscape.
The best and most ideal time to fertilize your landscape is in the fall because trees and shrubs are still growing underneath the soil. Colder temperatures are a signal to trees that they should stop top growth and focus on root development. Fertilizing with Moon Valley Nurseries’ Super Charged Moon Juice and Moon Dust Organic Blend allows organic enzymes and amino acids to stimulate new root hair growth and stronger cell development while helping the tree grow faster and recover quicker from stressful events. These essential nutrients will be absorbed by the root system of your tree. Your tree will then use these nutrients to grow its root system and ward of any disease in the fall. Excess nutrients are then stored in the roots and will be available for vigorous top growth once spring arrives. ​

Add instant color with fall annuals
While the rest of the country is dreading the dark winter days, residents in Phoenix are spending more time outside adding instant color to their landscape. Fall annuals are a fantastic and easy way to add striking color to accent areas, garden beds, and hanging gardens. Be sure to visit any of our huge flower tents in Phoenix as we have a great selection of Snapdragon, Stock, Geranium, Alyssum, Pansy, and Petunia that will bloom from fall through spring. For more abundant bloom cycles this fall, pick up a bag of our Moon Dust Organic Blend which creates fantastic results because it was developed especially for our tough, compact, and alkaline soils.

Tree Maintenance
Now that the monsoon season is over, it’s time to check on the status and health of the trees in your landscape. Staking your trees after the strong winds and heavy rain during the monsoon season is extremely important as the adverse weather conditions may have damaged the foundation of your tree. After planting, the single stake will suffice for 3 to 6 months of growth. At which time we recommend switching to double stake harness for the next year. If your tree was planted in the spring, we highly recommend double staking this fall.

You can safely prune a tree in the fall, and you’re going to want to do it before the winter cold sets in. If the temperature shows early indications of cold weather be careful when pruning your tree. You do not want to hack your tree as this will affect the health of your tree, and it will leave it exposed and susceptible to any potential frost damage.

If you have any questions stop in and speak with any of our certified nursery pros. You can also give our tree services division a call at 602-814-0355 or visit our tree services page. They can assist with any needs or questions you may have. 

Planting new trees and shrubs
We’re quite lucky to be living in Phoenix as we have two fantastic planting seasons. Even though the spring season is a good time to plant, the fall season is the ideal time to plant new trees and shrubs. In the colder months, trees and shrubs convert their energy to root growth. Planting in the fall allows up to five months of root development. Once spring arrives, the tree or shrub that was planted in the fall will already have a very established root system. With the root system established, the tree or shrub will focus its energy on top growth. Trees and shrubs planted now in Phoenix will have ample time to grow a shade canopy before the summer heat arrives next year. ​​

Plant in the vegetable garden
Urban vegetable gardens are becoming more and more popular every year in Phoenix. Cultivating and growing vegetables may seem like a challenge, but it can be quite easy to grow vegetables and, more importantly, fun. If this is your first attempt at a vegetable garden, we’d suggest that you primarily use transplant vegetables. These vegetables have already sprouted and will put your garden weeks ahead of schedule and are available at our eight nursery locations in Phoenix. We also recommend picking up our Super Charged Moon Juice with Furst Liquid. Moon Juice is a concentrated liquid that contains three important micronutrients - Iron, Manganese, and Zinc - required by every tree and plant. Plant artichokes, beets, broccoli, carrots, celery, lettuce, onions, and peas this fall.

Like most residents in Phoenix, the fall season is our favorite time of year. If you have any questions about how to prepare and care for your landscape this fall be sure to talk to our nursery experts at any of our 8 Moon Valley Nursery locations in Phoenix.
<![CDATA[Add Instant Fall Color with these Fall Favorites]]>Wed, 07 Oct 2015 22:30:06 GMThttp://www.moonvalleynurseries.com/blog/add-instant-fall-color-with-these-fall-favorites
There are many advantages to living in Phoenix during the fall and winter seasons. The obvious and number one reason is the temperature. While the majority of the United States is freezing and staying indoors, we’re enjoying our weekends outside. Another advantage of living in Phoenix, and one that is often overlooked, is fall color. Deciduous trees are dropping their leaves creating that ‘dead’ winter feel and out here in Phoenix, we can do the complete opposite and ‘give life’ to a wide range of flowering annuals that produce striking colors in the fall.

Now that the fall season is finally here, we have just received our annual shipment of fantastic fall bedding flowers that look great in pots and gardens. If you’re looking for instant fall color, look no further than these six annuals. 
One of the easiest annuals to grow during the winter, the Pansy produces gorgeous single to multiple colored open-faced flowers in a wide range of striking colors. This fantastic winter annual grows in tight and short clumps from October to late spring and performs best when planted in full sun and given ample water. If planted in areas with partial shade the Pansy will produce a limited number of flowers. The pansy is also cold hardy and can handle lower winter temperatures. ​​​​​

A popular annual, the Geranium thrives in the winter months through spring producing white, pink, red, or purple flowers in heavy clusters on long stalks. The Geranium is extremely tolerant of all soils and looks fantastic in bedding areas and pots where instant color is needed. The Geranium grows in full to partial sun and you can add mulch to any Geraniums to help retain moisture. 

If you’re looking for an overwhelming display of annual color, the Snapdragon is the perfect flower for your landscape. Snapdragons thrive in temperatures below 80 degrees with flowers ranging in colors from white, yellow, orange, salmon, pink, red, and burgundy. The flowers grow on stalks in lobes that are divided into upper and lower 'jaws'. Give the flowers a slight pinch on each side and the flower will open its 'dragon mouth'. Snapdragons perform well in full to partial sun and require regular water. 

Long lasting color is what your landscape will have with Petunias, as they will flower from fall to very late spring once the temperature starts to rise. Petunia flowers are sometimes fragrant in funnel from to double ruffled colors of white, purple, pink, and red. Petunias can grow in full to partial sun. ​​​​​

Known for its large "pom-pom" like flowers, the Marigold is an ideal fall annual for the Phoenix area. The Marigold grows best in full sun and it's flower's grow on stems in tight vivid colors from yellow to orange. Able to handle various soil conditions, the Marigold can greatly increase its bloom and blooming times by removing spent flowers. 

Very easy to grow, the "sweet" Alyssum produces small flowers in tight clusters of white, purple. pink and light blue. The Alyssum can tolerate various soil conditions and only requires light watering. It can grow is a flower bed, pot, or even hanging basket. For best results, plant the Alyssum in full sun.  

These five flowering fall annuals are a great way to get started on that fall color right now! Over the course of the next few weeks, we will receive a few more varieties of fall annuals. Be sure to check this blog regularly for more fall colors. As an added bonus, all pots are 50% off. Moon Valley Nurseries has eight locations in Phoenix to assist you with any needs or questions you may have. 
<![CDATA[5 Cocktail Recipes Using Homegrown Citrus]]>Tue, 29 Sep 2015 21:21:11 GMThttp://www.moonvalleynurseries.com/blog/5-cocktail-recipes-using-homegrown-citrusLet’s face it. There are things in this world that we all disagree about. However, without question, we can all agree that food and drinks taste a million times better when fresh. Ok, maybe not a million times better, but nothing beats fresh bread, fresh fish, and even fresh cocktails.
Mixing up cocktails with fresh fruit is a major benefit to owning a citrus tree. Whenever you need a lemon, lime, grapefruit, or orange the fruit is literally on your yard waiting to be picked. Below are five delicious cocktails that taste amazing with fruit from your citrus trees.

Spiced Citrus Bourbon
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 tbsps iced tea (instant, like Lipton, powdered)
  • 12 ozs orange juice (freshly squeezed)
  • 12 ozs lemonade (freshly squeezed)
  • 7 cups water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup bourbon whiskey
Click here for instructions


​Clementine Cocktail
  • 2 ozs vodka
  • 2 ozs clementine juice (freshly squeezed.
    ​DO NOT throw away the peels)
  • 1 oz simple syrup
  • Clementine sections (for garnish)
Click here for instructions

Pink Greyhound
  • 5 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • Ice
  • 2 ozs vodka
  • 1/2 oz simple syrup (rosemary)
  • 4 ozs pink grapefruit juice (freshly squeezed)
  • Twists​
Click here for instructions


​Vodka Lemonade Drink
  • 11/2 ozs vodka (or citrus vodka)
  • 8 ozs lemonade (freshly squeezed)
  • Lemon slices
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Mango Citrus Cooler
  • 1 cup crushed ice
  • 1/3 cup mango (diced and frozen)
  • 1/2 lime (juiced freshly squeezed)
  • 1/2 tsp light lemonade 
  • 11/2 ozs vodka
Click here for instructions 

Enjoy all these tasty cocktails and remember to drink responsibly and obey all drinking laws. All the recipes listed above make for great non-alcoholic drinks too. Just substitute your favorite seltzer water or flavored water. If your landscape is lacking citrus trees, stop by one of our 8 Moon Valley Nursery locations in Phoenix. Our experts can help you pick out the best citrus trees for your landscape. Remember, the fall season is the best time to plant. All trees and shrubs planted now will have enough time to establish their root system before the spring. Once the spring arrives, your newly planted tree or shrub can focus its energy on its top growth. 
<![CDATA[Top 5 Trees That Add Instant Fall Color Of Red, Gold, Yellow, and Burgundy ]]>Fri, 25 Sep 2015 20:15:08 GMThttp://www.moonvalleynurseries.com/blog/top-5-trees-that-add-instant-fall-color-of-red-gold-yellow-and-burgundy
The fall season is finally here, which means striking colors of red, gold, yellow, and burgundy. The trees that provide these picturesque colors are deciduous trees that shed their leaves once per year. Outside of their exquisite fall colors, all deciduous trees provide many year-long benefits. Once the leaves drop, it allows sunlight to penetrate your home and landscape with much-needed warmth in the colder months. In the spring, the leaves grow back quickly providing dense and large reaching shade for the summer. Below are four of our favorite deciduous trees that we recommend for instant fall color and year-long benefits. 

Raywood Ash
A popular choice for landscapes across the southwest, the Raywood Ash is known for its breathtaking display of rich 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 clean up. 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 where its exceptional beauty and color can be admired. 

Click to read more about the Raywood Ash 

Arizona Ash
Native to the Grand Canyon State, the Arizona Ash is well suited 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 clean up 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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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 which makes it a reliable favorite for fall color every year. The tree produces a large 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 the full sun. Due to the Chinese Pistache's size, the tree is ideal when planted in an area where shade is needed. 

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Crape Myrtle 
One of the best choices for beautiful bursts of color in your landscape is the Crape Myrtle. These trees produce exquisite colors in purple, pink, red, and white and look aesthetically pleasing to the eyes when they are planted in cluster on side views or accent location on your yard. These trees bloom early spring all in the way into the fall. 

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Flowering Pear
Known and desired for its fiery-red fall color, the Flowering Pear is an ornamental tree that performs will in many landscape applications. In the spring season, the Flowering Pear produces deep green foliage with snow-white flower coverage that gives the tree incredible depth for long periods of time. Several varieties are available including Aristocrat, Bradford, and Chanticleer. 

Click to read more about the Flowering Pear

All of these trees provide benefits all year long from color to warmth to shade making them ideal choices for your landscape. When you visit any of our 8 Moon Valley Nursery locations in Phoenix be sure to talk to our experts about how you can utilize these trees to the max on your landscape.
<![CDATA[Winter Rye Grass - Fall Overseeding in Phoenix]]>Thu, 10 Sep 2015 19:00:57 GMThttp://www.moonvalleynurseries.com/blog/a-greener-lawn-for-the-fallYour go-to guide for Fall overseeding Picture
When you think of the Fall, many things come to mind. The kids are finally back to school, football is in full swing - and the time has come to show our lawns a little love after a long, hot desert summer. From professionals to weekend warriors, keeping our lawns a vibrant green throughout the year can be a challenge. It is a challenge, however, that many of us love to endure. There’s nothing better than mowing a bright green yard on a cool Fall Saturday morning, settling into the couch and a couple cold ones, and watching the alma mater dominate that school from down South. To make sure you're sipping and grinning on Saturdays instead of fighting yellow patches and dead grass, we’re laying out a step-by-step guide to Fall overseeding. 

Shouldn’t I wait?
A few reasons to begin preparing and overseeding your lawn: The best lawn for overseeding is a dormant one. Even though the temperatures are starting to drop, the warm soil helps seed germinate faster. Weeds don’t grow or germinate during cool fall days, leaving your grass with absolutely no growth competition. 

Step-by-Step, Day-by-Day
These are the steps you need to take to properly overseed your lawn to ensure a rich, healthy looking lawn throughout the Winter. (**Moon Valley Professional Tip: We absolutely recommend using Perennial Ryegrass for your lawn. It’s the only reason we carry one type of ryegrass seed: Perennial. If you choose to use another ryegrass or some other seed, these tips will work just as well...but you should really use Perennial)
  1. Make sure your lawn has not been watered recently before overseeding. This makes your overseeding efforts a lot easier. 
  2. Mow your lawn to ½ inch or at the lowest possible setting. Remove all dead grass and debris to ensure good contact between the new seed and soil.
  3. Loosen the soil using an appropriate method (roto-tilling, aerating, or heavy raking) based on the hardness of your soil.
  4. Prep your soil using a very thin layer of starter fertilizer, this can be purchased at all Moon Valley Nurseries. This will help the seeds germinate and provided additional nutrients for the seedlings to thrive.
  5. Spread the Perennial Ryegrass seed evenly in a side to side, up and down, and diagonal pattern (1 lb per 100 sq/ft for normal density. For extra density apply 2 lbs seed per 100 sq/ft.). We recommend using a little more seed to make up for the seedlings that do not germinate, are washed away, or are eaten by birds. After all of the seed has been spread apply a top dressing of soil or mulch over the top of the seed. Applying a top dressing also keeps the moisture in the soil and keeps the seed warm enough to germinate. Top dressing or mulching also will help to prevent wash off and birds from eating the seeds before they have a chance to germinate.
  6. Water your lawn completely immediately after overseeding. Continue watering your lawn 4-5 times daily for 3-5 minutes. (Future watering schedule: Once you begin to notice sprouting you can cut back to watering 2-3 times a day for 5 minutes. Once the grass has grown to 3” + in height you can mow your lawn for the first time. Reduce watering to 8-10 minutes daily. After your second mow you can reduce watering to every other day for 10 minutes. The idea here is to keep the seedlings wet in the beginning and watering less frequent and deeper as the root system begins to grow). 
  7. After you have mowed your lawn twice apply Moon Royale Turf Fertilizer throughout the season to ensure a lush, healthy lawn throughout the winter. Keep your lawn cut to a height of 2 inches for the rest of the season.
  8. Pat yourself on the back as your envious neighbor begs for your superior lawn care and maintenance tips.

Ratios (Perennial Rye) 
  • Seed (always lay a little extra): 1 lb per 100 sq/ft for normal density. For extra density apply 2 lbs seed per 100 sq/ft. 
  • Topper: 1 cu/ft per 100 sq/ft
  • Mulch: 2 cu/ft per 100 sq/ft
  • Starter Fertilizer: 1 lb per 200 sq/ft
  • Moon Royale: 1 lb per 200 sq/ft

All of these supplies can be purchased at any of our HUGE 7 Valley locations!

<![CDATA[Large Resort Style Palms For Your Pool ]]>Tue, 08 Sep 2015 20:16:18 GMThttp://www.moonvalleynurseries.com/blog/large-resort-style-palms-for-your-pool
Have you always wanted to bring the look and feel of a resort to your landscape? Well now you can with four resort style palms for your pool. In part 3 of our series on “Palms For Your Pool”, our experts at Moon valley Nurseries have identified four statuesque palms that bring elegance and beauty to the landscape around you pool.
Is available space around pool tight? Check out of other blog posts on different size palm trees for your landscape.

Piru Queen Palm
Specially grown at our farms, the Piru Queen Palm is unlike other Queen Palms. Our Piru Queen Palms feature thicker and harder 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 narrow trunk which makes it ideal in tight spaces around your pool, but it does require overhead space as the palm grows to statuesque heights. 

Click to read more about the Piru Queen Palm 

Pineapple Palm
Named for its resemblance to a pineapple when the palm is younger, the Pineapple Palm produces wide fronds and requires space when planted around a pool. It grows slowly, eventually forming a wide trunk and its fronds begin to rise from the ground, creating a classic palm tree shape. The Pineapple Palm can handle the cold and loves the sun. It’s a popular choice for tropical landscape and is commonly seen around resorts. 

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Mexican Fan Palm
A classic resort style palm tree, the Mexican Fan Palm features a single trunk and is desired for its ease of growth. It can handle cold weather and thrives in the sun. The Mexican Fan Palm looks great when planted in clusters and its trunk can be skinned for a unique “cigar cut” effect that lends itself to a more formal appearance. 

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Date Palm
The ultimate palm for your pool, Date Palms are usually found at most resorts and shopping centers. Around pools, Date Palms provide excellent shade due to its wide fronds and it has practically no litter. The Date Palm looks great when planted in clusters of 3 to 5 and is hardy to cold, heat and drought tolerant. 

Click to read more about the Date Palm 

It’s important to take into account what the palm will look like five years after planting. The cute little palm next to your pool could turn into a large palm that engulfs your pool in years. When you visit any of our 8 Moon Valley Nursery locations in Phoenix, be sure to bring in any photos of the area around your pool so our experts can help select the best palms for your tropical paradise!
<![CDATA[Medium Sized Palm Trees For Your Pool ]]>Thu, 03 Sep 2015 19:12:15 GMThttp://www.moonvalleynurseries.com/blog/medium-sized-palm-trees-for-your-pool
After taking a look at some of the smaller palm options for your pool in part 1 of our series on “Palms For Your Pool”, our experts at Moon Valley Nurseries have now identified seven perfect medium sized palms for your pool.
Each palm below is vastly different than the next and when looking at the palms below remember to take into account the amount of space you will need as the palm continues to grow.  

Pygmy Date Palm 
This statuesque palm features many trunks of varying height or it can be grown with just a single trunk. Great for small spaces and accent locations near your pool, the Pygmy Date Palm is a slower grower and adapts well to sun and shade. Moon Valley Nurseries Pygmy Date Palms have been custom grown at our farms to ensure that the palm generates thicker trunks, fuller crowns, and more robust roots. 

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Bismarck Palm
A very large palm, the Bismarck Palm unique look makes it stand out as a wonderful accent in tropical landscapes around pools due to its blue-green colored fronds. Fast growing, the Bismarck Palm produces a striking canopy that reaches several feet wide and is great for blocking unsightly views around pools. It loves the full sun exposure and is low maintenance. 

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Mexican Blue Palm
Highly desired for its unique appearance, the Mexican Blue Palm is a slow growing large palm that is cold hardy and loves the full sun. Native to the Baja Peninsula of Mexico, the Mexican Blue palm make excellent focal points around your pool and are stunning at night when spotlights illuminate the trunks and fronds from the ground. Plant Mexican Blue Palms with other palm varieties or near larger shade trees to get an interesting contrast of colors. 

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Pineapple Palm
Named for its resemblance to a pineapple when the palm is younger, the Pineapple Palm produces wide fronds and requires space when planted around a pool. It grows slowly, eventually forming a wide trunk and its fronds begin to rise from the ground, creating a classic palm tree shape. The Pineapple Palm can handle the cold and loves the sun. It’s a popular choice for tropical landscape and is commonly seen around resorts. 

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Pindo Palm
One of the unique palms on this list, the Pindo Palm features a unique silver - blue color and its fronds curve back toward the trunk. The Pindo Palm is both bold hardy and drought tolerant. It requires minimal pruning and its unique color makes them a great addition for any tropical landscape around a pool. Landscape lighting with upward spotlights creates a fantastic night time effect as well. 

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Windmill Palm
A narrow and vertical palm, the Windmill Palm is one of the most durable palms known. It thrives in intensely hot locations, requires minimal water and can handle periods of freezing weather with little or no damage. Commonly used as a stand alone or focal point, the Windmill Palm makes excellent accents to larger palms. 

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Mediterranean Fan Palm
Compact size and ability to thrive in the hot summer months and survive the cool winters has made the Mediterranean Fan Palm a popular choice for tropical landscapes. Commonly used as a stand-alone focal point around pools, the Mediterranean Fan Palm sprouts multiple trunks and is slow growing. The require minimal pruning and can be drought tolerant. As a bonus, they look great in containers. 

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When you visit any of our 8 Moon Valley Nursery locations in Phoenix, be sure to know the size of the area around your pool that is available. For further assistance, bring in any photos of your current landscape. Our experts are on hand to help you with any needs you may have.