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 Las Vegas. 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 is 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 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!
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.Douglas Fir
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.
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!
Lets face it, a lot of our trees and plants need some special attention this time of year which the Fall planting season vital to rejuvenating our yards. 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 Las Vegas, are the Purple Orchid Tree (Bauhinia purpurea) and the Hong Kong Orchid Tree (Bauhinia blakeana).
The most common Bauhinia is the Bauhinia purpurea, or Purple Orchid
. This orchid tree can be found sprinkled throughout Las Vegas 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 maintenance 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.
The late summer is a great time to add some additional shade that will continue to offer relief from the heat that usually continues well into October. We’re sure you are familiar with many of the popular shade varieties that populate much of the landscape here in Las Vegas, but we’d like to bring some cool, unusual options to the table when you’re searching for that late summer shade addition. Here are some of the best shade trees that no one talks about. Tipuana Tipu (Tipuana tipu)
One of the most unusual shade trees in Las Vegas is the Tipu Tree. This shade tree is one of the fastest growing shade trees on this list and is sought after by homeowners and landscapers because of its vast uses in many landscapes. In the Spring the Tipu blooms bright golden flowers that cover the entire tree. For the amount of shade they provide, combined with moderate water use, Tipus are always a sure bet when seeking large, wide shade.Bay Laurel (Laurus nobilis)
An evergreen shade tree that really flourishes here. The Bay Laurel can reach heights of 25’ and above offering vasts amounts of shade to your home or business. One of the best parts of this huge shade variety is the fact that it is very clean and requires little to no maintenance. Cascalote (Caesalpinia cacalaco)
This shade tree produces a vibrant cluster of yellow flowers that emerge in late winter which make it an ideal shade tree to add in the late summer. The Cascalote makes a great addition to desert landscapes because of its ability to withstand the harsh Nevada sun, is drought tolerant and requires little water. Cascalotes are semi-deciduous and can reach 25’ tall with large canopies that provide large areas of shade coverage. Chitalpa (Chitalpa X tashkentensis)
Often confused with the Desert Willow this shade variety is actually a cross between a Catalpa tree and a Desert Willow. The Chitalpa is a small to medium sized shade tree that makes for a perfect accent anywhere shade is needed. What makes this tree unique? The multi-trunk tree fans out and produces great shade while not getting too large and offers a long blooming period with light pink tubular flowers. Berrinda Ash (Fraxinus velutina Berrinda)
Native to the Desert Southwest, this ash variety is one of the lesser known because of its limited availability. The Berrinda Ash is a medium to large, dense ash tree that keeps near perfect shape and offers large amounts of shade. The deep, rich green foliage briefly turns to a golden yellow during the Fall. This shade tree is perfect for the Las Vegas desert as it withstands the extreme weather conditions we experience in the summer and winter months.
These are just a few of many unique and interesting varieties that perform well here in Las Vegas. If you’re looking for something different for your yard, be sure to stop by any Moon Valley Nursery
and have our expert staff help select the perfect varieties for your landscape!
The association between a fungus and the root of a plant date pre-historic times. For millions of years this relationship has made plants dependent on specific types of fungi for survival because of the vital role the fungi plays in the component of soil life and soil chemistry. That doesn’t mean, however, that all of the fungus attaching itself to our trees and plants are beneficial. Fungus growth increases as the humidity and moisture does which make the Monsoon season a time for them to periodically attack the healthy trees and plants throughout our landscape. Here are the top 5 most common fungus we see during the Monsoon and how to treat them. Powdery Mildew
This is the easiest of the fungi to spot as infected plants display white, powdery spots on their leaves and stems. As the plant becomes increasingly more infected the spots will become denser and appear in larger areas of the plant. This fungus thrives in the moist and moderate temperatures we experience during the Monsoon months. Although this fungus is generally harmless to most trees and plants it is important to specifically treat your citrus varieties as it can alter the taste and yields of your fruit. Crown Rot
This is one of the more deadly fungus to appear on our list. Crown Rot attacks almost all fruit trees and can also attack ornamental varieties and various shrubs. Current Monsoon conditions produce warm, moist soil which allows Crown Rot to develop and thrive quickly. This disease kills trees and plants by growing from the roots, up through the root crown and into the lower trunk. Affected trees and plants appear drought stressed, experience discoloration in leaves and give off a distinct pumpkin-like odor. Root Rot
This disease is most common in shade and ornamental trees and, much like Crown Rot, is found in moist soils around the base of the plant or trunk of the tree. Infected trees and plants will show signs of the disease through leaf coloration, browning of foliage and drooping of branches and stems. Black Spot
Black Spot appears on the leaves of trees and plants in small, black dime-sized circles. These appear on the surface of the leaf and can cause leaves to drop from the plant. During times of high humidity (*cough Monsoon season) this disease will jump to new leaves and begin the infection cycle. Treating Black Spot can be done by clearing infected leaf debris away from the tree or plant. Verticullum Wilt
A disease that attacks over 300 different trees and plants the Verticullum Wilt fungus often infects vegetables, fruit trees, flowers, shade and forest trees. The most common symptom is the wilting of the stem and leaves and the appearance of infection. The infection generally affects only lower or outer parts of plants or just a few branches on a tree. Because of the warm, moist air we experience during Monsoon season, Verticullum appears most often in July and August.
Although these fungi can be nasty for our trees and plants they are often preventable with proper tree and plant care and maintenance. This week we’re experiencing another Monsoon burst which means higher levels of moisture and warm temperatures. Make sure to get out in your yard and check for the above signs of potentially harmful fungus attacking your landscape. Stop in to any Moon Valley
location and speak with a nursery professional for treatment and other preventative options.
**Hint: A picture is worth...well, a picture helps our pros quickly and accurately identify your problem. So, snap a picture and bring it to your nearest nursery!
What better way to escape the heavy winds, humidity and severe weather warnings on your iPhone than with a cocktail fit to tame even the strongest Valley Monsoon. With a few simple ingredients you can pluck from your backyard, tequila and a splash of grenadine, you'll be riding out whatever Mother Nature has to throw your way.
Making a Monsoon Margarita is as easy as heading out to your yard and grabbing a few grapefruits and limes, and combining them with tequilla, grenadine and ice. Ingredients
- 1 Cup of Fresh Grapefruit Juice
- ¼ Cup of Fresh Lime Juice
- 1 Cup of Tequila
- ½ Teaspoon of Grenadine
- 2 Teaspoons of Sugar
- Pinch of Salt
Makes 4 servingsDirections
Fill 4 tall glasses three-quarters of the way with ice. Pour 1/2 teaspoon grenadine into each glass. Combine 1 cup tequila, 1 cup grapefruit juice, 1/4 cup fresh lime juice, 2 teaspoons superfine sugar and a pinch of salt in a cocktail shaker. Shake well, then pour into the glasses. Top each drink with 1/4 cup grapefruit soda or soda water.
The Sissoo is one of the fastest growing shade trees that we have in the nursery. It is not uncommon for the Sissoo tree to grow 3-5’ per year! This evergreen shade tree will grow to be a fairly good sized tree reaching upwards of 20’ and 20’ wide as well.
The Sissoo is highly sought after because it is also extremely drought tolerant, native to Northern Indian the Sissoo is no stranger to high heat and low amounts of water and can handle just about any soil type. Moon Valley Nurseries
grows these trees right here in the South West making them a perfect additional to nearly any landscape that wants a fast growing, low water, shade tree. Stop into any of our Moon Valley Nurseries 2 Las Vegas locations
to see our vast inventory of Dalbergia Sissoo.
Super Charged Moon Juice is designed with our soil and landscape environment in mind. We have designed the Super Charged Moon Juice for tough soils and for our trees and plants to optimize growth and increase the strength of the roots system for your plants. The Furst liquid
technologies that Supercharged Moon Juice uses include a proprietary blend of organic enzymes and amino acids
to stimulate growth and development signals within the plants and trees. From the roots up, Supercharged Moon Juice provides benefits at all levels. By triggering new root hair growth (the most important part of any plant or tree), fertilizer
and moisture intake is greatly enhanced. Stronger cell development throughout the trunks, branches and stems allows water and nutrients to pass more efficiently to the leaves. Within the foliage, these stronger cells help maximize photosynthesis
and optimize the evapotranspiration rate.
Supercharged Moon Juice also contains the three most important micro-nutrients
required by nearly every tree and plant. Since these important micro-nutrients are typically deficient in most warm weather soils we have added Iron, Manganese and Zinc
. In addition, thiamine mononitrate (Vitamin B-1) is included for its beneficial effects on new plantings and its effects to help reduce stress on established trees.
Healthy trees do not die and are a lot more resistant to insects, fungi and disease. Keep your plants healthy by adding Super Charged Moon Juice to your trees and plants year round. Also if your plants do go into stress apply Super Charged Moon Juice at the first sign and get your trees healthy again, this goes for all types of stress conditions including heat stress, freeze, wind damage, insect damage and more.
Mexican Fan Palm
- Washingtonia Robusta- Extremely cold hardy palm that thrives in nearly any condition here in the Las Vegas area. This low water palm is extremely drought tolerant and handles extreme heat as well. The Mexican Fan Palms can be planted in nearly any location. They work great planted in odd number groups with alternating heights to add curb appeal and also to add shade and privacy. These palms present a classic desert look while adding a tropical appeal at the same time. Pineapple Palm
- Phoenix Canariensis- The Pineapple Palm is another extremely cold and heat hardy palm that offers a very unique and elegant look from young palm to mature specimen often seen planted in shopping malls, casinos as well as homes that want that elegant tropical look. Pineapple Palms work great in Las Vegas as they handle both heat and cold with no real problems. They are named after the Pineapple because as they grow and are trimmed they develop a pineapple looking top. These are slower growing drought tolerant palms that have wide arching fronds and not only make a great focal point but can also be used for shade. Plant this where you will have plenty of room to let it grow as they can get wide. Piru Queen Palm
- Arecastrum Romanzoffianum- This is an exclusive cultivar of queen palm grown only by Moon Valley Nursery
. They are noticeably different from other species of Queen Palm as they have thicker crowns, fuller heads, and a wider, hardier trunk. These palms where grown with our climate in mind and they grown right here at all of our nurseries. The Piru Queen Palm withstands high, hot winds and also withstands the cold much better. These can be planted in clusters in very tight spaces to provide a lush tropical feel, add privacy to your yard, and to also shade your landscape paradise. Mediterranean Fan Palm
- Chamaerops Humilis-Also called European Palm are a smaller slow growing dwarf palm that can eventually reach 10-15’ tall (sometimes tall on extremely old specimens). These palms are an extremely hardy palm handling both cold to below freezing temperatures and heat well above 120 degrees. These palms are a great accent palm to plant with other varieties and also make a great palm to light up at night as they mature showing off their beautiful multi trunk appearance. Pygmy Date Palm
- Phoenix Roebelenii- These are very slow growing palm reaching 6-8’ tall mature height once mature. These tropical palms grow very well here in the desert giving a much softer appeal to the rough desert landscape. These palms can be planted in both sun and shade and even planted in pots. These look great accenting water falls, patios, pools, front entry ways, porches, and even to break up hard corners in yards. They can be planted with other palms to add height variations along with a unique look. These custom grown palms are made for our tough soil and harsh conditions.