The weather is forecasting some very cold nights this week and it is important that we take the proper procedures to be sure our plants and trees make it through the winter time. There is a lot of discussion on what to do during our winters here in the Valley. There are always the questions of what to do to protect your trees what needs to be covered, when it should be covered, how long to keep it covered, and what to cover it with.
Items that are the most susceptible to being damaged by cold weather
are going to be extremely tropical plants, plants that are not used to seeing the temperatures fall below the 40s. You will always run the risk of any tree being damaged however, depending on how long it is below freezing and cold it gets. Even desert acclimated plants can be damaged if it is cold enough.
You only want to cover your plants on nights that are predicted to be in the freezing zone. You do not want to cover them too early because you want the plant to be able to harden up naturally. Covering it when it’s not necessary can actually make the plant more dependent on the warmth than what may be necessary. If the night is predicted to be cold, wait as long as you can before you cover it, typically later in the night (8-9pm). You want to leave the plant covered until the sun has started to come up; do not leave it covered while the sun is up as this can lead to more damage to your plants and trees.
Many people think that covering your plant i
s the only way to protect it from frost damage; this is not true, there are many other effective means of doing this. One option is to create a microclimate in your yard. Watering very heavy the night of the freeze, to the point where you have standing water on the ground, will create humidity and prevent frost from settling on the plants or trees as much.
Homeowners can also use flood lights and clamp lights as an effective way of protecting a tree from frost damage. Focusing the light onto the tree will create heat that will not allow frost to form. Other effective means of frost protection are using old style Christmas lights (NOT LEDs) and wrapping your trees and bushes, this can create just enough heat to protect your plants and trees while adding a splash of holiday color to your yard. You can also use large oscillating fans to help move the air in your yard, simulating blowing wind makes it more difficult for frost to settle. Patio propane heaters are effective if you have a sensitive plant or tree. Place the heater near the plant and let it run on low, creating just enough warmth to keep the plant safe.
Very rarely do we get temperatures in the Valley that will be detrimental to our landscape, but knowing what to do during these few times will keep your landscape looking great throughout the winter and ultimately save you money. Remember if you choose to cover your plants only use burlap or cotton
, NEVER USE PLASTIC! Follow these simple tips and protect your landscape throughout the winter months!
) is considered the best Christmas tree grown anywhere. They are the easiest to decorate and have the iconic Christmas tree shape that everyone desires. The Noble Fir is known for staying freshest the longest and lasting throughout the Christmas holiday.
The Noble Fir came into popularity in the 1960’s and 1970’s and are found in the Northern United States. Since the 60’s, demand has increased throughout the United States making the Noble Fir the most highly sought after Christmas tree anywhere.
Noble Fir Christmas trees are grown only in the Pacific Northwest states of Washington and Oregon. The Noble Fir thrives in the high elevation of their native state where they can receive well over 60” of rain annually and is known for very cold temperatures and plenty of snow in the higher elevations.
The Noble Fir is easily recognizable by the spacing between the branches and the rounded needles. They are prized for this look as they are very easy to decorate and allow plenty of room for all of the store bought and handmade decorations you have accumulated over the years. While it doesn’t have the strong odor of pine it does have enough to fill your home with the fresh smell of Christmas for many days to come.
The Noble Fir is available at all Moon Valley Nursery Christmas tree lots
and comes in a variety of sizes from table toppers to 15-20’+. Stop by any of our Moon Valley Nursery Christmas tree locations
and take your time selecting the best Christmas tree, the Noble Fir.
One of the many joys for those that celebrate the Christmas holiday is going out with the family and hand selecting the perfect family Christmas tree to decorate for the upcoming holiday. Many times the simpleness of being with family and picking a full, dark green tree that doesn’t resemble the Charlie Brown variety is enough to make everyone happy. The Moon Valley family thinks its important for you to know exactly what populates all of our Christmas Tree lots and how to pick the very best Christmas Tree this holiday season. There are many different types of Christmas trees at our lots to choose from but the most common are the Noble Fir, Grand Fir and Douglas Fir. We’ll break down all three of these Christmas trees so you can make the best choice for your holiday.Noble Fir
The Noble Fir is the most popular and longest lasting variety of Christmas tree. It is easily recognized for its spacing between branches and rounded needles which have made them a prized addition to any home. Noble Fir are very easy to decorate and allow plenty of room for all of the store bought and handmade decorations you have accumulated over the years. While it doesn’t have the strong odor of pine like some Christmas trees it does have enough to fill your home with the fresh smell of Christmas during the holiday season. The Noble Fir is available at all Moon Valley Nursery Christmas tree lots
and comes in a variety of sizes from table toppers to 15 to 20+ feet tall! Grand Fir
The Grand Fir has a shinier needle than the Noble or Douglas Fir and has a very strong smell of pine and a hint of citrus. This tree is recognizable by its flat needles, dark green tops and silver underside. The Grand Fir are a thick tree that can handle being heavily decorated and are available in sizes from 4’ up to 15’+ tall. The Grand Fir is a long lasting Christmas tree that is a safe choice to have in your home throughout the Christmas season.
The Douglas Fir is the most commonly sold Christmas tree you will find at our lots. This is a very full tree with a thin needle, is easily decorated and also considered to be the most fragrant Christmas Tree around. A common issue with the Douglas Fir is that they have the shortest life span of all fresh cut Christmas trees and tend to dry out easily.
All of the Christmas Trees listed above are available at all 10 of our Valley Christmas Tree lots and are the freshest in Arizona as they are express shipped from Oregon within 48 hours of cutting. Our Christmas trees and lots have been a family tradition for thousands of Valley families for over 20 years so we're sure to have the perfect Christmas tree for you and your family waiting in our lots!
REMEMBER: All Moon Valley Nursery Christmas trees are guaranteed fresh till Christmas or we will replace your tree*. Stop by any of our Moon Valley Nursery Christmas tree lots and see the Moon Valley difference.
*Tree will be replaced with proof of purchase, please keep receipt.
The Arizona desert has many beautiful trees that offer up gorgeous fall color this time of year. Most of us assume that to see this beauty on display you’d have to take a trip to Flagstaff or the White Mountains in order to enjoy one of Arizona’s most spectacular seasons. But, down here in the Valley there are actually quite a few options to help you add fall color to your yard with the right trees and plants.
There are a number of different trees that will give you fall color in the Arizona desert. The Chinese Pistache, Pistacia Chinensis ‘Red Push’
, is one of the more popular varieties because its leaves turn a stunning burgundy color in middle to late fall. The Red Push also provides great shade the rest of the year and is extremely easy to grow. The Fraxinus species, like the Arizona Ash
, Raywood Ash
, Berrinda Ash
and Fan-Tex Ash
, are also fantastic trees for adding fall color to your yard. They show rich, golden and deep red leaves which add some of the more brilliant fall colors to the desert around this time of year.
You can also get fall color by adding the right types of shrubbery
to your landscape as well. Ornamental grasses such as the Muhlenbergia
species add a great tone of pinks and reds. Dwarf Nandina
‘Moon Bay’, Heavenly Bamboo, Purple Hopseed
, Red Tip Photinia
, and Pyracantha
all add fall colors like red, burgundy, gold and even purple to their leaf color which matches the color of the fruit the plant will bare.
These trees and bushes can be added to nearly any landscape where fall color is desired and will give you that season changing feeling right here in the desert that we normally do not get to enjoy. Planting these along with early blooming shrubs and trees will make a transition from Fall to Spring that will make your yard much more colorful and enjoyable.
Stop in to any of our 7 Valley locations and speak with a nursery professional about the trees and plants listed above and add some fall color to your yard today!
The Fall growing season is upon us, which means that getting out in our yards and fertilizing all of our trees and plants is crucial to ensure that they receive all of the nutrients that they need in order to recover from the brutal summer heat. Another important task when prepping your lawn and garden during the Fall is to keep an eye out for any pests that may be looking to wreak havoc on your trees and plants. The cooler temperatures of the Fall bring out several pests that love to attack many popular Arizona trees and plants that populate our landscapes and gardens. We've identified the top 3 pests below to help you identify them, their favorite targets and how to get rid of them.
Leaf Skeletonizer - During the Fall many folks run into this nasty little bug. Usually attacking our plants and gardens, the Leaf Skeletonizer eats everything in its path. The moth larvae (looks like a caterpillar) sucks the life out of the leaves of your plants and destroys the new growth. You can identify if your plants have been attacked by these pests by the ‘skeleton’ (hence the name) of the leaves that they have left behind.
The Leaf Skeletonizer can affect a wide range of trees and plants, the most common are; Texas Mountain Laurel, Tacoma varieties (Orange Jubilee, AZ Yellow Bells, Bells of Fire), Bougainvillea, Grapes, and many garden vegetables. Getting rid of these pests can be a chore, but chemicals like Thuricide and Dipel Dust should help detract from further damage.
Aphids - Another nasty little big we have been seeing a lot of lately are aphids. These little bugs are white, yellow or dark colored and will affect the new foliage of trees and plants. They are typically found on Hibiscus, Oleander, Cape Honeysuckle, Ruellia, Orange Jubilee, Ash trees and more. There are a few different treatments for these little pests; a more natural approach is to use insecticidal soap or Triple Action. A stronger more effective product in some cases is using Malthion or Permethrin based products.
The reason this issue seems so much worse this season than previous years is due to the fact we had such a wet Monsoon season. Typically these insects appear in the spring and in the fall and you can treat plants even before signs become prevalent. If you spray your plants and gardens spring and fall you will see less damage. Take the time to spray your yard and prevent your gardens and plants from being eaten alive by these nasty little creatures.
- These flying masters of mayhem are closely related to the Aphid and can be found in many areas of your landscape or garden. Whiteflies ingest plant juices and produce a sticky type of residue called ‘Honeydew’ that can weakens plants and can cause fungus to form on leaves. These little guys are extremely small (1/12 of an inch) and often hide in small clusters on the undersides of leaves. One of the biggest problems: They lay a ton of eggs that can lead to an even bigger problem in a short amount of time. You can get rid of Whiteflies with Systemic Treatments, topicals and insecticidal soaps (often the least effective).
Treating at the first sign of these bugs is a proactive approach before they take over your landscape. Stop by any of our 7 Valley locations
and take a look at our huge displays of fungicides, pesticides, miticides, herbicides, pre-emergent, and more. Speak with our nursery professionals about the best treatments for pests in your yard and ensure your lawn and garden flourish throughout the Fall.
Knowing you have a single place you can go to and get all of the right products you need for your lawn and garden makes your life a lot easier. Now you can do that at Moon Valley Nurseries with our larger new and improved specialty fertilizer and chemical rooms. We have everything you need to treat all your lawn, garden and pest issues along with a number of custom blended fertilizers to keep your landscape bug free and growing great.
During the Fall we are fighting all many different issues within our landscape; bugs, fungi and the need for nutrients that have been depleted by the brutal summer heat. It is important that you get the right product and the right information from a certified nursery pro to get your landscape back into shape.
Stop by any of our 7 valley locations
and take a look at our huge displays of fungicides, pesticides, miticides, herbicides, pre-emergent, and more. You can speak with Arizona Certified Nursery Professionals at all 7 valley locations about what your lawn and garden needs to flourish throughout the Fall.
This Fall your trees and plants will undoubtedly be recovering from one of the hottest summers on record, with an average temperature above 95 degrees. Now that your trees and plants are getting some relief and starting to enjoy the cooler weather we need to provide them with the best growing conditions possible. That means adjusting the current water schedule accordingly and fertilizing properly.
Chances are you have not yet gone out and reduced the frequency of your irrigation system even though we have not had temps over 100 degrees in a couple of weeks. If your irrigation system is currently running on the summer schedule make sure to adjust that to the fall schedule. This means instead of running every other day, or more, you can turn your system back and begin to cut a few days off of that cycle. The lower watering frequency will be much better for your trees and plants and will also be better for your pocketbook.
Now that you've properly adjusted your irrigation system you do not want to miss the chance to fertilize your trees and plants. The cooler weather means the trees and plants in your yard are entering their optimal growth periods and are going to be in need of some extra nutrients. Right now you can use the Moon Dust All Purpose Fertilizer
on all of your trees and plants and then again in November to harden them up through the winter months. Weekly applications of the Super Charged Moon Juice
will keep the roots of all your landscape material happy and growing throughout the fall.
If you are not sure of what nutrients your plants or trees may need come into any Moon Valley Nursery
today and speak with one of our Certified Nursery Experts and they will get you everything you need to have a lush and healthy landscape.
Economists and housing market pundits have been preaching it for months, several months...we’re in a full blown housing recovery. The Arizona housing market in particular has rebounded strongly after being one of the hardest hit in the nation. From a buyers market to a sellers market in a flash, new home buyers are rushing to scoop up what’s left of a dwindling housing inventory here in the Valley.
Whether or not you’re an anxious buyer or a seller looking to get the most money out of their home one thing is certain, landscaping can be a make or break deal. A well thought out and properly maintained landscape can add thousands of dollars to the value of your property and is one of the few home improvements that actually adds curb appeal and value to a home. We've laid out some of the landscaping factors that can impact your home’s value. Proper Landscape Design
We see this all too often. Homeowners who do not have a thought out plan or at least a basic design for their landscape often end up with a disorganized, disheveled mess in their yard that can potentially decrease the value of their home and ultimately turn off potential buyers. Proper tree and plant placement improves the quality and professional look of your landscape and can also reduce the cost of cooling and heating your home. Creating a top-notch design can be done easily by calling one of our landscape design pros and scheduling a free in-home consultation. Plant and Tree Placement
Once you have settled on a design for your landscape it is important to understand what each tree and/or plant is going to accomplish in your yard. Planting shade trees on an eastern or western exposure will help shade the home in the summer time which can lead to a reduction in utility bills. You may also want to think about planting deciduous trees that can help warm a home in the winter. Another important placement factor is planting different size shrubs and plants in an order to make your yard look bigger and to set focal points throughout the landscape. Pool owners should also be aware of planting a messy tree or bush near a pool that could be a turn off for you or any future home owner. Picking the Right Trees and Plants
Picking the right tree or plant can be a difficult task. Having a certified nursery professional
help you makes this a painless task. They know what to look for when selecting your trees and plants for your new landscape and can make sure you accomplish your landscape goals. Don’t rely on word of mouth or what your neighbors landscaper tells you you should plant. Get out to Moon Valley Nurseries and hand select every tree and plant from our huge inventory of trees and plants with the help of an Arizona Certified Nursery Professional.
Research indicates that a professional looking landscape adds anywhere from 5.5% to 12.7% to the value of a home. That’s over $15,000 on a $300,000 home. If you’ve just purchased or are looking to sell, trust the experts at Moon Valley to help you accomplish your landscape goals and add the maximum value to your home’s value. Stop in today (click here for all 7 location
s), give us a call (602-938-6666) or click here
to see what Moon Valley Nurseries can do for you!
Your go-to guide for Fall overseeding
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 your 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
- Make sure your lawn has not been watered recently before overseeding. This makes your overseeding efforts a lot easier.
- 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.
- Loosen the soil using an appropriate method (roto-tilling, aerating, or heavy raking) based on the hardness of your soil.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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).
- 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.
- 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!
The substantial amount of rain we received last week (substantial to us here in the desert anyways) was absolutely what the doctor ordered for all of the trees and plants in our yards after a long, hot, dry summer. Lets face it, a lot of our trees and plants need some special attention this time of year which makes last week’s rain even more important as we head into the Fall. The cooler nighttime temperatures and moist soil are optimal growing conditions for any tree or plant, especially one of our favorite flowering species, the Orchid tree (Bauhinia spp.).
These beautiful flowering trees are truly one-of-a-kind and produce some of the most vibrant, aroma rich flowers of any tree. One of our favorite aspects of this particular tree...they are very drought tolerant and are one of the most prolific flowering trees for warm weather climates. The flowering season for Orchids is rapidly approaching so planting now during the optimal planting conditions of the Fall will ensure that your new addition will grow to its full potential and bloom beautifully in the coming months.
Before you rush in to Moon Valley to get your hands on this beautiful flowering tree it’s important to know that there are several varieties of the Orchid, only two of which are suited for our desert climate. The vast popularity of this variety has caused some confusion and a number of varieties are often lumped together and simply referred to as the Hong Kong orchid. The two most popular varieties, and the only two that are sold in and do well in Arizona, are the Purple Orchid Tree (Bauhinia purpurea)
and the Hong Kong Orchid Tree (Bauhinia blakeana)
The most common Bauhinia is the Bauhini purpurea, or Purple Orchid. This orchid tree can be found sprinkled throughout the Valley and is one of the most variable of the species in terms of producing flowers in a vast range of shape and color. The Purple Orchid tree is the first of the Orchids to blossom (Mid to Late Fall) and produces clusters of fragrant, narrow petaled blooms that range in color from white to different shades of purple.
The other popular variety is the Bauhinia blakeana, which is the actual Hong Kong Orchid tree. This orchid tree produces big, six inch orchid flowers that range from dark red.magenta to purple. The rare and very sought after Orchid blossoms in the late fall and winter.
These popular Orchid varieties are perfect if you are looking to add a hardy, low maintenace flowering shade tree to your yard. Orchid trees are rapid growers that can grow up to 24 inches per year so planting now is perfect to ensure your new orchid reaches its full potential. Add beautiful winter color to your landscape with either of these varieties and be rewarded throughout the year. Stop in to any Moon Valley location and speak with a nursery pro about this tree and getting it planted in your yard today!
Keep all of your trees healthy with regular applications of Moon Dust fertilizer
and Supercharged Moon Juice
for maximum performance.